Those who aspire to the priesthood must be graduates of the second cycle institution (SHS) or any tertiary institution (university, polytechnic, college of education or nurses' training college). Thus, they must have received the same human and scientific formation which prepares one for higher studies in other institutions of higher learning (Canon 234.2).

In order to be admitted, an applicant must possess one of the following academic qualifications:  

(i) West African Senior School Certificate (WASSSCE): The prospective applicant must have obtained at least a credit (C6) in three core subjects, including English and Mathematics; and three credits (C6) or better in three elective subjects with an aggregate score of 24 or better. One can combine only two (WAEC) certificates.

All courses offered in SHS are relevant: Visual Art, General Arts, General Science (Agric), Home Economics, or Business. It is required of Technical and Vocational students to have the WAEC certificates in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

(ii) Post-Secondary Education: An applicant must have passed the requisite examinations conducted by the Ministry of Education, Ghana or their equivalents from other countries. 

(iii) Mature students with relevant professional qualifications approved by the National Accreditation Board may apply. They must have obtained Credit in English and Maths and must have served and fulfilled all bonds or obligations before applying.

(iv) General Certificate of Education (GCE): The prospective applicant must have obtained credits in at least five subjects including English, Mathematics and Science in the General Certificate of Examination, Ordinary Level. He must have at least two passes with an “E” or better in the GCE Advanced Level and a pass in General paper.

(v) The applicant who attended the Pre Philosophy programme as well as those who took part in a Post-SHS programme as organised by the Diocesan Bishop must have passed all the required courses.

Other Requirements: The Applicant must...

  1. Be a baptized and confirmed male catholic with the requisite certificates for evidence (Canon 241, 2).
  2. Have a recommendation from his Vocations Director signed by his local ordinary (Bishop).
  3. Have been acquainted with the Vocations Director for at least two years.
  4. Have a recommendation from his Parish Priest.
  5. Have a testimonial or recommendation from their respective institutions they attended.
  6. Have been declared healthy and medically fit by a recognised medical facility or hospital.
  7. Make available his Basic Education Certificate gotten from WAEC.


Foreign applicants, (Applicants from Dioceses other than those served directly by the seminary), shall be admitted upon the recommendation of their Local Ordinary or by the consent of the Archbishop of Accra.