Master of Arts in Theology

Master of Arts in Theology

The M.A. (Master of Arts) in Theology is available either on-campus or through our Online Learning program.

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, General Studies, Moral Theology or Sacred Scripture. Please note that the Apologetics concentration is only available 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 or comprehensive exams). There is a six-year time limit from entry into the program for completion of the degree requirements.

The tuition rates listed below are the same for both On Campus & Online courses.

Course typePer hour3-credit hour course
Graduate / Commuter / Distance Learning$320$960
Auditing either Undergraduate or Graduate$160$480

For a complete breakdown of tuition rates, please refer to this tuition guide or visit Tuition & Financial Aid.

Core Curriculum
Holy Apostles requires M.A. in Theology candidates to complete a six-credit co-requisite sequence of PHS 607 Philosophy for Theologians and DTH 600 Introduction to Theology along with a twelve credit core curriculum within  the program. The core courses are as follows:

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

Four courses must be taken within the area of concentration, and these are clearly marked within each concentration. The remaining two courses are electives and can be taken within or outside the concentration as long as the student remains inside the program in which he or she has matriculated.

 Master of Arts, Theology Concentrations (click each for course requirements)


  • 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. For more information you may visit the The National Catholic Bioethics Center – Concentration in Bioethics page. (**Note: Changes to this degree plan will appear in the 2017-2018 catalog)

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 STD 707 – God: One and Triune and STD 901 – Christology.

General Studies

  • Courses are designed to provide a broader awareness of theology in general through an interdisciplinary concentration core. Students must select at least one course from each of the six concentrations following completion of their co-requisite courses and program core.

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 STM 620 – 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 SS 704 – Synoptic Gospels.

Thomistic Studies

Courses are designed to provide the student with an understanding of the philosophical preambles to theological studies. The courses help students understand the teaching of St. Thomas in specific areas of theology (e.g., God, Christ, Morals) and his place as the common doctor of the Catholic Church in church teaching.


A candidate for the M.A. in Theology is required to complete course work from the various 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.

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 or a comprehensive exam. Full descriptions of the Summative Evaluation exercise are available on the Summative Evaluation page.

Contact Information

MA Theology Program Director 
Concentration Chairs
Church History – Dr. John Bequette
Dogmatic Theology – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
General Studies – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
Moral Theology – Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.
Sacred Scripture – (interim) Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
Thomistic Studies –Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.

Graduate Degree Plans

Master of Arts in Theology with a concentration in (choose one of the following):