Graduate Studies

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies can choose from three degree programs that reflect the richness of the Catholic tradition.  A limited number of students may also study for a graduate certificate.

Students are accepted into programs on a continual basis.
Applications are accepted year-round. 

Degree Programs

Master of Divinity Program (25 courses) allows students to embark on a comprehensive education and formation journey. If you are called to ordination or lay ministry leadership, or want to grasp the most complete understanding of the Catholic tradition, the Master of Divinity curriculum provides a rigorous course of study. It is rich in Catholic theology and teachings along with spiritual formation, practical experience, and reflection on contemporary application.

The 25-course curriculum invites you to engage in intellectual, pastoral, and spiritual integration of acquired knowledge in:


Biblical Studies
Historical Studies
Theological Studies
Ministry Studies

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (15 courses) provides students with a solid theological background and the practical skills necessary for ministry in the Church. Students study from a variety of courses in Church History, Scripture, Systematic and Moral Theology, ministry leadership and spiritual formation.


* A limited number of candidates who lack an undergraduate degree may be allowed to pursue the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies curriculum. - Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Studies

Master of Arts (Theological Studies) (15 courses) Delve into advanced theology in the St. Bernard’s Master of Arts-Theological Studies Program. Two tracks allow students to integrate our curriculum with the student’s future plans. In the thesis track you will receive a foundation for teaching or further doctoral studies. Students may choose a non-thesis course of study. The all course track offers an alternative curriculum along with spiritual formation.

The Theological Studies Program allows students to choose from 3 areas of concentration:

Biblical Studies
Systematic Theological Studies
Ministry Studies


Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Studies

A limited number of candidates who lack an undergraduate degree may be eligible to pursue the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies curiculum (NY State Ed. Hegis Code 2301.00). 

Selection of candidates is on the basis of innate intelligence, range of experience, and leadership potential. To be awarded a Graduate Certificate - Pastoral Studies, the candidate must succesfully complete all course requirements and maintain a quality point average (QPA) of at least 2.0 (C).

Tuition Costs:

St. Bernard's works hard to keep tuition costs as low as possible. 


Fee schedule (beginning Fall 2017)


Credit -              Full course             $1845.00

Credit -              Half course            $ 922.50

Audit -               Full course             $ 300.00

Audit -               Half course            $ 150.00


Graduate Colloquium                      $  60.00

Registration Fee (non-refundable)   $  40.00

Late Registration Fee                       $  70.00

For more information about tuition assistance and "Estimating the Cost of Attendance" (COA) for student loans, please visit Financial Aid & Scholarship Info, or contact the Admissions office,



Registration takes place in the Academic Office during specified periods as stated on the academic calendar.  Students may register on-line, in person or by mail.  All registrations are to be accompanied by the appropriate registration fee and a minimum of 25% of the tuition.

If you have additional questions about our graduate programs, please contact: