Horarium
  • There are some changes to the liturgical schedule on September 5 (Labor Day). Please check the priory website, www.dhspriory.org, for the latest information.
  • Monday - Friday

    7:00am 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
Calendar
  • Thursday, September 1

    The Problem of Social Justice: A Catholic Approach

    Prof. Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa

    4 PM, Baylor University, Alexander Reading Room

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute

  • Monday, September 5

    Labor Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Thursday, September 8

    Is Faith Irrational? Aquinas on the Rationality of Belief

    Lecture by Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P.

    7 PM Harvard University, Room Location TBD

    Cosponsored by the Thomistic Institute and Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association

  • Friday, September 9

    Last Day to Add or Drop Courses

  • Saturday, September 10

    Happiness Without Religion? A Philosophical Debate

    3-5 PM, The Catholic Center at NYU

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the University of Chicago’s Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life Project

  • Wednesday, September 14

    Our Common Identity: What It Means To Be Human in An Age of Confusion

    Rev. Stephen Fields, S.J., Georgetown University

    6 PM, Catholic Information Center, D.C.

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Catholic Information Center

  • Thursday, September 15

    The Illusion of Conflict:

    A Catholic Understanding of Faith, Reason, and Empirical Science

    Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P.

    6 PM, MIT Building 3, Room 3-270, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute

  • Thursday, September 22 - Sunday, September 25

    Thomistic Institute Ecumenical Conference

    Ad Limina Apostolorum: Vatican II and the Future of Catholic-Protestant Ecumenism

    Washington, D.C.

  • Friday, October 7

    Last Day to Submit Work for Incompletes from the Previous Semester

  • Monday, October 10

    Columbus Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Friday, October 14

    Grades Due on Incompletes from the Previous Semester

  • Wednesday, October 19

    Cultivating a Truthful Soul: The Pursuit of Virtue as the Pursuit of Truth

    Dr. Angela Knobel, CUA

    6 PM, Catholic Information Center, D.C.

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Catholic Information Center

  • Monday, October 31

    7:30 PM - Vigil of All Saints, DHS Chapel

  • Monday, October 31 - Friday, November 4

    Registration for Spring 2017 Classes

  • Friday, November 4

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

  • Wednesday, November 16

    Human at Heart: St. Thomas Aquinas on the Spiritual Life

    Rev. James Brent, O.P.

    6 PM, Catholic Information Center, D.C.

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Catholic Information Center

  • Tuesday, November 22

    Administrative Thursday (Thursday classes held; no Tuesday classes)

  • Wednesday, November 23

    Thanksgiving Recess begins at Noon

  • Thursday, November 24 - Friday, November 25

    Thanksgiving Recess

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Monday, December 5 - Friday, December 9

    Course Evaluation Week

  • Thursday, December 8

    Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Friday, December 9

    Classes End

  • Monday, December 12

    Reading Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Open

  • Tuesday, December 13 - Friday, December 16

    Final Examination Period

  • Friday, December 16

    Semester Ends

  • Monday, December 19 - Tuesday, December 20

    Special Exams Period

  • Thursday, December 22

    Library and Offices Close at Noon for Christmas Break

  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017

    Library and Offices Reopen

  • Monday, January 9

    Classes Begin

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).

Admission

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.

Residency

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)