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M.A. in Theology

Traditional Option:

The M.A. in Theology is a 36-credit program which consists of a core of courses (18-21 credits), complemented by electives (15-18 credits). Though a broad curriculum has been designed, students have some flexibility to shape their program to fit their interests and needs, with approval from their faculty advisor. This may include taking courses in the Summer Institute of the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development (three credits maximum), or courses at other accredited institutions. No student may earn more than nine credits in this fashion.

To receive the M.A. degree, each student must accomplish the following:

  • Complete 36 credits in theology, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Since the program is designed as a part-time program of study, our students usually complete the program between four and six years. (For a more accelerated program of study, see the Low-Residency Option below.)
  • Submit three research papers from courses taken in the program as a final requirement. With the guidance of a faculty advisor, expand and deepen these papers as evidence of ability to research and present theological topics in an in-depth, competent and scholarly manner. Ordinarily, the papers will be 15 typed pages, double-spaced, including bibliography. An accepted style sheet is to be adhered to throughout the program of study.
  • With recommendations from the student, 2-3 faculty members (full-time and adjunct) will participate in a one-hour conversation about the papers presented. The faculty will then assess a grade of Pass, Fail, or Pass with Distinction.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Transfer of credits in theology or religious studies will be subject to evaluation and approval by the program Director. All transfer graduate credits must carry a minimum 3.0 grade on a 4.0 scale.
  • Each candidate will have a personal interview with the Coordinator of the M.A. in Theology Course of Study and another faculty member.

Additional Admission Criteria for the M.A. in Theology

If an applicant for the Master of Arts in Theology at the College of Saint Elizabeth appears to have gaps in education, especially in theological background, appropriate strategies will be required before full admission. All candidates for this degree program must also demonstrate competence in writing and doing research before full admission into the program.

Academic Progress

The Traditional M.A. in Theology is designed for part-time, rather than full-time students. Ordinarily, a student will complete the degree program in four years. A student coming to the completion of the M.A. degree program is required to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. For a more accelerated format, please see the details of the Low Residency Option below.

Low-Residency Option:

The new low-residency model is designed for students residing at long distances away from campus who wish to complete the degree through a sequence of one-week residencies followed by periods of directed reading and research. The basic features of the low residency option include:

  • 29 Month Program
  • 36 Credits
  • Five residency weeks
  • Six Directed Readings
  • Summer Institute Option
  • Three Research Papers (completed during designated periods when the students are not completing direct readings)

Students will complete 6 to 9 credits in each six-month period: two campus Residency Weeks in January and June/July followed by two Directed Reading periods in each of the Spring and Fall semesters. In three designated semesters, students will take only one Directed Reading course and complete a major research project. This accounts for 36 credits. Students may opt to fulfill the final three credits by registering for three consecutive 1-credit Summer Institute courses or by completing an additional Directed Reading (see Program Description above).

There are two entry points: students may begin with either the first summer or the first January residency. Individuals who begin in the Low Residency Option may also opt to transfer into the traditional option upon approval of the faculty. Students entering the program will choose one of four tracks: Catholic Studies, Pastoral Care, Spirituality, or Theological Studies to advance on in the degree.

Program Requirements Per Track

Catholic Studies

THEO617Theological Foundations

3

THEO603History of Christianity

3

PHIL631Catholic Intellectual Tradition

3

THEO627Catholic Moral Theology

3

THEO605Mystery of Christ

3

THEO609Scriptual Interpretation

3

Ecclesiology (choose one)

THEO615Mystery of the Church

3

or

THEO656Age of Plurality

3

15 credit electives

Pastoral Care

THEO617Theological Foundations

3

THEO605Mystery of Christ

3

THEO609Scriptual Interpretation

3

THEO619Liturgical Theology

3

THEO625Ministry & Ministries: Theology & Praxis

3

PSY660Counseling & Spirituality

3

Ethics (choose one)

MC626Ethical Issues

3

or

THEO627Catholic Moral Theology

3

or

THEO663Spirituality & Ethics

3

15 credit electives

Spirituality

THEO617Theological Foundations

3

THEO605Mystery of Christ

3

THEO609Scriptual Interpretation

3

THEO641Christian Spirituality Through the Ages

3

THEO659Theology & the Arts

3

THEO663Spirituality & Ethics

3

THEO674Christian Spirit & Charity

3

15 credit electives

Theological Studies

THEO617Theological Foundations

3

THEO609Scriptual Interpretation

3

THEO605Mystery of Christ

3

THEO619Liturgical Theology

3

Ecclesiology (choose one):

THEO615Mystery of the Church

3

THEO656Age of Plurality

3

Ethics (choose one)

MC626Ethical Issues

3

or

THEO627Catholic Moral Theology

3

or

THEO663Spirituality & Ethics

3

18 credit electives

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer of credits into the M.A. in Theology is subject to evaluation and approval by the program Director. All graduate transfer credits must carry a minimum 3.0 grade on a 4.0 scale. A maximum of nine credits can be accepted in transfer.