Conjugal Ethics

Area of studies: Religious studies
Faculty: Faculty of Catholic Theology
Language of Instruction: Russian
Mode of studies: full-time and distance learning
Length of Programme: 2 years (120 ECTS)
Name of Qualification: 1) Master in Sciences of Marriage and Family / specialization: Conjugal Ethics; 2) Master in Religious Studies
Application fee: 100 EUR (non refundable)
Tuition fee: 2242 EUR/year for EU citizens; 2580 EUR/year for non EU citizens

Unique Features

The programme is run in the distance (online) mode. Students come only for introductory classes for a one-week long on-campus meeting to Vytautas Magnus University at the beginning of each semester (three one-week long meetings in total). The programme is offered by the Faculty of Catholic Theology at Vytautas Magnus University in academic cooperation with the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family (Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo II per Studi su matrimonio e famiglia, hereinafter referred to as “JP2”), Rome, Italy. The programme is aimed at those who intend to become highly trained specialists in Catholic marriage preparation and the family pastoral care professionals. The programme allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the value of the human person, marriage and sexuality in the light of Holy Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the teachings of the Magisterium. Special attention is given to the issue of responsible parenthood and natural family planning. Upon completion of studies, graduates will receive two master’s degree diplomas, one issued by each institution: 1) Master in Sciences of Marriage and Family / specialization: Conjugal Ethics (issued by JP2); 2) Master in Religious Studies (issued by VMU).

Access Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Humanities, Social or Natural Sciences
  • proven capability to speak, read and write fluently in Russian

Faculty of Catholic Theology
Address: Gimnazijos g. 7, LT-44260 Kaunas

Competencies Acquired

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Substantiate the authentic teaching of the Church on human sexuality and sacramental marriage in all areas of pastoral activity.
  • Recommend assistance to families in various critical situations.
  • Recommend a right natural family planning method for the spouses in different periods and situations of their married life.
  • Demonstrate the ability to faithfully inform an individual or community seeking to strengthen the harmonious functioning of the family.
  • Assess the quality of educational content of youth training for family life and responsible fatherhood and motherhood.
  • Evaluate the leading questions facing individuals, families, and society today from the moral point of view.

Career Opportunities

After completing the programme, the graduates are qualified to hold the position of lecturer in theology of marriage, conjugal ethics and fertility in Colleges, to work at all Church structures in which the family pastoral care professionals are needed: Christian media, catechetical centers, NGO Church organizations, diocesan curia, Family centers, Church information centers and etc.  Moreover, they are qualified to work at the governmental institutions such as social care institutions, prevention institutions which need qualified professionals in fertility and conjugal ethics.  After completion of the Program, a graduate can proceed with doctoral studies in humanities and social sciences.

Application Procedure

 Required Documents:

  1. Bachelor degree diploma and its supplement (Transcript of Records / Mark sheet) in the original language, translated into English – certified by a Notary and approved by an Apostille (for citizens of countries acceding to the 1961 Hague Convention).
  2. An official document from an official institution showing you had courses in Russian or studied this language. If you are neither a native Russian speaker nor can submit any documents showing your Russian proficiency (Russian proficiency must meet at least level B2 requirements), you can take the Russian language proficiency test at the Institute of Foreign Languages at Vytautas Magnus University.  International applicants can take the language proficiency exam online. The test should be taken by 29th of September. If you decided to take the language proficiency test, you should schedule an appointment by contacting Ms. Gintarė Gelūnaitė-Malinauskienė, tel. +370 37 327 845, email address: The language proficiency testing fee: 39 EUR. Test fee should be paid before your test date. A copy of the fee payment should be scanned and send to: Vytautas Magnus University’s bank account details:

Account holder: Vytautas Magnus University
Address: K. Donelaičio g. 58, LT-44248 Kaunas, Lithuania
Company code: 111950396
Bank: AB SEB bankas
Bank Address: Gedimino pr. 12, LT-01103, Vilnius, Lithuania
Bank Account: LT04 7044 0600 0284 8625
Bank Code: 70440

 Note! Please indicate the name of the applicant and the reason of payment.  

3. Letter of motivation, written in Russian (300–500 words)
4. Curriculum vitae, filled in the application form in English
5. Copy of  passport (Note: passport should be valid at least until October, 2017)
6. Copy of document showing paid application fee of 100 EUR (Note: the fee must be paid before application deadline; the name of the applicant and the date of payment should be indicated)
7. recent photo (3 x 4 cm)
8. Filled and signed Letter of Concurrence

Note! The programme shall be carried out if at least 10 students are accepted to the programme.

More information regarding Application and Admission Procedure/

Note! Please follow the specific required application documents and deadlines for Master‘s degree study programme Conjugal Ethics indicated above


Course units Credits
1. Male-female: Uni-duality, Complementarity and Reciprocity 6
2. Action and Human  Fulfillment 6
3. John Paul II‘s Theology of the Body 6
4. Methodology of Research in Conjugal Ethics 6
Elective (1):
5. The Phenomenon of Love: The Nature and Education of Love 6
6. Church Teaching on Human Sexuality
Subtotal: 30
1. Family: communio personarum 6
2. Fartherhood and Motherhood 6
3. The Sacramentality of Marriage 6
4. Marriage and Family in the Social Doctrine of the Church 6
Elective (1):
5. Psychology of Love and Marriage 6
6. Chastity and Conjugal Love
Subtotal: 30
1. The Ethics of the Beginning and the End of Human Life 6
2. Fertility and Infertility 6
3.The Methods of NFP 6
4.  Male and Female Puberty 6
Elective (1):
5. Family Crisis Prevention 6
6.  Family Counseling and its Models
Subtotal: 30
Master’s Thesis 30
Subtotal: 30
Total: 120

 Academic Calendar

Admission Deadlines
Admission deadlines for 2015/2016 academic year:30th of September 2015
Traditional learning
Fall Semester (1st and 3rd semesters) Spring Semester (2nd semester)
1st week of intensive studies  – (19th – 23rd of October 2015)3rd week of intensive studies  – (10th  – 14st  of October 2016) 2nd  week of intensive studies  – ( 8th – 12th of February 2016)
Distance Learning  (Synchronous / Asynchronous)
Fall Semester (1st and 3rd semesters) Spring Semester (2nd semester)
26st October 2015 – 23rd January 201617th October 2016 – 21st January 2017 15th February 2016 – 4th June 2016
 25th – 30th of January 2016 (1st semester)23rd –28th of January 2017 (3rd semester) 6th – 11th of June 2016 (2nd semester)
Academic Breaks
Fall Semester Spring Semester
23rd of December 2015 – 6th of January 201623rd of December 2016 – 7th of January 2017 25th – 30th of  March 2016 
Administrative deadlines for Master’s Thesis
21st of December 2016: Thesis Proposal Approval31st of May 2017: Submission of the Master’s Thesis for a Defence
Master’s Thesis Oral defence
12th – 13th of June 2017: Master’s Thesis Public Defence