Master of Arts, Theology
The Master of Arts, Theology, (MAT) studies the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church and the experiences of its members. Program requirements include philosophy (as a preparation for theology, biblical studies, moral theology, Church history, systematic theology, and the development and defense of major research.
The MAT requires an earned bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 cumulative GPA for admission. Student must maintain a 3.25 GPA during their studies in order to be in good standing. After completing all course requirements, students must pass a comprehensive examination consisting of objective and essay-based questions.
Admission to the MAT 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.
|Philosophy for Theological Studies||2 credits|
|Old Testament||2 credits|
|New Testament||2 credits|
|Church History||2 credits|
|Moral Theology||4 credits|
|Systematic Theology||12 credits|
|Research Seminar||1 credit|
|Thesis (50 – 70 pages)||4 credits|
Completion of the MAT requires the writing and successful oral defense of a thesis in biblical studies. 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.