Your Catholic Studies MA,
Now Online

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A new way to embrace the Catholic intellectual tradition

The Catholic Studies Graduate Program from the University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest Catholic Studies program in the world. And it’s now offered online. It is a transformative opportunity to engage with the Catholic faith intellectually, while enriching your life, work, and sense of purpose.

A unique, interdisciplinary curriculum

Informed by a belief in the unity of knowledge, we bring multiple disciplines – theology, philosophy, history, literature, science and art – into every course. Your online journey may take you to the apse mosaic in Rome’s San Clemente church one week, and to the pages of Dante’s “Divine Comedy” the next. This reveals how “Christ is all, and in all” (Col. 3:11) – in the wisdom you seek, in the work you choose, and in the actions you take.

An internationally recognized, joyfully Catholic faculty

Guided by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s idea of a university, our program is designed to foster the intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth of students. You’ll study under the guidance of nationally and internationally recognized teacher-scholars, in a contemporary online learning environment. Our program provides both lecture and seminar course formats, virtual office hours, and ongoing discussion and debate throughout the semester, providing students with opportunities for rich and meaningful conversation about things that matter.

Preparation for a life well lived

Catholicism is animated from its core by the self-gift of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God. We help students see how the reality of Christ’s self-gift holds profound meaning in every aspect of human experience. Because of this, our students are drawn from many walks of life. Our students are teachers, doctors, businesspeople, parents, empty-nesters, and those just getting started in exploring their life’s vocation. Some are pursuing a career within the Catholic Church or preparing for doctoral studies, while others are simply looking to explore their faith in a rigorous and supportive academic context. They all find that gaining a deeper understanding of the Catholic tradition helps them grow in knowledge and purpose.

An international study opportunity

While our program is offered online, students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying in Rome at the Dominican Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum). Up to three courses may be taken there and applied to the degree program as electives. Graduate students may apply to live at University of St. Thomas' Bernardi Residence, just a short walk from the Vatican.

Share in the University of St. Thomas experience

Community is a hallmark of Catholic Studies at St. Thomas. As you engage online, using the best in contemporary teaching tools, your connections with faculty and fellow students will shape your Catholic Studies MA experience. Our fully online courses provide a rich and supportive learning environment, while our hybrid courses give students the opportunity to come to campus for immersive study and shared worship in beautiful Sitzmann Hall.

Take the first step today

The opportunity to study online makes it easy for you to join a vibrant community of students in a deep exploration of Catholic thought and culture. We invite you to learn more about this unique interdisciplinary program and to begin your Catholic Studies journey online with the University of St. Thomas.

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