Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the Dominican tradition

Master of Arts in Theology

Program Overview

Aquinas Institute of Theology’s Master of Arts in Theology (MA) is an intellectually rigorous, 36 credit-hour course of study that provides students with a solid, academic foundation in theology and prepares them for further academic study or academic pursuits. Over the course of the degree, students develop advanced skills in the areas of theological research and writing and learn to both analyze texts and arguments as well as to synthesize  materials.

Program Details

Language Requirement, Comprehensive Exam, and Thesis

Students must demonstrate reading competency in a foreign language, either classical or modern, by the time of graduation.

At the end of their course of study, students must successfully complete a written comprehensive exam. To this end, students must demonstrate their scholarly competence to engage reflectively and critically across the disciplines of theology.
Students must also engage in independent  research leading to an academic thesis approved for presentation to the Aquinas community. Assisted by a faculty member, students select and research a topic of personal interest that culminates in an original piece of scholarly research suitable for publication. 

Ministry Opportunities

Students who hold an MA from Aquinas have gone on for further theological study in prestigious PhD programs at schools in the United States and Europe. Others teach theology in high schools across the country. Still others serve in parishes or dioceses in various capacities or lead non–profits. Some have used the theological expertise gained from completing the MA degree to pursue opportunities in professional fields such as health care, law, and business.


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