The Certificate in Carmelite Studies is a new program that provides two options for a more in-depth study of the Carmelite tradition. Non-degree graduate students may obtain the “Graduate Certificate in Carmelite Studies” by successfully completing four courses (12 credits) authorized for the program. Graduate degree students may obtain this additional academic qualification as a “subplan” of their degree program, by successfully completing four courses (12 credits) approved for the subplan. 

The program may be taken in person on campus or online. Taking the courses in person, during the fall and spring semesters, allows students to take advantage of the wide range of additional resources available at Catholic University of America and its environs, including lectures, colloquia, and workshops, with access to the outstanding Carmelitana Collection nearby at Whitefriars Hall as well as other specialized theological libraries, museum collections, and events in the Washington, DC area. Online learning occurs synchronously, i.e., learning at the same time as classes are being held throughout the semester. This has the benefit of making the program more widely available to those wishing to take the Certificate in Carmelite Studies. It also provides for participation in class discussions, activities, projects, and interactions with professors and visiting speakers.

Program (Online and On-Campus)

  • Students must complete 12 credit hours of coursework, i.e., 4 courses
  • Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above.

Online and On-Campus Coursework

  • Students are required to complete all class assignments and presentations during the semester.

Apply for the Certificate in Carmelite Studies (Online or On-Campus)

Applications for this certificate program are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

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Required Documents for Admission

  • A completed Catholic University online application (No fee is required.)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (Unofficial transcripts can be used for the admissions review.)
  • English proficiency test scores-international students only.  

Official transcripts and English proficiency scores must be submitted for full admittance to the University.  Your official copies should be sent from the institution to

For international students, a credential evaluation of your coursework will be provided free of charge by the University.

Recommended Documents for Admission

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • One letter of recommendation from a person able to evaluate the applicant’s ability to be successful in the program.
  • A professional goal statement 

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted by the dates below.

  • Fall Semester
    • July 1 for international students 
    • August 15 for domestic students
  • Spring Semester
    • November 1 for international students
    • December 15 for domestic students
  • Summer Semester
    • April 1
Painting of Carmelite saints from Stella Maris