­The Augustine Institute’s Graduate School of Theology is the perfect complement to Young Life training and is available through a distance-education platform that makes completing the Master of Arts in Theology practical and affordable.

Our curriculum is designed to form confident and compelling teachers of the Faith, by inviting students to bring the Church’s Deposit of the Faith to the center of their intellectual and spiritual lives. ­Through the study of Sacred Scripture, dogmatic theology, and history, catechetical leaders are formed in the heart of the Church and sent forth with the intellectual and practical formation necessary to be leaders in the New Evangelization.


How can I complete the M.A. through the Augustine Institute?

  1. Take for credit the six courses offered by YL through one of the credentialing institutions, then have an official transcript sent from that school to the Augustine Institute. The courses will transfer as follows:
Young Life Course: Augustine Institute Designation:
Intro. to Youth Ministry LEAD 551   Intro. to Youth Ministry
Systematic Theology 1 THEO 500   Intro. to Theology
Gospels and Acts SCRP 500   Intro. to the Gospels
Leadership I LEAD 51    Incarnational Youth Ministry
Leadership II LEAD 652   Incarnational Discipleship
The Minister as Person LEAD 700   Christian Service & Personal Development
  1. Apply to the Augustine Institute’s Graduate School of Theology and take the following seven courses (plus a comprehensive examination) to earn the M.A.:
  • SCRP 501:   Salvation History
  • THEO 502:   The Creed: The Trinity, Christ, and the Church
  • SCRP 502:   Jesus and the Gospels
  • THEO 503:   Mystagogy: Liturgy and the Sacraments
  • SCRP 504:   Pauline Literature
  • THEO 504:   Moral and Spiritual Theology
  • THNE 501:   Theology of the New Evangelization


But is the M.A. degree at the Augustine Institute affordable?

Yes. The Augustine Institute offers a 20% reduction in tuition to YL Staff Associates. You can also apply to the Mother Teresa Scholarship Fund or the St. Nicholas Scholarship Fund for additional help in making up the difference between what your YL ongoing training budget supplies and the net cost of tuition. For information about those scholarship programs, see: https://www.augustineinstitute.org/need-based-scholarships/


Where should I go with my further questions?

This website has much of the information you are likely to be seeking, but please also feel free to contact Ms. Kathryn Murray, the Director of Admissions: kathryn.murray@augustineinstitute.org │ 303.937.4420