The ordinary program for men in First Studies entails two years of graduate level philosophy study and one year of graduate level theology study for scholastics. Brothers will usually take several theology courses and work on a Masters Degree in a field of interest. There are three First Studies programs in the U.S. that men are sent to: St. Louis University; Loyola University Chicago, and Fordham University (Ciszek Hall).
Some men engage in international programs of first studies.
If a man enters without a bachelor's degree, then he will complete his BA degree during this time, usually majoring in philosophy.
The program for scholastics at Fordham University is the M.A. in philosophical resources. The men in formation live at Ciszek Hall. They are full-time graduate students and give about six to eight hours a week to apostolic work in the surrounding-neighborhood (catechism, tutoring, youth groups, etc.).
The ordinary course work for scholastics is: 36 graduate hours of philosophy, 24 graduate hours of theology, and 12 graduate hours of electives. This is four graduate courses each semester. Brothers follow a similar schedule of studies in a field other than philosophy. One, of the theology courses focuses on "social analysis" and how to integrate study, reflection and action.