Theological Studies

Develop a theological foundation that is faithful to the Catholic tradition, sensitive to beliefs of other faith traditions, and aware of the contemporary culture.


This program aims to deepen the religious basis of an individual’s life and work. It offers a broad study of the major areas of Catholic theology and it provides an opportunity for in-depth study and specialization. Designed to provide a deeper academic, critical and intellectual understanding of Catholic theology, as well as to cultivate a sense of vocation and committed appreciation and scholarly understanding of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, students will be able to integrate their academic studies with their spiritual lives and personal growth.

Build towards a Master's degree. Credits earned at one level can count towards requirements of a higher level program. Students can start with a Graduate Certificate, build to a Graduate Diploma and then to a Master's degree.

  • Master of Arts (Theological Studies) (42 credits)


    Program Goals

    This program is designed to:
    (1)    Cultivate survey knowledge and integration of the Catholic theological tradition and its application in diverse contexts;
    (2)    enable students to think theologically by considering different theological areas, perspectives, and methods;
    (3)    provide an opportunity for students to conduct specialized research in a particular area of interest.

    CORE COURSES (24 credits)

    PHIL 501: Philosophical Themes in Catholic Theology
    THEO 501: Foundations of Theology
    SCRI 500: Introduction to the Old Testament
    SCRI 510: Introduction to the New Testament
    THEO 510: Christology and Trinity
    THEO 530: Christian Morality
    THEO 540: Liturgy and Sacraments
    THEO 551: Ecclesiology of Vatican II

    CONCENTRATION COURSES (12 credits)

    HIST 505: History of the Church
    THEO 522: Catholic Social Teachings
    THEO 560: Christian Anthropology
    THEO 570: Canon Law for Ministry

    ELECTIVE (3 credits)

    Any 500-level course

    RESEARCH METHODS (no credits)

    MTHD: Basic Research Skills Modules

    MAJOR PAPER (3 or 6 credits)

    THEO 602: Major Paper (3 credits) or
    THESIS: Thesis Writing (6 credits. 3 in lieu of an elective)


    Learning Outcomes

    Students who have successfully completed this program:
    • Students are able to conduct responsible biblical interpretation within the Catholic tradition and demonstrate an understanding of the church’s teaching and practice from historical, doctrinal, and systematic perspectives and its relevance for contemporary Christian living.







  • Graduate Diploma (Theological Studies) (24 credits)


    The Graduate Diploma programs consist of 24 credits of core and diploma specific course work.

    12 Credits from the Core Courses (*including required)
    12 Credits of Concentration Courses

    CORE COURSES (12 Credits)

    Choose 12 credits including * required courses

    PHIL 501: Philosophical Themes in Catholic Theology
    THEO 551: Ecclesiology of Vatican II
    THEO 501: Foundations of Theology *
    THEO 510: Christology – Trinity
    THEO 530: Christian Morality *
    THEO 540: Liturgy and Sacraments
    SCRI  500: Introduction to the Old Testament
    SCRI  510: Introduction to the New Testament

    CONCENTRATION COURSES (12 Credits)

    HIST 505: History of the Church
    THEO 522: Catholic Social Teachings
    THEO 560: Christian Anthropology
    THEO 570: Canon Law for Ministry



  • Graduate Certificate (Theological Studies) (15 credits)


    The Graduate Certificate programs consist of 15 credits of core, elective and certificate specific course work.

    9 Credits of the Core Courses
    6 Credits from Concentration Courses

    CORE COURSES (9 Credits)

    THEO 501: Foundations of Theology
    THEO 530: Christian Morality
    SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture

    CONCENTRATION COURSES (6 Credits)

    HIST 505: History of the Church
    THEO 522: Catholic Social Teachings
    THEO 560: Christian Anthropology
    THEO 570: Canon Law for Ministry


     

  • Catholic Core (9 credits)



    Catholic Core

    Strengthen your personal faith understanding by starting with our core programming.

    Credits can later be applied to a Graduate Certificate or Master’s Degree, based on eligibility requirements. Learn more.  



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