A fundamental premise of this Certificate Program in Pre-Theology Studies for Seminarians is that Catholic University has special and unique resources for educating seminarians according to the mind and spirit of the fifth edition of the Program of Priestly Formation and that seminarians who pursue the two year program outlined in the Program of Priestly Formation at Catholic University deserve to be honored and recognized for their pre-theology studies at this university. The certificate is a credential for and a recognition of studies conducted at The Catholic University of America.

Seminarians from dioceses and religious orders would be eligible for admission to the certificate program. Candidates for the certificate program would hold a bachelor's degree and possess a good academic record.

Students admitted to the certificate program are matriculated in the School of Philosophy. The Associate Dean of the School of Philosophy administers the program, provides academic advising, and determines the program of study for each candidate according to the provisions of the certificate program outlined in this document.