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Master of Arts in Theology

The Master of Arts in Theology provides foundational studies in the main disciplines of theology, including biblical studies, history, moral theology (theological ethics), spirituality, systematic theology, and ecumenical and interfaith studies. Electives are also available in practical theology and religious education. Students with special interests may elect to concentrate in a particular discipline.

Educational Goals and Opportunities
Students in the M.A. in Theology program pursue the following goals:

  • To gain knowledge and understanding of the Christian and Jewish traditions as contained in Scripture, creeds, theological writings, and denominational statements
  • To foster personal religious commitment through theological reflection, reading, writing, and discussion
  • To relate theological knowledge and religious convictions to the personal and social issues of contemporary life, and to articulate an informed understanding of these issues
  • To develop research, writing, and communication skills in preparation for further professional or academic activities

The Curriculum
The curriculum of the M.A. in Theology program consists of 17 three-credit courses and a culminating experience. The courses include:

  • An introduction to theological study and an orientation to biblical studies
  • Requirements (with some choice) in six departments
  • Four free electives

For their culminating experience, students may do one of the following, depending on their interest, background, and grade point average:

  • Take a comprehensive exam
  • Participate in a colloquium (integrative seminar)
  • Write a thesis

Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements for the M.A. in Theology are as follows:

  • Satisfactory completion of 51 credits, according to specific distribution requirements
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all courses taken at St. Mary's 
    Note: Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 risk academic probation or dismissal.
  • Satisfactory completion of the culminating experience