Master of Arts, Catholic Studies
The Master of Arts, Catholic Studies (MACS) is an interdisciplinary study of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Coursework examines Western philosophy from ancient to contemporary, systematic theology, Catechism studies, and electives. The program culminates in either major research (i.e., a thesis) or a comprehensive exam.
The MACS requires an earned bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 cumulative GPA for admission. Students must maintain a 3.25 GPA during their studies in order to be in good standing. After all course requirements are complete, students may either take a comprehensive examination consisting of objective and essay-based questions or write a thesis.
Admission to the MACS requires an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Application materials include:
- the School of Theology Application
- two letters of reference
- college transcripts
- $30 Application Fee
Applications for Fall Semester admission should be submitted by July 1. Applications for Spring Semester admission should be completed by November 1.
Credit Hour Requirements
|Latin or Other Electives||6 credits|
|Research Seminar* (optional)||1 credit*|
|Thesis (50 – 70 pages)* (optional)||4 credits*|
|Total:||30 credits (exam track)
35 credits (thesis track)
The MACS degree may be completed either by undertaking major research (i.e., a thesis), or by passing the comprehensive exam. For those who pursue the thesis option, the process for submitting a thesis topic, outline, and bibliography, and for writing the thesis, can be found in the Thesis Guide for MA Students. Students begin with MA 695 Research Seminar and MA 697 Directed Research in the Fall Semester of their final year, followed by MA 698 Thesis and MA 699 Thesis Defense in the Spring Semester. Visit the Maly Library page for more information on the thesis writing process.
Detailed Course of Study
- PH 511 Ancient Philosophy
- PH 521 Medieval Philosophy
- PH 531 Modern Philosophy
- PH 541 Contemporary Philosophy
- or any 12 credits in Philosophy
- S 501 Catechism: Catholic Doctrine
- S 511 Catechism: Liturgy & Sacraments
- S 521 Catechism: Moral Life in Christ
- S 531 Catechism: Prayer
- or any 12 credits in Theology
- LAT 301-402 Latin I, Latin II, Advanced Latin I, and Advanced Latin II
- or any 6 credits in related subjects