Graduate Theology

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Financial Aid

With generous scholarships and ministry grants, over 80% of alumni graduate without student debt.

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Flexible Study Options

We offer a mix of on-campus and off-campus study opportunities in a variety of formats

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We are pleased to invite you to an open house for graduate theology studies at Saint Meinrad where you can learn about our programs, tour our facilities, and meet current students.

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Our master’s degree begins with core courses in Scripture, systematic theology, and Church history, providing a survey of different areas and a focus on key texts, people, and events. Students then can shape their own curriculum while taking more responsibility for their learning.

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Program Outcomes

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.


  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.

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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 or Fundamental 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

Design your Course of Studies

At the start of your studies, in conversation with the Director of the Graduate Theology Program, you will outline your learning goals for the degree.

While some students may seek a broad survey of Catholic theology, others will focus their coursework in a particular area. You will choose the rest of your curriculum based on your goals.

This will include eight courses (24 credit hours) and a concluding exercise (3 credit hours) for a total of 36 credits to earn the degree.

Concluding Exercise

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:

Capstone Essays

Textual Analysis Essays

Research Paper

Practical Research Project

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