Graduate Theology Curriculum

The Graduate Theology Curriculum offers an integrated program of twelve courses in Sacred Scripture, Patristics, Dogmatic Theology, and Moral Theology, in which students discuss exclusively primary sources with their teachers. In keeping with our mission, the Summa theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas enjoys pride of place.

Courses may be taken one or more at a time. (In the Dogmatic Theology track, the earlier courses are prerequisites for the later courses.)

The Scripture track teaches not only the Word of God, but how to approach it in a humble and disciplined spirit, in the school of spiritual masters. The Dogmatic Theology track revolves around the two great mysteries of the Christian Faith: the Trinity and the Incarnation, the effects of which are extended and applied in the sacramental life of the Church. Two semesters of Patristics introduce students to great and influential writings of the Apostolic Fathers, the Greek Fathers, and the Latin Fathers. Two semesters of moral theology look at the goal of human life (happiness/beatitude), the nature and structure of moral acts, the framework of law, and the aid of grace.

Students who complete the program with a minimum GPA of 2.0 receive a Master of Arts in Theology awarded by the Aquinas Institute.

Sacred Scripture

Dogmatic Theology

Patristics & Moral Theology

THL 511: On the Book of Job
(3 credits)

St. Gregory the Great, Moralia in Iob
St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Job

THL 512: Existence and Attributes of God
(3 credits)

St. Anselm, Proslogion
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae I, qq. 1–19

THL 513: Church Fathers I
(3 credits)

St. Clement of Rome, First Epistle
St. Ignatius of Antioch, Epistles
St. Polycarp, Epistle to the Philippians
Anon., The Martyrdom of Polycarp
Anon., The Epistle to Diognetus
Anon., The Didache
St. Cyprian, On the Unity of the Church
St. Augustine, ConfessionsOn Christian Doctrine 
St. Gregory Nazianzen, Theological Orations
St. Basil, On the Holy Spirit
Pseudo-Dionysius, The Divine Names

THL 521: On the Psalms and Isaiah 
(3 credits)

St. Athanasius, Letter to Marcellinus
St. Augustine, Expositions on the Psalms
St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Psalms; Commentary on Isaiah

THL 522: The Mystery of the Holy Trinity
(3 credits)

St. Augustine, On the Trinity
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae I, qq. 27–43
Preface of the Most Holy Trinity
Council of Florence


THL 523: Church Fathers II
(3 credits)

Councils of Nicaea, Constantinople I, Ephesus, Chalcedon, and Nicaea II
Readings from Arius, Alexander of Alexandria, Eusebius, and Nestorius
St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation; Orations against the Arians
St. Gregory Nazianzen, Orations on the Nativity, Baptism of Christ, Baptism, Pentecost, and Holy Pascha
St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Mystagogical Catecheses
St. Cyril of Alexandria, The Unity of Christ
St. Leo the Great, Letter to Flavian
St. Maximus Confessor, Disputation with Pyrrhus
St. Theodore the Studite, Refutations of the Iconoclasts
Pseudo-Dionysius, The Celestial Hierarchy and The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy

THL 611: On the Gospel of John
(3 credits)

St. Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on John
St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on John

THL 612: The Incarnation
(3 credits)

Ephesus, Chalcedon, Constantinople II & III
St. Anselm, Why God Became Man
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae III, qq. 1–26

THL 613: Human Acts and the Final End
(3 credits)

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae I-II, qq. 1–21

THL 621: On Romans and Corinthians
(3 credits)

St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the Epistle to the RomansCommentary on the First Epistle to the Corinthians

THL 622: The Sacraments
(3 credits)

St. Ambrose, On the Mysteries
St. Thomas, Summa theologiae III, qq. 60–83
Council of Trent, Decree on the Eucharist, Decree on the Sacrifice of the Mass

THL 623: Law and Grace
(3 credits)

St. Augustine, On the Spirit and the Letter
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae I-II, qq. 90–114
Council of Trent, Decree on Justification