- Degree Programs
1. Who can answer general questions about applications and admission?
Graduate Education at SLU can help you: http://www.slu.edu/x52519.xml
2. What are you looking for in the personal statement?
We would like to hear about how you came to be interested in theology and why you
want to pursue it, what has prepared you for graduate studies, and what you hope to
do after you finish your MA program. It is also helpful for us to know why you think
SLU would be a good fit for you.
3. I don't have a theology major. Will I still be a competitive candidate?
Although a theology major is preferred, we accept candidates with many different
backgrounds. Majors from other humanities fields can be great preparation for
theological study. The quality of your undergraduate institution, recommendation
letters, work experience in religious settings, writing ability, and personal reading
can help establish your readiness for graduate study in theology.
4. Where do most of your graduate students live?
Very few of our graduate students live on campus. St. Louis is a very affordable city
and most students rent apartments or share a house with other students within 15
minutes of campus. Some are married with families and own homes in the area.
5. What do most MA students do after graduation?
Some are high school teachers or campus ministers. Some go on to do doctoral work and teach at the university level. Others work in hospitals or non-profit
organizations. See Job and Graduate School Placement for more details.
6. Do you accept students who aren't Catholic?
SLU's graduate program has always had a mix of Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox
students. In our graduate classes, we often have Catholic or Protestants who are
preparing for ministry studying alongside lay people who are married or single, old
or young. We think that our diversity is one of our strengths.
7. Is it possible to take courses in other departments at SLU?
Students are able to take up to six credits (two courses) outside of the department
of Theological Studies. Many students take advantage of SLU's Philosophy program
Students may also take up to two courses at Aquinas School of Theology, which is just a short walk from SLU.