Cost and Financial Aid

St. Thomas graduate tuition has been reduced! Beginning in Summer 2019, tuition will drop from $857 per credit to $625 per credit ($1,875 per course). This rate applies to courses taken by both degree seeking and non-degree seeking students.

The required technology fee (per semester/term) is $56.25 for one graduate course and $112.50 for two or more. 

Other costs to consider include a Student Health Fee, the cost of books and optional campus parking permits.

The St. Thomas Catholic Studies Graduate Program offers a variety of options to help students finance their education based on areas of interest and personal goals. Opportunities are listed below.


A limited number of Catholic studies graduate-level scholarships are awarded each year on a competitive basis to full-time, degree-seeking, on-ground students of exceptional promise.  

These Scholar awards, renewable until completion of the degree, provide a full-tuition scholarship.

It is expected that Catholic Studies Scholars will take three courses each semester until their last semester. Summer courses may be taken with tuition waivers. Scholar awards are awarded solely on merit, not need.  Scholarship applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • An outstanding undergraduate GPA
  • A distinguished writing sample that demonstrates superior research, critical thinking and writing skills
  • Three especially strong letters of recommendation, addressing the applicant’s past academic performance as well as potential for future achievement
  • An engaging personal statement in which the applicant clearly and concisely communicates their reasons for pursuing a Master of Arts in Catholic Studies
  • A separate statement of approximately 350 words explaining the applicant’s eligibility for a Catholic Studies Scholars Award

Scholarships for the second year are contingent upon students maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the first year of their scholarship and the availability of funding. Catholic Studies Scholars are expected to contribute to the life of the program in various ways for 5-10 hours per week. The Graduate Committee has the right to withdraw a scholarship if its proper use is being violated by the recipient.  

Applications for scholarships are due each year on Mar. 1.

A limited number of Sitzmann Scholarships provide tuition assistance for degree-seeking students who enroll in the graduate program. Sitzmann Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need. Those wishing to be considered for a Sitzmann Memorial Scholarship must file a FAFSA with the University of St. Thomas. These scholarships may be renewed annually pending availability of funds.

Thanks to the generosity of Catholic Studies donors, the department is happy to award all Catholic school educators in the Two-Course Study a 25% tuition scholarship (valued at $940).

Cooperative Scholarship Program: The Cooperative Scholarship Program is available to primary and secondary schools. Educators at cooperating schools, upon admission as a degree-seeking student in the Catholic Studies Graduate Program, may be named by their school as a recipient of a Cooperative Scholarship.

  • Catholic Studies would cover one third of the tuition, the sponsoring school would cover one third, and the student would cover the remaining third. These scholarships are intended primarily for students in the summer program. Cooperative scholarships may be renewed annually, pending availability of funds.

Other scholarships for current primary and secondary lay educators who enroll as degree-seeking students are administered by the MA in Catholic studies and are awarded on the basis of need. Those wishing to be considered for this scholarship must file a FAFSA with the University of St. Thomas. These scholarships may be renewed annually pending availability of funds.

For further information about all educator scholarship opportunities, please contact Catholic Studies Graduate Program director Dr. Erika Kidd.

Research assistantships allow graduate students to work with faculty members on scholarly projects. They are designed to offer students a specific learning experience and to help faculty members accomplish necessary tasks related to their research. Research assistants might aid the faculty member by researching sources in the library or online, collecting and summarizing research materials, preparing materials for and communicating with publishers, or other related work.

Only degree-seeking students in satisfactory academic standing, and without any outstanding incompletes on their student record, may work as assistants. Catholic Studies Scholars are ineligible. Depending on funding, several research assistantships may be offered during an academic year.

Working to integrate the Catholic intellectual tradition into the Law School and the university's graduate programs, the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy offers competitive student research fellowships.

Students enrolled in either the J.D. or the CSMA program may apply for the fellowships. Acceptance of such students is contingent on a demonstration of interest in the work of the Murphy Institute and commitment to the goals of the Murphy Institute. Click here for further information.

For information about additional scholarships, grants, student loans and other resources available to graduate students, please visit Graduate Financial Aid.

Students who are veterans may be eligible for a full tuition scholarship through the MN GI Bill  and the Chapter 33/Yellow Ribbon Program.