Frequently Asked Questions - On Campus

What degrees are offered by the Augustine Institute, and how many credits are required for each degree?

A Master of Arts in Theology is offered both through our on campus and distance education programs. 48 credit hours are required for graduation.

What is the cycle of terms at the Augustine Institute?

Beginning Fall 2013, the Augustine Institute will be on an annual trimester system. Each term will last 12 weeks with a week off at midterm and a month off in between terms. We offer one week intensive courses in October, January, March and August.

Please click here to see the detailed calendar of the coming academic year.

Can students begin to earn credit towards a Master's degree before they have completed their undergraduate studies?

Yes. Students who have completed at least their junior year are eligible to begin taking courses for credit toward the Graduate Certificate Program. A good option is to take one or more of the classes offered during the summer.

How long do I have to complete a degree?

Students must complete all degree requirements within eight years of beginning the first course.

How quickly can I earn a Master's degree?

Normally students can complete their degree in two years if they take 3 courses a term for 5 terms in a row including 1 term with 4 courses. Students taking 1 class per term can finish their degree in 5 years with the addition of 1 intensive course.

Is there an audit option?

Yes, those who wish to audit courses for no credit may take up to three courses per term.

Can courses be transferred from other graduate institutions?

Yes. With the approval of the Dean, students may transfer up to 18 credits from another institution. The Augustine Institute accepts only those credits carrying grades of “B-” (2.75) or above, at the discretion of the Academic Dean.

What are the admission requirements for degree-seeking applicants?

Admissions requirements for degree-seeking applicants are as follows:

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0

What if an applicant does not have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0?

Applicants whose undergraduate GPA is under the 3.0 admission's requirement may be invited to take the pre-requisite courses. If a 3.0 is achieved, a student's application may be reconsidered.

Do I have to take the GRE?

Taking the GRE is not an admission requirement for any of the Augustine Institute programs.

Does the Augustine Institute offer any study abroad programs?

The Institute provides an intensive two week experience in Rome at the end of the spring semester which will count as one three-credit course. It may also be audited.

What are the tuition and activity costs at the Augustine Institute?

On-Campus: The 2013-2014 tuition for degree and non-degree students is $1560 per class (if cash, $1515). Tuition for audit students is $795 per class (if cash, $750). There is a semesterly $100 activity fee for full-time students and $50 for part-time and audit students.

Are books included in tuition costs?

No. All students, whether distance or on-campus, are required to purchase the assigned texts for their courses from a vendor of their choice.

Is on-campus housing available?

The Augustine Institute does not offer on-campus housing. We will be happy, however, to help you connect with other incoming students and local young adult Catholics who may have suitable housing available. Also, the Augustine Institute helps coordinate the creation of student households. Recommeded Home Rental websites are DU Home Rentals and DU House Rentals.

Households provide an opportunity for students to pursue holiness through the joys and challenges of communal life. Households entail more than shared living space—they embody the members’ desire to walk in fellowship, support one another in love, and center their daily lives on the sacraments. Members commit to times of prayer, shared meals, fellowship, and the responsibilities of maintaining a home.

Does the Augustine Institute offer health insurance for students?

No, students are responsible for their own health insurance.

Is financial aid available?

The Augustine Institute offers merit and/or need-based scholarships to on campus Degree Seeking students for tuition only. The scholarship levels are as follows:

  1. Augustine: Merit and/or need-based award for up to 40% of full-time tuition.
  2. St. Ambrose: Merit and/or need-based award for up to 20% of full-time tuition.
  3. St. Monica: Merit and/or need-based award for 5-20% of full-time or part-time tuition.

In addition, a limited number of student worker positions are available. The Augustine Institute also has a student loan program. Please click here for details.

Frequently Asked Questions Specific to Distance Education

What degrees are offered by the Augustine Institute, and how many credits are required for each degree?

A Master of Arts in Theology is offered both through our on campus and distance education programs. 48 credit hours are required for graduation. Certificates of Concentration are available by taking four specialized courses in a given area. These can be earned in the areas of:

  1. Biblical Theology
  2. Evangelization and Catechesis
  3. Catholic Youth Ministry

What if I’m not interested in earning a master’s degree but would like to take some classes?

