Degrees and Programs

Degrees and Programs
The following degrees and programs are offered through the Center for Faith and Culture:

Masters of Arts in Faith and Culture (MAFC) – The MAFC degree seeks to integrate historical, sociological, anthropological, theological and spiritual dimensions in the American worldview. This approach grounds the candidate in the American culture especially in relation to its understanding of the nature of the human person, its approach to religion, its values, norms of behavior and its symbols.

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Graduate Certificate in Faith and Culture – The Graduate Certificate in Faith in Culture is designed to form leaders capable of guiding others in the integration of personal and communal faith and the American way of life as faithful citizens.



Master of Arts in Faith and Culture 2 Years, 36 Hours
Year 1 Fall
  • Faith and the Dominant American Culture - 3 hours
  • Christian Anthropology - 3 hours
  • Spiritual Journey in the American Context - 3 hours

Semester Total Hours - 9

Year 1 Spring

  • Virtue: Personal and Civic - 3 hours
  • Mission of the Church OR Ecclesiology - 3 hours
  • Art and Asceticism of Dialogue - 3 hours

Semester Total Hours - 9

Year 2 Fall

  • Core Elective - 3 hours
  • Elective - 3 hours
  • Elective - 3 hours

Semester Total Hours - 9

Year 2 Spring

  • Core Elective - 3 hours
  • Elective - 3 hours
  • Service Learning and Leadership Practicum - 3 hours

Semester Total Hours - 9


May be completed on a full-time basis (9 credit hours per semester) or part-time (6 credit hours or less)

Core Electives—6 hours from among:

  • American Catholicism
  • U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
  • Christ in the Moral Life
  • Faith and Culture in Biblical Texts
  • Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue in America
  • Christian Leadership
  • Faith and Economics
  • Faith and Science

Electives (Faith and Culture)—9 hours from among the following or other UST courses:

  • Institutions and Associations in a Democratic Republic: The Way to Authentic Personhood
  • Catholic Education and Evangelization in the American Context
  • Marriage, Parenting and Relationships
  • Popular Culture and Media
  • Faith and Hispanic Cultures in the American Context
  • Church Teachings on Education
  • Peace Making
  • Roman Catholic Perspective on Ecumenical and Interreligious Movements (Rome Study Abroad Program)
  • Independent Study
  • Special Topics

Practicum —3 hours:

  • Service Learning and Leadership Practicum


Graduate Certificate in Faith and Culture
The Graduate Certificate in Faith and Culture program is rooted within the same course offerings as the Master of Arts in Faith and Culture degree program. The Graduate Certificate is designed for individuals who wish to enrich their academic or professional careers while earning a recognized credential, but who do not wish to pursue an advanced degree in Faith and Culture.

How is the Graduate Certificate different from the Master of Arts in Faith and Culture? The Graduate Certificate:

  • Is comprised of only the first 18 hours (core courses) of the MAFC 36-hour program, and
  • Offers the option of replacing two of those core courses with approved electives. 

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Graduation requirements:
  • Requires completion of 18 graduate credit hours in the program.
  • Graduate Certificate students must complete all course work in the curriculum as specified. These are not audit courses.
Transferring from the Graduate Certificate program to Masters of Faith and Culture:

Graduate certificate students may opt to apply to the MAFC program (change of status) before completion of the Graduate Certificate program.  If accepted, certificate students may transfer up to 18 credit-hours into the MAFC program.  Credit hours may be comprised of the four certificate Core Courses (12 hours) and the two certificate electives (6 hours).

Please note: students applying for change of status must do so prior to the beginning of the semester in which the change will take effect.

Additionally, students transferring to the MAFC program must demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.25 or higher in the Graduate Certificate Program, and satisfy all other Admission Requirements of the MAFC program.

Gradute Certificate Plan:

Year 1 Fall

  • Faith and the Dominant American Culture - 3 hours
  • Christian Anthropology - 3 hours
  • Spiritual Journey in Am Context OR Elective - 3 hours

Semester Total Hours - 9

Year 1 Spring

  • Virtue: Personal and Civic - 3 hours
  • Mission of the Church OR Ecclesiology - 3 hours
  • Art and Asceticism of Dialogue OR Elective - 3 hours

Semester Total Hours - 9



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The Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith & Culture
The Center seeks to understand and affect the relationship between and among the many facets of the American way of life in relation to God’s ongoing, loving encounter with humanity. We educate faith-full citizens to be artisans of dialogue and proclamation in articulating a God-centered vision of the world and how that vision strengthens the institutions that govern us as a people. Through its programmatic offerings the Center serves the local and regional Catholic, ecumenical and interreligious communities, our sister university communities, civic society, and various professional segments of our culture.
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