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Master of Arts in Theology

The MA in Theology provides a graduate-level foundation in central areas of theology. It is especially appropriate for those who wish to teach theology at the secondary level or prepare for doctoral-level studies in theology.

Students complete the following 10 courses for 3 credits each, and may begin studies in Year A, B or C.

  • Courses will be offered on the following schedule on Tuesdays each semester, with the first course at 1:00-3:40 p.m. and the second course at 6:00-8:40 p.m.
  • The second, evening course will also be offered via videoconferencing at selected locations.
  • In subsequent rotations, afternoon courses will move to evening times, and evening courses to afternoon times.
  • Students may also enroll in one course per semester, recognizing that this will lengthen the time needed to complete the degree.

Visit the Graduate Studies page for a list of course titles, times, and instructors by semester.

MA in Theology students also complete a written comprehensives examination to assess their grasp of foundational topics in theology. Further guidelines are available from the Department of Theology.

Year A

Fall Semester 2014
Theol 520, Christology: Tuesdays, 1:30-4:00 PM
Theol 509, New Testament: Tuesdays, 6:00-8:40 PM

Spring Semester 2015
Theol 543, Social Ethics: Tuesdays, 1:30-4:00 PM
Theol 531, Ecclesiology: Tuesdays, 6:00-8:40 PM

Year B

Fall Semester 2015
Theol 510, Old Testament: Tuesdays, 1:30-4:00 PM
Theol 541, Theological Ethics: Tuesdays, 6:00-8:40 PM

Spring Semester 2016
Theol 538, Sacraments: Tuesdays, 1:30-4:00 PM
577 Intro to Catechetics/Theo of Human Development: Tuesdays, 6:00-8:40 PM (or other course approved by the department Chair)

Year C

Fall Semester 2016 
579 Catechesis of Adults/Leadership in Faith Community: Tuesdays, 1:30-4:00 PM (or other course approved by the department Chair)

539 Theology of Ministry: Tuesdays, 6:00-8:40 PM

In addition to the courses listed above, a required course, Theol 508, Theological Foundations, will be offered periodically when there is sufficient enrollment, or a substitution will be approved by the department Chair.

Financial Assistance for M.A. in Theology

Partial Tuition Discounts:

MA in Theology students may apply for partial tuition assistance as follows. These discounts may be utilized for one degree at Duquesne University, and students must re-apply for them annually. Forms are available through the university Financial Aid Office, phone 412-396-6607.

50% Discount for Lay Ministers and Catholic School Teachers:

Lay ministers employed at least part-time in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Greensburg, as well as Catholic school teachers in local dioceses, receive an automatic 50% tuition discount.

50% Discount for Clergy and Vowed Religious:

Ordained clergy of any denomination, and members of Catholic religious congregations, receive an automatic 50% tuition discount.

50% Discount for Students over age 60.

Additional Information

For information on the M.A. program in Theology, please contact

Dr. Maureen O'Brien, Director of MA Programs
Fisher Hall 602