Dual-Degree and Second-Master’s Admission
Prospective or current students may apply to pursue both the M.A. in Theology (MAT) and the M.A. in Church Ministries (MACM), either simultaneously or sequentially. Applicants must meet the admissions criteria for each degree. The following guidelines should be carefully reviewed.
In accordance with accreditation standards, St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute allows up to 27 credits from one degree program to be applied to another degree program. Thus, with careful planning and advising, a student may be able to complete both degrees by earning 75 credits and completing the culminating experience for each degree. In certain instances, however, more than 75 credits may be required for the completion of both degrees. (Students are not, however, permitted to apply credits from one degree [e.g., MACM, Spirituality track] toward the same degree program [e.g., MACM, Pastoral Care track] to earn the same degree twice.)
Second-master’s students who have earned a St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute certificate (other than the CAS), and who wish to count their certificate courses toward the degree, are required to take at least 12 credits beyond the certificate. Due to the expiration of credits after 10 years, students applying for a second master’s degree will normally not be allowed to apply expired credits toward a second degree.
Each dual-degree program is individually arranged in consultation with the administration. The 27 credits normally applied to both degree programs are TH601, BS600, two biblical courses, MT600, ST601, a spirituality course, and two other courses.
The time limit for the completion of the two degrees simultaneously or sequentially is normally 10 years from the date of first enrollment in a St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute course.
Students who have earned master’s degrees in theological studies from other institutions may apply for an abbreviated second-masters’ degree in either the M.A. in Church Ministries or the M.A. in Theology program. Credits previously earned are evaluated and applied according to the criteria listed in the preceding paragraphs and the requirements of the degree program to which application is being made.