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Master of Arts in Theology

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Requirements for the Master of Arts in Theology program vary by track and concentration. Two tracks are offered: Research and Religious Education. The Research track consists of a two-year program of study that includes 36 hours of coursework, and a 50-70 paged thesis. The Religious Education track consists of a two-year program of study that consists of 33 hours of coursework (including 2 semesters / 200 hours of supervised internship) and comprehensive exams. The Research Track offers three concentrations: Constructive Theology, Historical Theology, and Theological Ethics. All concentrations are designed to train students in a theological method that is historically-conscious and ethically-engaged. All students may 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

  • Students must write a 50-70 paged thesis.
  • Students must demonstrate language proficiency.
    • Constructive Theology and Theological Ethics: One foreign language.
    • Historical Theology: 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 and comprehensive exams.
  • Students do not have to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language.
  • Students receive a 60% tuition discount from SLU.

Course of study by concentration


Research, 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, Historical Theology:
(3) Theological Resources and Methods: Seminar
(3) Introduction to Historical Method
(9) Historical Theology
(3) Theological Ethics
(3) Constructive Theology
(3) Scripture
(6) Elective hours

(6) MA Thesis
Research, 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:
(3) Theological Resources and Methods: Seminar
(3) Biblical Interpretation
(6) Systematic/Constructive Theology
(3) Theological Ethics
(3) Scripture
(6) Elective hours
(9) Religious Education, made up of:
(3) Ignatian Spirituality and Pedagogy
(6) Internship / Integration Paper (20-25 pages)

(0) Comprehensive Exams

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