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Master of Arts in Theology

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The MA consists of two major tracks, Religious Education and Research (Historical Theology, Constructive Theology, or Theological Ethics). 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. 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 hours of coursework, and a 50-70 paged thesis. Research track students are eligible for Research Assistantships and merit-based Tuition Scholarships.

Track # 1: Religious Education

This 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 hours of courses specific to the challenges of Catholic Religious Education.

Track # 2: Research

This 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. The research track offers three areas of specialization: Constructive Theology, Theological Ethics, and Historical Theology.
Students concentrating in Constructive Theology or Theological Ethics must demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language, either ancient or modern. Students concentrating in Historical Theology must demonstrate proficiency in two foreign languages, one ancient and one modern.
The Research track consists of a 36-hour, two-year program of study, with a 50-70 paged thesis.

Concentration A: Constructive Theology

This specialization is designed for students concentrating in constructive/systematic theology with a core of course offerings in the doctrinal loci of systematic theology (e.g., Christology, Anthropology, Ecclesiology, and God), while allowing students to take accompanying courses in historical theology, theological ethics, and scripture.

Concentration B: Historical Theology

This specialization is designed for students who wish to emphasize the historical dimension of theological reflection. Students select a major area of study (from Early Christianity, Medieval Christianity, and Modern Christianity), while also taking courses in constructive theology, theological ethics, and scripture.

Concentration C: Theological Ethics

This specialization focuses on theological ethics, emphasizing the importance of historical grounding while engaging the contemporary context, by providing a core of courses in moral theology supplemented by courses in constructive theology, historical theology, and scripture.

Please open the tabs below to access the detailed Program of Studies for each individual track and concentration.


  • The Religious Education track consists of a 33-hour program of study:

    Theo 540: Theological Resources & Methods (3 hours)

    Theo 500: Biblical Interpretation (3 hours)

    Systematic / Constructive Theology (6 hours)

    Theological Ethics (3 hours)

    Scripture (3 hours)

    Electives (6 hours)

    Religious Education (9 hours) =
    1. Theo 581: Ignatian Spirituality & Pedagogy
    2. Theo 582: Internship (6 hours) / Integration Paper (20-25 pages)

    Theo 595: Comprehensive Exams (0 hours)

    (For policies and procedures governing the Comprehensive Exams, please see the Exams and Thesis section.)

    Total Hours: 33 hours (9 hours in Systematic, 6 hours in Scripture, 3 hours in Ethics, 9 hours in RE, 6 hours elective).
  • Semester Year 1 Year 2
    Summer
    Fall Methods (540)
    Systematic
    Biblical Interpretation (500)
    Elective
    Internship (582)
    Scripture
    Spring Systematic
    Ethics
    Ignatian Spirituality & Pedagogy (581)
    Internship (582)
    Elective
    Comps (595 - 0 hours)

  • The Research track consists of a 36-hour program of study:

    Theo 540: Theological Resources & Methods (3 hours)

    Constructive Theology (9 hours)

    Theological Ethics (3 hours)

    Historical Theology (3 hours)

    Scripture (3 hours)

    Electives (9 hours)

    Theo 599: MA Thesis (6 hours)

    MA Thesis: The MA thesis in Constructive Theology (50-70 pages) for a total of 6 credit hours. This option is especially recommended to students who intend to apply to PhD programs.

    Languages: Students must demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language, classical or modern (Latin, Greek, German, French, or Spanish).

    For the policies and procedures governing the MA Thesis and Language Exam, please see the Exams and Thesis section.

  • The Research track consists of a 36-hour program of study:

    Theo 540: Theological Resources & Methods (3 hours)

    Theo 520: Introduction to Historical Method (3 hours)

    Historical Theology (9 hours)

    Theological Ethics (3 hours)

    Constructive Theology (3 hours)

    Scripture (3 hours)

    Electives (6 hours)

    Theo 599: MA Thesis (6 hours)

    MA Thesis: Students will compose an MA thesis in Historical Theology (50-70 pages) for a total of 6 credit hours. This option is especially recommended to students who intend to apply to PhD programs.

    Languages: Students must demonstrate proficiency in two foreign languages: one ancient (Latin or Greek) and one modern (German or French).

    For the policies and procedures governing the MA Thesis and Language Exams, please see the Exams and Thesis section.

  • The Research track consists of a 36-hour program of study:

    Theo 540: Theological Resources & Methods (3 hours)

    Theological Ethics (9 hours)

    Constructive Theology (3 hours)

    Historical Theology (3 hours)

    Scripture (3 hours)

    Electives (9 hours)

    Theo 599: MA Thesis (6 hours)

    MA Thesis: The MA thesis in Theological Ethics (50-70 pages) for a total of 6 credit hours. This option is especially recommended to students who intend to apply to PhD programs.

    Languages: Students must demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language, classical or modern (Latin, Greek, German, French, or Spanish).

    For the policies and procedures governing the MA Thesis and Language Exam, please see the Exams and Thesis section.
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