Master of Arts in Theology

The Master of Arts in Theology provides students with a solid theological foundation in Scripture, doctrine, liturgy, and spirituality/monastic studies.  Students will develop their understanding of the theological tradition and their capacity for theological thinking.

MA in Theology Program Information

Application Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or the equivalent
  • Official transcripts of post-secondary coursework
  • Three letters of recommendation from educational or professional contacts
  • GRE or MAT results
  • Typewritten narrative
  • Resume/CV
  • List of books and articles read in the previous three years

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Application Deadline: Rolling Admission


The two-year Master of Art in Theology program for lay ministry candidates and members of Religious communities readies students for a wide range of leadership positions in Christian communities.  This degree can be earned fully online or on campus.

Program Description:

Students first complete twenty-four credits in scripture, liturgy, doctrine, monastic studies, spirituality, and the history of Christian thought. 

This initial coursework, which we label "the Collegeville core," aims to cultivate an awareness of theological learning as a profound way of honoring the mystery of God. 

Students then choose 9 credits in electives for the remainder of their degree work

Capstone requirements for this degree include one graduate paper and a comprehensive exam. 

At the completion of this degree, students will understand the development of Christian thought and practice in a historical and theological context and will analyze and interpret theological sources, construct theological arguments and understand generative relationships between Christian thought, practice, worship and ministry.

Benedictine Tradition

Theological study has long been valued in the Benedictine tradition as a central element of the search for God. At Saint John's, the monastic rhythm of prayer and work keeps academic study grounded in the common life of faith.