Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Concluding Exercises

The final requirement for the Master of Arts (Theology) degree is a concluding exercise that demonstrates your mastery of theological literacy. This usually is undertaken in your last semester of studies, but may be completed after completing 30 hours of coursework, including all core course requirements. You may choose one of two options.

On registering to complete the capstone essays, you will be given five questions based on coursework you have taken. You will select three of the five questions and respond to each question with an essay between 2,000 and 2,500 words long (approximately 8 to 10 pages). Your essays should demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes associated with the degree. They should draw on adequate sources, follow a recognized style manual for citation (preferably Chicago Style), and be completed three weeks prior to the last scheduled class day for the semester.

Your essays will be evaluated by faculty who teach in the Master of Arts (Theology) program. The grades for all three essays will be averaged to determine your grade for the concluding exercise. You must earn a B- or above to pass. If you earn lower than a B-, you may retake the exam once, within six months of the first attempt.

Please register for 70:900 Capstone Essays.

See a general calendar of deadlines for registration and completion of capstone essays.

 

On registering to complete the Textual Analysis Essays, you will receive a list of classic texts rooted in the Catholic tradition selected by Saint Meinrad faculty. You will write three essays on three texts. You may be granted permission to write about a text not included on this list, if a member of the faculty agrees to endorse your choice.

Your essays should demonstrate a solid command of the central arguments and objectives of the texts under consideration. In elucidating the significance of these texts, you are expected to draw from relevant aspects of your earlier coursework. For instance, you may choose to explore how the text in question relates to sacred Scripture, the historical development of the Church, or the Church's theological tradition.

Each of your three essays must be between 2,000 and 2,500 words long (approximately 8 to 10 pages). Your essays should demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes associated with the degree. They should draw on adequate sources, follow a recognized style manual for citation (preferably Chicago Style), and be completed three weeks prior to the last scheduled class day for the semester.

Your essays will be evaluated by faculty who teach in the Master of Arts (Theology) program. The grades for all three essays will be averaged to determine your grade for the concluding exercise. You must earn a B- or above to pass. If you earn lower than a B-, you may retake the exam once, within six months of the first attempt.

 Please register for 70:905 Textual Analysis Essays.

See a general calendar of deadlines for registration and completion of Textual Analysis Essays.

This option for the concluding exercise entails writing a 25- to 30-page research paper that demonstrates achievement of theological literacy.

For example, you may write on some aspect of sacred Scripture, Church history, the Profession of Faith, the celebration of the Christian Mystery, the life in Christ, Christian prayer or ministerial practice. In addition, your paper must identify how it satisfies at least one other degree outcome.

Your paper must draw on adequate sources, follow a recognized style manual for citation (preferably Chicago style), and be completed three weeks prior to the last scheduled class day for the semester. Your paper will be graded by your research director and one other faculty reader. You must earn an average of at least a "B-" to pass.

To register for the Research Paper Concluding Exercise, several prerequisites must be met. Please complete the permission form available on Moodle, and register for 70:400 Research Paper.

The pastoral research project entails two components: a project that has direct pastoral application and a research paper for which the project serves as the main focus. Several prerequisites must be met in order to choose this option. After completing at least 24 hours of the MA(T), you may begin developing a project in consultation with a faculty member serving as project director.

For example, a student may choose to develop a teaching curriculum for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults as the project and then write a related research paper reflecting on the history, theology and other issues that undergird the curriculum.

You and your director will agree on a combined project/paper that is of comparable scope to a 6,000 to 8,000 word paper (approximately 25 to 30 pages). The pastoral research project should demonstrate your ability to make pastoral application of theological concepts. In addition, your project should demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes associated with the degree.

Your research paper must draw on adequate sources, follow a recognized style manual for citation, and be completed three weeks prior to the last scheduled class day for the semester. Your pastoral research project will be graded by your project director and one other faculty reader. You must earn an average of at least a "B-" to pass. 

To register for the Pastoral Research Project Concluding Exercise, please complete the permission form available on Moodle, and register for 70:800 Pastoral Research Project. See a general calendar of deadlines for registration and completion deadlines.