Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies

This online degree program, rooted in Roman Catholic theology and ministry, serves people involved with parishes, diocesan agencies, hospitals, retreat/spiritual centers or social service agencies.

AO theology calloutThis online program offers quality, accredited theological education for those who seek to serve the needs of the Catholic Church and society.

At a Glance

  • Equips those who serve the Catholic Church with an understanding of their faith.
  • Excellent preparation for deacons, diaconal candidates, deacon wives, and diaconal candidate wives.
  • Superb faculty, rooted in the Church, will work one-on-one with you to ensure your success.
  • Five start dates per year and rolling admission means you’re never far from getting started.
  • Graduates will be prepared for graduate study in theology or pastoral ministry.
  • Fast track to the Master of Arts in Theology program helps those interested in earning their MAT to do so in a quick and cost-effective way.
  • Classes are fully online. No on-campus residency requirement.

Fast-Track Option

Fast-track students in this program can substitute up to four graduate level Theology courses for their undergraduate level equivalents, and have those graduate Theology courses count towards both degrees. This saves students both time and money in completing their Master’s program. Interested prospective students should contact an admissions counselor today to learn more. Students already enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies program should speak with their advisor to inquire about the fast-track application process.

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

How much will this program cost?


*Excludes textbooks and fees. Assumes no transfer of credit, and, at the graduate level, that all preparatory requirements have been met. Prices are subject to change. Click here for full tuition and fee details.

How long will it take?

Contact an admissions counselor now to see how long it would take you to earn this degree!


The Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies offers a solid theological foundation in Catholic doctrine with a deep spiritual and pastoral orientation. The programs are in keeping with the values of Saint Joseph's College, which are rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy.

Fast-Track Option

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

Why study theology online at Saint Joseph's College?

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Some of our faculty

Anne Chrzan, D.Min (cand)
Anne Chrzan, D.Min (cand)Chair of Theology Department
DMin, (cand) Conferred May, 2024, Catholic Theological Union
MDiv, Loyola University
MHS, Governor State University
BA, St. Leo College
Patricia Sodano Ireland
Patricia Sodano IrelandFaculty, Theology
PhD, Drew University
MPhil, Drew University
MDiv, Andover Newton Theological School
MA, Boston College
BA, Boston College
David Hammond
David HammondFaculty, Theology
PhD, The Catholic University of America
MA, The Catholic University of America
AB, University of Note Dame

Student stories

Practicum Experience

In one of her practicums, Tammy visited nursing home patients and deliberately sought out the least visited patient in the care facility – an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s. Tammy’s experience was so powerful that it inspired faculty to implement similar community-based service learning-type practicums in their own courses.

“The elderly patient I visited had been abandoned by her family, she felt sad, lonely and her self-worth had been diminished. I believe that God entered the room because for the next two hours the veil of Alzheimer’s was slightly drawn back. I listened and asked questions as she told me different stories about her life (true stories, confirmed by a staff member). I decided to play her some Gospel music. What happened next has forever left a mark on my heart that will never be erased. I placed my phone on her pillow near her ear and as the first Gospel song started to play, God freed her completely from the restraints of Alzheimer’s and she came alive! Her mind, heart and soul were soaring to the heavenly music. She sang every single word on cue to all eight songs that I played.”

Tammy Pilkington ’23
Tammy Pilkington ’23Theological Studies

Why Choose Saint Joseph’s

Karen MentlewskiDirector of Religious Education
During my studies I was diagnosed with cancer. I was, and continue to be, supported by my advisor and professors through their understanding, encouragement and prayer. What a blessing!
Dennis ReichardBusiness Manager
The courses are challenging and the professors do give you good feedback and are easy to get in contact if you are having a problem. The tuition is very reasonable for graduate studies and if you need an extension it isn't a problem.
Kevin P. Cannon
St. Joseph's College has provided an excellent educational process for me. The professors have been top notch, are always readily available to assist in my education process and have shared a wealth of knowledge above and beyond the coursework they have presented.

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. Learn more about jobs with this major.

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Tuition Discounts

You may qualify for a reduced tuition rate through your employer or local diocese. Contact an admissions counselor today to learn more.