Master of Catholic Thought


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Andrew Stumpf
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Welcome to the Master of Catholic Thought

The Master of Catholic Thought (MCT) program at St. Jerome’s University offers graduate students a transformative learning experience. Our unique graduate theology program is a conjoint master’s-level degree offered together with the University of Waterloo.


The MCT program responds to the need for “Theology for the World” for those of all faith denominations, who provide leadership in areas such as health care, social services, and education working in communities, churches, and beyond, to be theologically informed regarding Roman Catholic life and thought. The program is also well aligned for those who distinctively wish to pursue a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Catholic tradition.

A diverse group of faculty members from St. Jerome’s University of History, Religious Studies, English and Sociology departments teaches and supervises students in graduate courses. The theology program allows students to engage with the role of theology in response to many different topics, including:


  •     the ecological crisis,
  •     Eastern Christian theology,
  •     ecumenical thought,
  •     Catholic social ethics,
  •     historical understandings of Catholic life and thought, and
  •     the sociological and political impact of theological insights.

Students will also engage with a wide range of visiting scholars whose courses will expand student’s perspectives and perceptions.

Use the following links to learn more about Admissions, Degree Requirements, and our Faculty, or scroll down on this page to view the Program at a Glance.

We welcome you to join us in exploring one of the most vibrant and venerable faith traditions, and its implications for the good of the world.


Andrew Stumpf
Acting Director, Master of Catholic Thought

Program At A Glance


Graduate Field



Students register as Degree, Non-degree-Credit, or Non-degree-Audit status. For more information visit our Admissions page.



Delivery Mode
On-campus (St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo), but may vary to meet the needs of students.



Program Length
Full-time – 2 years, Part-time – 4-5 years





Application Deadline
Flexible. Master of Catholic Thought applications are assessed year-round.



Academic Requirements
Students must take 7 courses (5 core and 2 electives) and complete a 35-50 page research paper. For more information visit our Degree Requirements page.