St. Mark's College

St. Mark's College is the affiliated Catholic theological college of the University of British Columbia (UBC).

St. Mark's College is a member of the Community of St. Mark's at UBC, which also includes Corpus Christi College and St. Mark's Parish. Together with Corpus Christi College, St. Mark's College is a centre of excellence for Catholic higher education in British Columbia.

St. Mark's College is committed to promoting an authentic Christian humanism, marked by the pursuit of academic excellence and animated by a joy of searching for, discovering and communicating truth in every field of knowledge. The Colleges prepare graduates who continually strive to integrate and synthesize faith and reason, women and men who think rigorously, so as to act rightly and to serve humanity better.

A variety of programs are offered at St. Mark's College, including programs for the formation of Catholic clergy and lay professionals, and continuing education opportunities for adults. These programs are grounded in the Catholic intellectual and moral tradition, including a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Culture for aspiring Catholic teachers; Master’s degrees in Religious Education, Theological Studies, Pastoral Studies and Catholic Educational Leadership; and engaging public lectures and professional development opportunities addressing faith leading to understanding.

Our Continuing Education programs offer professional and faith development to teachers, administrators, healthcare workers, and other professionals. We offer a variety of courses and public lectures for anyone interested in further developing knowledge and faith.

We have also been entrusted by the Archdiocese of Vancouver to provide the academic component of the Permanent Diaconate program.


Message from the Principal

Dear Students and Friends:

Welcome to St. Mark’s College, the “Catholic centre” of the University of British Columbia. We are the affiliated Catholic college of the University of British Columbia.  Continuing in the tradition of our founders, the Basilian Fathers, we offer undergraduate and graduate programs for aspiring academics, Catholic teachers and other working professionals, as well as for those interested in spiritual and intellectual development through Continuing Education. We play a crucial role at the UBC, offering small classes, accessible faculty and a community environment focussed on forming engaged, compassionate leaders of conscience.

The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) , the major accreditor of graduate theological education in North America, granted full accreditation to St. Mark’s College in 2018 following an eight-year, multi-phase process. Not all Colleges seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation. Full accreditation in the ATS helps establish St. Mark’s credibility in graduate theological education, and is a great achievement for our community.

The Catholic philosopher Etiénne Gilson remarked “Faith comes to intelligence as a light that overflows it with joy and inspires it with a certitude that does away with question.” St. Mark’s is a community steeped in the joy of the Christian message, and offering a wealth of resources, human and material, that proclaim the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition. 

As a community of students, teachers, scholars, administrators and pastors, we are interested in meeting individuals where they are on the journeys of both life and faith. I invite you to visit us in person to learn more about how we can help you on your journey.

Dr. Peter Meehan
Principal, St. Mark’s College at UBC