Theological Studies

Program Goals

The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) offers a broad and basic study of the major areas of Catholic systematic theology, as well as introductions to Sacred Scripture, Church History, Social Teachings, and Canon Law. This broad theological foundation is faithful to the Catholic tradition, sensitive to beliefs of other faith traditions, and aware of the contemporary culture. The program is 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.

Learning Outcomes

Students who have successfully completed this program:
  • are able to demonstrate the ability to analyze, reflect, synthesize, communicate, interpret, and apply the Catholic theological tradition both rigorously and responsibly in a religiously and culturally diverse world;
  • are able to engage in academic research of theological topics drawing constructive, responsible conclusions using appropriate scholarly methods through written comprehensive exams;
  • have demonstrated deeper knowledge in the area of the thesis, for those who chose to write a thesis;
  • are able to model spiritual maturity, including an integration of affective and intellectual growth and commitment to theology and be conversant in how theological study serves the ongoing life of the Church and the world;
  • have developed further their personal spiritual lives.   

 Course Requirements

Master of Arts (Theological Studies) 

42 credits

CORE COURSES (24 credits)

PHIL 501: Philosophical Themes in Catholic Theology

THEO 501: Foundations of Theology

SCRI 500: Introduction to Old Testament

SCRI 510: Introduction to 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)

Students have two options: 

1. general degree: for which the person takes an elective course 

2. research degree: for which the person writes a thesis instead of an elective

 

RESEARCH METHODS (no credits)

MTHD: Basic Research Skills Modules

2 obligatory basic research modules: Basic A & B

Recommended module: Basic C: How to write papers

 

RMTHD: Advanced Research Skills Modules

5 obligatory Advanced modules, which must include:

Module 4: Advanced Research and Writing Skills

Module 5: Research Methods in Theology

 

Working with a ‘professor of record’ on annotated bibliographies, etc.

 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS (3 credits)