Master of Arts in Theology

Villanova University, Graduate Liberal Arts and Sciences

Program Description

Master of Arts in Theology

Villanova University, Graduate Liberal Arts and Sciences

Our program goals reflect

  • our departmental academic vision of "doing theology" in the Augustinian tradition, and
  • our academic vision.
  1. Engaging Faith and Culture
  2. Pursue three questions concerning content, context, and application of theological studies with a focus on faith engaging culture:
  • What is the fundamental truth of a faith claim (veritas)?
  • What are its biblical, historical, and contemporary cultural contexts (unitas)?
  • What are its ethical, spiritual and ministerial significance (caritas)?
  • Integrating Knowledge
  • Bring theological perspectives (and their methods of analysis) in dialogue with each other: biblical, historical and Augustinian, fundamental theological and doctrinal, ethical, spiritual, and ministerial.
  • Learning in the Augustinian Tradition
  • Become familiar with the classical questions of the western theological tradition by studying the intersection of theology and culture from within diverse academic areas.


    It takes 36 credit hours of academic course work to complete the program – a mix of elective and required courses. You may choose elective courses from among many possibilities. See the program worksheet.


    Our master's program requires you to pass a Language Examination that demonstrates reading comprehension in a foreign language. This policy explains specific requirements. In some circumstances, the Language Examination requirement may be waived; please inquire with our graduate program director.

    Program Exit Strategies

    Write an integrative thesis OR pass an integrative examination. These are not for credit options.

    Research Proseminar

    You are required to attend a Research Proseminar in the fall semester of your first year.

    Declaring a concentration

    You may choose a concentration during the course of the program; you do not have to declare a concentration when you apply for admission to one of our programs. We will notify the registrar at the time of your graduation that you have completed the concentration.

    Areas of concentration

    A concentration consists of four or more courses. We offer concentrations in these academic areas:

    • Biblical Studies
    • Historical Studies, Historical Theology and Augustinian Tradition
    • Systematic Theology
    • Christian Spirituality
    • Christian Ethics
    • Lay Ministry
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    This school offers programs in:
    • English


    You may enroll as a full-time student and complete the program in two years. If you plan to study part-time you may enroll in as little as 1 course per semester and take up to 6 years to complete all degree requirements. To permit part-time students to work during the day, most courses meet in the evening.

    Entry Requirements

    All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies.

    In addition, we ordinarily require

    • eighteen credits in Theology, Religion, or the equivalent; and
    • a 3.0 (or higher) GPA.
    • We will also consider your application if you have a lower GPA or majored in in other fields (Education, the Humanities, the Social Sciences, the Sciences, Law, etc.).

    Last updated November 16, 2016
    Duration & Price
    This course is Campus based
    Start Date
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    Sept. 2017
    2 - 6 years
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    Full time
    720 USD
    USA - Villanova, Pennsylvania
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