MA in Theology

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The Master of Arts in Theology at Notre Dame forms faithful catholic leaders, preparing them to revitalize catholic education, catechesis, and culture.

The degree can be completed through a variety of experiences within our rigorous curriculum, all designed so you can continue working in a Church, School, or other workplace.

We invite you to consider joining our community of learners to investigate the intellectual riches of the catholic tradition, deepen your understanding of academic theology, and contemplate the beauty of our faith.

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A Community of Learners

Our community of learners 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. 

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, and biannual courses in Jerusalem and Israel. 

Two Track Opportunities

The flexibility of the Program is tapped into by applying to a particular track: Hybrid Online or Hybrid Residential.

The Hybrid Residential Track unfolds primarily on campus during the summers. It can be supplemented with online learning during the academic year, if a student so desires. 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.” Summer courses are typically offered between Mid-June and the end of July.

The Hybrid Online Track unfolds primarily online throughout the year, beginning in summer. Students begin their studies in late May with an online class and a hybrid online class. The hybrid online class brings students to campus in mid-June, allowing them to be together and to cross paths with students in the more residential track. During the Fall and Spring all courses are online.  The creativity and generosity of our instructors, paired with the technological platforms provided by the University make for excellent on-line 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 for all of our courses.

Compare the cost at $695 per credit hour with the regular graduate tuition cost per credit hour for the 2020-21 academic year, of $3,050 per credit hour as shown here. We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds and professions.

Learn More

For more information on our M.A. Program, feel free to direct additional questions to Katie Cavadini, M.A. Program Director.

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