MA in Theology Program

 The MA (Theology) provides students with a firm foundation in the methods of biblical, historical, systematic, and moral theology, with special emphasis on the Roman Catholic tradition. The program engages students in a wide range of ethical and cross-cultural concerns, and in ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue.

The goal of the program is to provide a general and integrated exploration of these areas for students seeking to teach on a secondary level, for students preparing for further graduate education, and for students with a strong interest in theology beyond the undergraduate level.


Within the MA (Theology) Program, students can focus their study in the following areas:
  • Biblical Studies
  • Bioethics
  • Buddhism
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Christology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Faith and Culture
  • Feminist Theology
  • Historical Theology
  • Interfaith Dialogue & Ecumenism
  • Inter-religious & Comparative Theology
  • Islamic Studies
  • Judaic Studies
  • Liberation Theology
  • Mysticism
  • Religion & Ecology
  • Religions of India
  • Sacramental Theology & Liturgy
  • Social Ethics
  • Systematic Theology
  • Theological Ethics


MA (Theology) Course Requirements

Students who enrolled BEFORE Fall 2009 (36 semester hour track):

Students who enrolled AFTER Fall 2009 (42 semester hour track):



MA (Theology) – 42 Unit Program


All students must complete 42 semester hours, maintaining a minimum grade point average of "B" (3.0). All courses are 3 semester hours, unless otherwise noted.

Core Courses (21)
The following seven courses (21 semester hours) are required.

  • THST 600 Foundations of NT Theology or THST 603 Foundations of OT Theology
  • THST 620 Foundations of Historical Theology or any one course from 620s
  • THST 630 Introduction to Systematic Theology
  • THST 660 Foundations of Christian Moral Life
  • THST 692 Graduate Pro-Seminar (taken in the first semester)
  • THST 695 Comprehensive Exam Seminar (taken during your final year in the Fall semester) (3 Semester Hours)
  • THST 696 Research and Writing Seminar (taken during your final year in the Spring semester) (3 Semester Hours)


Elective Courses (21)
Theology Students are to complete an additional 21 semester hours for a total of 42 semester hours. After 33 hours are completed, students may enroll in the Comprehensive Exam Seminar and the Directed Research Seminar


Concentration in Comparative Theology

Theology students may choose to take elective courses that develop a concentration in Comparative Theology. The Concentration in Comparative Theology serves students who wish to focus their program more specifically around questions of religious diversity, interreligious dialogue, world religions, and comparative theology. The concentration is comprised of four courses (12 units). Students who wish to do this concentration are required to take:

  • THST 680 Comparative Theology

In addition, students are required to take three (3) of the following (or other courses approved by the academic advisor in concert with the graduate director):

  • THST 610 World Religions
  • THST 611 Islam
  • THST 612 Indic Religious Traditions: Hinduism
  • THST 613 Buddhism and Jainism
  • THST 614 Judaism
  • THST 615 Classics of Chinese Philosophy
  • THST 616 Inter-religious Dialogue
  • THST 619 Readings in Religious Literature
  • THST 643 Feminist Theology: World Perspectives
  • THST 681 Comparative Religious Ethics
  • THST 682 Comparative Mysticism


Capstone Experience

Students who began their program in or after the Fall 2009 semester (42 semester hour track):