Resources for Current Students
Dear MA-Theology Students,
It is with great pleasure that we introduce a few changes to the MA Program, which will come into full effect for students beginning the Program in Summer 2017. The changes are listed below. If you have questions about how they affect your progress within the Program, do not hesitate to contact either Hermalena or Katie.
1. The Program is now a 36-credit Program. This is in effect for all students! However, being able to reduce the Program to 36 credits also meant eliminating Advanced Standing. Credits waived through Advanced Standing can no longer be applied to the 36 credits needed for completion.
2. The Program is going to move to a set of Core course requirements. These courses will begin to be offered in Summer 2017, and then continue to be offered on-line during the Academic Year. If you have started the Program under the Distribution Requirement, you may complete the Program under this same requirement.
3. Beginning in Fall 2017, we will double our on-line courses. One Core course and one elective will be offered each semester of the Academic Year.
4. Summer 2017 is the LAST summer for Comprehensive Exams. We will also pilot the first Capstone Course in Summer 2017. This will replace the Exam beginning in Summer 2018. The Capstone course is a 3-credit course, and will count toward the 36 credits needed for graduation. It should be taken as your final course. It is only offered in the summers. And is offered as a “hybrid”: 5 weeks of online work, 1 week of a residential seminar on Notre Dame’s campus. This residential seminar will be the final week of summer session each summer.
5. In sum, beginning this summer, one’s progress through the MA Program will look like this: 15 credits through Core Courses, 18 credits in elective courses, 3 credits from the Capstone. We require at least 12 of these credits to be taken on campus (including the final 3-credits for the Capstone). Summer Session will remain as robust as ever, and so you are also welcome to take more than 12 credits on campus as your progress through coursework to your degree.
See the links below for find more information on policies regarding the M.A. – Theology program.
- Roll Call (Enrollment)
- Incomplete Policy
- Advanced Standing
- Leave of Absence
- Comprehensive Exams
- Student Life
For academic advising, please contact Program Director, Katie Cavadini. You may use these course worksheets to track your progress to degree.
All degree and non-degree graduate students must both register and complete the ND Roll Call process each semester during the dates and times announced by the University Registrar. Any admitted student who fails to register and complete the ND Roll Call process for one semester or more must seek re-instatement from the department and then from the Graduate School upon return. (See section 3.5 Continuous Registration in the Academic Code of the Graduate School.)
Please remember that these will remain tentative until 3-weeks prior to the start of the semester. Still, they may help you in thinking about your coursework in the coming months. Academic Year Offerings and the on-line courses, currently work like this: 1 course is offered in the Fall semester and 1 in the Spring semester. These courses are residential courses (on campus) that are video’d and uploaded for viewing, so if you are watching on-campus lectures on your own time work is then submitted to the professor & TA via email. We are working to develop a small library of on-line courses, so that what is offered is more predictable for our students. As it is, the online course must reflect the on-campus offerings. We have two other options during the school year: 1. A two week course in Tucson, Arizona during our winter break. 2. A two week course in Israel every other year in late May/early June, and the next course in 2018 with Prof. Gabriel Reynolds.
If you need to drop a course mid-semester after the 6th day of class during the Academic Year or the 2nd day of class during Summer Session, please contact the Program Director for approval to do so, and MA Administrative Assistant, Hermalena Powell, for paperwork assistance. There will be a tuition charge on your student account for a course that is dropped after the 6th day of class during the Academic Year.
Students will only receive an Incomplete grade with the instructor’s approval. Once given, the Incomplete grade will average as an “F” into the students’ GPA until it is changed upon successful completion of course requirements. If those requirements are not successfully met within 30 days after the semester ends, the Incomplete grade will be changed permanently into an F.
For MA students requiring a Leave of Absence, here is a summary of options as laid out by the Graduate School. For exceptional reasons and on the recommendation of the program, a student in good academic standing may request a leave of absence for a maximum of two consecutive semesters. A request for a leave of absence must be made before the semester in which the leave is taken, and all leaves of absence must be approved by the Graduate School. If, for some urgent reason, a student is allowed to leave the University after the beginning of the semester, the withdrawal procedure must be followed. If the student does not return at the end of the leave of absence period, he or she is no longer considered a student at Notre Dame and must apply for readmission if he or she wishes to complete the program. The Academic Code of the Graduate School can be found here.
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