Master of Arts in Theology Degree
The online Master of Arts in Theology program, rooted in Roman Catholic doctrine and life, and fully in accord with the magisterium, serves Catholic deacons and lay ecclesial ministers in their families, parishes, diocesan agencies, hospitals, work places, retreat/spiritual centers or social service agencies.
The program is based on the philosophy that effective ministry requires a solid theological foundation, grounded in solid Catholic doctrine, with a deep spiritual and pastoral orientation. The program is also useful for Christians interested in deepening their faith. The curricular design of the program is in accord with the United States’ Catholic Bishops, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry (2005) and the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States(2005). Students of all faiths who may profit from the study of Catholic theology are welcome to the program.
At a Glance
Successful completion of this online theology program will allow you to:
- Serve the Church at the parish and diocesan levels
- Prepare to be a Catholic chaplain
- Help you as you approach the Catholic Church
- Be a better prepared catechist or minister in your parish’s RC
- Be better informed in your faith and equip those who serve the Church as lay ecclesial ministers with an understanding of their faith
Saint Joseph’s College’s Master of Theology offers three specializations.
The pastoral theology specialization will serve those involved with parishes, religious education, diaconal preparation, diocesan agencies, hospitals, retreat and spiritual centers, and social service agencies (36 credits).
The specialization in sacred theology will serve those involved with teaching as well as all types of pastoral ministry and spiritual formation programs (36 credits).
Current undergraduate students also have the opportunity to fast-track into the Master of Arts in Theology.
The advanced diaconal studies specialization will provide theological and pastoral education for ordained deacons and those who are in formation in diocesan diaconal programs (30 credits).