The Bachelor of Christian Studies prepares for a wide variety of roles within the Church as ordained ministers and other ministries in the society, including Christian education, children’s ministries, youth ministry, women’s ministries, chaplaincy work, media work, ecumenical and inter-religious dialogues, scientific research in humanities, religious studies, and Catholic theology.
Macao has a strong tradition of preparing people for the service in the Church and society both in Macao and Asia. In keeping with “the significance of the legacy of centuries in the catholic tradition of humanistic education in Macao and South East Asia” (USJ Mission Statement), the Bachelor of Christian Studies is an innovative program that prepares students for a life of service in the Church and society as committed ordained ministries, religious men and women, and lay faithful. Enriched by their own cultural experiences, students are exposed to a wide range of course work in biblical, historical, philosophical-theological, and practical studies. The comprehensive program aims at developing students to live as responsible humans and Christian disciples who are sensitive to the signs of the times and value respect and appreciation for the dignity and diversity among peoples and for the Catholic faith tradition.
4 years of full-time (day) program.
Students who wish to pursue the canonical degree granted by the Faculty of Theology, Catholic University of Portugal, are required an additional year of philosophical studies.
Recommended Prior Knowledge
Completion of Secondary education; proficiency in the English language.
Total number of credits for graduation
Seminary Campus (Seminario de Sao Jose)
Largo de Sto. Agostinho, #5 Macau
Programme’s Government Approval (In Chinese and Portuguese only)
Classes take place from September to May each academic year. Summer classes, internships and examinations may be scheduled in June and July. Please refer to the official academic calendar for the most updated information.
On average, students will have approximately 18.5 hours of classes each week. Classes are scheduled from Mondays to Fridays, from 09:00 to 18:15. Exceptionally, classes may be scheduled in the evenings or on Saturdays.
- International setting of student and faculty members;
- Study of Biblical languages (Greek and Hebrew);
- Senior students write and defend a thesis/dissertation.
For more than four centuries Macao has been preparing faithful for service and leadership within Church and society in greater China and Asia. The international faculty at our Department continues this endeavour with academic rigor, fidelity to the Roman Catholic faith tradition, and committed to intercultural and interreligious dialogue. Being attentive to the Asian cultural and religious contexts, our students study and explore the rich heritage of the Catholic theological faith tradition and prepare them for a broad range of ministries and service in church and society. The intellectual, theological, spiritual, and pastoral formation of our students nourishes their hearts and minds and enables them to practice their faith in Asian communities. They are equipped to take up leadership in Church and society in the ordained ministry, in male and female religious congregations, as lay faithful, and as man and women of good will.
Located at the Seminary Campus within the historical district of Macao, our Department provides a unique environment for studying and research within an international setting. Research resources are offered by our own library, the Consortium of the Macao Academic Library Association (MALA), the research library of the Macao Ricci Institute (MRI) of the Jesuits. Our alumni are working in several Asian countries, like greater China (Macao and Hong Kong), Myanmar, Philippines, East Timor, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan and Taiwan. Others are pursuing further studies in Asia, Europe and the US.
Appreciating your interest in our Department, I am looking forward in meeting you to discuss further questions. Our admission office will assist you to learn more about us.
Prof. Franz Gassner, S.V.D.
Doctor of Catholic Theology
University of Vienna, Austria
- ordained ministry;
- moral and religious education;
- school pastoral and leadership;
- pastoral and social services;
- chaplaincy (e.g. school, hospital, migrants, etc.);
- formation in religious communities;
- interreligious dialogue and mission;
- spiritual direction, supervision, and retreat;
- communication and culture education;
- community organization, community development and leadership;
- ethic boards;
- further studies and research;
Students must complete all the following modules
Please click on any specific module to see its description.