Applying to Holy Cross
Holy Cross is committed to diversity and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. Qualified first-year and transfer students are admitted in September and January on a rolling admissions basis. Admission is based on each candidate’s academic record, application, personal essay, recommendations, admission interview, and test scores.
Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status, religion, age, or disability. We seek to provide opportunities and experiences for all students on an equal basis. Application questions marked as not required are used for summary reporting purposes to ascertain compliance with the college's guidelines only. These answers are not used as a basis for admission or in any discriminatory manner.
Please read all of the information below and download the appropriate bundle of supplemental required application forms. Then click on the button below to begin the online application.
All of the following are taken into consideration in judging qualifications for admission.
- Completed Online Application Form
- Personal Essay
- Master of Divinity Essay (required only for candidates seeking Seminarian status)
- Mandatory Interview with the Admissions Director (in person or on the phone)
- Official Copy of all Transcripts (documenting your undergraduate and graduate work)
- Evaluations from two instructors (or employers if you have been out of school for over one year)
- GRE test scores (waived for students who have already earned a graduate degree or who graduated with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better in their undergraduate studies). Code # 3449
- Priest's Recommendation
- Background Check (instructions below in pdf download)
In addition to the above requirements, the following types of applicants must meet the requirements described below:
- Must also complete Hierarch's Evaluation.
- Must also submit a copy of their Baptismal/Chrismation Certificate
Seminarian status is only awarded after the completion of the first year of studies, once a prospective seminarian has demonstrated evidence of a life in Christ with high moral judgment, sound character and growth in spiritual maturity appropriate to the priestly conscious and pastoral spirit.
More specific criteria for seminarian status are described in the Student Handbook and other directives of the School.
The completion of a Holy Cross degree does not in itself constitute a guarantee for ordination.
While admission to the School of Theology is holistic, students wishing to transfer credit from regionally accredited theological schools and graduate seminaries must normally have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in their previous academic work.
Students transferring credit for a course must have earned at least a “C” grade in the course. Course(s) accepted for transfer must have been eligible for graduate credit in the institution at which they were taken and, preferably, were completed at an institution accredited by a recognized accrediting body. Further, transfer courses should correspond to course(s) offered by the School of Theology; course descriptions may be requested of the applicant. Normally, credit is granted for each course that is equivalent to a corresponding course at Holy Cross provided the grade is “C” or above.
The Registrar in conjunction with the Dean will evaluate whether courses may be counted for credit within a student’s program and will grant all credit deemed appropriate. Transfer credit requiring additional consideration will be reviewed by the Degree, Policies, and Procedures Committee (DPPC) in conjunction with the Dean. Prior to enrollment, students may receive a tentative degree audit provided by the Office of Admissions. Once enrolled, the student will receive a final degree audit provided by the Registrar’s Office.
Students looking to transfer graduate credit from an unaccredited institution(s) must demonstrate that the course content and the qualifications of the instructors meet the standards of an accredited institution by submitting additional documentation (e.g., course syllabi, faculty biographies, etc.).
Once a student has matriculated at Holy Cross, he or she must complete a Transfer of Credit Pre-Approval form for any coursework outside of Holy Cross in which the student is seeking credit to be granted at Holy Cross. A student may transfer a maximum of 18 credits once matriculated, but must adhere to the residency requirement for their respective program.
Holy Cross periodically admits students with advanced standing to one of its master’s degree programs. Advanced standing may be granted (1) without credit by exempting students from some courses but not reducing the total number of academic credits required for the degree, or (2) with credit by reducing the number of credits required for the degree. Advanced standing refers to decisions about students’ competence when no transcripts of graduate credit are presented. Advanced standing with credit is granted only after appropriate means of assessment of a student’s knowledge, competence, or skills that would normally be provided by the specific courses for which they have been admitted with advanced standing. Advanced standing with credit cannot be granted on the basis of ministerial or life experience and may not fulfill more than one-fourth of the total credits for a degree program.
In order to earn a Holy Cross School of Theology degree, there is a three-year residency requirement for the Master of Divinity degree, and a one-and-one-half year residency requirement for the Master of Theological Studies degree. Students must complete, at a minimum, 50% of the degree requirements for their program at the School of Theology.
Must also complete:
- Immigration Status Declaration
- Copy of Passport
- Affidavit of Support
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Test Scores (Hellenic College/Holy Cross Code#9794). Holy Cross requires a minimum score of 550, 213 for the Computer Based Testing, or 79-80 for the new Internet-based TOEFL.
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Once application materials are submitted to Holy Cross, they become the permanent record of Holy Cross and may not be returned to the applicant.
|Early Action||December 1|
|Priority Deadline||February 1|
|Regular Deadline||June 1|
|Enrollment Deposit Deadline||2 Weeks After Acceptance|
|Regular Deadline||November 1|
|Enrollment Deposit Deadline||January 1|
Holy Cross has a rolling admissions policy. Please contact us
even if you have missed a deadline. We are happy to work with you.
Special Ministerial Candidates
- Men who hold the Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from a non-Orthodox Theological School and have received ministerial ordination prior to their reception into the Orthodox Church who wish to be candidates for the holy priesthood in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese must have at least two years of living experience in a Greek Orthodox parish prior to their acceptance as seminarians of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. They must also complete three years of study at Holy Cross. The Holy Cross degree program will be tailored to meet individual needs. The modified course of study will include language courses and will be planned in consultation with the dean and the candidate's academic advisor.
- Candidates who hold an advanced degree (beyond the M. Div.) will complete a two year degree program structured to meet their particular needs for service in the Church.
- Candidates who hold advanced degrees (M.A., Ph.D.) without any theological training will be enrolled in the three or four year M. Div. degree program.
- The completion of the four, three or two year degree programs does not in itself constitute a guarantee for ordination.
- Upon the completion of the degree program, Candidate may be required to do additional work abroad in order to strengthen their linguistic abilities and refine their liturgical training.
Exchange students are those who are officially registered with other accredited graduate theological schools and seminaries and take one or more courses at Holy Cross, whether for credit or audit. Grades for the courses taken are transmitted to the school in which the student is officially registered. Financial obligations are determined by the protocol between these schools and Holy Cross.
The School of Theology accepts a limited number of qualified students as degree candidates on a part-time basis. Tuition is determined on a credit hour rate. Such part-time students must fulfill all admission requirements. In order to receive Federal financial aid, part-time students must be registered for a minimum of six (6) credits.