Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

How to Apply




As a DSPT student, you'll discover an incomparable scholarly community that lives and breathes the Dominican tradition. Rigorous in our studies, flexible in our engagements with contemporary thought, and committed to forming agents of change, DSPT is leading the way in a revival of Catholic thinkers for a post-Christian society. Come to DSPT with a thirst for wisdom. Leave DSPT prepared to engage both the Church and secular society with the tools of faith and reason.

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadlines: Fall - March 1, Spring - November 1.

Final Deadlines: Fall – August 1, Spring – January 1.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Those interested in applying for Scholarships should complete their Application for Admission no later than the Priority Deadline for full consideration. Later applicants are still encouraged to apply for Scholarship and Grant aid; however, applications received after the Priority Deadline will be reviewed on a case by case basis and are subject to availability of funds.

Application Checklist

All programs

  • Completed Application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (international students)

MA program additional requirements

  • Academic Writing Sample
  • Official GRE Scores

Concurrent MA Option additional requirements

  • A statement of purpose describing how this option will advance your educational and career goals
  • A transcript demonstrating coursework in either philosophy or theology
  • An academic writing sample from the fields of philosophy or theology preferred
  • At least one letter of recommendation that supports your ability to integrate studies in philosophy and theology, as well as to write a 120-page thesis

For more detail on application guidelines and requirements please see the Admissions Guidelines.

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Apply by mail

Send all materials together or separately to: DSPT Admissions Office, 2301 Vine St, Berkeley CA, 94708.

Admissions Application - For applications by mail
Letter of Recommendation Form - to be completed by the recommender

Enrollment Verification

DSPT has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide enrollment verifications. The National Student Clearinghouse is located at 2300 Dulles Station Boulevard, Suite 300, Herndon, Virginia 20171
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