Celebrating 30 Years
The Nesti Center turns 30 this year!

Make plans to join our celebration at the 14th Annual Faithful Citizenship Dinner on Oct. 17, 2024, honoring our founder, Fr. Donald Nesti, CSSp.

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Master of Arts in Faith and Culture

500X330_MAFC_IntroIt is not hard to see that western culture is in the midst of a crisis.

In the 20th century, St. John Paul II described this crisis as a “culture of death” that wages a “war of the powerful against the weak.” In the 21st century, Pope Francis has lamented our “throwaway culture” that “threatens or violates fundamental human rights” because of a pervasive “functionalistic and privatized mindset” in our society.

Despite this crisis, however, there is hope, because the Gospel is the prophetic voice crying out in our cultural wilderness.

For over 10 years, the M.A. in Faith in Culture at the University of St. Thomas in Houston has transformed lay students who want to be the change in our culture by immersing them in the intellectual patrimony of the Catholic Church. 

In our graduate program, students are equipped with the wisdom of the Catholic theological, moral, social, and spiritual traditions. These tools allow them to go out into the dominant American culture, and leaven it with the Good News.

Program Objectives

500X330_MAFC_ObjectivesM.A. in Faith and Culture Objective: Our program is intended for students who want to be transformed by the Catholic theological, social, and moral teachings of the Church, and then to go out and transform the dominant American culture.

Our Students: Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, including different professional experiences, stages in life, and educational histories. What brings them together is their shared passion to grow intellectually and spiritually through immersion in the best texts that the Tradition has to offer.

What Makes Us Different: Unlike graduate programs that are designed to form either professional theologians or ministers, our program is designed for students of different vocations who want to root their vocations more deeply in the patrimony of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Important Features of the Program:

  • Our online and on-campus evening classes offer flexibility for students in the Houston area, and around the country.
  • This program is the least expensive graduate program at the University of St. Thomas.
  • All students who have applied for a scholarship have received one.
  • Students have the option of completing a Certificate in Faith and Culture, rather than the full M.A. degree.
  • Email cfc@stthom.edu for more information.


The Graduate Certificate in Faith and Culture program is rooted in the same course offerings as the M.A. in Faith and Culture degree program. It can be completed with half the credit hours and allows you to enrich your academic or professional career while earning a recognized credential.

Requirements Disclaimer:
International students who wish to maintain or obtain an I-20 form and F-1 student visa or status should participate in the in-person program option.