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Graduate Theology

The Graduate Theology Program is a singular offering at a singular institution — the country’s only college founded, sponsored, and staffed by Dominican Friars. In the Dominican tradition, our faculty are working scholars who “share the fruits of their contemplation” with students. Our faculty is ecclesially minded, and teaches a theology that is deeply rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, grounded in the concrete life of the Church and in accord with the Church’s magisterium.

Who is Our Typical Student?

Our program attracts a variety of students, including traditional-minded graduate students who have attended a Roman Catholic undergraduate institution, educators or lay ministers working in the Roman Catholic Church, and employees of local dioceses and Catholic high schools. The program also serves Dominican sisters from traditional communities. Additionally, we encourage applications from students with diverse and non-traditional backgrounds who have discovered a desire to study theology.

Be a Part of Our Community

We take great pride in the Providence College tradition of a community that feels like family. There is a great sense of camaraderie among the faculty and students in PC’s graduate and undergraduate theology programs. As teachers and as students, we come together through scholarship and prayer, but we also come together as friends — on campus and off.

“The classes enhanced my knowledge and helped me greatly in homily preparation. They motivate and inspire me to continue to learn more about our faith.”

Rev. Jorge Rocha ’05G

“What I appreciate most about the program was the opportunity to explore the wonder and mystery of man’s relationship with God from ancient times to today.”

Vicki-Ann Downing ’21G, editor, Providence College Magazine

“The PC community has been nothing to me if not welcoming and caring.”

Tim McGinn, ’21G, Director of Religious Education at St. Augustine Parish

In the News

Dr. Holly Taylor Coolman on Religious Community

Dr. Holly Taylor Coolman responded to a Pew Research Center survey about religion during the pandemic in an article entitled “Survey shows stronger personal religious faith during pandemic” in the Rhode Island Catholic newspaper. Dr. Coolman discussed the importance of being part of a community during the pandemic: “Catholics have in their tradition, an especially strong ecclesial sense that all of this has to do with our connections to one another and living with one another.”

Read the article here.

Dr. Arthur Urbano Receives Interdisciplinary Research Award

Dr. Arthur Urbano was awarded an Interdisciplinary Research Award by Providence College for his work entitled Wisdom Made Visible: Art and the Fashioning of Philosophy in the Late Roman/Early Christian World, which explores the relationship between philosophy, art, and education in the Early Christian and Late Antique periods. He also has an article in the winter 2020 issue of the Journal of Early Christian Studies titled, “In the Company of Wisdom: Transforming Cemeteries into Spaces of Learning in Late Antiquity.”

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Dr. Despina Prassis Receives 2021 Arts & Sciences Summer Scholars Award

Dr. Despina Prassis is a recipient of the 2021 Arts & Sciences Summer Scholars Award. Her research will focus on the topic: “St. Maximos the Confessor’s Liber Asceticus: Translation and Commentary.” This award grant will support Dr. Prassis’ research efforts during the summer months.

Read about this prestigious award at this link.