The university offers two forms of financial support:
- A limited number of scholarships, and research assistanceships awarded on a competitive basis.
- Loans, both need-based and non need-based.
The University of St. Thomas admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.
Catholic Studies Scholars
A limited number of Catholic Studies Scholarships are awarded each year on a competitive basis to full-time degree-seeking students of exceptional promise. These Catholic Studies Scholar awards, renewable until completion of the degree, provide a full tuition waiver and 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 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 discuss clearly and concisely their reasons for pursuing a Master of Arts in Catholic Studies degree and their personal and professional goals
- 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 March 1.
For those who are enrolled in the joint J.D./M.A. Catholic Studies degree program at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, there are also the "Murphy Scholars". These are completely separate from the above awards, have different requirements, and are due on April 30th. Click here for further information.
A limited number of Dean’s Scholarships provide tuition assistance for students who enroll as degree seeking students in the program. Dean’s Scholarships are administered by the Catholic Studies MA 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. For further information, please contact Dr. Kidd.
Scholarships for Teachers
Scholarships for Teachers provide tuition assistance for current primary and secondary lay teachers who enroll as degree seeking students in the program. Scholarships for Teachers are administered by the Catholic Studies MA Program 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, please contact Dr. Kidd.
Cooperative Scholarship Program for Teachers
The Cooperative Scholarship Program is a program available to primary and secondary schools. Teachers at cooperating schools, upon admission to the CSMA program, may be named by their school as a recipient of a Cooperative Scholarship. The CSMA program 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. For further information, please contact Dr. 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. The research assistant might aid the faculty member by researching sources in the library or on the Internet, collecting and summarizing research materials, preparing materials for and communicating with publishers, or other such work.
Only degree-seeking students in satisfactory academic standing and without any outstanding Incompletes on their record may work as assistants. Students holding full-time fellowships are ineligible. Research assistantships are for one semester and carry a stipend of $1500, paid at the end of the work. Depending on funding, several research assistantships may be offered during an academic year.