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MA Theology

Both on-campus and online

The M.A. (Master of Arts) in Theology is available both on-campus and online.

The M.A. in Theology program is a course of study designed to give both a broad acquaintance with the major theological disciplines and the opportunity to choose a concentration. It is a flexible program designed to prepare men and women for ministry, teaching religion or theology, for a subsequent Post Master’s Certificate, licentiate or doctoral work, or for integrating their existing life and profession with a theological component.

A student may concentrate in Apologetics, Bioethics, Church History, Dogmatic Theology, Moral Theology, or Sacred Scripture. Please note that some concentration courses may be available only through Online Learning.

The student must take 36 semester hours of graduate course work and complete the degree
requirements with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better. Students who aspire to pursue more advanced
degrees beyond the M.A. may write an M.A. Thesis. All students must take four core courses and pass the summative evaluation requirement (a thesis, comprehensive exams, or a special project). There is a six-year time limit from entry into the program for completion of the degree requirements.

Core Curriculum

Holy Apostles requires M.A. candidates to complete a twelve-credit core curriculum within
the program. The core courses are:

  • SAS 651 Synoptic Gospels
  • DTH 731 One and Triune God
  • DTH 751 Christology
  • MTH 611 Fundamental Moral Theology I

Four courses must be taken within the area of concentration.

Summative Evaluation

The Summative Evaluation is the capstone of the student’s academic work in the M.A. program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. All candidates for the M.A. degree are required to complete a Summative Evaluation exercise, which may take the form of a thesis, a comprehensive exam, or a special project. Full descriptions of the Summative Evaluation exercise are available on the Summative Evaluation page.


A candidate for the M.A. in Theology is required to complete course work from the various theological, liturgical and pastoral areas of graduate study. The following descriptions provide an overview of each area of graduate study, and specify course work normally required for the M.A. in Theology, regardless of concentration. The specific degree requirements for each concentration are listed below.


Courses provide students with the biblical basis for the key Catholic teachings and customs that non-Catholics wonder about, object to, and preach against. Topics include an introduction to apologetics, Catholic norms, nature and grace, the moral magisterium of John Paul II, and non-Catholic beliefs.


Courses articulate authentic Catholic teaching with respect to bioethical issues. They provide students with a solid Magisterial foundation in medical ethics and bioethical science. Some of the topics discussed in an interdisciplinary model are technological reproduction, the criteria for brain death, genetic engineering, end-of-life decisions, "living wills," fetal tissue research, cloning and various legal issues pertaining to bioethical procedures.

Church History

These courses offer a comprehensive study of the Church from its foundation to the Second Vatican Council. They include the teachings of the Church Fathers as well as the history of the Church in America. They provide students with an understanding of the role of Catholics in knowing the times and interpreting them in light of the Gospel.

Dogmatic Theology

Courses are designed to examine the doctrine of the Catholic Church. Topics covered include Trinity, Christology, Ecclesiology, the Sacraments, Mariology and Grace. Required courses are DTH 731 - One and Triune God and DTH 751 - Christology.

Moral Theology

Courses place in perspective the philosophical and theological tools with which the complex issues of morality are theoretically and practically evaluated. They help the student to discover the theological and moral virtues within the context of human activity. Canon Law is covered by courses in this area. The required course is MTH 611 - Fundamental Moral Theology I.

Sacred Scripture

Courses are designed to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding and love of Scripture, the soul of theology. Courses will include books of the Old and New Testaments, particularly the Gospels as the heart of the Scriptures. Methods of patristic interpretation as well as modern methods of interpretation will be utilized. The required course is SAS 651 - Synoptic Gospels.


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