We have several options for those who do not seek a master’s degree. The Augustine institute offers two types of certificates, catechetical and graduate. If space is available, students may also enroll in classes as a non-degree seeking student. Finally, students may also audit up to four courses per semester. Audit students receive the DVDs with course lectures but do not have access to Moodle, teaching assistants or professors.

Is there any residency requirement for the Distance Education program?

No, all the degree requirements, including the comprehensive exam, may be completed without traveling to our Denver campus.

What is the Distance Education cycle of semesters at the Augustine Institute?

  1. Fall: late August through early December (14 weeks long)
  2. Spring: early January through early May (14 weeks long)
  3. Summer: late May though early August (11 weeks long)

The current academic calendar may be found under Student Center - Student Documents.

Do I have to take courses in all three semesters (fall, winter, summer) in order to finish my degree?

Yes. Currently, we are only able to offer 1/3 of our courses each semester. Thus, students will need to enroll in summer courses in order to complete the degree.

Can students begin to earn credit towards a master's degree before they have completed their undergraduate studies?

Yes. Students who have completed at least their junior year are eligible to begin taking courses for credit. A good option is to take one or more of the classes offered during the summer.

How quickly can I earn a master’s degree?

Distance education students may earn a degree in as few as two years. A student on the two-year course plan takes between four and six credit hours per semester.

What is the typical course load for an Augustine Institute distance student?

We know that flexibility is one of the great benefits of distance education, so we have designed a program that accommodates the wide range of students who study with us. There is no one “typical” course load. Students should carefully consider how much time they will be able to devote to their studies each week and register for the number of courses that will fit reasonably into their schedules.

Many of our students have job or family commitments that preclude the possibility of taking a traditional, “full-time” course load. There is no minimum course load, so a number of our distance students work through the program slowly, taking only 1 course per semester. At the same time, our program also adapts to those who wish to finish the program quickly and who can devote more time to study.

Is financial aid available for Distance Education students?

We are not able to offer scholarships or loans to our Distance Education students at this time. Tuition for distance courses, however, is less expensive than on-campus tuition.

How much time should I budget each week for my coursework?

We recommend 2-3 additional hours of study time for each hour of lecture watched. Thus, a student enrolled in three credit hour course should plan to devote at least 6 hours per week to coursework during the Fall and Spring semesters. (The condensed Summer term requires at least 7.5 hours per week for a 2 credit course.) While this recommendation is a good rule of thumb, students should be aware that the time commitment will vary according to individual learning styles. In addition, writing papers or studying for final exams likely will require more hours than the usual weekly time commitment.

Is there any residency requirement for the distance education program?

No, all the degree requirements, including the comprehensive exam, may be completed without traveling to our Denver campus.

How will I be assessed?

The assessments specific to each course are listed on the course syllabus. A typical course requires participation in the online forum, two quizzes, a paper, and a final exam. Quizzes and final exams, which must be taken within a specific window of time (e.g. in one hour anytime during a specified one-week period) are taken online through Moodle, our online course management system. Teaching Assistants will post grades and provide feedback on papers and final exams through Moodle.

What are the computer/technology requirements for distance education courses?

Distance students must have regular access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection. In addition, they must be comfortable enough navigating the internet to use Moodle, our online course management system. For an introduction to our Moodle system, you can click here to watch a tutorial video. Basic familiarity with some kind of word processor (such as Microsoft Word) is necessary to complete paper assignments. Distance students must be able to type quickly enough to complete essay questions on timed, online exams. Students will also need to provide the Augustine Institute with an email address and check it frequently throughout the semester for updates and announcements. Finally, we recommend installing and/or updating the latest version of Adobe Reader on your computer to ensure that you can open our PDF forms and documents.

What is entailed in the comprehensive exam?

Distance education students are required to take a comprehensive examination either in the final semester of coursework or during one of the following three semesters.