Religious Education, M.A.

Saint Louis University’s Master of religious education program offers students an introduction to the major fields of theological study and prepares students for future professional work in religious education and administration.


About the Program

Saint Louis University’s Master of religious education (M.A.R.E.) program is a joint
degree program housed in the Department of Theological Studies in partnership
with SLU’s School of Education. This program is geared toward students who
want to earn a degree to prepare them for work in religious or other non‐profit
organizations, social justice agencies or educational or community‐based
organizations.

This program offers students an introduction to the major fields of theological
study, including biblical studies, the history of Christianity, theological ethics and
constructive theology. At the same time, by means of electives in SLU’s School of
Education, an internship and exams, this program provides students with the
academic background, skills and practical experience for future professional work
in religious education and administration.

The department typically admits up to five students each year to the M.A.R.E.
program. Successful applicants have a strong background in the humanities and/
or social sciences. A theology degree is not a prerequisite for admission. Although
students normally complete the program in four semesters, it is possible to
complete the requirements for the degree on a part‐time basis.

Program Highlights

The Department of Theology values strong mentoring relationships, establishes dynamic and innovative classroom experiences and disseminates research through conference, workshops, exhibits and publications.

The department is committed to the professional preparation of every graduate student. Students enter the programs with a variety of research interests, skills, ecclesial backgrounds and professional histories.

Master of Religious Education Curriculum

SLU’s M.A.R.E. program requires 36 credit hours distributed across the Department of Theological Studies and the School of Education. Coursework includes theological curriculum, as well as courses geared toward the specific pedagogical tasks of a religious educator. The following courses , totaling 36 credit hours, are required:

  • Department of Theological Studies (21 credit hours )
      • Introduction to Old Testament
      • Introduction to New Testament
      • Christian Tradition I
      • Christian Tradition II
      • Introduction to Christian Theology
      • A theological ethics or constructive theology elective (three credit hours)
      • A non‐Christian religion elective (three credit hours)
  • School of Education (15 credit hours )
      • Methods of Catechesis
      • Foundations of Catholic Education
      • Foundations of Catholic Administration
      • Special Dimensions of Catholic Education
      • Practicum (three credit hours)
Faculty

  • Christopher S. Collins, SJ, STD
  • Mary Dunn, Ph.D.
  • Jay M. Hammond, Ph.D.
  • J. A. Wayne Hellmann, OFM Conv, Dr Theol.
  • Grant Kaplan, Ph.D.
  • Atria Larson, Ph.D.
  • Pauline C. Lee, Ph.D.
  • Peter W. Martens, Ph.D.
  • Michael McClymond, Ph.D.
  • David Meconi, SJ, DPhil.
  • James Redfield, Ph.D.
  • G. John Renard, Ph.D.
  • Rubén Rosario Rodríguez, Ph.D.
  • Randall S. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
  • Julie Hanlon Rubio, Ph.D.
  • Daniel L. Smith, Ph.D.
  • Elizabeth Sweeny Block, Ph.D.
  • Jeffrey T. Wickes, Ph.D.
  • Tobias L. Winright, Ph.D.
Careers

Graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers in academia, educational administration, museums, libraries, archives, and non-profit agencies.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

M.A.R.E. students may be eligible for a 60 percent tuition discount through a program sponsored by SLU and the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.


Applicant Criteria

The department typically admits up to five students each year to the M.A.R.E.
program. Successful applicants have a strong background in the humanities and/
or social sciences. A theology degree is not a prerequisite for admission. Although
students normally complete the program in four semesters, it is possible to
complete the requirements for the degree on a part‐time basis.

To apply, you’ll need:

Application Requirements
Application form and fee
Transcript(s)
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores
Résumé
Interview
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadline

Interested students should apply by January 1.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by the department’s Graduate Studies Committee.