Diploma for Catechesis





With the approval of the Congregation for the Clergy of the Holy See, the Seminary grants a “Diploma for Catechesis” to those students who have completed twenty-four credits in the area of Catholic Theology, certifying that they are academically trained catechists in conformity with the principles of the General Directory for Catechesis. The transfer of credits attained outside the Seminary toward the Diploma for Catechesis is generally not permitted.

Undergraduate coursework through the School of Theological Studies also serves as a pre-requisite program for those who need college level theology and/or philosophy to be considered for acceptance in the Graduate Program.

Total Credit Hours: 24

STS 401 Philosophy for Theology

STS 303 Introduction to Theology

STS 101 Old Testament

STS 102 New Testament

STS 201 Church History

STS 301 Catechism I – Creed and Sacraments

STS 302 Catechism II – Morality and Prayer





Admission to the School of Theological Studies is open to all. Courses may be taken for credit or audit. The administration reserves the right to limit the number of students per class, as well as to cancel any course because of insufficient enrollment.

Applicants for admission to the Undergraduate Program are required to have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, NJ. TOEFL scores are to be sent directly to the School of Theological Studies.


Each applicant is required to:

1. Complete and send the application form with the non-refundable application fee to:

School of Theological Studies

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

100 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096.

2. Personal Statement: In a 250-300 word essay, explain your reasons for pursuing the certificate program you have chosen, including any events that have led up to your decision, your personal motivation, and your future plans. Please type your essay on a separate sheet of paper and include it with your application.

3. Request official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and universities attended to be sent directly to the School of Theological Studies.


4. Request a letter of recommendation from the pastor of your home or service parish, or from another staff person familiar with your personal background and experience. These should be returned directly to the School of Theological Studies.