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The Incarnation changes everything.

Catholic Studies Graduate Program

The Catholic Studies Graduate Program - Life Transformed

The Catholic Studies Graduate Program at the University of St. Thomas is a transformative opportunity to engage with the Catholic faith intellectually while enriching your life, work, and sense of purpose.

While most graduate programs focus on a particular academic discipline, our program incorporates multiple academic disciplines – theology, philosophy, history, literature, science, and the arts – into every course. In Catholic Studies, you will deepen your ability to see the unity of knowledge and develop a coherent vision of your whole life and work.

The program offers a range of course options: full time, part time, in-person or online. All courses are taught by our nationally and internationally recognized, joyfully Catholic teacher-scholars.

Degree Options

The Catholic Studies Graduate Program offers a variety of degree and certificate options, each of which includes online and in-person course offerings.

Graduate Programs in Catholic Studies Course Offerings

Our courses introduce you to the breath of over two thousand years of Catholic thought and culture through the interdisciplinary way of thinking central to Catholic Studies.

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The Catholic Studies Graduate Experience

Be Transformed

Intellectual seriousness, lively faith, joy and laughter.

Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth…so that by knowing and loving God, men and women can come to the fullness of truth about themselves.

St. John Paul the Great, Fides et Ratio


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Joan Wieland '22 CSMA

"Catholic Studies is a balance of the academic pursuit of Christ and the personal pursuit of Christ."

Eamon Naughton '22 CSMA

"Catholic Studies is not just a space, it's a place. It's a home that draws you in to learning. It draws you in to community."

Jenny Hagenauer '22 CSMA

"Your classmates are from different walks of life. It's a rich community that gives a different perspective in the classroom which makes the whole program beautiful and is perfectly incorporated into the classroom."

Olivia Griffith '22 CSMA

"This program has transformed my life. Every class has had a deep impression on me. The professors love what they teach and the students love learning."

A.J. Barker '21 CSMA

"What makes Catholic Studies so unique is its interdisciplinary dimension. It draws on culture, history, theology, the arts, literature, business. It doesn't spread it thin. It makes it more unified and intuitive."

Scottie Helstad '22 CSMA

"I knew my passion for Catholicism needed a little more academic backing for my next step."

Graduate Student Handbook and Course Catalog

The CAS Graduate Student Handbook and Course Catalog outlines requirements and policies for students in our graduate programs and compiles information on all of the college's graduate courses. Any issues not mentioned in this handbook are governed by general University of St. Thomas Graduate Policies.