Master of Arts


Greetings from “Under the Dome,” and thank you for your interest in our M.A. in Theology Program here at Notre Dame.  The purpose of the MA program is to provide a basic understanding of theology, or a more in-depth knowledge of a theological subdiscipline.  Our graduates take this distinctively theological education and use it to supplement prior (or on-going) experience and training that comes from their workplace or other programs, applying the intellectual formation they receive from our program to serving a number of audiences, including schools and parishes. As the Program’s Director, I am especially proud of the way our students work as effective and immediate theological resources in their home communities. Here are some of the unique features of our Program:   

  • Our Community of Learners:
    Each summer, approximately 150 students from across the country and around the world gather on Notre Dame’s campus to study under the guidance of a first-rate, international faculty. 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. Beyond the classroom, students and professors gather together for worship, academic colloquia, meals, recreation, and fellowship. Students will find themselves engaged in theological discussion with teachers, catechists, entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, firemen, soldiers, ministers, liturgists, and artists, joining a vibrant community that complements and enriches their studies. 

  • Our Flexible Course of Study: 
    The M.A. degree requires 42 credits for graduation. These credits are primarily earned during the summers on Notre Dame’s campus, in a wide range of courses, all taught by world-class theologians.  Additionally, we offer courses particular to our M.A. students during the academic year: one online course in both Spring and Fall, a winter break course in Tucson, AZ , and a course each May/June in Jerusalem, Israel.  These additional opportunities help students move through the program in a timely manner.  For example, when a student is able to be on campus for 6 weeks each summer and take the on-line courses, the Program can be completed in 27 months. Students can concentrate in a particular area of theological study or do a general studies degree
  • 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:
    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.

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 myself.

We hope to see you Under the Dome!


Katie Cavadini,

M.A. Program Director