Saint Louis University

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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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
Tel. No.: 314.977.2881
Chair: Peter Martens, Ph.D.
Admission Coordinator: Heather Venable

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 English proficiency 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. consists of two major tracks, Religious Education and Research (Historical Theology, Constructive Theology, or Theological Ethics). The RE track consists of a two-year program of study that consists of 33 credits of coursework (including 2 semesters/200 hours of supervised internship) and comprehensive exams. RE track students are eligible for a 60% tuition reduction and merit-based Tuition Scholarships. The Research track consists of a two-year program of study that includes 36 credits of coursework, and a 50-70 page thesis. Research track students are eligible for Research Assistantships and merit-based Tuition Scholarships. | Course information

Program Description: The Religious Education track is designed to provide students with a strong background in the discipline of theology, including systematic/constructive theology, theological ethics, and scripture, while preparing students who elect the Religious Education track to take 9 credits of courses specific to the challenges of Catholic Religious Education.
The Research track is designed to train students in the craft of academic theology in a manner that is both historically conscious and ethically-engaged. All students take courses in systematic/constructive theology, historical theology, theological ethics, and scripture to deepen their understanding of the historical roots and practical implications of theological reflection. | Application and prerequisites

Career Possibilities: Religious Educator, Campus Ministry, Youth Ministry, Doctoral Studies in Theology, Non-profit Community Development and Advocacy | 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. | Program of studies

About the Theological Studies Faculty: All graduate-level coursework taught by full-time, research active 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 50 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


  • 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.