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.

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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.

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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.

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Minor in Theology (online)

Minors in theology available for AS and BS degrees online, minor in theology for campus program.

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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.

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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.

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Study Away

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.

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Educational Partnerships

Various Catholic and religious organizations offer discounts to employees who want to earn continuing education credits.

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Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates

Stories about Faith and Spirituality at Saint Joseph’s

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Accelerate Your Degree With Summer Session

March 29th, 2019|

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.

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Theology Blog

  • Holy Wednesday

    April 17th, 2019

    “Morning after morning he wakens my ear to hear as disciples do.” -Manuel Aliaga I serve as a Lector in my parish, which has a large immigrant population.

  • Faster … Better… and Mainer

    March 13th, 2019

    Have You Considered Summer Session for Theology at SJCME? Summer Session allows you to accelerate your degree (i.e., faster), and enjoy a great learning environment (yes, it’s better), all while spending a small part of your summer, maybe even with … Continue reading

  • Humanae Vitae and the Words of Christ in Scripture

    July 25th, 2018

    “God did not make death, nor does He rejoice in the destruction of the living.  For He fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome, and there is not a destructive drug … Continue reading

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