The Master of Arts (MA) in Theology provides serious study of Sacred Scripture, philosophy, theological concepts, moral principles, the sacramental system, spirituality, and Church history among other subjects. The MA program is useful for individuals seeking careers in church work, who are already involved in teaching or religious education, or are preparing for a religious vocation. Many students choose the MA, however, solely to increase their personal knowledge of the Catholic faith and in order to bring that knowledge to their families, careers, and individual lives.
Students in the MA program complete a core curriculum (24 credits) and select a concentration area (12 concentration credits) in one of four areas: Sacred Scripture, Philosophy/Theology, Ecclesial Service, or Catholic Culture. In addition to coursework, students are also required to complete the following:
- Two comprehensive exams
- A thesis, which is a paper of approximately thirty pages on a topic related to the area of concentration, to be submitted after all course work is completed. Students enroll in Thesis Direction (THEO 697) and consult with an advisor. The thesis usually takes six months to complete.