1. The candidate must complete 36 credit hours in the areas of Cultural and Historical Studies, Scriptural Studies, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Sacramental Theology, or Spirituality. Not more than 12 credit hours of graduate studies completed in other graduate schools may be transferred. Normally credits earned more than ten years prior to admission will not be transferred.
2. Candidates must complete:
a. 20 credit hours of core courses.
b. 16 (for the Paper Option) or 10 (for the Thesis Option) credit hours of elective courses. These electives may normally include no more than 2 credit hours in a relevant language and may not include courses whose primary outcomes are the acquisition or refinement of non-research skills (e.g. preaching or liturgical practice).
c. 3 courses at the 8000 level must be included in the total number of credit hours required for the degree. These 8000- level courses in the MA (Theology) Program require a particularly notable demonstration of research and writing skills.
d. 1 Scholarly Paper (non-credit) or a Thesis (6 credit hours), depending on the Option chosen.
3. The objective and methodology of the Thesis may require the working knowledge of a second language.
4. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for all courses applicable to the degree.
5. The degree program normally requires two years of full-time study but must be completed within five years after matriculation.