Theology B.A./M.A. Program

The B.A./M.A. program is designed to provide high-achieving students an accelerated path to theological literacy and professional competency in service to the Church—especially in fields such as Pastoral Ministry, Religious Education and Parish Administration—or as preparation for doctoral-level research. B.A./M.A. coursework integration results in a streamlined educational program wherein students can earn their M.A. in approximately 6 years.

In addition to meeting separate admission requirements for the B.A./M.A. program (beyond general admission to the university), students must maintain a 3.3 GPA in their undergraduate coursework, and follow all undergraduate and graduate academic policies and procedures to remain in good standing in the program. With the permission of their advisor, B.A./M.A. students take three graduate courses during the last three semesters of their undergraduate degree program: THEO 679, THEO 680 and THEO 681. Upon completion of the undergraduate requirements for the B.A. portion of the program, students will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts. An official Change of Status form must be filed with the Division of Philosophy and Theology to change the student status from undergraduate to graduate. Upon completion of all graduation requirements, students will be awarded the Master of Arts.

B.A. in Theology  (36 sem. hrs.)

(Students must maintain a minimum 3.3 GPA.)

THEO 200H2a:Christian Theology to 15003
THEO 201H2a:Christian Theo/1500 to Pre3
THEO 215H2a:Old Testament Scriptures3
THEO 216H2a:New Testament Scriptures3
THEO 302H3:Liturgy/Sacraments3
THEO 309H2a:SL:Princ of Justice/Peace3
THEO 406Theology Internship6
Theology Internship options (see course description)
Choose 1 of the following:
THEO 408Seminar: Topics in Theology3
or THEO 409 H3:Sem:Selected Theologians
THEO 579Christology and the Trinity3
THEO 580Catholic Moral Life3
THEO 581Ecclesiology3
Total Hours36

 M.A. in Theology (36 sem. hrs.) [= 27 Credit Hours + 9 Credit Hours from THEO 579, 580, 581]

(Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA)

Core Courses
THEO 670Catholic Tradition3
THEO 682Old Testament Scriptures3
THEO 683New Testament Scriptures3
THEO 690Spiritual Formation3
THEO 691Liturgy and Sacraments3
Terminal Track
Pastoral Ministry Concentration (select three of the following courses)9
Lay Ecclesial Leadership
CPE: Eccl Leader/Pastoral Care
DV:Intro Counsel/Counsel Prof
Lifepsan Development
Group Process
Religious Education Concentration (select three of the following courses)9
Cetechesis
Lay Ecclesial Leadership
Psychology of Learning
Creat Approach Individ Instruc
Teach Strateg in Nursing Educ
Parish Administration Concentration (select three of the following courses)9
Parish Administration
Lay Ecclesial Leadership
Not-For-Profit Accounting
Services Marketing
Parish Administration
THEO 701Integration Project (Culminating assignment for students pursuing a terminal degree = concentration)3
Non-Terminal Track
Elective Courses6
Spec Topics in Ecclesial Lead
Spec Topics in Moral Theology
Spec Topics in App Pract Theo
Special Topics in Scripture
Special Topics in Theology
THEO 702Integration Thesis (for students pursuing a non-terminal degree)6

Graduate course descriptions are listed in the Graduate Catalog.

Admission to the B.A./M.A. program follows three possible tracks:

Track 1 is Freshman Admission

Prospective students must meet two of the following three criteria:

  • Have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5.

  • Have a minimum ACT score of 27 or SAT score of 1200.

  • Graduate in the top 10% of their high school class.

    Prospective students must complete the following protocol:

  • Complete an application form and submit with writing sample to Chair, Humanities Division.

  • Participate in an interview with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Graduate Program Director.

Students who do not meet requirements to enter the B.A./M.A. program as freshmen may apply through Track 2 or Track 3.

Track 2 is open to students after their freshman year who meet the following criteria:

  • Complete 30 semester hours, including transfer credits, with a minimum 3.3 GPA.

  • Complete THEO 106.

  • Complete an application form and submit with writing sample to Chair, Humanities Division.

  • Participate in an interview with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Graduate Program Director.

Track 3 is open to students after their sophomore year who meet the following criteria:

  • Complete 60 semester hours, including transfer credits, with a minimum 3.3 GPA.

  • Complete THEO 200, 201, 215, 216, and 302 OR 309

  • Complete an application form and submit with writing sample to Chair, Humanities Division.

  • Participate in an interview with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Graduate Program Director.

Students in the B.A./M.A. program must follow all undergraduate and graduate academic policies and procedures including a change of status for the graduate program.