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All new students must apply for admission and be accepted by the University before registering for classes. Students who have not registered for a class since Fall 2013 must reactivate their enrollment status through the Admissions Office webpage.

Applicants to the Graduate Program must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning and have sufficient preparation to succeed in a graduate program in theological and pastoral studies, normally at least 12 semester hours in advanced theology or religious studies. Documented, non-credit studies, such as diaconal formation, will be evaluated on an individual basis upon request. Applicants to the graduate program must submit:

  1. Completed Graduate Application and $20.00 processing fee. Application may be submitted on-line at
  2. Official transcripts of the baccalaureate degree and all other previous university level coursework, to be sent to the Registrar.
  3. Three letters of reference attesting to the applicant's academic ability, character, and suitability for ministry. Contact the Pastoral Institute Director for guidelines.
  4. A personal letter explaining the applicant's ministerial and educational goals.

Applicants for the undergraduate Certificate must submit:

  1. Completed application form and $20 admissions processing fees.
  2. Official transcripts of all college credits or degree.
  3. Official high school transcript or G.E.D. record if applicant has fewer than 30 semester hours of college credit.

Tuition and Fees

Application fee for new students


Late registration fee


Change of schedule fee


Tuition: undergraduate, per semester hour


Tuition: graduate, per semester hour


Audit fee

50 percent of tuition

University fee, per semester hour

$ 40.00

Records fee (one-time charge covering all transcript requests)


P.I. activity fee, per week


Housing, air-conditioned

Double room, per week


Single room, per week


Linens (optional), per week

       $ 6.00

Tax on housing under 30 days: 6% state, 9% city

Meal plan: $59 per week, Monday-Friday

8.125% tax included, declining balance system…$63.87

Financial Assistance

University of the Incarnate Word offers up to 50% tuition reductions to Pastoral Institute students engaged in or preparing for ministry, particularly in the dioceses of Texas and especially in parishes in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Small grants from the Sister Patricia Ann Kelley Scholarship are also available to graduate students, on the basis of need and availability of funds. Applications should be made to the Director of the Pastoral Institute.

The Financial Aid Office assists students with other possible financial assistance, including federal, state, corporate and private grants, loan programs, and payment plans. Students active in their home parishes in the Archdiocese of San Antonio are encouraged to apply for financial assistance from the Archdiocesan Lay Ministry Formation Fund. For information, contact: Nicki Mata, 210-734-1651, see for the application form and guidelines. Lay graduate students preparing for parish ministries are encouraged to apply for the Msgr. Larry Droll Scholarship through Catholic Life Insurance (contact 210-828-9921 or 1-800-292-2548).

Application/Registration Material Request

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