• Monday - Friday

    7:30am Mass & Morning Prayer
    12:00pm Rosary & Midday Prayer
    5:30pm Office of Readings & Evening Prayer
    9:00pm Compline (Monday - Thursday)
  • Saturday

    8:00am Mass with Morning Prayer
    12:00pm Office of Readings & Midday Prayer
    5:20pm Rosary
    5:40pm Evening Prayer
  • Sunday

    8:30am Office of Readings & Morning Prayer
    11:15am Mass
    5:20pm Rosary
    5:40pm Evening Prayer
    9:00pm Compline
  • Wednesday, November 25

    Thanksgiving Recess begins at Noon

  • Thursday-Friday, November 26-27

    Thanksgiving Recess

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Monday-Friday, November 30 - December 4

    Course Evaluation Week

  • Saturday, December 5

    Art of the Beautiful Lecture Series

    Rev. Anthony Giambrone, O.P.

    “‘You Spoke in a Vision’ (Ps 89:19): Iconoclasts, Exegetes, and God’s Word as an Image”

    The Catholic Center at NYU

  • Tuesday, December 8

    Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Friday, December 11

    Classes End

  • Monday, December 14

    Reading Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Open

  • Tuesday-Friday, December 15-18

    Final Examination Period

  • Friday, December 18

    Semester Ends

  • Monday-Tuesday, December 21-22

    Special Exams Period

  • Tuesday, December 22

    Library and Offices Close at Noon for Christmas Break

  • Monday, January 4, 2016

    Library and Offices Reopen

  • Monday, January 11

    Classes Begin

  • Monday, January 18

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Tuesday, January 19

    Administrative Monday

    Monday Classes Held; No Tuesday Classes

  • Thursday, January 21

    Last Day to Add or Drop Courses

  • Friday, January 22

    March for Life

    No Classes; Offices and Library Open

  • Saturday, January 23

    Thomistic Circles

    Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P.

    “Freedom for Excellence: Virtue and Moral Character according to Aquinas”

    The Catholic Center at NYU

  • Monday-Wednesday, January 25-27

    Thomism and Predestination - A Theological Symposium

    Presented by The Thomistic Institute and the Aquinas Center

    Ave Maria University

  • Saturday, February 6

    Art of the Beautiful Lecture Series

    Prof. Denis MacNamara

    Incarnation and Transfiguration: Rediscovering the Iconic Nature of Church Buildings

    7:30 PM, The Catholic Center at NYU

  • Wednesday, February 10

    Ash Wednesday

  • Friday, February 26

    Last Day to Submit Work for Incompletes from the Previous Semester

  • Saturday, February 27

    Thomistic Circles

    Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P.

    “The Heart of True Love: Aquinas’s Guide to Love, Human and Divine”

    The Catholic Center at NYU

  • Monday-Friday, February 29-March 4

    Spring Break

    No Classes; Offices and Library Open

  • Saturday, March 5

    Art of the Beautiful Lecture Series

    Prof. Francesca Murphy

    Beauty and the Spiritual Senses

    7:30 PM, The Catholic Center at NYU

  • Friday, March 11

    Grades Due on Incompletes from the Previous Semester

  • Saturday, March 19

    Feast of St. Joseph

    Library Open

  • Wednesday, March 23

    Administrative Friday

    Friday classes held, no Wednesday classes

  • Wednesday, March 23

    Last Day to Withdraw from Classes with a “WD” Grade

  • Thursday, March 24

    Holy Thursday

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Friday, March 25

    Good Friday

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Monday, March 28

    Easter Monday

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Tuesday-Friday, March 29-April 1

    Registration for Fall 2016 Classes

  • Monday-Wednesday, April 4-6

    Registration for Fall 2016 Classes

  • Saturday, April 5

    Art of the Beautiful Lecture Series

    Manfred Honeck

    “Faith in Music”

    7:30 PM, The Catholic Center at NYU

  • Saturday, April 23

    Sixth Annual Dominican Spring Gala

  • Monday-Friday, April 25-29

    Course Evaluation Week

  • Friday, April 29

    Classes End

  • Monday, May 2

    Reading Day

  • Tuesday-Friday, May 3-6

    Final Exam Week

  • Friday, May 6

    Semester Ends

  • Monday-Friday, May 9-13

    Special Exams Week

  • Wednesday, May 11

    All Grades Due

  • Friday, May 13


    5 p.m. Priory Chapel (Invitation Only)

  • Friday, May 20

    Priesthood Ordinations

    St. Dominic Church

    Offices and Library Closed

  • Monday, May 30

    Memorial Day

    Offices and Library Closed

Master of Arts (Thomistic Studies)

Degree Requirements

The M.A. (Thomistic Studies) is a degree program offered by the Thomistic Institute of the PFIC specializing in the study of the theological synthesis of St. Thomas Aquinas. Students receive an intensive formation in Aquinas’s texts and ideas. Classical Thomistic thinking is presented in the areas of both systematic and moral theology. Modern topics are also considered with a view to seeing the relevance of Thomistic studies for contemporary theological discourse. This 36-credit degree program is designed to be taken over four consecutive summers with the possibility of a fifth summer for thesis development and defense. The degree is intended to prepare students for advanced degrees in the area of Thomistic thought and theology.

