Degrees and Programs
M.A. in Theology/Master of Theological Studies
The M.A. in Theology and the M.T.S. degrees introduce and explore the major themes in Catholic doctrine and practice, as well as the research methods that are central to theology as an academic discipline. Required and elective courses permit the student to develop both a foundation and pursue an area of interest among courses in doctrine, biblical studies, morality, spirituality, and Church history. Within the M.A. in Theology, the program offers a concentration in the study of the theology of Thomas Aquinas.
For the M.A. in Theology, students are required to complete 30 credit hours of graduate work, which includes 15 credits in the required courses:
Introduction to the Old Testament
Introduction to the New Testament
History and Methods
Christ: Word and Redeemer
Those students who desire to pursue the concentrations in Early Christian Studies and Aquinas Studies will take 12 hours of coursework in this area in addition to the required courses. M.A. students take a comprehensive exam based on a bibliography of primary sources after completion of their coursework, write a thesis under the direction of a professor, and offer an oral defense of their thesis before the faculty.
For the Master of Theological Studies, students are required to complete the coursework requirements of the M.A. in Theology program, with the exception of the thesis. In addition, students take a comprehensive exam based on the required courses and their area of interest.
Students are encourage to consult with the Director of Graduate Studies if they feel unsure as to which degree will better suit their needs.
M.A. in Biblical Studies
The M.A. in Biblical Studies develops the student’s acumen for an informed and critical reading of biblical literature in light of the Christian faith. Historical and cultural studies as well as literary and theological analyses are called upon as resources in the course of the program.
For the M.A. in Biblical Studies, students must attain a proficiency in Biblical Hebrew and Greek. Those who come to the program unprepared in biblical languages are asked to pursue these courses on a priority basis. Students must complete 30 credits of graduate-level courses in Biblical Studies, which includes 21 credits in the required courses:
Students are also required to take comprehensive exams after completion of their coursework, write a thesis under the direction of a professor, and offer an oral defense of their thesis before the faculty.