Pre-Theology Program

St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary offers a two-year Pre-Theology Program based on the requirements of the PPF of the USCCB and building upon the new Ratio Fundamentalis from the Congregation for the Clergy. This initial phase of seminary formation prepares the candidate who has already completed a previous undergraduate degree for his Theological studies in the rich bilingual and multicultural environment of SVDP. Please see the attached plan of studies for a complete picture of the program. Applicants can click on the previous tab marked “Applications” for the necessary forms.


Candidates for the Pre-Theology Program need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Sponsorship by a diocese or religious community;
  2. Copies of immigration documents (Visa, Passport, etc.);
  3. Psychological testing;
  4. Physical examination and physical exam report, including tuberculosis and HIV test results;
  5. Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist);
  6. An interview with members of the Board of Interviewers established by the Admissions Committee;
  7. In the case of a candidate with previous seminary experience, a final evaluation or letter of recommendation is required from the previous seminary;
  8. A detailed autobiography;
  9. A current picture of the student applicant;
  10. The Principles of Seminary Life, accepted and signed by the applicant;
  11. VECHS Federal Background Check, which has to include a finger printing check;
  12. Participation in an accepted program for Protection of Children and Young People, e.g. VIRTUS;
  13. Signed permission for the Rector to make inquiry concerning any previous seminary enrollment.
  14. Language Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers: The TOEFL-iBT score required for the MAPS program is 75 or higher.
  15. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or the equivalent of that level of educational achievement.
  16. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a four-point scale. When the institution from which a student transfers is not accredited or when a student’s scholastic record is below a B or a 3.0 GPA, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to require an academic entrance examination of a student and/or to admit the student on probation, A student must achieve good academic standing in the first semester to end such probation.
  17. Documentation:
    1. completed application form;
    2. official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and/or seminaries attended;
    3. three letters of recommendation.