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OSV Scholars MA Program

Master of Arts (Theology) from the University of Notre Dame


Alonso del Arco, Santa Teresa de Jesús (Virgin and Doctor of the Church)
Catedral del Salvador de Ávila



Diocesan religion teachers, directors of religious education, youth ministers and other professional catechetical parish ministers are eligible to pursue a Master of Arts (Theology) degree through the University of Notre Dame under a grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Institute. 

Currently, there are more than 60 "OSV Scholars" who have obtained their degree through this program: teachers, catechists, pastoral associates and others in parish ministries in our diocese. 













The MA requires completion of 12 courses (=36 credit hours), the last of which is a capstone project. The OSV Institute may suggest topics of research for the capstone within students' interests. Note: There is no longer a comprehensive exam.

If no previous college courses have been taken in theology or a related field, an additional 2 courses (= 6 credit hours) would be needed as prerequisites. Prospective diocesan students are usually expected to have already fulfilled this requirement. 


Admission to the Program 

Step 1:  Apply to the Office of Catechesis for funding. 

Diocesan Application and Release of Information

Step 2: Receive approval for funding from the Office of Catechesis. 

Step 3: Apply for admission to Notre Dame's Theology MA Program

Notre Dame Application and List of Materials

Note: While the Theology MA program "exercises a non-competitive admissions process," GRE scores must still be submitted as part of the application. 

Step 4: Receive an acceptance letter from the Notre Dame Theology Department. 

Step 5: Sign a contract with the Office of Catechesis. Once 8 courses (=24 credit hours) are completed, students are expected to return four years of catechetical service to the Diocese. If a student leaves the Diocese or is otherwise unavailable, the cost of tuition beginning with the second course must be reimbursed to the Diocese. In effect, each year of service forgives 25% of the total tuition cost.

Being headquartered locally in Huntington, the OSV Institute funds the program to serve the catechetical needs of our local Church, so the contract helps to ensure that everyone involved is contributing toward this goal. The Office of Catechesis then uses any reimbursed money to continue funding active students. 

Step 6: Begin taking courses as a formal member of the program. 

Centered on three intensive weekends, courses are offered in both the fall and spring semesters (usually in South Bend and Fort Wayne, respectively).  A wider variety of additional courses can be taken during the Summer Session on the Notre Dame campus.

More questions?  Please contact Jonathan Kaltenbach in the Office of Catechesis


In gratitude, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend would like to thank the
Our Sunday Visitor Institute for its generosity toward catechetical ministries throughout the diocese.

The program would not be possible without this financial support. 

Thank you!



Fra Angelico, San Tommaso d'Aquino (Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Convent of San Marco, Florence


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