Your Catholic Studies Journey Online
A new way to embrace the Catholic intellectual tradition
Guided by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s idea of a university,
the Catholic Studies graduate program is designed to foster the intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth of students. Our online courses provide students with the opportunity to study under the guidance of nationally and internationally recognized teacher-scholars, but with the convenience and flexibility of an 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.
Our online classes use contemporary teaching tools to foster a sense of community, connection, and conversation. Faculty videos prepare students to read well and to reflect on what they have read. These videos, together with students’ personal study, prepare faculty and students to explore course material together.
Through weekly written and video assignments, students and faculty exchange ideas and seek answers to big questions. Optional small-group meetings provide opportunities to share insights in real time.
In addition, our faculty offer virtual office hours for informal conversation. Blended courses include workshops in Sitzmann Hall, and all online students are invited to attend on-campus events throughout the semester, as they are able.
While our program is offered online, students have the option 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 the University of St. Thomas' Bernardi Residence, just a short walk from the Vatican. Non-traditional graduate students and those with families can take advantage of other living options that suit their distinct needs and preferences.
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 online students are from all walks of life and areas of the globe. 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.