Saint Louis University

Master of Arts in Theology (2008 / 2012)


This page provides information on the old Programs of Studies for the Masters of Arts in Theology,
as operative from 2008, and from 2012.

Please note: all students entering the program from 2014 onwards should consult the currently-operative
Program of Studies, available here.


  • The MA in Theology program consists of three tracks from which students may choose upon enrollment. Descriptions and requirements follow.

    Track # 1: Constructive Theology

    This track is designed to train students in the craft of constructive theology in a manner that is both historically-conscious and ethically-engaged. With a backbone of course offerings in constructive theology (e.g., Christology, Anthropology, Ecclesiology, and God), students take accompanying courses in historical theology, theological ethics, and scripture to deepen their understanding of the historical roots and practical implications of theological reflection. Students are strongly encouraged to take their elective course in Constructive Theology.


    The M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Constructive Theology consists of a 36-hour, two-year program of study:

    (3) Theological Resources and Methods: Seminar
    (6) Constructive Theology
    (6) Theological Ethics
    (6) Historical Theology
    (6) Scripture
    (3) Elective
    (6) MA Thesis
    or
    (6) Additional Elective hours

    MA Thesis: The MA thesis in Constructive Theology (50-70 pages) counts for a total of 6 credit hours. This option is especially recommended to students who intend to apply to PhD programs.
    Languages: Students must demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language.


    Track # 2: Religious Education

    Students who elect the Religious Education track will take 9 hours of courses in Religious Education.

    The M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Religious Education consists of a 36-hour program of study:

    (3) Theological Resources and Methods: Seminar
    (9) Religious Education
    (6) Constructive Theology
    (6) Theological Ethics
    (3) Historical Theology
    (6) Scripture

    (3) Elective hours
    Languages: no foreign language proficiency is required for the Religious Education track.


    Track # 3: Historical Theology

    This track is designed for students who wish to emphasize the historical dimension of theological reflection. While taking courses in other areas to obtain broad knowledge in the field of theology, students within this emphasis must dedicate 9 hours to historical theology. Three of the 9 hours must be used for an advanced seminar. Students will also be encouraged to use the 3-hour elective towards historical studies in theology or another discipline.

    The MA in Theology with an emphasis in Historical Theology consists of a 36 hour, two-year program of study:

    (3) Theological Resources and Methods: Seminar

    (9) Historical Theology
    (6) Constructive Theology
    (3) Theological Ethics
    (6) Scripture
    (3) Elective
    (6) MA Thesis

    MA Thesis: Students will compose an MA thesis in Historical Theology (50-70 pages) for a total of 6 credit hours.
    Languages: Students must demonstrate proficiency in two foreign languages, one ancient and one modern.
    *All tracks allow for two courses to be taken outside the DTS either at SLU or Aquinas Institute of Theology.

     Old MA Comprehensive Exam Policy


  • New Program beginning 2012-2013

    The MA in Theological Studies program offers two tracks: Research and Religious Education. Each track requires 36 hours of study and comprehensive exams. 

    Research Track
    *Students must write a 50-70 paged thesis.
    *Students concentrating in Constructive Theology or Theological Ethics must demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language, either ancient or modern. Students concentrating in Historical Theology must demonstrate proficiency in two foreign languages, one ancient and one modern.
    *Students are eligible for Research Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships.

    Religious Education Track
    *Instead of writing a thesis, students take three courses in religious education.
    *Students do not have to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language.
    *Students receive a 60% tuition discount from SLU.

    The Research Track offers three concentrations. All concentrations are designed to train students in a theological method that is historically-conscious and ethically-engaged. All students take courses in constructive theology, historical theology, theological ethics, and scripture to deepen their understanding of the historical roots and practical implications of theological reflection.

    Research Track Concentration # 1: Constructive Theology

    (3) Theological Resources and Methods: Seminar

    (9) Constructive Theology
    (3) Theological Ethics
    (3) Historical Theology

    (3) Scripture
    (9) Elective hours
    (6) MA Thesis

    Research Track Concentration # 2: Historical Theology

    (3) Theological Resources and Methods: Seminar
    (9) Historical Theology 

    (3) Constructive Theology 

    (3) Theological Ethics 

    (3) Scripture

    (9) Elective hours
    (6) MA Thesis

    Research Track Concentration # 3: Theological Ethics

    (3) Theological Resources and Methods: Seminar

    (9) Theological Ethics
    (3) Constructive Theology
    (3) Historical Theology

    (3) Scripture
    (9) Elective hours
    (6) MA Thesis

    Religious Education Track

    (3) Theological Resources and Methods: Seminar

    (6) Constructive Theology
    (6) Theological Ethics
    (3) Historical Theology

    (6) Scripture
    (3) Elective hours
    (9) Religious Education

 


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