Formation at the Seminary

Accreditation and Affiliations

Saint John Vianney is dedicated to the quality, integrity, and effectiveness of its academic programs. The Seminary is committed to offering a solid formation program for the preparation of young men to serve as Catholic priests in the dioceses of the mountain and great plains regions, as well as other parts of the country and world. To date 145 men have earned the Master of Divinity Degree from the Seminary.

Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary is affiliated with the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome for the Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology degree (S.T.B.) and is in the process of affiliating with the same for the Bachelor of Philosophy degree (B.Phil.). Previously the Seminary offered both these degree programs through affiliation with the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. Saint John Vianney is also associated at the undergraduate level with Regis University in Denver. By virtue of this agreement, students who have taken sufficient college credits prior to coming to the Seminary are eligible to use their Pre-Theology course work to complete a B.A. in Philosophy.

Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The following degree program is approved by the Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity (M.Div.). The Commission can be contacted at:

Commission on Accrediting of the
Association of Theological Schools
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburg, PA 15275
412-788-6505

Institutional Approvals

State of Colorado Department of Higher Education
Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary has been an authorized religious institution of higher education under the State of Colorado Degree Authorization Act since 1999.

United States Department of Education
On August 7, 2006, the Seminary was formally approved to participate in the “in school deferment” portion of the Federal Student Loan Program under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The Seminary was assigned the Office of Postsecondary Education Identification (OPEID) Number 04103300. The Seminary does not participate in the direct-lending portion of Title IV.

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (USICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary is approved by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which operates on behalf of DHS, to enroll F-1 nonimmigrants under Campus Code DEN214F00726000.

Veterans Administration
Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary is an approved institution for Veteran’s Educational Benefits.

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Because the Division for Priestly Formation of Saint John Vianney admits only students sponsored for priestly formation by a diocese or religious institute, its rate of placement immediately after graduation and ordination is nearly 100%. In rare cases, there may be a delay between graduation and ordination to the priesthood. Because continuance in the Seminary’s programs is dependent on this sponsorship as well as the individual student’s ongoing commitment to seek ordination, reasons for departures during formation are handled with discretion. A very general impression of attrition rates can be drawn from the table on “Student Statistics over 5 Years” in the section on “Formation Program Statistics” in our Academic Catalog.