The Pontifical John Paul II Institute is an institution of high learning that combines rigorous intellectual studies with a lived engagement of Catholic culture and the literary tradition. Through the Institute’s academic programs, the foundational understanding of the human person is deepened and pursued communally, in all of its breadth and richness, in order that men and women may continue with further doctoral study in theology and philosophy (following the M.T.S./S.T.L. programs); or pursue continuing education in one of the fields—medicine, psychology, law, physics, biology, health care, policy, etc.—having been formed in the truth of the human person; or begin work in the world in one of its many forms, lay or clerical.

The Institute’s administration is available to help applicants decide whether one of its degree programs is a good path for him or her and to answer questions regarding the admissions process. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information about the programs and the application requirements. You may arrange a visit and sit in on a class through our visitor page.

Committed to the teaching of Vatican Council II that every type of discrimination, whether based on sex, race, color, social condition, language, or religion, is to be overcome and eradicated as contrary to God's intent (Gaudium et spes, n. 29), the Pontifical John Paul II Institute admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Institute. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and fellowship programs, and other Institute-administered programs.

From Our Graduates

I am deeply grateful for the John Paul II Institute. I came to the Institute seeking to understand the human person more deeply, and I was not disappointed. Indeed all of my expectations were surpassed. I was amazed by the unity of vision that permeated the entire curriculum. Every class seemed to build upon the others helping me to develop a unified view of the human person. Having this framework in mind has greatly aided my work as a psychologist, both academically and clinically.

Dr. Andrew Sodergren, MTS ‘05

I think I can safely say that the Institute, with the uniquely integrating perspective, taught me to see in a way both invaluable and necessary: it gave me eyes for the beauty, goodness and truth at the heart of all that exists. My education brought me into an encounter with the beauty of reason in the passionate pursuit of the truth; the beauty of well-rendered theological and philosophical work; and simply, the beauty that saves, the hidden radiance of which is reflected in the whole of creation and in all genuine human culture and endeavor. The Ph.D. program in particular gave me the invaluable opportunity to participate, in intense inquiry, good humor, and love, in a community of conversation and a communion not only between faculty and students, but with the great theological, philosophical, and literary authors of Western civilization and, through them, with all of mankind. What the Institute gave me through all this is much more than tools for my profession; it formed my vision, my understanding, and my life—a gift for which I will be enduringly grateful.

Michelle Borras, MTS ’99, PhD ‘11

I had considerable "life" experience by the time I came to the Institute, having served for years in both the military and the government. And yet it was a life-changing experience that gave me a new way of "seeing", a God's-eye view, if you will. I came away with a deeper understanding of the immense dignity of the person and the family and the centrality of these to shaping a healthy culture on all levels. Since then I have tried to carry this understanding into my own family, my friendships, the workplace -- everything.

Patrick Kelly, MTS ‘01 (Vice-President for Public Policy, Knights of Columbus)