Graduate lay students and alumni have enriched their careers and vocations through the School of Theology.
The Master of Arts in Theology program offers students a substantial academic background in specific theological disciplines. ICSST offers the M.A. in Theology in two formats: general and research. The general M.A. is for students seeking a terminal degree in Theology that allows them to pursue in-depth studies without a formal research component. The general M.A. is well-suited for persons teaching at the secondary school level. The research M.A. serves as the basis for further graduate studies and includes language reading and research requirements usually deemed prerequisites to doctoral studies.
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry program prepares students for competent leadership in a specialized ministry in the Catholic Church. The program strives to provide the student with both a theological education and specialized training in a chosen field of ministerial engagement.
The M.Div. program is the main professional degree providing theological training for those preparing to undertake ministry in the Roman Catholic Church, primarily through ordination to the priesthood. The Academic Program for Priesthood Candidates is the prescribed curriculum for all seminarians seeking ordination. This program, which fulfills all the requirements of the M.Div. program, is extended over four years and includes additional courses and other components to fulfill the requirements of the Program of Priestly Formation, Fifth Edition (2005). In particular and exceptional cases, with the approval of the rector/dean, qualified students who are not seeking ordination are admitted to the M.Div. program.
In the course of
complying with the Academic Program for Priesthood Candidates, a student meets
all requirements for the M.Div. degree. Because there are "surplus" credits in the Academic Program for Priesthood Candidates beyond what is applied toward the M.Div., a student may apply these additional credits toward the M.A. in Theology, either in the research or general format.
The Pre-Theology program is designed for students preparing for priestly ordination who possess an undergraduate Bachelor's degree or equivalent, but who do not have sufficient preparation in Philosophy and Theology. The Pre-Theology program provides a sequence of courses that satisfies all the preparatory requirements for admission to major seminary study in accordance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Program of Priestly Formation (Fifth Edition, 2005).
An ICSST certificate program allows students to finish a discrete program of learning and obtain a credential for it. Other students may use a certificate program as a way of "testing the waters" prior to and/or en route to completion of a degree program. A certificate can be earned concurrently with a degree. Currently, ICSST offers the Seminary's Theological Education for Parish Services (STEPS) certificate:
This certificate program is for persons seeking a deeper understanding of their faith, particularly those who are preparing to work in a parish setting or those who already work in a parish and seek additional academic and professional credentials.