Cost and Financial Aid

St. Thomas graduate tuition for the 2018-19 academic year is $857.50 per credit hour; Catholic studies MA courses are all three credits, bringing the cost for each course to $2572.50.

Non-degree seeking students can take courses at a 25% lower tuition rate of $643 per credit or $1,929 per course. Up to two non-degree courses may be applied to a full CSMA degree.

Other costs to consider include a technology fee, cost for 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.

St. Thomas graduate tuition for the 2018-19 academic year is $857.50 per credit hour; Catholic studies MA courses are all three credits, bringing the cost for each course to $2572.50.

Non-degree seeking students can take courses at a 25% lower tuition rate of $643 per credit or $1,929 per course. Up to two non-degree courses may be applied to a full CSMA degree.

Other costs to consider include a technology fee, cost for books and optional campus parking permits.

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 Catholic Studies Scholar awards, renewable until completion of the degree, provide a full tuition waiver. A limited number of Scholar awards may also include a stipend of $4,000 per semester. 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, but no stipend is available for the summer session. Catholic Studies Scholar awards are awarded solely on merit, not need.  Scholarship applications are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • an outstanding GPA, verified by official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate studies and sent directly to the Catholic Studies Graduate Office;
  • a distinguished writing sample of 10-12 pages that demonstrates superior research, critical thinking and writing skills;
  • three especially strong letters of recommendation from college professors that address the applicant’s past academic performance as well as potential for future achievement;
  • a personal statement of approximately 700 words in which applicants clearly and concisely discuss their reasons for pursuing a Master of Arts in Catholic Studies degree and their personal and professional goals; and
  • a separate statement of approximately 350 words explaining the applicant’s eligibility for a Catholic Studies Scholarship.

Scholarships for the second year are contingent upon students maintaining a GPA of 3.5 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 Dean’s Scholarships provide tuition assistance for degree-seeking students who enroll in the graduate program. Dean’s Scholarships are administered by the Catholic Studies Graduate Program and are awarded on the basis of need. Those wishing to be considered for a Dean’s Scholarship must file a FAFSA with the University of St. Thomas. These scholarships may be renewed annually pending availability of funds.

Mission and Culture Two-Course Study tuition scholarships: Catholic school educators enrolled in the Catholic Studies Graduate Program’s Mission and Culture Two-Course Study may be eligible for a tuition scholarship of up to 50%.

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 financially supports faculty and student research fellowships, including the Murphy Scholars program.

Students enrolled in the joint J.D./MA Catholic studies (CSMA) degree program have priority for acceptance as Murphy Scholars. Students enrolled in either the J.D. or the CSMA program may also apply; 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.