Online Learning

St. Mary’s University graduate-level online learning provides a flexible opportunity for individuals interested in academically rigorous and rewarding courses. Our programs integrate top-notch academics and the University’s mission of cultivating ethical leaders committed to the common good. St. Mary’s currently offers several graduate programs and academic certificates online.

Graduate Programs


M.A. International Relations

The Master of Arts International Relations program serves as an information depot for international relations events and their implications in today’s world. Integrating the disciplines of political science, history, anthropology, international law, sociology, and geography, it provides students with the interdisciplinary education necessary for better understanding the complicated nature of global issues and events.

All programs require 36 credit hours of course work during which students gain a breadth of knowledge concerning the behavior of states and non-state actors in the international arena, as well as a depth of knowledge in their focus areas. The degree is designed to permit students to integrate internships and/or study abroad opportunities into the curriculum.

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M.S. Software Engineering

The Master of Science in Software Engineering trains individuals to successfully design, develop, implement, integrate and maintain software and software-related products. The software engineering program at St. Mary’s University does not focus on providing students with a large repertoire of programming skills that emphasize a particular language syntax or semantic. Coding is only one phase of the software lifecycle.

The program gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and manage large-scale software systems with a primary focus on quality, reliability and maintainability. It emphasizes organizational structures, development processes, analysis and modeling techniques, design methodologies, documentation standards and quality controls.

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M.A. Theology

The Master of Arts in Theology offers a real-time and synchronous online program to students, whereby students outside of San Antonio and across the country can participate with students in the classroom. Through this program, the Theology Department continues the dedicated work initiated by the Society of Mary to foster critical reflection on the Catholic faith and work that is open to ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue.

The Masters of Arts in Theology at St. Mary’s is academically rigorous. It instructs students in the careful reading of theological texts and church documents, the importance of historical and philosophical influences on textual interpretation, and the use of essential research tools. In addition to this scholarly preparation, students consider how and why it is important to implement the results of theological research in creative and practical ways. Students are well prepared for doctoral work should they choose to pursue it.

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Academic Certificates

International Relations

This innovative certificate is built around four courses designed to equip participants with dynamic and imaginative approaches to the constructive transformation of violent conflict within and between communities. The program consists of four courses involving academic learning, critical thinking, and tailored field studies.

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Certificate of Graduate Theological Studies

A Certificate of Graduate Theological Studies may be earned by a student holding a B.A. or equivalent. This program requires 12 hours of course work at St. Mary’s University, approval by the graduate program director, and the writing of a project or research paper under the direction of a professor.

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Certificate of Postgraduate Theological Studies

A Certificate of Postgraduate Theological Studies may be earned by a student holding the M.A. in Theology or equivalent. This program requires 12 hours of course work at St. Mary’s University, approval by the graduate program director, and the writing of a project or research paper under the direction of a professor.

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