Frequently Asked Questions - Graduate Theology

Certificate Programs
The certificate of Spiritual Direction is offered in an in-class, cohort format.  A few of the classes will have an on-line component, but the bulk of the program requires in-class meetings.  Cohorts and all classes are available in both Mobile, AL and Atlanta, GA.

Yes, very much so. While rooted in the Catholic tradition of theology and of church, spirituality is also the area of theology in which the common ground of Christian faith is most clearly discovered.

The major form of assistance is the significantly reduced tuition offered for all students in the theology programs, comparable to 50% or more reduction of the standard tuition for these programs nationwide. In some cases, the diocese, parish, school or employer will offer further assistance. For those qualified for the Portier Grant (Catholics with financial need, active in ministry in the Archdiocese of Mobile), there are a limited number of tuition grants of up to 25%, for a matching amount of assistance from the parish or school or other archdiocesan institution.
The MTS and MPS degrees are specifically designed to be part time for adults with other commitments.  The minimum amount of time for the degree would be two and half years. Students have six years to complete the program.  The MA degree would normally take 2-3 years beyond the completion of the MTS.
The new blended format requires that students attend at least 6 in-class meetings during the course of their program, the rest of the program is offered fully on-line. The in-class meetings (Hybrid courses and Graduate Seminars) are offered in both Mobile, AL and Atlanta, GA.
The Graduate Theology program is deeply rooted in the Catholic tradition, but also seeks to offer an expansive, ecumenical vision that enters into dialogue with the many “frontiers” and challenges of the 21st century.  A large percentage of our students are not Roman Catholic and come from many of the Orthodox and Protestant denominations.  The ecumenical diversity of our students is a great asset of the program.