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Distance Education

With all who call on His name in every place.
-1 Corinthians 1:2 

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Study Catholic Theology Online

Our on-campus and distance-education programs together form one student body and are not divided entities on separate tracks. Instead, distance-education students are invited—by means of the best technology available and the generous availability on the part of the faculty—to narrow the gap of geography.

Our many efforts to bring our on-campus and distance students closer—through high-definition videos, live-streamed interactive course offerings, telephone calls, promptly answered emails, lively online discussion, and substantive feedback on assignments—are built on a common pursuit of divine wisdom through study and prayer.
Our professional video production team is crucial to the distance-education experience. We have a full-time expert team and a state-of-the art studio classroom rigged with lights and camera angles to give students the experience of sitting in a room with a professor and other students (rather than watching a video alone).

All distance students are also warmly invited to participate in our graduation exercises in May. When distance-education students visit the Denver campus, they often remark to faculty that they feel as if they have come home.

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Direct Line of Communication with the Faculty

The Augustine Institute is known for its distinguished faculty who specialize in Scripture, the patristics, moral theology, Church history, and more.  Our faculty are dedicated to forming students in the Catholic intellectual tradition in order to enrich their spiritual lives and to prepare them for evangelical work. Rather than using teaching assistants to run distance classes, our faculty interact directly with online students through Zoom office hours, discussion boards, extensive feedback on papers, and email and phone conversations.

Flexibility

The distance education program is designed to be completed part-time online in three to four years. However, students may design their own path to completion depending on what their schedule allows, with the minimum completion rate being two years and the maximum eight years. Many of our distance-education students have full-time jobs—often in ecclesial or apostolic settings—and many are caring for children or other dependents. Therefore, distance education allows them maximum flexibility to flourish in their studies without moving to Denver or giving up jobs or family responsibilities.

Online Course Work

The Augustine Institute uses digital media technology to make the wisdom of Christ available to students around the world. Faculty of the graduate school work closely with our production team to deliver the best possible experience of distance education.

The Augustine Institute makes use of an online learning management system that allows students to view course documents and readings, interact with classmates and instructors via a dynamic message board, submit coursework, view grades, and receive professorial comments.

Distance students watch the same lectures as on-campus students and frequently participate in discussions with them.

Ever New and Not Recycled

Our courses are filmed live to our on-campus students and delivered asynchronously to our distance education students worldwide.

Whereas many distance-education programs use lectures that are rerun year after year and employ teaching assistants who interface with students, lectures filmed at the Augustine Institute are retired after no more than twelve months. Our faculty are responsible for your formation, from lectures and live conversations to course grading.

Distance-education students can be assured that they are receiving fresh instructional material. Many courses also offer periodic video meetings where distance-education students can participate in live conversations with their instructor and with one another.

The graduate school offers some courses in a synchronous “DE-Live” format. In these seminar-style courses, distance-education students interact in real time with the instructor and on-campus students via videoconferencing software.

Intensive Courses

We do not demand distance students meet a minimal residency requirement. However, students have the option of taking week-long intensive courses on-site in Denver in January and in June to meet our faculty and their fellow students.

These standard three-credit courses meet all day Monday–Friday for a single week and are followed by two to three assignments over the month following for a final grade. Two to three course options are made available each week.

During intensive courses, distance students can expect to participate in the life of the institute through daily Mass and join in fellowship with faculty as well as other students from around the nation.

Practical Preparation

Our students and alumni bring the fruits of their participation in the Graduate School into the service of their own parishes, dioceses, schools, and other ecclesial communities, that together we might build up the one Body of Christ. Thus, incoming students join a worldwide network of faithful disciples serving the Church in their various geographic areas.

Academic Calendars
The graduate theology curriculum at the Augustine Institute contains the essentials for effectively sharing the Gospel in the New Evangelization: Three courses in Sacred Scripture that teach you how to bring the Word of God alive; Three courses in Catholic Doctrine that prepare you to give a reason for the faith within you; Three courses on the history and theology of evangelization to spur you to mission; and three elective courses that allow you to hone your special theological or pastoral gifts.
Accessible
Augustine Studios delivers a state-of-the-art classroom experience to students around the globe. As an Augustine Institute distance education student, you receive the highest quality video courses filmed live to our on-campus students. Courses are never re-used for more than one year, so the content you receive will always be new. The Distance Education program features the most advanced online tools for course interaction and resources, and you will also have the opportunity to interact with our faculty through various media, including email, telephone, and video conferencing.
Flexible
Our program is designed for maximal flexibility to meet the busy schedules and different time zones of our students. Students access lectures any time in an “on-demand” delivery style each week. Courses are offered in structured Fall/Spring/Summer terms, to promote a learning community model, and with three terms year-round students have control over the timeline to completing their 12-course degree curriculum. There are three term starts per year with rolling admission, so you can apply any time!
On Campus Intensives
The Augustine Institute does not burden distance students with a residency requirement; however, students have the option to take week-long intensive courses on-campus in Denver in January and June to meet our faculty and their fellow students. In sight of the Rocky Mountains, the Augustine Institute’s location offers a beautiful setting to visit. These standard 3-credit courses meet all day Monday-Friday for a single week and are followed by 2-3 assignments over the month following for a final grade. Two to three course options are made available each week. During intensive courses you can expect to participate in the life of the Institute through daily Mass and join in fellowship with faculty as well as other students from around the nation. All distance students are also warmly invited to participate in our graduation exercises in May.
Attentive Faculty
Our faculty are dedicated to forming students in the Catholic intellectual tradition in order to enrich their spiritual lives and to prepare them for evangelical work. All of our faculty members are committed to marrying the life of the mind with the life and all hold a mandate from the Catholic Church. The direct interaction and availability of professors define the distance experience at the Augustine Institute. We have 11 full-time faculty members who live in-residence here in Denver and collaborate on the most successful ways to approach distance teaching. Faculty deliver a personalized experience through online discussion boards as well as classroom Skype sessions. Faculty make themselves available through email, phone, and Skype for questions outside of the classroom.
Community
Since the Augustine Institute was founded in 2005, over 500 alumni now serve in parishes, dioceses, apostolates, and schools throughout the world. Students represent a number of countries including Europe, Australia, Singapore, as well as many states. The growing community supports and strengthens itself as leaders in the universal Church unified in Jesus Christ.

"This education and formation has changed my life...

...I am eternally grateful for what the Augustine Institute has done for my soul, my family and my apostolate. If you feel called to further your education and theological studies, I cannot recommend anything better than the Augustine Institute.

LEAH DARROW
MA Theology, Alumna ’17

"I pray that my teaching and writing will be of...

...service to the new evangelization, helping equip my students to engage post-modernity and propose the timeless teachings of Christ in a timely way for our age.”

DR. TED SRI
Visiting Professor of Theology

"I really cannot say enough good things about...

the education and human formation we received as students at the Augustine Institute. From the outstanding professors to the rich curriculum, everything lends itself to the development of the intellect and the zeal to bring Jesus Christ to the world. I would highly recommend the Augustine Institute to anyone looking to achieve excellence in knowledge, wisdom and virtue.”

SR. MIRIAM JAMES HEIDLAND, SOLT
MA Theology, ’15

"Forming future leaders today is one of the most...

...pressing tasks we now face, and no one in this country does it with more energy, depth, and skill than the Augustine Institute.”

ARCHBISHOP CHARLES J. CHAPUT, O.F.M. CAP.
Archdiocese of Philadelphia