Master of Arts


Greetings from “Under the Dome,” and thank you for your interest in our M.A.-Theology Program. Our MA provides a flexible, faithful, and intellectually rigorous avenue for advanced theological study. The flexibility of our Program has been designed to meet the needs of the working faithful, already serving the Church and the Faith in parishes, schools, and various other ministries or workplaces. This flexibility will be enhanced in Fall 2017 when we begin offering the new core courses on-line. Our graduates then take this distinctive education and become living theological resources for their home communities. Here are some of the unique features of our Program:  

  • Our Community of Learners:
    Our community of learns is composed of approximately 150 students from across the country and around the world. Together, student and professor seek to understand the history of the Church, the mysteries of the faith, biblical texts, matters of morality, the liturgy, doctrinal developments, spirituality, and the ways these modes of theological study intersect and apply to their world. Students will find themselves engaged in theological discussion with teachers, catechists, entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, firemen, ministers, liturgists, and artists, joining a vibrant community that complements and enriches their studies. 
  • Our Flexible Course of Study: The M.A. degree requires 36 credits for graduation. These credits can be earned in a variety of ways: on Notre Dame’s campus during the summers through three-week courses in residence or hybrid courses, online during the Spring and Fall semester, during winter break in Tucson, AZ , and biannual courses in Jerusalem and Israel. Together, these opportunities allows students to move through the program in a timely manner. Beginning in Fall 2017, when our on-line offerings will double, we will only ask that 12 of these credits be completed in the community of learners on campus, allowing for the remaining 24 credits to be taken on-line or through hybrid courses.
  • Accessible Graduate Degree:
    Because the M.A. Program exercises a non-competitive admissions process, we are not able to offer full tuition remission, but we do offer a greatly discounted tuition (by 60%) for all of our courses. Compare the cost per credit hour for Summer 2016 at $645 per credit hour with the regular graduate tuition cost per credit hour which is $2725 as shown here, We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds and professions.
  • Our Campus and our Online-Campus:
    Notre Dame’s campus is exceptionally beautiful, especially in the summers: walk the lakes, pray at the Grotto, attend Mass at the Basilica, study quietly amidst the library’s theology stacks or tucked into the cool shade of the sycamores on “God Quad.” Students enjoy the many events offered for M.A. students, as well as all that South Bend has to offer.  Our instructors are much-acclaimed pedagogues. They work hard to extend the on-campus learning experience to students who also like to learn on-line.  Their creativity and generosity, paired with the technological platforms provided by the University make for excellent on-line courses.

For more information on our M.A. Program, please consult the Resources for Prospective Students and Course pages for more information. Feel free to direct additional questions to Program Administrative Assistant, Hermalena Powell, or to myself.

We hope to see you Under the Dome!


Katie Cavadini,

M.A. Program Director