Group of students in Poland for Master of Arts in John Paul II Studies program at University of St. Thomas - HoustonAre you ready to be a witness to the whole truth about God and the human person? Are you eager to meet the challenges of life today in the Church and in society through a strong faith and bold use of reason? Follow the path of Saint John Paul II! If you are a faith formation director, Catholic educator or professional seeking to integrate faith and reason, the University of St. Thomas Master of Arts in John Paul II Studies is the program for you.

The Saint John Paul II Institute offers a unique program, the only one of its kind. You’ll take part in a comprehensive study of the thought of John Paul II, including all of his 14 encyclicals.

This online program is flexible for busy professionals, and it includes a capstone course with travel to Poland.

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This program provides a wonderful opportunity to study the legacy of St. John Paul II, his defense of the dignity of the human person and the centrality of religious freedom.

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About John Paul II

Statue of Saint John Paul II - University of St. Thomas - Houston MA in John Paul II Studies DegreeAs the second-longest-reigning Pope in modern history, John Paul II had a decisive influence on the Church and the world:

  • The philosopher Pope who deepened our understanding of faith, culture and human dignity
  • Champion of human rights, social justice and religious freedom
  • Present at Vatican II, he clearly explained the hermeneutic of continuity and laid out the conditions for true renewal in Church and society
  • Established World Youth Day
  • Canonized hundreds of saints, including Sister Faustina, Maximillian Kolbe and Edith Stein


About the Institute Director

Dr. John Hittinger, Director of the Saint John Paul II Institute at the University of St. Thomas - HoustonDr. John Hittinger, Director of the Saint John Paul II Institute at the University of St. Thomas, shares a wealth of education and experience in John Paul II studies:

  • Professor of philosophy who has spoken to more than 100 audiences and published numerous articles on the thought of John Paul II
  • Founded the Pope John Paul II Forum for the Church in the Modern World 
  • Seasoned traveler throughout Poland, visited more than a dozen times, including 3 study abroad trips
  • Collaborating with scholars at a number of Polish universities and institutes, including the University of Silesia/Katowice, the Catholic University of Lublin, the Josef Tischner Institute/Krakow, the Warsaw John Paul II Center and the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow
  • Teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses on John Paul II

Requirements Disclaimer:
This is an online program and international students cannot maintain or obtain F-1 student visa or status or I-20 form through this program.