Strengthen your liberal arts education and enhance your understanding of the Catholic tradition by earning a Master of Arts in Catholic Studies through our evening program.

With our Master of Arts in Catholic Studies, students develop the capacity of mind to form a connected view of things informed by the truths of the Catholic faith. You’ll compare various disciplinary approaches to reality and their inherent contributions to a rich interdisciplinary understanding of God and creation, which allows students to apply this tradition to current professional, moral, and intellectual challenges.

At a Glance

1.2 Billion
Number of Roman Catholics, worldwide

Program Length

2 years

Format

  • Evening classes at our main campus in Bismarck, ND

Tuition per Credit

$550

Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Catholic Educators
  • Catholic Clergy
  • Professionals working for Catholic charities and nonprofits
  • All other professionals who seek to excel in a parish or educational institution where expertise on Catholic thought is an asset

Career Paths

  • Catholic Educator 
  • Catholic Charity Manager
  • Church Leader 
  • Faith-Based Nonprofit Director 

What You’ll Learn

Focused on the history of the Catholic faith, its teachings over the centuries, and its role in the past, present, and future, our MA in Catholic Studies provides a deep and detailed examination of Catholicism and the Church. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Analyze important texts and thinkers in the Catholic intellectual, spiritual, and cultural tradition to create a coherent vision of the Catholic tradition.
  • Assess challenges to liberal education and construct a vision of education that encourages the flourishing of human persons based on students’ understanding of the history of Western education.
  • Understand the various disciplinary approaches to reality and their inherent contributions to a rich interdisciplinary understanding of God and creation and apply this tradition to current professional, moral, and intellectual challenges.

Program Details

Your first step is to apply for candidacy by submitting the application for admission. Candidacy means you are on your way to completing the admissions process! You will need to be accepted into your program before you can enroll in classes.

Upon receiving candidacy, you will need to submit the following to be considered for admissions into a graduate program:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Official transcripts -  Your official transcripts and any test scores that may be required by your program to be sent to the university. Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your transcripts for you! At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. You can send transcripts to:
    Office of Admissions
    University of Mary
    7500 University Drive
    Bismarck, ND 58504
  • Resume
  • Application/enrollment fee – This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.
  • Goals Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation 
  • Writing Sample - Please submit an essay of 2500-4000 words that advances a thesis using arguments and evidence appropriate for the topic.

For a list of courses for this program, visit the catalog.

  • Evening classes at our main campus in Bismarck, ND
  • Tuition: $550/credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • Technology/Safety fee: $35 per credit
  • Parking fee (evening class participants only): $25 per semester

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