The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family is a graduate theological school founded by the Holy Father in 1982 to help develop more fully the Church's understanding of the person, marriage and family in the light of divine revelation. The Washington, D.C. Session of the Institute began its work in Fall, 1988. The Institute is a community of scholars, global in its environment and vision and multi-disciplinary in its academic scope. The programs of study foster the theological competency necessary for teaching and research and for the exercise of a variety of Christian ministries, and for religious leadership positions, especially in Family Life Bureaus.
The Institute offers four degree programs, a specialized Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.), a Licentiate in Sacred Theology of Marriage and Family (S.T.L.), a Master of Theological Studies in either Marriage and Family or Biotechnology and Ethics (M.T.S.) and a Ph.D. in Theology with Specialization in Person, Marriage and Family.
In 2002, The Catholic University of America and the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family entered into a cooperative agreement through which students enrolled in degree programs in either institution could take two courses during an academic year with the permission of the respective deans.
Please consult the catalogue of the Institute available through:
Director of Admissions
John Paul II Institute
620 Michigan Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20064