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We offer easily customizable courses on evenings and weekends for busy adults who want to grow in knowledge and love of their faith. Enroll in a class, start your Master’s degree, or audit a class for your personal edification.

Admissions should be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the final day of Open Registration for the upcoming semester. The Admissions and Degrees Committee votes on the admission of prospective students only after all application materials have been received. 

Admissions Priority Deadline to secure classes and financial aid: 

Admission to the School of Theology is on a “rolling” basis. However, there is a priority deadline of June 1st for the Fall Semester and November 1st for the Spring Semester. Applications after the priority deadline will be considered for admission according to the number of spaces available for the semester for which they are applying. The Office of Admissions will review applications upon receipt of all required documents. 

  • New Fall students: June 1
  • New Spring students: November 1

Newly admitted students (both Fall and Spring) will be invited to attend the School of Theology Orientation which takes place on campus each August. 

To learn more, please review our  Catalog.

Phone: 513-233-6126


Jeff Royer, Registrar
Phone: 513-233-6118

We’re here to aid you in pursuing Christ and deeper integration of your faith through lifelong learning. Contact us today with admissions questions! 

Academic Calendar


Fall Semester

May 2, 2024 First Day of Early Registration for Fall 2024 classes
July 5, 2024 First Day of Open Registration for Fall 2024 classes
August 7, 2024 Last Day of Open Registration for Fall 2024 classes
August 21, 2024 School of Theology evening classes begin
August 26, 2024 Seminary and daytime classes begin
September 2, 2024 Labor Day – no evening classes (daytime classes in session)
September 3, 2024 Friday day of Early Registration for Spring 2025 classes
September 6, 2024 Last Day to Withdraw Without a Grade of ‘W’
October 14, 2024 Columbus Day – Classes in Session
October 21-26, 2024 Mid-Semester Break – no classes
November 1, 2024 All Saints Day – Classes in Session
November 4, 2024 First Day of Open Registration for Spring 2025 classes
November 27-30, 2024 Thanksgiving Break – No Classes
December 9, 2024 Immaculate Conception – no day classes or exams (evening classes in session)
December 9-14, 2024 Final Week of Classes and Exams


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Course: The Blessed Virgin Mary & the Bible (B 650/S 650)
Professor: Dr. Matthew Genung
Class Time: 3-4:40 p.m., Tuesdays
Dates: August 26-December 14, 2024

While some claim that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is rarely mentioned in the Scriptures, Mary may be found throughout the Bible – in both Old and New Testaments. This course will explore selected texts that witness to the revelation of the person of Mary and her role in the divine plan.

Course: Theological Themes in John Henry Newman (CS 601)
Professor: Fr. Eric Wood
Class Time: 7-9:40 p.m., Thursdays
Dates: August 29-November 7, 2024

This course will provide an introduction to the major theological topics in Cardinal Newman’s writings, including Divine Providence, knowledge and certainty in faith, development of doctrine, and conscience. The course will provide a basis for reading Newman by establishing the context of these topics, by explaining why they are important to him, how they influence his overall thought, and how the language he uses can be understood.

Course: The Church and the Civil War (H 680)
Professor: Fr. David Endres
Class Time: 7-9:40 p.m., Mondays
Dates: August 26-November 11, 2024

The U.S. Civil War was a pivotal event in the nation’s history, dividing the nation, the bishops, and members of the Catholic Church. This course seeks to examine the pre-war sectional conflict, slavery as a moral and religious issue, the war-time contributions of Catholic soldiers, chaplains, and sister nurses, and the post-war legacy of Catholic participation in the war.

Our synchronous online courses allow students to fully engage with instructors and classmates in real time. Students access live lecture streaming and participate fully in class through classrooms equipped with distance-learning audiovisual equipment and software.

Our asynchronous online courses have been designed by veteran faculty with the support of educational consultants specializing in online learning. Students will be guided through learning modules with their instructor, who will be readily available to students. These courses intentionally focus on interaction with the instructor and with classmates, real application of course content and the delivery of an authentic educational experience.

Available Courses for Fall 2024

  • B 601 New Testament (asynchronous)
  • H 570 Church History
  • MT 6000 Catholic Social Doctrine
  • S 5600 Christology

To register for an online class, log in to your Populi account and click on the “Registration” tab. Courses labeled with “WEB” after the course number are offered online. For example:

MT 5000-1: Fundamental Moral Theology (in-person)
MT 5000-WEB: Fundamental Moral Theology (online) 

For help registering for online courses, contact the Registrar at or 513.344.4511.  

