Permanent deacons and wives who have completed Saint Meinrad's Permanent Deacon Formation Program can earn up to 18 credits of advanced standing toward the 36-credit hour Master of Arts (Theology) degree.

Deacons and wives who participated in other formation programs may also receive some credit toward this degree.

Learn about our Master of Arts (Theology)

Required Degree Courses for Saint Meinrad Deacons

  • The Creed in History and Theology

  • Early Church History

  • 27 credits of course electives (fewer for candidates with advanced standing)

  • Concluding Exercise

Opportunities for additional coursework in pastoral studies are also available.


  • Degree candidates must have received no less than a B- in any course of their permanent deacon formation program.

  • Degree candidates must have a four-year bachelor's degree (in any field) from an accredited institution.

  • Degree candidates must provide three recommendations to the Saint Meinrad Graduate Theology Program from: Diocesan Director of Permanent Deacon Formation, one lecturer from the Saint Meinrad Permanent Deacon Formation Program, and one other person who knows the candidate well, for example, a pastor, lay minister or work colleague.

Course Formats 

A variety of course formats makes it possible to pursue a master's degree on a part-time basis; weekend, online, and week-intensive courses are available.

Generally, the degree can be completed in two to four years on a part-time basis.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should complete the regular application process to the Graduate Theology Programs. Apply here.

For information, email the Office of Admissions at, or call 800-MEINRAD (634-6723).