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Seminarians at Cardinal Muench Seminary live a full and varied life. In addition to the times of individual and communal prayer, academic course work, and meals, they serve in the local community in a variety of ways. They interact with college students at NDSU, spend time with the poor or the elderly in apostolic works, and sports are a regular feature of the week, as well as other cultural and recreational activities.


William Ruelle playing the bass

Bill playing the bass

during a Mass at CMS

"My first four years of college were spent pursuing a career as a musician, but two years ago God called me away from that and into the seminary. My time here has not always been easy, but it has always been filled with God’s love. CMS is a good place to be because Jesus Christ is truly here, and my challenge has been to become ever more aware of that fact."

- William Ruelle, CMS Class of 2007

Admission into the Cardinal Muench Seminary college and pre-theology programs is limited to qualified men who have been properly admitted into a program of priestly formation by his diocese. Each candidate must be accepted by his diocese and then approved by the rector of the seminary.

Classes for both the college and pre-theology program are offered at Cardinal Muench Seminary and North Dakota State University. CMS and NDSU have an agreement that allows students to pursue studies for priestly formation as well as for the baccalaureate degree. Therefore, applicants must meet the admissions requirements set by North Dakota State University, as well as Cardinal Muench Seminary.

Among other things, the following documentation must be submitted:

Campus of North Dakota State University

For more information about admissions, contact the Administrative Assistant.


Tuition, room and board is paid to Cardinal Muench Seminary. Costs also included are retreat fees, local phone service, internet access, laundry, etc. All seminarians are charged the full tuition rate regardless of the number of semester hours for which they enroll.

Tuition and fees for each semester are due at the time of registration. Each student is encouraged to make whatever payment is possible. Students receiving financial aid from North Dakota State University are encouraged to pay CMS when they receive their financial aid reimbursements. If a student is unable to pay the balance, he must meet with the rector to set up a payment plan.

To make an online payment now, click the following link (instructions):

Electronic Payment


Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
7:20 a.m. Mass
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Classes
12:15 p.m. Dinner
5:00 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available
on specific days throughout the week.
5:40 p.m. Evening Prayer and Benediction
6:05 p.m. Supper
7:00 p.m. Study
10:00 p.m. Grand Silence
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