Summer Institute

Take advantage of the St. Mark’s Summer Institute. In just two weeks you can complete 3-credit courses with daily classes. 

Classes run from July 6-17, 2020 with the option of completing a Catholic Core course, an elective course or both.

THEO 501: Foundations of Theology (Dr. Nicholas Olkovich)
    Daily morning class

This introductory course explores a variety of interrelated themes in theological method and reflection from a Catholic perspective, including: the nature of revelation, faith, tradition and theology; the relationship between faith and reason; the mediation of revelation in scripture, liturgy and the dogmatic traditions of the Church; and the nature and role of the magisterium, infallibility, the development of doctrine, and the sensus fidei.

THEO 537: Spirituality and Leadership (Dr. Michael Dallaire)
   Daily afternoon class

Explore the spirituality of an engaged leader, one who tends to their own spiritual needs while leading others in Catholic organizations in the fields of health care, education, parish and society. Models of Christian leadership and spiritual growth will be explored with the view of enhancing participants’ current and future practice of leadership in the midst of our global and post-modern age.


Is it required that I come to Vancouver for the Summer Institute courses?

No. Attending classes virtually is always an option we offer to students who live outside of Metro Vancouver.
This year, due to COVID-19, all students will be taking their Summer classes virtually through live online courses. 

Synchronous, asynchronous, online, virtual, Zoom. So many new terms - how will my classes be offered?

Many people hear “online class” and think of a series of pre-recorded lectures and online interaction with no real-time interaction with a human. That’s not how our courses are offered.

Your classes will be virtual. The live online courses taking place in a digital classroom with real-time instruction and opportunities for face-to-face interaction with your professor and classmates.

Classes run on weekdays for two weeks. There will be a daily live lecture and class time. There may be required readings before each class and most other coursework is completed after classes end. You will have until late August to complete papers and other coursework.

Throughout the course you will be interacting with your professor and fellow classmates.

How do I access my online courses?

St. Mark’s College uses an online learning platform through UBC called Canvas. After you have registered  for the course, you will be contacted by the Enrolment Services Office with instructions for accessing your course materials. If you have questions, please contact Chisom Onwuli at [email protected].

Will I be able to talk to my instructor and classmates?

Yes. The course design and video software allows for two-way interaction. You will be able (even encouraged) to interact with your professor and classmates and engage in discussions.

What is the cost of taking a Summer Institute course?
The Summer Institute courses are full 3-credit courses. The tuition cost can be found on the Tuition and Fees webpage.

NOTE: For the special circumstances during COVID-19, students will only pay the registration fee and tuition. All other fees in Summer II term are being waived.
Students who choose to audit the course pay a reduced rate.

As many of our students previously paid tuition in person, there are also special instructions on how to pay tuition during COVID-19.

How do I get the readings and books for my courses?

The list of required textbooks can be found through the online textbook list.

Readings may be shared directly by your professor or accessed through the libraries of St. Mark’s College and UBC.

Do I qualify for admission?

We have admission categories to accommodate various backgrounds including those with no previous post-secondary education, or those who wish to take classes as “auditing students” without going through the full application process. Visit our Admission Requirements webpage for more information.

If you’d like to speak to someone about starting your studies with St. Mark’s College, email [email protected].

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Email: [email protected]