Pontifical John Paul II Institute

The Pontifical John Paul II Institute is devoted to the study of the truth about the human person in all of its dimensions: theological, philosophical, anthropological, and indeed cosmological-scientific. The Institute centers its study of the person in the community that is the original cell of human society: marriage and family.

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



At the conclusion of the 1980 Synod of Bishops devoted to the family, the Synod Fathers called for the creation of theological centers devoted to the study of the Church's teaching on marriage and the family. The Institute's establishment was to be announced at the Holy Father's Wednesday audience on May 13, 1981.  


  • Master of Theological Studies: Marriage and Family (M.T.S.)
  • Master of Theological Studies: Biotechnology and Ethics (M.T.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Theology with a Specialization in Person, Marriage, and Family (Ph.D.)
  • Licentiate in Sacred Theology of Marriage and Family (S.T.L.)
  • Doctorate in Sacred Theology with a Specialization in Marriage and Family (S.T.D.)


  • Humanum Books

  • Recent Faculty Publications

    • Humanum: Issues in Family, Culture, and Science

    • Communio: International Catholic Review

    • The Catholic University of America Libraries
    • Reflections on Marriage


Institute graduates enter a variety of careers involving education and the pastoral care of families.  Some graduates begin careers in theological education, research, and publication in positions at seminaries, colleges, and secondary schools.  Others assume leadership positions in parishes and dioceses, as directors of religious education, family life offices, and pro-life offices.  Institute graduates have also taken positions in health care, public interest and affairs organizations, and government.  

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Housing services

The following residences may have rooms available for the students of the Institute. Arrangements should be made directly with each facility. Costs and fees are subject to change and inquiries should be made directly to the appropriate institution.

  • Rosary House of Studies
  • Centro Maria Residence

  • Casa Sacri Cuori

  • Holy Redeemer College                                                                                                     

  • Saint Anthony of Padua Parish Rectory

Library services

Mullen Library

The university library system contains more than 1,300,000 journals, books, dissertations, and other research materials. The Theology/Philosophy/Canon Law Library located on the third floor of Mullen Library houses specialized reference materials in the areas of religious studies and philosophy.

Medical services

The Catholic University of America provides a comprehensive fire safety program for the protection of the campus community, coordinating personnel, and electronic and mechanical systems.  

Student Life

Campus life

  • Dining services are also available at the Pryzbyla Center on The Catholic University of America campus. The student restaurant on the third floor offers a buffet for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and brunch and dinner on the weekend. 
  • Parking Permits
  • Post Office


The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000.  The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Mount Rainier, Maryland, United States


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