Do you want to make the world a better place? Let our theology programs show you the way.
Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. The values of faith, excellence, integrity, community, respect, compassion, and justice are the foundation for the College’s educational mission. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives.
BA Theology (campus)
Gain knowledge and understanding of Catholic theology, including the Bible, the creeds, and the ideas and practices of Catholicism and other major religions.
BA Theological Studies (online)
Rooted in Roman Catholic theology and ministry, serves people involved with parishes, diocesan agencies, hospitals, retreat/spiritual centers or social service agencies.
Master of Arts in Theology (online)
Master of Divinity (online)
Prepares students for ministerial work in the church and provides an advanced level graduate degree beyond the Master of Arts in Theology, as well as prerequisite programming for students planning to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree.
Expand Your Career Toolkit
Regardless of what path you take-ministry, catechist, or lay ministry- we provide you with program options to further your career.
Continuing Education for Lay Ministers, Church HRs, and anyone who works for a church
Saint Joseph’s College has partnered with the Catholic Apostolate Center to offer online, self-paced, continuing education courses for those in theology.
Choose to study away for a whole semester or a few weeks, participate in a summer internship or attend the IFES Summer School and Conference- all in Spain.
Various Catholic and religious organizations offer discounts to employees who want to earn continuing education credits.
Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates
Offering online certificates for credit, non-credit, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate in Graduate Certificate in Jewish-Christian Studies, Catechism for Catechists, Catholic Theology, Ministry to Black Catholics, Ministry to Latino Catholics, Catholic Catechesis, Theology, and Theology and Ministry.
Stories about Faith and Spirituality at Saint Joseph’s
Saint Joseph’s College offers a variety of summer programs including accelerated hybrid (online/onsite) courses through which online students can experience our beautiful lakeside campus in Southern Maine! These offerings range from non-credit to undergraduate and graduate level. Looking to earn credits over the summer? Reserve your spot by April 30.
Sister Karen Schneider RSM, MD, MPH will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during the Saint Joseph’s College Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 11, 2019.
Divine Intervention: Two Sisters of Mercy, two stained glass windows, and a decision that changed everything
by Patricia Erikson The real estate agent took the Sisters to see the small stone chapel. The rest is history. For the Aztecs, it was the prophecy of an eagle, perched [...]
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