FAQs

Q: When does the course start?

A: PCM is a one-year program that starts in September and ends in May of the following year.

Q: How is the program structured?

A: PCM is a one-year program structured in two terms with three additional intensive weeks. The program starts with 2 Intensive Weeks in September. Another Intensive Week is scheduled in February. During the school year, classes are held every Wednesday afternoon.

Q: How many hours of class time a week should I expect?

A: PCM’s classes are every Wednesday afternoon, from 2:15 to 6:00pm. There are also three Intensive Weeks during the year, with full-day classes, Monday through Friday.

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 of time, as well as for people who are already working for ecclesiastical organizations all over the world. You can enroll in just one, or more, of the Intensive Weeks, depending on your availability and travel options. 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's 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/her bishop or superior, 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's scholarship be applied for housing and accommodations. There are many options for lodging in Rome. Priests may choose to stay in a priest college, like these ones, religious sisters may choose to stay in convents like these.

Q: Does PCM provide accommodation for lay people?

A: PCM does not provide accommodation 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 accommodations 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's courses counting as electives for their licentiate in theology, philosophy, canon law, or other diplomas.

Q: What is a Capstone Project?

A: A Capstone Project is a student-led action plan that demonstrates the mastery of the new management skills acquired at PCM. These projects address a unique challenge in the student's home diocese or congregation. Every capstone is approved by the student's bishop or superior and focus on filling an unmet need.

Q: Why do we require a Capstone Project?

A: The capstone projects reflect the skills learned at PCM and count as the final exam. 

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.

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