Master of Arts in Theology

Master of Arts in Theology Degree


The online Master of Arts in Theology program, rooted in Roman Catholic doctrine and life, and fully in accord with the magisterium, serves Catholic deacons and lay ecclesial ministers in their families, parishes, diocesan agencies, hospitals, work places, retreat/spiritual centers or social service agencies. The program is based on the philosophy that effective ministry requires a solid theological foundation, grounded in solid Catholic doctrine, with a deep spiritual and pastoral orientation. The program is also useful for Christians interested in deepening their faith. The curricular design of the program is in accord with the United States' Catholic Bishops, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry (2005) and the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States (2005).

Students of all faiths who may profit from the study of Catholic theology are welcome to the program.

Required Credits: 36

Program Specializations

Advanced Diaconal Studies

This specialization will provide theological and pastoral education for ordained deacons and those who are in formation in diocesan diaconal programs.

Pastoral Theology

This specialization in will serve those involved with parishes, religious education, diaconal preparation, diocesan agencies, hospitals, retreat and spiritual centers, and social service agencies.

Sacred Theology

This specialization will serve those involved with teaching, all types of pastoral ministry and spiritual formation programs.

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  • Serve the Church at the parish and diocesan levels
  • Prepare to be a Catholic chaplain
  • Equipping those who serve the Church as lay ecclesial ministers with an understanding of their faith
  • Help you as you approach the Catholic Church
  • Be a better prepared catechist or minister in your parish's RC
  • Be better informed in your faith

Admission Requirements

You may apply for and be granted admission status at any time during the year.

For all graduate programs, applicants are required to have a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning accredited or accepted as accredited in the United States, with a cumulative grade point of 2.5 or better. Students who do not meet the cumulative grade point standard may be conditionally accepted and required to take specific introductory course work and complete it with a grade of 3.0 or better, prior to consideration of formal acceptance.