Master of Arts:

Theology of the Body

and the New Evangelization

Master of Arts:

Theology of the Body

and the New Evangelization

Pope Saint John Paul II was the first to call for a “New Evangelization, new in its ardor, methods and expression.” He also emphasized that in order to communicate appropriately the message entrusted to her, “the Church needs art” and “the theology of the body … is quite indispensable.” Inspired by these truths, The Theology of the Body Institute and Pontifex University have formally partnered to offer a unique Master’s Degree that guides students along the via pulchritudinis (“the way of beauty”) and equips them with the necessary catechetical tools and theological and cultural understanding to engage a world desperately in need of revitalization. The program includes the study of theology and philosophy and the history of Catholic culture, with a focus on the sacred arts, and the writings of Pope St. John Paul II with a particular emphasis on the Theology of the Body.

The degree is granted by Pontifex University and is awarded after the successful completion of 36 credit hours, an exam and essay for each course, and a final thesis. Twenty-two (22) of these credits will be acquired by completing eleven (11) five-day on-site courses offered by the Theology of the Body Institute. The remaining fourteen (14) credits will be acquired via Pontifex University’s online platform.

 

All courses offered by the Theology of the Body Institute are 2 credits and are divided into the following categories (see course descriptions here):

Core Courses: (Master’s students complete all of these courses)

  • Theology of the Body I: Head & Heart Immersion Course
  • Theology of the Body II: Into the Deep
  • Theology of the Body III: The New Evangelization
  • Catholic Sexual Ethics
  • Love & Responsibility
  • The Writings of Pope Saint John Paul II on Gender, Marriage, and Family
  • The Philosophy of Pope Saint John Paul II
  • Theology of the Body & Art: A Way of Beauty

Elective Courses: (Master’s students complete 3 of these courses)

  • Theology of the Body & the Interior Life
  • Theology of the Body & Spiritual Direction: The Art of Accompaniment
  • Theology of the Body & Vatican II
  • Theology of the Body & the Marian Mystery

(Please note that the elective course list may increase or change, according to availability.)

The remaining fourteen (14) credits are offered by Pontifex University via the online platform (see course descriptions links below):

  • Old Testament in Words and Images (3 credits) DESCRIPTION
  • New Testament in Words in Images (3 credits) DESCRIPTION
  • A History and Practical Theology of Images (3 credits) DESCRIPTION
  • The Bible and the Liturgy (3 credits). DESCRIPTION

And, two (or more) credits from

  • Harmony and Proportion – The Mathematics of Beauty (2 credits) DESCRIPTION

or

  • The Christian Humanism in Modern Cinema (1 credit) DESCRIPTION
  • Fundamentals of Beauty in Architecture (1 credit) DESCRIPTION
  • An Introduction to Traditional Sacred Music (for non-musicians) (1 credit) DESCRIPTION

 

Enrollment Process 

For the program as a whole: Enroll online at Pontifex University indicating that you wish to follow this program and submit the $150 registration fee..

For Theology of the Body Institute classes: Please contact Jennifer Settle, Director of Programs at jsettle@tobinstitute.org. You will pay the Theology of the Body Institute directly for these classes while indicating that you wish to receive academic credit through Pontifex University. When you complete the course and its requirements, the Theology of the Body Institute will notify you of your grade and submit it to Pontifex. A $150 per credit fee is due to Pontifex from you at that time.

For Pontifex University classes: Register online at www.Pontifex.University. Classes are taught exclusively online and cost $300 per credit.

For the final Thesis: This will be a 10,000-word essay supervised by the Theology of the Body Institute faculty. Once it has been completed and graded, the student will register online and pay a fee of $400. Transcripts will be available through Pontifex University.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Please Thoroughly Read the Information on the Master of Arts Program Before Making Additional Inquiries:

I am new to taking courses with TOBI. Can you explain the process for registering for courses with TOBI?

Begin by looking at our 2020 course schedule HERE to see if any of the courses fit into your schedule. We suggest beginning with a Theology of the Body I: Head & Heart Immersion Course. You can find descriptions of all TOBI courses HERE. If the course you wish to take is open for registration, you can register online through the course schedule page. We typically open registration for courses about three months prior to the course date.

Are any of the courses available online?
Courses with TOBI are all on-site. Courses with Pontifex University are online.
What courses can I take with TOBI in 2020?

You can find our 2020 course schedule HERE.

What are the fees for the Master of Arts Program?
The fees for the Master of Arts Program are broken down as such:

  • $150 Enrollment Fee for the Master of Arts Program to Pontifex University.
  • $150 Fee Per Credit Hour for Courses taken with TOBI (2 credits per course) paid to Pontifex University.
  • $1195 course fee for each course taken with TOBI paid to TOBI (this is not included for courses completed with TOBI prior to acceptance into the Master of Arts program with Pontifex University).
  • $300 fee per credit hour for courses taken with Pontifex University.
  • $400 thesis supervisory fee paid to TOBI at the end of the program.
Is there a timeframe in which to complete the Master of Arts Program?
The Master of Arts degree can be completed at your pace.
When do I need to decide to enter the Master of Arts Program with Pontifex University?
You can enter the Master of Arts Program whenever it is convenient for you. Begin the application process with Pontifex University through the link at the top of the FAQ.
I am a graduate of the Theology of the Body Institute Certification Program. What are my next steps for entering into the Master of Arts Program? What are the additional requirements I need to complete?

If you would like to enroll in the Master of Arts Program with Pontifex University, you should contact them directly by filling out the online enrollment application HERE and paying the application fee of $150 to Pontifex University. If you are accepted into the Master of Arts Program by Pontifex University, you need to complete all exams for the eight courses you have already taken with TOBI. You will also need to complete a 3,000 word essay for each course you have completed. Contact TOBI to begin or finish this exam and essay process. TOBI will communicate directly with Pontifex University to share your exam and essay grades. There is a $150 per credit fee for each TOBI course you have completed (each TOBI course is two credits). That fee is due to Pontifex University and you can use the payment portal HERE to complete those transactions. There are 3 additional courses you need to complete with TOBI. You can find those course requirements on the TOBI page listed at the top of the FAQ. You may also begin to complete the required online courses through Pontifex University. You can find those listed on their website at the top of the FAQ.

I am in the Theology of the Body Institute Certification Program. Should I switch from the Certification Program to the Master of Arts Program? What is the benefit of completing both programs?
This would be up to your discernment. You are welcome to complete the Certification Program (which you can do before completing the Master of Arts degree, which has additional requirements) and then complete the Master of Arts Program, since both require the same exam for courses. You would need to weigh the benefit to you of having the TOB Certification through TOBI before the Master of Arts degree through Pontifex. If you decide to switch to the Master of Arts Program with Pontifex, the fee you paid for the TOBI Certification program is non-transferable and non-refundable.
Do I need to retake courses with TOBI after I am accepted into the Master of Arts Program?
No. All courses you have completed with TOBI count toward the Master of Arts degree. If you have not completed the exam for each course you have completed, you will need to do that and submit the required 3,000 word essay after you have been accepted into the Master of Arts program.
Who do I contact at Pontifex University for admission to the Master of Arts Program?
Submit an Application for Graduate Admissions HERE.
Contact their Provost, David Clayton at dclayton@pontifex.university
Who do I contact to complete the exam and essay for each TOBI course I have already taken?
Please contact Jen Settle, Director of Programs, for your exam and essay requirements at jsettle@tobinstitute.org.

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