Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Augustine Institute right for me?
Yes, if you are looking for dynamic, orthodox instruction in Catholic theology that will provide you with a solid foundation in the sources of Catholic Truth and form you for the work of the New Evangelization.
What is so special about dynamic, orthodox instruction?
The professors at the Augustine Institute share the common goal of teaching for conversion: for their own continuing conversion, for their students', and for their students' students. They teach from faith and for the sake of bringing Christ's truth and love to the world.
What should I expect this teaching to do for me?
To strengthen, deepen, and illuminate your own faith in Jesus Christ and to make you a better evangelist in whatever setting you find yourself.
Could you express that point more concretely, please?
Yes: the graduates of the Augustine Institute are able to make the Catechism of the Catholic Church come alive as an instrument of evangelization, catechesis, and conversion, because they have studied the Catechism in light of its sources and with respect to the principles of the New Evangelization.
How do Augustine Institute graduates use their degrees in the world?
Some are parish and diocesan ministers, Catholic school teachers, and members of religious life. Others are professionals in various fields, including business, medicine, law, engineering, and technology. All are offering Christian witness in their families, communities, and parishes.
How long will it take me to gain the Master of Arts?
Full-time students on our campus in Denver finish the program in two academic years. Part-time and distance education students typically take three courses per calendar year and finish the program within four years.
How much will it cost me to earn the Master of Arts?
A full-time student entering the program this Fall should expect to pay approximately $19,000 over the next two years. For those planning to take three or four years in the program, the modest annual increase in tuition will lead to a total closer to $20,000.
How does distance education work?
Classes are filmed in Denver and uploaded to distance education student accounts each week. Distance education students watch the video lectures at their convenience, participate in online discussion with professors and classmates, and submit their work and receive comments and grades through our online course management system.
Are there opportunities for additional correspondence with professors?
Yes. Professors faithfully reply to student emails and are also available for conversation during their office hours via telephone and Skype.
What does it mean to audit a course?
Auditing allows students to participate in the classroom experience without being held to assessments. Auditors attend lectures, take notes, and follow course readings. Auditors do NOT take exams or write papers. No academic credit is awarded to audited courses. Auditors will not receive a final grade for the course. Please refer to the Financials section for information on tuition costs for auditors.