2023-24 Graduate Tuition 

Academic courses with a 500-, 600-, or 700-level course number 

Per Credit Hour  $600 
Per Audit Hour  $300 
Per Audit Hour (alumni and senior citizens 65+)  $175 

2023-24 Certificate Tuition 

Academic courses with a 100-, 200-, 300-, or 400-level course number 

Per Credit Hour  $250 
Per Audit Hour  $125 

 2023-24 Other Fees 

Late Registration Fee  $40 
Graduation Fee  $75 
Academic apparel rental for graduation  $40 
Lay Ecclesial Formation Project Fee  $135 
Mentor Fee (LPM 401-404, 501-506)  $140 
MBTI Assessment Fee  $150 
Credit Card Convenience Fee (for all credit card transactions)  3% 

College Financing Plan
The College Financing Plan is a tool provided by the U.S. Department of Education.  This standardized form helps prospective students calculate their costs and financial aid so they can make an informed decision regarding their enrollment at the institution.  This can also be used to compare costs and financial offers from multiple schools.

The College Financing Plan (previously known as the shopping sheet) is required as part of the Principles of Excellence Program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Institutions utilizing this form provide the necessary consumer information required by PL 116-315 § 1018 and 38 U.S.C. § 3679(f).

Financial Aid
The Athenaeum does not participate in Title IV Federal Student Aid programs.

The School of Theology administers its own need-based financial aid for lay students.  To be eligible, a student must be admitted and enrolled in a degree or certificate program.  For more information, visit the ‘Financial Aid & Scholarships’ tab here.

Other types of aid may be available to enrolled students, including ministry grants or parish scholarships.  Students serving as parish catechists may call the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Office of Evangelization and Discipleship for information about continuing education grants for catechists. 

College Financing Plan Template

This worksheet provides the estimated annual cost of your program, based on the information you provide.  The actual cost may differ.  If you have questions about items and information referenced in the worksheet, please contact the Registrar: email, phone 513.233.6118. 

If you are an educator, Lay Ecclesial Minister or an alum of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology (MTSM), you are eligible for a 25% tuition discount. 

  • Educators must be employed by an Archdiocese of Cincinnati or Diocese of Covington recognized school. 
  • Lay Ecclesial Ministers include Directors or Coordinators of Religious Education, Pastoral Associates or Staff, RCIA Directors, Catechists, etc. 
  • Permanent Deacons* and Priests must be in good standing with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati 
  • Alumni must have completed a recognized program and obtained a degree or certificate from MTSM. 

*The Office of the Diaconate of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is offering an additional 25% for an overall total of 50% off tuition for Permanent Deacons. 

Try a class and discover:
• Outstanding Faculty
• Personal & Spiritual Growth
• Revitalization of Your Ministry
• Continuing Education Units 

Application for Tuition Discount 2024-25

Need-Based Financial Aid
The School of Theology administers its own need-based financial aid for lay students.

To be eligible, a student must be admitted and enrolled in a degree, certificate or endorsement program. Financial Aid Applications for the School of Theology are accepted at designated times throughout the academic year. Students may not receive institutional scholarship awards that exceed the cost of tuition. 

Financial Aid Application

For more information about School of Theology financial aid, contact the  Office of Admissions or the  Office of the Registrar.

The institution is Title IV-eligible, but has elected not to participate in Title IV programs. Eligibility is maintained for the purposes of processing in-school deferment requests for eligible students (i.e., those in at least a half-time rate of pursuit).

Grants, Scholarships, and Other Sources of Aid
We encourage students to be proactive in locating outside sources of financial aid. You may wish to discuss tuition needs with your pastor, as some parishes assist active parishioners with tuition and/or book fees. Catechists may contact the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Office for Evangelization and Discipleship (513-421-3131) for information about the Gabrielle Bouscaren Fund, which offers support for the continuing education of catechists. Some courses may be reimbursed by your place of employment. Members of fraternal, social or civic organizations should explore the possibility of scholarships via their organization.

Priority Deadlines
Priority given to applications received before the dates below. To secure the award, recipients must confirm enrollment by the dates below.

Fall Semester: July 1
Spring Semester: November 1

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