FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is your transfer policy?

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Normally a maximum of twelve graduate-level credit hours in Catholic theology may be eligible for transfer credit to the Master of Arts programs in the Graduate School of Theology of the Augustine Institute. When exceptions are made to the twelve-credit maximum, they are typically for students who have completed a process of vocational discernment and are seeking to transfer credits from a seminary or house of religious formation. In such cases, up to eighteen credits may be transferred. In assigning transfer credits, the academic dean seeks to match work done at another institution with the core curriculum courses at the Augustine Institute. When matches cannot be found, transfer credits are allocated as elective courses. Students seeking to transfer credits should be aware that the Augustine Institute has accepted the apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae as regulative of its academic policies. Accordingly, an important criterion for the acceptance of transfer credits is the compatibility of the coursework with the institute’s mission to train Catholics for the New Evangelization. The Augustine Institute accepts only credits carrying grades of “B” (3.0) or above earned at accredited institutions of higher learning. To be eligible for transfer, all credits must be authenticated by an official transcript. While approved transfer credits count toward a degree at the institute, grades earned elsewhere are not transferable and are not included in the calculation of grade point average. All transfer credits are subject to the approval of the academic dean.

If I have additional questions, who should I contact?

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ParishCare is happy to assist and can be contacted by email at parishcare@formed.org or by phone at 844-367-6331.

Where do I find my billing information for my parish subscription?

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Parish Admins must go to formed.org/admin to access their Subscription Account Information.

Is the Augustine Institute for you?

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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.

What does it mean to audit a course?

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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.

Are there opportunities for additional correspondence with professors?

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Yes. Professors faithfully reply to student emails and are also available for conversation during their office hours via telephone and Skype.

What if English is my second language and/or I am not a U.S. Citizen?

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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.

How does distance education work?

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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.

How much will it cost me to earn the Master of Arts?

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A full-time student entering the program this fall should expect to pay approximately $21,600 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 $22,600.

How long will it take me to gain the Master of Arts?

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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 do Augustine Institute graduates use their degrees in the world?

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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.

Could you express that point more concretely, please?

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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.

What should I expect this teaching to do for me?

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To strengthen, deepen, and illuminate your own faith in Jesus Christ and to make you a better evangelist in whatever setting you find yourself.

What is so special about dynamic, orthodox instruction?

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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.

Is the Augustine Institute right for me?

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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.

"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