Pre-Theology options are designed to serve college graduates and second-career candidates who need additional coursework before beginning a graduate Theology program. Seminarians who have had prior careers and are not college graduates enroll in the Undergraduate Pre-Theology Program. Seminarians with a college degree enroll in the Pre-Theology Program. While enrolled in the Pre-Theology Program, seminarians receive human, spiritual and pastoral formation in the School of Theology in a manner appropriate to their needs.
A Bachelor of Arts degree for seminarians in the Undergraduate Pre-Theology Program is awarded to seminarians who successfully complete the necessary requirements defined by the College of Liberal Arts.
A Certificate of Completion in Philosophical and Theological Studies is awarded to seminarians who already possess a Bachelor of Arts degree or the equivalent and who successfully complete at least one full year in the Josephinum Pre-Theology Program and have completed all the requirements for this certificate according to the specifications of the Program of Priestly Formation (5th ed.), but who have not fulfilled all the requirements for the Bachelor of Philosophy degree.
A Bachelor of Philosophy degree is awarded to seminarians who already possess a BA degree or the equivalent and successfully complete all the requirements for this degree.
The Pre-Theology Program requires two years to complete for seminarians with a college degree and at least two years to complete for seminarians without a college degree as mandated by the Program for Priestly Formation (5th ed.). Exceptions to this mandate may be made at the request of a bishop and with the approval of the rector/president, provided all the academic requirements are satisfied.