Saint Louis University

Theology | Master of Arts Degree


The Department of Theological Studies' primary focus is the academic study of the Christian tradition in its historical and cultural contexts. In advancing the Catholic and Jesuit tradition of Saint Louis University, the department approaches revealed Christian truth with a special emphasis on its relation to human culture and the requirements of social justice.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: Feb. 1 (International: Feb. 1) Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G or MAT scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Three (3) Personal Potential Index evaluations (recommended)

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Spring: No admittance
Summer: No admittance
E-mail: theology@slu.edu
Tel. No.: 314.977.2881
Chair: James R. Ginther, Ph.D.
Admission Coordinator: Charlotte Ruzicka


Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1

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 Applicant Criteria

  • A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.
  • An above-average GPA
  • A review of GRE or MAT scores
  • A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)

Theology Application Review Process

  • Applications are reviewed by committee of Theology Dept. faculty members

Admission Statistics

  • The Department is nationally recognized for its research and teaching in historical theology and supports doctoral study in patristic, medieval, modern and American Christianity.

Credit Hours/Coursework: The M.A. in Theology consists of a 36-hour, two-year program of study with three (3) emphasis tracks: Constructive Theology, Religious Education and Historical Theology. | Course of Study

Program Description: The M.A. in Theology brings together two, complementary poles of theological reflection -- retrieval and appropriation. This track is designed to train students in the craft of constructive theology in a manner that is both historically-conscious and ethically-engaged. The Religious Education Track closely follows the Constructive track (designed to train students in the craft of constructive theology in a manner that is both historically-conscious and ethically-engaged) but must also take courses offered by the Archdiocesan Catholic Education Office. | Admission & Application

Careers Possibilities: Community Development Director; Missionary; Youth Minister. | Career Services

Curriculum and Program Details: The MA in Theology is designed to train students in constructive theology in a manner that is both historically-conscious and ethically-engaged. The M.A. with a specialization in Religious Education is a program sponsored by Graduate Education at Saint Louis University in cooperation with the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. It is intended primarily, although not exclusively, to enhance the qualifications and increase the competency of men and women who serve the religious educational mission of the local church in St. Louis, Missouri. | M.A. in Theology

About the Theological Studies Faculty: At Saint Louis University, faculty, staff and students all make a contribution to an active community life that is so necessary to the academic study of the Catholic theological tradition. Each group has an important role to play. Faculty in Theological Studies are active researchers and many are leading scholars in their specialty areas. In the last ten years, faculty in the department have published 35 books and over 100 essays and articles. | Theological Studies faculty, staff, alumni/ae

Scholarships and Financial Aid: The Department of Theological Studies, in cooperation with other entities of the university, normally grants assistantships to select Ph.D. students and some MA students for at least three years. A fourth year is normally funded via a combination of tuition remission and/or teaching appointments. Thus, on a competitive basis, the DTS strives to provide its students a consistent level of funding for four years (presuming good academic standing and good performance reviews). For those students who do not have a research assistantship, various forms of tuition remission may be available. The Department appoints students as Research Assistants. The Assistantship is considered central to our formation of doctoral students into well-trained, research active scholars. | Financial Aid | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: The Department is nationally recognized for its research and teaching in historical theology and supports doctoral study in patristic, medieval, modern and American Christianity. | Special Programs | Graduate Student Resources

Also:

  • The Department supports the Center for Digital Theology, which creates products and tools to support teaching and research in historical theology. Faculty and Graduate Students also contribute to other interdisciplinary centers, such as the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Center for Women's Studies.
  • Additional resources are the 37,000 plus microfilms of the Vatican Film Library; the archives of the Jesuit Institute; and over 150,0000 volumes of the Divinity Library in the Pius XII Memorial Library (which overall has 1.4 million books, journals and other media). The Library also provides access to many key research resources, including the Patrologia Latina, Brepolis, Early English Books OnLine, ATLA, Catholic Periodical Index, J-STOR, Index of Christian Art, as well as electronic access to major journals and other indexing tools.
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