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Theological Studies Graduate Programs

Welcome to the Department of Theological Studies website! Our department teaches theology and investigates the broader area of theological thought and experience. Our faculty are committed to the encouragement of learning, the education of the whole person, the service of faith, and the promotion of justice as rooted in educational tradition of Loyola Marymount University. We offer graduate programs in Theology and Pastoral Theology on a full or part-time basis.


  • Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:00:00 -0800

    Los Angeles is at once the largest Catholic archdiocese in the United States, and the most religiously diverse city in the world. It has the second largest Jewish population in America (after New York City), and one of the largest Muslim populations. As one of the oldest, Catholic institutions of higher learning in Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University maintains an institutional commitment to interfaith dialogue, especially between Christians, Jews, and Muslims.

    With support from the Martin Gang Institute for Intergroup Relations, the Center for Religion and Spirituality invites you to this interfaith dialogue public forum. A panel of representatives of the Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim communities will talk about their own tradition’s relationship to God, as well as the challenges and opportunities interfaith encounters present those working in pastoral ministry throughout the Southland. These presentations will be followed by a public Q&A and discussion.

    A simultaneous forum will be conducted in Spanish on the same campus. A joint reception (with food that is respectful of the dietary traditions of the three religions) will follow.

    – Rabbi Mark Diamond, lecturer of Jewish Studies at LMU and former executive vice president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California
    – Dr. Amir Hussain, professor of Theological Studies at LMU, and an author and scholar of Islam
    – Sister Cathy Minhoto, R.S.H.M., provincial councilor for the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary
    – Rev. Allan Deck, S.J., Moderator, distinguished scholar of Pastoral Theology and Latino Studies at LMU

    Before coming to the Forum, we ask you to read Nostra Aetate, a short but significant Vatican II document on the relation of the Catholic Church to non-Christian religions. Please note that this is required reading for all students in LMU programs.

    Click here to access the document. You won't need to print it; on the day of the Forum a printed copy will be given to all those who RSVP and to all students in LMU programs.

    2 p.m. – Introductions, panel presentations
    3 p.m. – Break
    3:15 p.m. – Dialogue, Q&A
    4:15 p.m. – Joint reception for both sessions
    5 p.m. – Adjournment

    To Attend
    This forum is free and open to the public, RSVP is requested (click Register button). Ministry Studies certificate program students are required to attend (no rsvp necessary). For additional information, please contact the Center at 310-338-2799 or email

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  • Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0700

    Loyola Marymount University will host a booth at the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at the Anaheim Convention Center, March 16-18, 2018. Throughout the weekend, Congress attendees will be able to speak directly with representatives from LMU:

    Undergraduate Education
    - Office of Undergraduate Admission

    Graduate Education
    - Department of Theological Studies (M.A.)
    - School of Education (Credential, M.A., Ed.D.)
    - Center for Catholic Education
    - Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education (PLACE Corps)

    Adult and Continuing Education
    - Center for Religion and Spirituality (Certificate Programs)

    About the Religious Education Congress
    The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is the largest annual gathering of its kind in the world. The four-day event is held at the Anaheim Convention Center and is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education. Begun in 1968 as an "institute" for religious education teachers, Congress has grown to include people of all vocations and different faiths, and offers more than 200 speakers presenting over 300 workshops, in addition to lunchtime entertainment, evening concerts, 16 liturgies in a variety of characters, the Exhibit Hall and much more.

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Priority application deadline is March 1 for Master of Arts in Theology and Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology programs