Theological Studies (M.A.)
In collaboration with International Marian Research Institute, the University of Dayton offers a master's degree in theological studies with a Marian concentration. The concentration in Marian studies is available for those who take 12 to 16 credit hours of designated courses in Marian disciplines.
Applicants to the theological studies program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:
- Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
- Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
- A personal statement explaining the applicant's desire to study theology at the University of Dayton.
- Results from the GRE are not required for applicants to the M.A. programs. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.
Additional requirements apply for international students.
Twenty-four semester hours of undergraduate course work in philosophy and theology/religion with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is recommended. Those with limited or no academic background in theology may be admitted on a conditional basis.
Assistantship opportunities are available for students in the theological studies program.
Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do with an M.A. in theological studies?
Many things! Those with experience in ministry pursue the degree in order to enhance their understanding of the tradition and advance their working knowledge of youth ministry and religious education. Others use this program to develop a content area for teaching, or as a springboard into a Ph.D. program. Still others use the master's program as a way to explore their own faith.
Does the M.A. in theological studies require a thesis?
No. Students may choose to complete a six-credit thesis, a three-credit comprehensive project or 36 semester hours in course work with a faculty-reviewed research paper. Those going on to a Ph.D. are encouraged to do a thesis. Others find the other final projects more rewarding.
Are there language requirements for the degrees?
The M.A. degree does not have language requirements, although languages other than English are useful both for research and for ministry.
Can non-Catholics take these courses?
Yes. The University of Dayton is proud to be a Catholic and Marianist institution. As such, its academic posture has been called an "open circle" centered on the Roman Catholic tradition but certainly not limited to it. A significant number of faculty and students in the Ph.D. program are non-Catholics.
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