Q: When does the course start?
A: The Combined Program and Full Year Program starts in February and ends in February of the following year. PCM is structured in two terms; both terms start and end with an Intensive Week.
Q: How many hours of class time a week should I expect?
A: PCM’s classes are every Wednesday afternoon, from 2:45 to 6:30pm, plus a few classes on Saturday mornings (from 8:45am to 12:30pm). There are also four Intensive Weeks during the year.
Q: Can I apply for just one term?
A: Yes, you can apply for just one term.
Q: What are the Intensive Weeks?
A: The Intensive Weeks are week-long sessions designed for those who can only attend classes for short periods, as those who are already working for ecclesiastical organizations all over the world. You can enroll to just one or more of the Intensive Weeks, in accordance to your possibility to travel. Each Intensive Week covers different material.
Q: How does the selection process work?
A: Students interested in the program should submit an enrollment application, which can be found here. Those who advance to the second stage of the application process will be interviewed by the program directors.
Q: Which application documents do I need to submit?
A: All applicants must complete the application found here, submit a letter of recommendation from his or her bishop, and a curriculum vitae.
Q: Does PCM provide accommodation for international priests and religious?
A: PCM does not provide any accommodation for students, nor can a PCM scholarship be applied for housing and accomodations. Priests may choose to stay in a priest college, like these, religious sisters may choose to stay in convents like these.
Q: Does PCM provide accomodation for lay people?
A: PCM does not provide accomodation for lay people.
Q: Are there any scholarships available?
A: Yes, there are scholarships available for students in need. These scholarships only cover tuition, though. They do not cover accomodations or the cost of travel to and from Rome.
Q: Can I study at another university or work while attending PCM classes?
A: Yes, in fact PCM takes just one afternoon of your week so that you can work or study at any pontifical university. Students of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross take advantage of PCM courses counting as electives for their licentiate in theology, philosophy, canon law, or other diplomas.
Q: Will I get a certificate once I finish the course?
A: Yes, those who complete the course will receive a Certificate of Church Management from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
Q: Is PCM available in Italian?
A: No, PCM is not available in Italian. The program is entirely in English so as to reach as many students as possible. One of the program’s main aims is to analyze a large amount of case studies, in order to engage students from every continent and allow the opportunity to share as many different experiences as possible when working in groups.