Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

M.A. (Theology)

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MA Theology

The goal of the Master of Arts (Theology) degree is to provide a solid foundation in the Catholic tradition. This general academic degree prepares you for the ministry of teaching, especially at the high school level, and for the faith formation of adults. The degree can also serve as a basis for further graduate theological studies.


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

  • understand the biblical, historical, philosophical, and systematic foundations of Catholic belief and practice;

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

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

To earn a Master of Arts (Theology) degree, you need a total of 48 graduate credit hours in the following areas, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale. We can waive up to 12 credits if you have completed an undergraduate degree in theology or philosophy.


Two of the following core courses (6 credit hours):

  • Ancient Philosophy

  • Medieval Philosophy

  • Modern Philosophy

  • Ethics and Natural Law


Four courses (12 credit hours):

  • Creed in History and Theology

  • Systematics elective course

  • Sacramental core course (Catholic Sacraments, Sacraments of Initiation, Eucharist, or Liturgical Theology) 

  • Christian Ethics or Fundamental Moral Theology

Scripture and Historical Studies

Four courses (12 credit hours):

  • Old Testament core course (Pentateuch and Historical Books or Biblical Narrative and Poetry) 

  • New Testament core course (Synoptics, Acts and General Epistles or Paul in Early Christianity or Pauline and Johannine Literature) 

  • Early Church History

  • Medieval or Modern Church History


(15 credit hours)

Concluding Exercise

(3 credit hours)

Students may choose one of these two concluding exercises:

  • Three 8-10 page capstone essays

  • One 25-30 page research paper

1) You must possess 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) You must complete the application process to be accepted into the degree program.

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