The Graduate Certificate at the Augustine Institute is an honorary designation that testifies to the student’s successful completion of a preliminary course of studies in Catholic theology.

The Graduate Certificate is awarded after the successful completion of five of the nine courses required for the Master of Arts in Theology.

Course Requirements

Graduate Certificate Curriculum
15 Credit Hours (5 Courses)
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Application Requirements

Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate apply for admission as non-degree-seeking students and need submit only one letter of recommendation with their application.

Eligibility for Transfer to Masters Program

Students who complete the five certificate courses with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher are eligible to transfer to the Master of Arts in Theology as degree-seeking students. Such students must reapply to the program with two additional letters of reference from Augustine Institute faculty members.

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Curriculum Courses

SCRP 501 Salvation History

This course helps students to understand the unity of God’s plan of salvation from Creation to the Second Coming. By a thorough overview of the Old and New Testaments, this course introduces Catholic exegetical approaches and theological interpretation, aiding students in reading Scripture as the word of God. Students engage some comparative primary texts and grapple with historiographical questions that help them to demonstrate the reliability of the Bible. With a special focus on the themes of covenant and mission, the course illustrates how Jesus fulfills God’s promises and how he invites his followers to share in his work of evangelization.

3 Credit Hours

THEO 502 The Creed: The Trinity, Christ, and the Church

This course presents a synthetic summary of the symbolum fidei, the Christian Creed, with particular reference to its effective presentation in catechesis. The presentation follows that of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, making reference to other statements in minor creeds and magisterial documents, with particular emphasis given to the relevant portions of the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas. Throughout the course, the unity and coherence of the fides quae (i.e. “the faith which is believed”) are stressed. In addition to the Catechism, two classic explorations of Catholic doctrine are considered: Ratzinger, Introduction to Christianity, and Sheed, Theology and Sanity.

3 Credit Hours

SCRP 502 Jesus and the Gospels

Among all the books of the Bible, the Gospels have “a special preeminence,” according to the Second Vatican Council, “for they are the principal witness for the life and teaching of the incarnate Word” (Dei Verbum, 18). This course examines Jesus’ life and mission in light of the Synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of John. Students engage insights from historical research into the life of Jesus and the world of first-century Judaism as well as gain a deeper understanding of the Gospels as narrative. In addition, the Gospels are also studied for their perennial theological and spiritual significance.

3 Credit Hours

THEO 504 Moral and Spiritual Theology

Through an investigation of human personhood and the vocation to love and beatitude, this course helps students to understand moral action and the habits of character it establishes. Students examine the Biblical foundation of Catholic moral teaching with particular attention given to the Sermon on the Mount, the new life realized in us by the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the virtues of Christian living. The course treats the dynamics of the moral law, sin, repentance, and grace, as well as prayer and the stages of the spiritual life. In addition to the Catechism and the Summa Theologiae, texts considered include: Pinckaers, The Sources of Christian Ethics, and Garrigou-Lagrange, The Three Conversions of the Spiritual Life.

3 Credit Hours

THNE 501 Theology of the New Evangelization

This course examines the magisterial texts from Vatican II and the post-Conciliar pontificates in view of identifying the theological principles of the New Evangelization. Analysis of these principles focuses on: the Church’s missionary nature; holiness as the source and goal of evangelization; conversion as the condition for evangelization; and witness as the primary mode of evangelization. The course includes some pastoral indications based on these principles. Key texts include: Gaudium et spes, Ecclesiam Suam, Evangelii nuntiandi, Redemptoris missio, Tertio millennio adveniente, Ubicumque et semper, Porta fidei, and the documents of the Synod on the New Evangelization.

3 Credit Hours