Certificate of Advanced Studies

Overview

The post-master’s Certificate of Advanced Studies in Theology (CAS) is designed for individuals who possess a master’s degree in theology (e.g., MAT.), ministry (e.g., MACM), divinity (e.g., MDiv), or a related field and who desire to continue their theological education with a general or focused program of study. (All qualified graduates of St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute, regardless of degree or year of graduation, may apply.) 

The 30-credit (10-course) program can be taken on a full-time or a part-time basis. The program is composed in part of regular courses available to students studying for master’s degrees and in part of specialized, advanced study specific to this program. (Advanced standing with credit, up to six credits, may be available for previous advanced work. See details below.) Tuition is the same as for the master’s program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of the CAS will be marked by the ability to demonstrate, both orally and in writing, one of the following major outcomes, depending on the track selected:

  • A broadened and deepened understanding of several
    theological disciplines beyond that appropriate to a
    master’s degree (general track)
  • In-depth understanding of a specific academic area of
    theology beyond that appropriate to a master’s degree
    (specialized track)
  • In-depth understanding of a specific academic area of
    theology and proficiency in conducting theological
    research in that area (research track)

Completion of the Program

All course work must be completed within five years from the date of the first course taken toward the CAS (excepting advanced-standing credits). A final GPA of 3.00 is required.