Master of Arts in Catholic Studies

Strengthen your personal formation and enhance your understanding of the Catholic tradition by earning a Master of Arts in Catholic Studies online or in person from a Cardinal Newman Society Recommended College. 

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. As you grow in your personal formation, you’ll integrate what you learn in courses into your life. Our supportive academic community unites students and faculty throughout coursework and other opportunities for connection.

Take the First Step
Get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission.
After acceptance to the university as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

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
  • Online with one-week visit to the main campus

Tuition per Credit

$570

Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Catholic Educators
  • Catholic Clergy
  • Professionals working for Catholic charities and nonprofits
  • Other professionals who seek to excel in a parish or educational institution where expertise on Catholic thought is an asset
  • Students who’d like to further their academic study in pursuit of doctoral degrees
  • Any person seeking personal formation and spiritual and intellectual growth

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 get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. After acceptance to the University as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!
  • Evening classes at our main campus in Bismarck, ND
  • Online with one-week visit to the main campus

The Catholic Tradition (3 credits)

With the aid of various disciplines, journey through the profound thought and culture of the Catholic intellectual tradition and encounter that tradition’s depth and beauty.

History of Western Education (2 credits)

Explore the changing nature and purposes of Western education from the Greek philosophical tradition and Jewish revelatory tradition to the Christian synthesis of both. Discover the drama of its developments, including challenges by modernism and contemporary issues.

John Henry Newman the Educator (2 credits)

Encounter Saint John Henry Newman through his life and writings and examine how his view of education arises from this life as friend, scholar, tutor, professor, and priest; relate this Catholic vision to your task as an educator. 

Principles of Catholic Education (2 credits)

Master principles of Catholic education: faith and reason, the mind’s fulfillment in truth, and human flourishing as the purpose of education. Apply these principles to education today, such as current trends, use of technology, theories of instruction and assessment, etc.

Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

Synthesize content from your course of study to produce an essay or other project to show the integration of knowledge gained from your study into other aspects of your life.  

Latin of the Church (2 credits)

Study the basic syntax and vocabulary of Ecclesial Latin, as seen in prayers, hymns, and Mass. This course may be waived by passing a proficiency exam. 

In addition to the courses listed above, elective courses are required for this program. For more information regarding courses for this program, visit the catalog.

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  • Tuition: $570/credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • Technology fee: $43 per credit
  • Parking fee (evening class participants only): $25 per semester

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the graduate program:

  • Official transcripts showing a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
    • Graduated from the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to [email protected]
  • Resume
  • Application/enrollment fee – This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.
  • Goals Statement
  • Two references (include contact information as part of the application)
  • Writing Sample - Please submit an essay of 2500-4000 words that advances a thesis using arguments and evidence appropriate for the topic.

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