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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 at other accredited institutions. No student may earn more than 12 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. The program is designed as a part-time program of study.
  • 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, excluding bibliography. Turabian/Chicago citation style 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.

Unique Elements of This Program

  • Students with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than theology are encouraged to apply.
  • Opportunity to earn credit based on prior professional or ministry experience via credit by exam (CBE) or portfolio assessment (PELA).
  • 50% tuition discount for eligible clergy or those who consistently contribute to the life of the faith community.
  • ED CHOICE flexibility and part-time enrollment in any semester.
  • Small class size maximizes learning and interaction with highly credentialed faculty members.
  • Provides flexible hours for advisement and registration.
  • No GRE or GMAT exams required.

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.
  • 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 research before full admission into the program.

Program Requirements Per Track

Students entering the program will choose one of four tracks: Catholic Studies, Pastoral Care, Spirituality, or Theological Studies to advance on in the degree.

Catholic Studies

THEO617Theological Foundations

3

THEO603History of Christianity

3

PHIL631Catholic Intellectual Tradition

3

THEO627Catholic Moral Theology

3

THEO605Mystery of Christ

3

THEO609Scriptural Interpretation

3

Ecclesiology (choose one)

THEO615Mystery of the Church

3

or

THEO656Age of Plurality

3

15 credit electives

Five Theology courses and zero credit culminating requirement.

Pastoral Care

THEO617Theological Foundations

3

THEO605Mystery of Christ

3

THEO609Scriptural Interpretation

3

THEO619Liturgical Theology

3

THEO625Ministry & Ministries: Theology & Praxis

3

PSY660Counseling & Spirituality

3

Ethics

THEO627Catholic Moral Theology

3

15 credit electives

Five Theology courses and zero credit culminating requirement.

Spirituality

THEO617Theological Foundations

3

THEO605Mystery of Christ

3

THEO609Scriptural Interpretation

3

THEO641Christian Spirituality Through the Ages

3

THEO659Theology & the Arts

3

THEO663Spirituality & Ethics

3

THEO674Christian Spirit & Charity

3

15 credit electives

Five Theology courses and zero credit culminating requirement.

Theological Studies

THEO617Theological Foundations

3

THEO609Scriptural Interpretation

3

THEO605Mystery of Christ

3

THEO619Liturgical Theology

3

THEO603History of Christianity

3

THEO656Age of Plurality

3

Ethics

THEO627Catholic Moral Theology

3

15 credit electives

Five Theology courses and zero credit culminating requirement.

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 12 credits can be accepted in transfer.