Gain a Strong Theological Foundation for Effective Ministry and Service
Explore the relationship between the spiritual and the intellectual, between faith and reason. At Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, you’ll find theology programs that are rooted in and profess fidelity to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the heritage of the Catholic Church and the Sisters of Mercy – a heritage that manifests itself by applying the intellectual study of faith to social action in a suffering world.
Are you a leader in a Catholic or religious organization? Learn about educational partnerships that facilitate tuition discounts for those seeking continuing education credits.
Choose a Theology Program Rooted in Scripture and the Catholic Tradition
Our on-campus and online theology programs are based on the philosophy that effective ministry requires a strong theological foundation, with a deep spiritual and pastoral orientation.
Whether you’re pursuing a bachelor’s degree, a minor area of study or a graduate program in theology at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, your experience will be full of opportunities to explore the College’s core values and embrace the Mercy tradition of Mother Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.
BA Theology (campus)
Gain knowledge and understanding of Catholic theology, including the Bible, the creeds, and the ideas and practices of Catholicism and other major religions.
BA Theological Studies (online)
Enables students to acquire knowledge in theological studies, deepen and strengthen personal faith, learn skills applicable to Church ministry and service, develop skills for independent inquiry and life-long learning, and prepare a foundation for entry into the Graduate Certificate or Master of Arts in Theology programs.
Master of Arts in Theology (online)
Prepares those who desire to engage in pastoral ministry – chaplaincy, adult formation, social ministry, youth and family ministry, or religious education, those who desire to teach the faith – especially at the high school or undergraduate level, those who plan to pursue doctoral studies in theology, and those who are, or are in formation to become, ordained permanent deacons in the Catholic Church.
Master of Divinity (online)
Prepares students for ministerial work in the church and provides an advanced level graduate degree beyond the Master of Arts in Theology, as well as prerequisite programming for students planning to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree.
Professional Development, Personal Growth, and Training Opportunities in Theology
Regardless of what path you take-ministry, catechist, or lay ministry- we provide you with program options to further your career.
Continuing Education for Lay Ministers, catechists, and anyone who works or volunteers for a church
Saint Joseph’s College has partnered with the Catholic Apostolate Center to offer online, self-paced, continuing education courses for those in theology.
Follow the Mercy Tradition and Serve Abroad
In addition to academic study abroad, students volunteer internationally in collaboration with Haitian and Guatemalan communities during semester breaks.
Study with the Diocese in Granada, Spain
Choose to study away for a whole semester or a few weeks, participate in a summer internship or attend the IFES Summer School and Conference- all in Spain.
Offering online certificates at the non-credit, undergraduate, and graduate levels.
Center for Faith and Spirituality at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
The Center for Faith and Spirituality develops ongoing dialogue, relationships and opportunities to engage, nurture and foster faith and spirituality among individuals and across our communities.
Turn Your MAT into ThD and Save Time and Money
We’ve partnered with Pontifex University giving our Master of Arts in Theology grads an automatic exemption from all core coursework (24 credits) for their Theology Doctorate. The program’s emphasis is on research, has a low coursework requirement, and can be done online (even the dissertation). Learn more about this exciting ThD partnership.
Intellectual Formation for Permanent Diaconate Candidates
Saint Joseph’s College Online Theology Programs can provide the intellectual formation and enable Permanent Diaconate candidates to earn a Master of Arts degree, or an undergraduate certificate (for those not prepared for graduate study).
Stories about Faith and Spirituality at Saint Joseph’s
All theology students, especially MAT alumni, now have the opportunity to participate in our Theology Doctorate Program through Pontifex University.
Saint Joseph’s College offers a variety of summer programs including accelerated hybrid (online/onsite) courses through which online students can experience our beautiful lakeside campus in Southern Maine! These offerings range from non-credit to undergraduate and graduate level. Looking to earn credits over the summer? Reserve your spot by April 30.
Sister Karen Schneider RSM, MD, MPH will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during the Saint Joseph’s College Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 11, 2019.
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