Learning Objectives

Upon the successful completion of this degree students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a general and integrated foundational knowledge of Thomistic speculative and moral theology, grounded in Scripture and philosophy.
  • Give evidence of a basic familiarity with the primary texts of St. Thomas Aquinas.
  • Employ the knowledge and skills necessary to enter doctoral studies, especially in Thomistic theology.
  • Undertake Church-related work for which an M.A. is required or desirable, especially from a Thomistic point of view.
  • Pursue an ongoing personal integration of theological study and the living of the faith (morally, liturgically, and spiritually).


The following prerequisites for admission will be evaluated by the Committee on Admissions which may, in individual cases, allow the student to remedy particular deficiencies during the first year of the program:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Superior achievement and the ability to pursue graduate work as indicated by the transcript of previous studies (with a minimum GPA of 3.00).
  • Three letters of recommendation by persons who are in a position to judge the applicant’s ability in this academic area, along with a current photo and a completed application form.
  • Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) indicating aptitude for graduate studies in theology if one has no previous graduate work. The PFIC is listed under Dominican House of Studies, code 2498.
  • An undergraduate foundation in philosophy, consisting of a minimum of 18 credit hours drawn from the following areas: history of philosophy, logic, metaphysics, ethics, philosophical anthropology, natural philosophy, and philosophy of knowledge.
  • A minimum of one Old Testament course and one New Testament course.
  • A reading knowledge of Latin and a modern language.

Course Work

A minimum of 36 credit-hours of graduate coursework is required according to the following distribution:

Systematic Theology (20 credits)

  • Triune God (4)
  • Creation and the Human Person (4)
  • Theology of Grace (4)
  • Basic Elements of Christology (4)
  • Eucharist & Ecclesiology (4)

Moral Theology (12 credits)

  • Principles of Christian Moral Life I, II (8)
  • Theological & Cardinal Virtues (4)

Thesis Direction (4 credits)

Language Requirements

Reading proficiency in Latin and a modern language (e.g. French, German or Spanish) may be demonstrated either by successfully completing two semesters of graduate coursework in the language or by passing a written proficiency examination, offered prior to the beginning of the summer session. Since both languages are considered prerequisites, these requirements must be satisfied within the first year of study.

Comprehensive Exam

To qualify for the comprehensive examination, the student must have satisfied the language requirements and have a grade point average of 3.00 or above. The student usually takes the comprehensive examination during the fourth semester of study although the Academic Dean may allow students to take the exam at other times. The exam has a single written component and its subject matter includes material covered in the required courses in systematic theology and moral theology as well as topics indicated in a special packet that the student will receive during his or her first year in the program. In order to pass the comprehensive exam, a student must receive an average grade of 3.00 on the exam. During the exam, the student will have three-hours to write on three themes (theses), one each from the assigned areas of sacred scripture, systematic theology, and moral theology. In each area the candidate will be able to choose from three possible questions.

The themes for the M.A. (Thomistic Studies) comprehensive exam can be found here.


Normally the M.A. (Thomistic Studies) requires a minimum of four summer sessions or their equivalent. A fifth summer may be added for thesis writing and defense. The program may be taken on a part-time basis, but must be completed in no more than six years.

Grade Point Average

The student must maintain a grade point average of 3.00 or above throughout the M.A. program.

Model Curriculum

Year 1 (Summer)

  • Triune God (4)
  • Creation and the Human Person (4)

Year 2 (Summer)

  • Principles of Christian Moral Life I (4)
  • Basic Elements of Christology (4)

Year 3 (Summer)

  • Principles of Christian Moral Life II (4)
  • Theology of Grace (4)

Year 4 (Summer)

  • Theological & Cardinal Virtues (4)
  • Eucharist & Ecclesiology (4)
  • Thesis Direction (4)

Additional Requirements

- Latin Reading Comprehension Test (1st Year of Matriculation)
- Modern Language Reading Comprehension Test (1st Year of Matriculation)
- Thesis and Thesis Defense (4th Year of Matriculation)