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Religious Studies

Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Our program provides you with an opportunity to broaden your knowledge and deepen your understanding of Christianity through the academic study of Scripture, historical theology, church history, and contemporary and moral theologies.

This program is ideal for you if you are interested in pursuing graduate work in theology or a related discipline. Our program is also popular for ministers who find they want further background in theology to minister more effectively.

Within this program, you can earn a special concentration in Marian Studies through courses offered at the International Marian Research Institute located on campus.

We also offer a Master of Arts in pastoral ministry, which is ideal if you're interested in pursuing a career in ministry. As you develop your background in theological studies, you will also receive practical training in ministry.

Virtual Learning

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies is available completely online. 

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Program Details

The mission of the Department of Religious Studies is to discover, explore and analyze religious experience in its various manifestations, emphasizing the Roman Catholic tradition in dialogue with the other Christian traditions and with the world religions.

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 at the University of Dayton.
  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 Programs in Religious Studies

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