Saint Louis University


The MA in Theology brings together two, complementary poles of
theological reflection: retrieval and appropriation. The program at once
equips students with the methodological and conceptual tools necessary
for understanding classic theological texts within their historical, cultural,
and ecclesial contexts and at the same time encourages students to bring
these texts into critical conversation with the contemporary world, giving
students the opportunities and skills necessary to engage in the project of
theological reflection.

There are two tracks in the MA in Theology program: Research and
Religious Education. Students apply for admission to the MA program in
one of these tracks and, upon admission, commit to fulfilling the
requirements and following the procedures for that particular track.

Research Track

The Research track consists of a thirty-six (36) credit hour program of
study 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 Theology, Theological Ethics,
Historical Theology, and scripture to deepen their understanding of the
historical roots and practical implications of theological reflection. In
addition to coursework, degree requirements include competency in at
least one foreign language and a 50-70 page thesis. The Research track
offers three areas of specialization: Systematic Theology, Theological
Ethics, and Historical Theology.

For more information about course requirements, language competency
exams, and the thesis, please see the MA Student Handbook here.

Religious Education Track

The Religious Education track consists of a thirty-three (33) credit hour
program of study designed to provide students with a strong background
in the discipline of theology, as well as training in the specific theological
and pedagogical tasks of a religious educator. As part of their coursework,
students in the Religious Education track must take a course in Ignatian
spirituality and pedagogy and complete six credit hours of field internship
work. In addition to coursework, degree requirements include a 20-25
page synthesis paper and comprehensive exams.

For more information about course requirements, the internship,
synthesis paper, and comprehensive exams, please see the MA Student
Handbook here.


  • 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.