Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of foundational areas of theology, including both Catholic and ecumenical perspectives.
  • Students will analyze and critically engage both classical and contemporary theological sources.
  • Students will present an integrated and self-appropriated stance regarding key questions and issues in theology.
  • Ability to demonstrate general knowledge of selected ecumenical, interreligious, and/or global perspectives as these inform Christian theological reflection.

Requirements for the
M.A. Degree (30 credits)

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.


Required Courses:

o THEO 509: New Testament (3 credit hours)
o THEO 510: Old Testament (3 credit hours)
o THEO 508: Foundations of Theology (3 credit hours)
o Seminar in Historical Christian Thought (3 credit hours)
o Seminar in Interreligious Dialogue or Comparative Religion (3 credit hours)
o Additional doctrine course from the following options (3 credit hours):
      THEO 520: Christology
      THEO 3XX/4XX/5XX: Doctrine of God
      THEO 531: Ecclesiology
      THEO 538: Sacraments

o Ethics course from the following options (3 credit hours):
      THEO 541: Theological Ethics
      THEO 543: Social

Ethics Elective Courses

- Students writing a thesis will complete one of the courses below. Students who choose not to write a thesis will complete a second doctrine course from the list included above (THEO 520, THEO 3XX/4XX/5XX, THEO 531, THEO 538). Additionally students with the non-thesis option will complete two elective courses and may choose to substitute a 500- or 600-level course from another department for one of these courses (with advisor approval).

o THEO 5XX/6XX: Health Care Ethics
o THEO 3XX/4XX/5XX: Christian Personhood and Disability
o Additional elective offerings will be developed

Thesis Option (6 credits)

- Students are encouraged to complete an MA thesis. A complete description of the thesis requirements and expectations are laid out in a separate document.
- Students will enroll in 6 credit hours while completing their theses. Typically these credit hours will be completed in sequential semesters.