Graduate Theology Requirements | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • MA Theology Admissions Requirements

    You should submit the following materials to the Graduate Admissions Director:

    1. Graduate Application  
    2. Official transcripts of all college work
    3. Three letters of recommendation addressing your academic and personal qualifications, as well as your potential for success in Christian ministry

    The Research Intensive Track has two additional admission requirements: the GRE, and writing sample.

    Program Requirements

    To provide a common basis of approach, we require that all MA students complete five foundation courses: Biblical Foundations, Theological Foundations, Historical Foundations, Foundations of Moral Theology, and Teachings of Vatican II.

    Outside of these five foundational courses, the program offers two types of courses: those with a primarily theological emphasis and those focusing on the pastoral application of theology. The combination of courses that you will take depends on whether you are in the Research Track, the Catechetics Specialization, or neither the one nor the other. In all cases, you will have the opportunity to take a certain number of electives such as Mary in the Modern World, Grace and Virtues, Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and Pastoral Perspectives on Marriage and the Family.

    Ideally, before entering the program you should have a BA in theology or religious studies from an accredited college or university. If you don't have prior training in theology, however, you will need to take up to eight additional undergraduate courses in theology and philosophy. You can also fulfill these background requirements on campus as part of your degree program or through our Distance Learning Program.

    To graduate from the program, you must pass a comprehensive examination, which you will take after completing 12 graduate theology courses (36 credit hours). Although you do not need to pass a language exam or write a thesis to earn your degree, we will encourage you to engage in additional writing and foreign language study if you are interested in writing, research, or pursuing further theological studies. Courses in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, as well as French, German, and Spanish, are available through the University.



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