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The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Theology responds to a student’s desire for advanced theological training and the goal to be a theological resource for others. The M.A. degree will prepare you for such roles as serving the Church or diocese, teaching theology at the high school level, or ministering to people in contexts like health care and social work.
The popular option to pursue this degree exclusively during the summer has made the program ideal for a dynamic community of individuals who are passionate about theological exploration. Up to 200 students may be enrolled during a given summer, pursuing somewhat different programs and goals but all well-positioned for a unique experience of personal and intellectual growth.
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- Flexible Timeline: The M.A. in Theology runs in the summers only, usually taking 4 summers to complete with the final summer reserved for taking your candidacy exam, however, students do get 7 full years to complete the degree. In order to help the process along, we do offer one online class each Fall and Spring semester during the Academic Year (there are also a few other opportunities, one during winter break and one during May/June, but both require travel).
- Content: Choose a standard area of concentration or an overview approach.
- GRE: The GRE is required in order to enter the program unless you have a JD, MD or PHD, but lower GRE scores are often accepted, so we encourage you to take it.
- Outcome: Receive a Master’s Degree or a Certificate with reduced requirements.
Encounter gateways to additional opportunities for learning, personal growth, and engagement with the diversity of the worldwide church:
•Institute for Church Life
•Tantur Institute for Ecumenical Studies, Israel
Engage in courses away from Notre Dame's main campus. The Department offers courses in different settings on occasion: in Tucson, Arizona, at the Redemptorist Renewal Center and in Israel at the Tantur Institute for Ecumenical Studies.
Students interested in Tantur should be in touch with Prof. Katie Cavadini soon as space allows for approximately only 20 students.
During the M.A. program’s summer session, an important part of student life is liturgical celebration. Morning and Evening Prayer are celebrated each day. Join in these common prayers and participate in various ministerial roles, including joining the choir, playing the organ or other instruments, or becoming a cantor.
Visit the Graduate School's website to fill out the online application. There is a fall application deadline of July 15 and spring application deadline of Nov. 15. The summer session for M.A. classes happens in 2 modules each summer, with each “module” equaling a semester. Modules are 3 weeks long, so there are 6 weeks altogether. We usually suggest that a student complete 12 credits over the course of a 6 week (or 2 module) summer by taking 4 courses (2 each module), 3 credits each.
Required components of the application include: three letters of recommendation, a statement of intent, a CV or resume, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and an English proficiency examination (if applicable). The GRE is required in order to enter the program unless you have a JD, MD or PHD, but lower GRE scores are often accepted, so we encourage you to take it.
For those interested in taking just one or two courses of interest as a non-degree student during the summer months, please go to the Summer Sesson website for information on how to apply and register for summer courses as a non-degree student attached to no specific program. The link to the Summer Session website can be found under "Helpful Links" below.
- Summer Session Office
- Office of the Registrar
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- Office of Financial Aid
- GRE's (Graduate Record Examinations)
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If you have questions about our MA program, please contact Hermalena Powell, Administrative Assistant for the M.A. Program at 574-631-4256 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.