The Saint Paul Seminary offers a two-year Pre-Theology Program for priesthood candidates who have an undergraduate degree but did not attend college seminary. The Pre-Theology Curriculum includes a broad foundation in philosophy and theology, as outlined in the Program of Priestly Formation (PPF). Students examine the contributions of philosophy in areas such as metaphysics, theories of the human person, theories of knowledge, and ethics. The program offers an introduction to biblical texts, interpretive methods, and a solid foundation in Church documents and teaching. Pre-Theology students take a total of 68 credits and receive a thorough academic preparation specifically oriented to priestly ministry.
Pre-Theology students are full participants in the seminary’s prayer and community life. They receive individualized spiritual guidance and enjoy strong community support in their vocational discernment while attending classes at The Saint Paul Seminary and the University of St. Thomas.