Full Membership is open to Roman Catholics of Black African descent holding doctoral degrees or their equivalent within the field of theology or related disciplines (philosophy, religious education, psychology, literature, history, sociology etc.)
Affiliate Membership is by invitation only. Prospective members shall be nominated from among (a) those persons whose scholarly expertise or research is concerned with history, thought, and religious practices of Black Catholics or African American religion and culture; and (b) those persons whose employment or ecclesiastical appointments concern Black Catholics. Affiliate members who are not Black Catholics have voice in Symposium meetings but no vote, and are not eligible to serve in any of the offices
Associate Membership is restricted to Black Catholic doctoral students and those who possess demonstrated scholarly expertise in areas of theology or related disciplines. A limited number of Affiliate memberships is extended to selected scholars and persons, both Black and non-Black whose research, writing and ecclesiastical appointments focuses on Black Catholics and who are nominated and approved by vote of the full members of the society.