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 $20,000 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 $21,000.
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.
What if English is my second language and/or I am not a U.S. Citizen?
For our international applicants, we are so grateful for your interest in the academic community here at the Augustine Institute. As a part of the universal Church, we strive to be universal in our student body as well, and we are very proud of our foreign student body who contribute greatly to the program. It is with you in mind that we developed the highest quality distance education, as well as parish programming, so that we can serve the needs of the Church around the world.
In addition to the checklist requirements, foreign nationals must do one of the following:
|Submit your TOEFL scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with your application (Note: The TOEFL is a very costly test).||OR||Request that your admissions essay be considered as evidence of competency in the English language.|
You will be evaluated on your English competency by the Admission’s Committee in order to determine your capacity for success in graduate studies. It is often the case that foreign nationals for whom English is a second language are recommended to pursue coursework on a non-degree seeking basis.
*On Campus Applications
At this time, the Augustine Institute is not a SEVIS authorized school, and therefore is not authorized to issue the I-20 form, which is required for your student visa application. The Department of Homeland Security requires a information protocol on nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors to be collected during the course of their stay. Receiving a SEVIS authorization requires a great deal of resources and responsibility that we cannot afford at this time but may be able to achieve in the coming years as the graduate school grows. You may wish to read further here.
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.
Is the Augustine Institute for you?
Increasingly, Catholics are recognizing a need to be well formed in their faith. Our students include catechists, recent college graduates, parents, lay leaders, educators, clergy and religious, and Catholics from a variety of professions. Whether you are seeking personal enrichment, catechetical certification, continuing education credits or a graduate degree in Theology, the Augustine Institute is your resource for growing in your Catholic faith.