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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 1st 
  • New Spring students: November 1st 

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, 2023 First Day of Early Registration
July 5, 2023 First Day of Open Registration
August 9, 2023 Last Day of Open Registration
August 10, 2023 First Day of Late Registration
August 19, 2023 School of Theology Orientation
August 20, 2023 New Seminarians Arrive
August 21-23, 2023 Seminary Orientation
August 22-23, 2023 Pastoral Intern Departure Program
August 23, 2023 School of Theology Classes Begin
August 28, 2023 Seminary Classes Begin
September 8, 2023 Last Day to Withdraw without a Grade of “W”
September 4, 2023 Labor Day – No Evening Classes (Day Classes in Session)
September 5, 2023 First Day of Early Registration
October 9, 2023 Columbus Day – Classes in Session
October 23-29, 2023 Mid-Semester Break
October 23-27, 2023 Seminary Retreat
November 1, 2023 All Saints Day – Classes in Session
November 2, 2023 First Day of Open Registration
November 13-17, 2023 Pastoral Intern Seminar
November 22-26, 2023 Thanksgiving Break – No Classes
December 8, 2023 Immaculate Conception – No Day Classes or Exams (Evening Classes in Session)
December 11-15, 2023 Final Week of Classes and Exams
December 15, 2023 Last Day of Open Registration
December 16, 2023 First Day of Late Registration
December 29, 2023 Course Evaluations Due
December 29, 2023 Semester Grades Due


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Course: Sacred Music Seminar: Requiem Mass

Professor: Dr. Mary Catherine Levri

Class Time: 2-3:40 p.m., Thursdays

Dates: January 11 – May 9, 2024

This course will provide a study of the Requiem Mass across the Church’s history, beginning with the Medieval period and ending with the contemporary period. Students will become familiar with the form of the Requiem Mass and will then listen to and study a different Requiem Mass for each week of the course. Grading will be based on class participation – the course will take on a seminar discussion format – and a paper each student will write on a Requiem setting of his choice. Weekly preparation for class will include listening to the music to be discussed and a moderate amount of reading.

Carmelite Mysticism

Professor: Deacon Tracy Jamison 

Class Time: 7-9 p.m., Mondays

Dates: January 8 – March 18, 2024

An overview of the spiritual life will be presented and discussed according to the mystical doctrines of St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross, as synthesized by St Titus Brandsma and Bl Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus, who describe and understand spiritual development as the ordinary outcome of the consistent practice of the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. Basic practical norms for a devout Catholic practice of vocal, mental, and contemplative prayer will be introduced and explained. Participants will need to possess sufficient leisure time during the week to complete the assigned readings and the study questions for each class. Attendance, participation, and completion of the assigned readings and study questions are the only course requirements. Assigned readings will primarily be taken from The Interior Castle of St Teresa of Avila and the works of her disciple St John of the Cross.

Course: Readings in Greek II

Professor: Dr. Samuel Johnson 

Class Time: 1:05-1:55 p.m., Mondays 

Dates: January 8 – May 6, 2024

This course offers students the opportunity to build proficiency in reading Greek. Texts will be selected by the professor, including the New Testament and/or early Christian texts (e.g., selections from the Apostolic Fathers, the Martyrdom of Polycarp, Athanasius of Alexandria, Basil the Great). Attention will be paid to the syntax, style, and content of the readings. Prerequisites: GRK 301 and GRK 302 (or equivalent, subject to instructor approval).

Course: Understanding St. Thomas Aquinas

Professor: Dr. David Foster 

Class Time: 7-9 p.m., Tuesdays

Dates: January 9 – March 19, 2024

More than any other theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas gathers the tradition and shapes the future. During a relatively short career, St. Thomas authored a tremendous number of pages in a variety of styles. To understand St. Thomas, it is important to be familiar with the work of St. Thomas beyond his most famous work, the Summa Theologiae. This course will study St. Thomas’ writings on a range of topics (e.g., creation, causes of the moral act, the life of Christ, the priesthood) and a variety of styles (commentary, summa, disputed question, and polemical writing) to convey an understanding of his theology and prepare for further reading.

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 Spring 2024 

New Testament Scriptures (asynchronous)


Fundamental Moral Theology

Contemporary Issues in Moral Theology



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.  

2022-2023 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 

2022-2023 Certificate Tuition 

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

Per Credit Hour  $250 
Per Audit Hour  $125 

 2022-2023 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

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. 

2022-2023 College Financing Plan Template 

For information regarding tuition and fees, visit

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 beginning this fall. 

  • 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 2023-24

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To find out if you are eligible or for additional information, please contact:
Phone: 513-233-6126

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 or certificate 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 1st 

Spring Semester: November 2nd 

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