Admissions Requirements

Find the right degree or academic program for you and begin your journey at UIW.

Admission to undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs at the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) varies by degree offerings.

Students seeking admission to programs in CHASS must first gain admission to the University of the Incarnate Word. Find out more about UIW Admissions.

Multidisciplinary Studies

Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies must first be admitted to the UIW Graduate Program and fulfill the requirements for General Admission for Degree Seeking Students.

Contact the Office of the Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences for more information.


Students pursuing undergraduate degrees in music programs must also complete an audition prior to enrolling or declaring a major. Each specific degree program has its own set of audition requirements and procedures. See the Entrance Auditions page for more information.

Music Programs Requiring Auditions:

Pastoral Institute

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry must apply and gain admission to both the University of the Incarnate Word and the Mexican American Catholic College.

Please contact the Director of the Pastoral Institute, Dr. Michael A. Romero, for more information.

Students seeking an M.A. must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning and have sufficient preparation to succeed in a theological and pastoral studies graduate program, 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. A completed Graduate Application.
  2. Official transcripts of 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.
  4. A personal letter explaining the applicant's ministerial and educational goals.

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, based on need and availability of funds. Applications should be made to the Director of the Pastoral Institute, Dr. Michael A. Romero.

The Financial Aid Office assists students with other possible financial assistance options, including federal, state, corporate and private grants, loan programs and payment plans. Students active in ministry may be able to apply for support from external organizations. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Students seeking admission to the Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Ministry must first gain acceptance to the University of the Incarnate Word graduate program. Find out more about UIW Graduate Admissions.