Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Master of Arts (Theology)

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MA Theology

Our master's degree includes basic courses from the departments of Systematics, Scripture and Church History, and Pastoral Theology so students can survey areas and focus on important texts, people or events.

Students can shape their own curriculum while taking more responsibility for their learning.  

Find out How to Apply.


1) Attain a four-year undergraduate degree, in any field, from an accredited institution of higher learning. In rare instances, we can accept students who have not completed an entire bachelor's degree.

2) Complete the application process to be accepted into the degree program. Request an application.

Core Requirements: 9 Credit Hours

Students should take these basic courses, if they are offered, before taking another course.

  1. Creed in History and Theology

  2. New Testament core course (Synoptic Gospels, Acts and General Epistles; Paul in Early Christianity; or Pauline and Johannine Literature)

  3. Early Church History or a survey of Church History

Statement of Personal Learning Outcomes

After completing these core courses, you will review your learning goals for the degree and, in conversation with the Director of the Graduate Theology Program, write a short statement describing your learning goals going forward. While some students may seek a broad survey of Catholic theology, others will focus their coursework in a particular area.

Eight Courses: 24 Credit Hours

Concluding Exercise: 3 Credit Hours

The final requirement for the Master of Arts (Theology) degree is a concluding exercise that shows achievement of the learning outcomes associated with the degree. Usually undertaken in your last semester of studies, it can be completed after finishing 30 hours of coursework, including all core requirements. You will choose one of four options:

  1. Capstone Essays

  2. Textual Analysis Essays

  3. Research Paper

  4. Pastoral Research Project

Successful completion of the Master of Arts (Theology) degree requirements will enable you to:

  • understand the central elements of Catholic teaching and practice. 

  • understand the broad development and diversity of the Church's tradition 

  • read and interpret texts of the Catholic tradition faithfully and critically;

  • relate issues of contemporary thought and life to a larger Catholic theological context.