Master of Catholic Thought


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Andrew Stumpf
Assistant Professor
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Welcome to the Master of Catholic Thought

Graduate life at St. Jerome’s University encompasses transformative experiential learning for highly motivated students. Our unique graduate theology program, the Master of Catholic Thought (MCT), is a conjoint master’s-level degree 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.

St. Jerome’s University celebrates faculty in the departments of History, Religious Studies, English, and Sociology that teach and supervise students in graduate courses. The theology program also allows students to engage with visiting scholars exploring the role of theology in response to:


  •     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.

For more information, use the following links to learn more about Admissions, Degree Requirements, and our Faculty.

We look forward to sharing more about this program with you!

Andy 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.




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




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




How to apply?
Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC)




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




Academic Requirements



5 core courses are mandatory for the completion of the program

2 elective courses must be chosen from the 11 available courses


35-50 page paper with on-campus Integrative Seminar and a Non-Credit Academic Integrity Workshop 7 courses and completion of research paper requirements