Graduate Admissions Process

We are pleased that you are considering applying to John Paul the Great Catholic University's Graduate School! Please fully read the information below.

We encourage you to start your application and then send in the different pieces of your application as they become available. We will create an application file for you and add individual parts of your application as they arrive.

We look forward to working with you to make the application process as smooth as possible. Please don't hesitate to contact our admissions staff with any questions that you have.

Please note that you must start the MA in Biblical Theology in the Fall Quarter of any given year.

Below you will find a list of items we need to review a completed application:

  1. Online Application
  2. Essay
  3. College Transcripts
  4. Resume/Employment History
  5. Three Personal References
  6. Application Fee

1. Online Application

To start your application, you must first complete the online application form for MA in Biblical Theology or the online application form for MBA in Film Producing.

2. Essay

Requirements: 300-500 words. You may upload the essay with your online application or email it to us later.

A personal statement describing why you want to attend John Paul the Great Catholic University, how your presence would benefit our program, and what you hope to accomplish with your Master's degree.

3. College Transcripts

Please send transcripts from each college or university attended. Transcripts are to be sent to our admissions office at the address below. Students must have a completed Bachelor's degree or be on pace to complete the degree prior to starting the graduate level coursework.

Note: All transcripts from foreign institutions must be officially translated and evaluated; WES is recommended. Exceptions will only be made in the event that a University is accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education that requires the same standards as a U.S. institution.

4. Resume or Employment History

Please submit a resume of work and volunteer experience. We may contact previous employers to conduct a further reference check.

5. Three Personal References

Letters of recommendation may be mailed to us or emailed as a PDF attachment. They may be sent directly from the reference to us, or given to the applicant to send to us.

6. Application Fee

You may pay the application fee online using PayPal.




Uploading Application Items:

You may add an application item to your file by easily uploading it here: Upload Application Item. Reference Letters may be uploaded, by either you or your reference, here: Upload Reference Letter. Alternatively, you can physically mail your items to the address below.

Mailing Address for Application Items:

John Paul the Great Catholic University
Attn: Admissions Office
220 W. Grand Ave.
Escondido, CA 92025

Application Review:

Your application will be thoroughly reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Our evaluation will examine your academic background, including the relative strength of your Undergraduate program and/or Graduate work, and your performance in your courses. We also consider your application essay, letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf, and your resume. While we will accept students independent of faith, a strong commitment to Jesus Christ is weighed heavily in making our admission decision.

Completed applications are normally reviewed every Friday. After your application has been reviewed, you will be notified of the Admissions Committee's decision by phone or email.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid application process begins as soon as a student is accepted. JPCatholic offers institutional aid based on both merit and need. Read more.