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Master of Arts in Theology Degree

OVERVIEW

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

CURRICULUM

Saint Joseph’s College’s Master of Theology offers three specializations.

Pastoral Theology

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).

Sacred Theology

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).

Fast-Track Option

Current undergraduate students also have the opportunity to fast-track into the Master of Arts in Theology.

Advanced Diaconal Studies

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).


CAREER MOVES

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic, directors of religious activities and religious education direct and coordinate activities of a denominational group to meet religious needs of participants. These individuals plan, direct, or coordinate church school programs designed to promote religious education among church membership. They may provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, or religious problems.

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