Horarium
  • Schedule is subject to change. Please check the priory website, dhspriory.org, for the latest information, particularly for Saturday, February 4.
  • 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
  • Saturday, February 18, 12 PM

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

    Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P. (PFIC)

    Catholic Center at NYU

    Part of the Wisdom of Aquinas series co-sponsored by the Catholic Center at NYU.

  • Tuesday, February 21, 12:10 PM

    “Do We Really Need Catholic Schools Anymore?”

    Prof. Nicole Garnett (Notre Dame Law School)

    Harvard Law School

    Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Law Students Association, the Harvard Catholic Graduate Student Chaplaincy, and the Thomistic Institute

  • Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 PM

    “Infinity and Paradox: A New Take on an Old Argument for God’s Existence”

    Prof. Alexander Pruss (Baylor)

    Rutgers Philosophy Department

    Sponsored by the Rutgers Chapter of the Thomistic Institute

  • Thursday, February 23, 12:10 PM

    “Solidarity and Faith in a Divided America”

    Dr. R. R. Reno (First Things)

    Room 128, Yale Law School

    Sponsored by the Yale Law School Chapter of the Thomistic Institute

  • Friday, February 24

    Midterm:

    Last Day to Submit Work for Incompletes from the Previous Semester

    Last Day to Withdraw from Classes with 50% Refund

  • Monday, February 27, 7 PM

    “Both God & Science: The Catholic Church and Evolution”

    Dr. Stephen Barr (University of Delaware)

    Petteruti Lounge, Brown University

    Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Brown-RISD Catholic Community

  • Tuesday, February 28

    “The Human Person: Thomism, Natural Rights, and the Politics of Prudence”

    Prof. Matthew Gaetano (Hillsdale College)

    Kirby Center of Hillsdale College, D.C.

    Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute & and the Kirby Center

  • Wednesday, March 1

    Ash Wednesday

  • Friday, March 3

    Grades Due on Incompletes from the Previous Semester

  • Monday-Friday, March 6-10

    Spring Break

    No Classes; Offices and Library Open

  • Tuesday, March 7

    “It’s My Right: What are Natural Rights & What Rights to We Have?”

    Prof. V. Bradley Lewis (CUA)

    Barber Conference Room, Charles Commons, Johns Hopkins University - Homewood Campus

    Co-sponsored by the Hopkins Thomistic Institute & Hopkins Dialectic

  • Thursday, March 30 - Friday, April 7

    Registration for Fall 2017 Classes

  • Friday-Saturday, April 7-8

    “Thomism, Post-Liberal Theology, and Postmodernity”

    A conference in honor of Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, O.P.

  • Wednesday, April 12

    Administrative Friday (Friday Classes Held; No Wednesday Classes)

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

  • Thursday, April 13

    Holy Thursday

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Friday, April 14

    Good Friday

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Monday, April 17

    Easter Monday

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Tuesday, April 18

    Annual Save the Rare Books Golf Tournament

  • Saturday, April 22

    Seventh Annual Dominican Spring Gala

    Cloister of the Dominican House of Studies

  • Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28

    Course Evaluation Week

  • Friday, April 28

    Classes End

  • Monday, May 1

    Reading Day

  • Tuesday, May 2 - Friday, May 5

    Final Exam Week

  • Friday, May 5

    Semester Ends

  • Monday, May 8 - Friday, May 12

    Special Exams Week

  • Friday, May 12

    Commencement

    5 p.m. Priory Chapel (Invitation Only)

  • Friday, May 19

    Priesthood Ordinations

    PFIC Offices & Library Closed

  • Monday, May 29

    Memorial Day

    Offices and Library Closed

  • Tuesday, May 30

    Summer Session Begins

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)