Master of Arts
Cor Unum Pathway
(One Heart)

To allow our mission to drive our ministry, Cor Unum tuition will be reduced from $20,460 to $8,500 (plus fees) for the Fall 2021 cohort!  If qualified candidates can afford more, they are encouraged to donate to our scholarship endowment fund. Only 14 students will be accepted; we already have applications for next year coming in. Contact Monica Misey ( for a Zoom “Meet & Greet”.

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology’s Cor Unum (One Heart) Master of Arts pathway, with an emphasis in systematic theology, identifies and develops lay leaders with the courage to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s reconciling love in word and action.


Employing a cohort model that builds relational bonds with fellow students and faculty, participants are not just completing an M.A. degree, but deepening their personal sense of discipleship and joining a community committed to inviting and inspiring discipleship in others.


As an expression of the New Evangelization, Cor Unum has two primary and complementary goals:

  • To develop within the student a profound encounter with Jesus Christ through the study of Scripture and Tradition leading to a greater passion for the renewal of the Church and world.

  • To engage in the conversion of culture by hearing and responding to God’s call to evangelize and heal a fractured world through the Gospel’s message of reconciliation, justice, and mercy.

What Makes Cor Unum Unique?

  • A cohort model that fosters an intentional community of learning

  • A rigorous study of academic theology combined with a vision of evangelizing and healing a fractured world

  • Theology taught from the heart of the Church in the context of a Roman Catholic seminary and school of theology

  • Built in light of the Dehonian charism of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (SCJs)

  • A “flipped classroom” – Dynamic in-class experiences focused on active learning of adult students, along with supplemental online delivery

The Powerful Question

  • Developed on the retreat, Apostolic Saturdays, and through individual guidance

  • The Powerful Question functions as both a discernment tool and a lens through which each student studies the Church’s theological tradition

  • Serves as a way to integrate one’s baptismal calling, learning, and experiences

Cor Unum Program Components:

  • Mass or Eucharistic Adoration

  • Development of Powerful Question

  • Spiritual Formation

  • Pastoral Skills

  • Theological Studies

Cor Unum Program Schedule:

  • Classes meet Monday evenings, 6:10-9:00 pm, with supplemental content delivered online

  • Apostolic Saturdays (2nd Saturday of the month)

The four semesters of Cor Unum are organized around the themes of the four Constitutions of the Second Vatican Council:

Fall Year One

Cornerstone 1 Theme: Divine Revelation (Dei verbum)

  • Scriptural Foundations

  • Fundamental Theology

  • Personal Discernment through Powerful Question

Spring Year One

Cornerstone 2 Theme:  The Church (Lumen gentium)

  • Jesus in the New Testament

  • Christ and the Church

Summer Experience Options

  • Holy Land Archeological Expedition

  • SCJ Missions

  • Ministering to the Human Person

    • Pastoral Counseling Class (Live during May Session)

    • Theological Anthropology Class (Online)

Fall Year 2

Cornerstone 3 Theme: The Moral Life and Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium)

  • Fundamental Moral Theology

  • Sacramental Theology

Spring Year 2

Cornerstone 4 Theme:  The Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et spes)

  • Catholic Social Teaching

  • Faith and Culture

Contextualized Apostolic Learning Lab (CALL)

  • Integrated into year two (Cornerstones 3 and 4), including the retreat, classes, and Apostolic Saturdays.

  • The Contextualized Apostolate Learning Lab requires the students to select an issue pertaining to a fracture or wound in the world which relates to their Powerful Question, and to peer into this issue using the tools of theological reflection.

  • While seeking to identify and understand these fractures, the students are challenged to articulate the difference systematic theology makes in responding to and healing these wounds.

Capstone Project and Portfolio

  • Mid-May through June after Cornerstone 4.

  • Students demonstrate the integration of the various components of the Cor Unum program. In so doing, students link theological learning to the contemporary needs of the Church and the world.

  • Students develop a written work that includes a theological, integrative account. This draws together the student’s education and experiences, demonstrating the student’s theological knowledge as well as skills developed through the program.

  • Once the written work is complete, the student will develop a presentation to be delivered to the cohort and to a panel of three faculty members.

Click here to listen to Dr. Mike Brummond, MA Program Director, and Julie O’Connor, Assistant Academic Dean and Registrar, as they talk about Cor Unum on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s radio show “Living Our Faith”.

Student Testimonials

Cor Unum students talk about why they are in the program and what they expect to get out of it.

Taylor Baar, 2020 Cor Unum graduate

“I heard about Cor Unum at the Catechetical Conference a few years ago. Being part of the program helped me to grow intellectually and spiritually. I felt better equipped to share the faith with parents and teens at the parish where I was the youth minister. I appreciated how the professors helped to relate what we were learning to our ministries. I also valued the cohort model, because I grew so close to the other people in my group. We all are still connected and praying for each other.” 

For further information contact:

Monica Misey
Cor Unum Graduate and Communications Director