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Religious Studies

Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Come to the University of Dayton for top-quality, up-to-date, broad ranging theological education in biblical, historical, systematic, moral and pastoral theology.  

The Theological Studies program is ideal:

  • for those interested in doctoral work in theology
  • as theological preparation for teaching religion in a Catholic high school
  • for ministers who seek further background in theology to minister more effectively
  • for Catholics seeking a scholarly update for their faith

And if your special interest is mentored training in campus ministry, you want to come here – we're second to none.

You will have access to the world renowned Marian Library and the Roesch Library U.S. Catholic Special Collection.

Compare our cost with other quality programs and see how affordable we are. Explore our graduate assistantships that provide full tuition, a stipend and professional experience and mentoring. We also have scholarships available.

For details contact Amy Doorley, Coordinator of Graduate Programs, at  

Virtual Learning

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies is available as a residential program or completely online. 

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Master of Arts Scholarships

Students enrolled in our Master of Arts programs are eligible for three scholarship opportunities.

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Our certificate programs strengthen your professional formation with coursework in a particular area of concentration.

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In the News
Faculty member and graduate awarded in annual Catholic book awards

Faculty member and graduate awarded in annual Catholic book awards Department chair, Jana Bennett and theological studies graduate Trevor Gundlach '16 were recipients of 2020 Catholic Book Awards presented by the Catholic Press Association. Jana received first place in the Sacraments category for Naming Our Sins: How Recognizing the Seven Deadly Vices Can Renew the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Trevor received second place in the new author category for his book, Barstool Theology. Congratulations to both for recognition of their dedication to scholarship and research.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the pastoral ministry and theological studies programs should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement explaining the applicant's desire to study theology/pastoral ministry at the University of Dayton. This will include: a) a summary of the applicant's background in theological studies and/or pastoral ministry; b) an explication of the reasons for the candidate's desire to do further theological study and/or pastoral ministry including a statement of his/her personal and professional goals; c) a statement of why the candidate desires to study at the University of Dayton specifically.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required for applicants to the M.A. programs. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Academic Requirements
Twenty-four semester hours of undergraduate course work in philosophy and theology/religion with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is recommended. Those with limited or no academic background in theology may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional Information
Assistantship opportunities are available for students in the theological studies program.  

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Graduate Catalog

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Graduate Programs in Religious Studies

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