Resources for Current Students

Dear Students,

Remember that while you are away from campus, we are here to assist you and to answer your questions about the program and our courses. You could also see the links below for information about upcoming courses and graduate school policies.


See the links below for find more information on policies regarding the M.A. – Theology program.


For academic advising, please contact Program Director, Katie Cavadini


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.  The academic year on-line courses work like this: 2 course are offered in the Fall semester and 2 in the Spring semester. One core course and one elective each semester.  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 (the next course is in 2018 with Prof. Gabriel Reynolds).

Tuition and Fees:

The tuition for the academic year 2018-2019 is $775 per credit hour. Tuition is greatly discounted for all of our courses compared to the regular graduate tuition cost of $2930 per credit hour as shown here,
A listing of fees including meal plans and housing can be found on the Summer Session webpage.

Adding/Dropping Courses:

During the first 6 class days of the Academic Year (or first 2 days during Summer Session), you may add or drop courses on your own through InsideND-NOVO. After this, schedule changes must be done via an Add/Drop eform on InsideND. In these cases note that there will be a prorated tuition charge. If the course you want to drop is the only course on your schedule, you will need to contact the Program Director/ Administrative Coordinator and complete a separation form. 

Auditing a Course:

Auditing a course is not permitted during the summer sessions. Those students who take courses in Tucson, AZ or Israel at the Tantur Institute and would like to audit those courses must receive specific permission from the course instructor and will be subject to paying the full tuition amount rather than the reduced summer rates. The University does not allow for exceptions to this situation.  

Incomplete Policy:

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.

Leave of Absence:

A Leave of Absence may be granted for personal, medical, or study purposes for two semesters when a student is in good academic standing. The request for a Leave of Absence must be submitted before the semester in which the leave is taken, and approved by the Graduate School. If a student does not return at the end of the leave of absence period, he or she must apply for readmission to complete the program.  The Academic Code of the Graduate School can be found here.

Capstone Course:

The capstone course is the final requirement for the MA degree and is intended to give students the opportunity to show the extent to which they have attained the goals of the degree. A capstone course, then, is on the cumulative result of the students’ study over the course of the degree program.

Here are the goals of the MA Program:

1) Students will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the discipline of Theology
2) Students will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the continuity and development of the Catholic theological tradition.
3) Students will have a capacity for graduate level writing.
4) Students will have the capacity to articulate their knowledge of theology with clarity and fluency.
5) Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate their knowledge for various educational purposes.

The capstone course will require students to demonstrate the degree to which they have mastered these goals. We will do this in two stages: one that is on-line, and the second in residence here at Notre Dame.

As a whole the course will follow one important theme in theology: the theme of creation, for example, or mercy. The chosen theme will help students consider how the different sub-fields of theology (biblical studies, historical theology, liturgical studies, moral theology, systematic theology, spirituality studies) work together. In sum, students will be asked to show they have an integrated view of an important theme that draws on the whole of theology and also takes into account the development of the tradition (goals 1 & 2).

The student's ability to synthesize and present theological material will be shown through an essay written as part of the capstone (goal 3). Each essay will give a detailed perspective on the chosen theme, approximately ten pages in length. Students can frame their essays for a particular educational purpose: as an adult education presentation; classroom lecture, etc. (goal 5). Essays are presented during our time together on campus in a twenty to twenty-five minute oral presentation, followed by a ten to fifteen minute Q/A period (goal 4). 

Summer Session 2018

Fellowship Events: 

We invite all M.A. students (non-degree and degree seeking alike!) to this summer's set of Friday M.A. Masses. These are celebrated in our 'Mary, Seat of Wisdom' Chapel (Malloy Hall) at 6 pm on June 22nd, June 29th, July 13th, and July 20th.

On Friday, June 22nd and Friday, July 13th please join us after Mass for a Welcome Picnic in South Quad by the Woman at the Well Statue outside O'Shaugnessy Hall. For those finishing their degree this summer, save the evening of Thursday, July 5th for a celebratory Mass and reception.

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Courses and Syllabi:

Summer Courses and Syllabi 

Student Life:

ND Mobile Link provides essential information and services on your mobile device, with an interface optimized for on-the-go access.

Notre Dame Health Services where you will also find information on student health insurance.

Notre Dame Graduate Student Union provides information on campus events and graduate student life at Notre Dame.