The Theological Institute - Saint John's Seminary

The Theological Institute

Master of Arts in Ministry | Master of Theological Studies
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Why our Programs?

Saint John’s Seminary is a graduate school of theology and, in addition to forming future priests, offers two fully accredited graduate degree programs in Catholic theology for laity, religious, and deacons.

These two degree programs are faithful to the Catholic intellectual tradition, are carefully crafted to provide an integrated and thorough study of Catholic theology, and allow for specialization in one of two themes: acquiring skills to minister within the Church, or honing one’s skills to participate fully in the New Evangelization of the world.

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Learning from within the

heart of the Church

“Lay formation at Saint John’s Seminary is an integral part of our mission to form disciples who are adequately prepared to evangelize the world, not only through their ministries, but also through their lives.”

Very Rev. Stephen Salocks, 80'
Rector of Saint John’s Seminary

What do these degrees have in common?

Both the Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.) and Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree programs possess an academic core stemming from within the heart of the Church. The intellectual dimension of formation immerses the student in the rich and robust treasury of Catholic theology, and is faithfully anchored in Scripture, Tradition, and the magisterial teachings of the Church.

What makes these degrees unique?

Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.)

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Ministry degree is designed for those who seek to serve the local Church as pastoral associates, religious educators, or in a variety of administrative and ministerial positions. It also prepares students to serve the Church in other settings, such as hospitals, campuses, and prisons.

  • 12 academic courses (36 credits)
  • 4 semesters of field education (12 credits)
  • 4 semesters of monthly human and spiritual formation
  • 2 Year Program
  • Classes offered on evenings and weekends

Outcomes

Upon graduation from the Master of Arts in Ministry program, the student will have achieved the following objectives:

  • All students will possess a graduate-level understanding of the fundamentals of Catholic theology and each of its branches.

  • All students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of theology to philosophy and culture.

  • All students will develop skills in evangelization.

  • All students will demonstrate competence in the art of ministry.

Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

Program Overview

The Master of Theological Studies for the New Evangelization is an academic degree to equip laypersons and others to fulfill the call of Vatican II: to bring the beauty of the Gospel to the fields of work, culture, and family.

  • 12 academic courses (36 credits)
  • 2 semesters of monthly M.T.S. Colloquium (2 credits)
  • 2 semesters of monthly human and spiritual formation
  • Student’s choice of composing a thesis or taking comprehensive exams
  • 2 Year Program
  • Classes offered on evenings and weekends

Outcomes

Upon graduation from the Master of Theological Studies, the student will have achieved the following objectives:

  • All students will possess a graduate-level understanding of the fundamentals of Catholic theology and each of its branches.

  • All students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of theology to philosophy and culture.

  • All students will develop skills in evangelization.

  • All students will demonstrate competence in advanced academic study and/or research.

The Four Dimensions of Formation

Intellectual Formation

Human Formation

Spiritual Formation

Apostolic Formation

Top Tier Faculty

Many classes are taught by eminent scholars in their field and their work is at the forefront of Catholic theology. Students benefit by studying directly with academics who are not only the best at what they do, but are dedicated to the authentic handing on of the Faith and whole person formation.

Academic Rigor

Our programs provide both a solid theological foundation and a depth of study into the various areas of theology, such as Trinitarian Theology and Christology, Ecclesiology, Moral Theology, and Liturgical and Sacramental Theology. Our curriculum was designed to reveal the breath and depth of Catholic theology to each student.

Dr. Anthony Coleman
Director of MAM/MTS Degree Programs

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