The University of St. Thomas

College of Arts & Sciences | Department of Catholic Studies | Graduate Program

Program Variations

Program Variations

Program Variations

Summer-Only Program: Students who are not available to study during the academic year or who, because of work or family considerations, cannot relocate to the Twin Cities for the duration of their studies, can opt to complete the program requirements through summer-only courses. Typically, two courses are offered each summer during a six-week session, with each class meeting during daytime hours twice a week.

Joint Degree in Law: In the joint JD-MA program offered by the Department of Catholic Studies and the St. Thomas School of Law, students earn two graduate degrees (in Law and Catholic Studies, respectively; a total of 97 credits), in less time than it would take to earn the two degrees separately. Full-time students can expect to complete the joint program in three and one-half to four years of study. Students must apply for each program separately and meet all admissions requirements in both Law and Catholic Studies. Students typically enroll in the School of Law before applying for the Master of Arts degree in Catholic Studies.  Catholic Studies elective requirements are waived for JDMA students.  For more information, contact Dr. John Boyle (Catholic Studies) or Dr. Elizabeth Schiltz (School of Law).

Rome: In partnership with the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum), Catholic Studies graduate students are given the option of studying in Rome for one semester. For more information, please refer to the Rome information for graduate students.