Theological Studies at the ICT

Building a Community of Students to be Academically Excellent and Passionately Catholic.

Partnering with Franciscan University of Steubenville, the ICT Theological Formation Program offers an enhanced in-person experience for students enrolled in Franciscan’s online MA in Theology and Christian Ministry (MATCM), the online MA in Catechetics and Evangelization (MACE) program or the online Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Theology. Featuring world-renowned professors, these online programs provide theological and pastoral formation that is academically excellent and passionately Catholic. What is unique about this partnership is the support it provides: Students meet monthly in-person for ongoing fellowship and formation. This allows for a “best of both worlds” experience – great theological formation and in-person interaction with faculty, speakers and staff.

Theology Degrees from Franciscan University

The MATCM and MACE programs both are grounded in the study of Catholic doctrine and help a student more effectively live and share his or her Catholic faith. However, each field of study has a different emphasis. The MATCM is for those students whose primary desire is to know their faith more deeply and so to respond to the universal call to holiness in their everyday lives as spouses, parents, friends, and co-workers. The MACE is for those who have a professional desire to hand on their faith in Church positions such as high school theology teachers, directors of religious education, coordinators of youth ministry, directors of RCIA or sacramental preparation programs.

Master of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization

This program trains Catholics who want to serve the Church and minister to others in the New Evangelization. A fully online program, classes are taught by the same professors who teach here on our campus in Steubenville. This guarantees the same rigorous scholarship, dynamic education, and fidelity to the magisterium for which Franciscan University is known internationally.

Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry

This program immerses the student in Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and magisterial teaching, giving a deeply challenging and authentically Catholic theological education. The MA program provides students with a solid, graduate-level foundation in Catholic theology that will enable them to serve effectively in a variety of fields of ministry, or to pursue further graduate studies in theology.

Associate of Arts in Theology

This is a 60-credit hour program designed for students who want to get a head start on college and/or who want to work towards coming to campus.  This program is also for adults wanting to learn more about the faith and hand it on.

For more information and to register in the MATCM, MACE, or AA programs, please click here.

The Theological Formation Program of the ICT

For Phoenix-area students in the MATCM, MACE and AA programs, the Theological Formation Program is an on-ground experience composed of seven “Theological Formation Days” per year, four in the Fall and three in the Spring. Featuring support from our Institute Fellows, these days meet the Third Saturday of the month and feature workshops on theological, pastoral and intellectual issues. These days also include times for daily Mass, group prayer and student interaction.

Fall 2019

  • Saturday, August 17
  • Saturday, September 21
  • Saturday, October 19
  • Saturday, November 16 (SW Biblical Conference)

Spring 2020

  • Saturday, February 15
  • Saturday, March 21 (includes the Spiritual Life Conference)
  • Saturday, April 18

All times 8:30am-12:30pm


For more information, email Dr. Eric Westby.