About the Josephinum



The Pontifical College Josephinum was granted "pontifical status" in 1892 by Pope Leo XIII recognizing her unique mission of forming priests for the Church Universal. With each generation there arises new challenges and opportunities for the Church to preach the Gospel of Christ. Today, the Josephinum sees her mission as preparing men for the priesthood according to the mind of the Church as articulated by the Holy Father. The four pillars of priestly formation and the three priestly promises are integrated throughout the entire formation program considering the thought of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

Institutional Effectiveness, Accreditation, Certifications, and Memberships

Higher Learning Commission Mark of AffiliationThe Pontifical College Josephinum is proud of its demonstration of institutional effectiveness through our full recognition by the Association of Theological Schools, as well as the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Ohio Board of Regents. Through each of their standards, we have demonstrated institutional effectiveness through recognition of each of our academic programs, to include the 2012-2013 academic year.

It is our commitment as an institution of higher learning and as a pontifical Roman Catholic seminary, that we provide a distinctive experience for our seminarians, culminating in the obtainment of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Philosophy, Sacred Theology Bachelor’s, Master of Arts, or Master of Divinity degree through either the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Theology, respectively.

Our institutional effectiveness is illustrated through a closely interwoven educational experience for our seminarians, and is perhaps best demonstrated by our high faculty to seminarian ratio of 5:1. The Josephinum’s acceptance rate of 87.8% and graduation rate of nearly 100% at the College, Pre-Theology, and College level, demonstrate our selectiveness as well as our commitment and demonstrated success to be effective as an institution.

The Josephinum falls under the direction of The Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education (of Seminaries and Institutes of Studies) with the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States as its Chancellor.           

The Josephinum’s most recent Certificate of Authorization from the Ohio Board of Regents, was issued in 2012, and is available for view upon request in the Registrar’s Office.

The Josephinum was originally accredited by the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada (ATS) in 1970, and by The Higher Learning Commission an affiliate of the North Central Association (NCA), in 1976. In 1981, 1991, 2001, and 2011 both agencies granted re-accreditation for a period of 10 years.

Commission on the Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools Of the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275

The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504