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Religious Studies

Marian Studies

The University of Dayton's Marianist heritage and the world-renowned
Marian Library make the University of Dayton a wonderful place to encounter
and study the theology of Mary. 

The Department of Religious Studies offers the following academic credentials:

Combine the study of Mary with the study of the Marianist Community and its charisms.

This 12-hour certificate is a graduate-level introduction to Marian studies. It can be taken as a stand-alone series of courses or as part of either of our MA degrees. Students tailor their own program with a selection of four three-credit courses from topics that include “Mary in Sacred Scripture and Early Church Tradition,” “Mary in Liturgy” and “Ministry in a Marian and Marianist Spirit.” Students have access to the world class Marian library, a rare collection of books, periodicals, articles, prints and religious artifacts related to Mary.

Students who have been admitted to the doctoral program may elect to focus their studies in Mariology. Students will write Marian-focused seminar papers as part of their doctoral course work, which can include Marian-focused doctoral seminars and directed studies. Students also write qualifying exam questions focused on Mariology, and make at least one presentation on their Marian research at the University's Stander Symposium or Marian Forum.

For more information about these programs, including specific course options,
contact Amy Doorley

The University of Dayton also is the site for the International Marian Research Institute, offers library fellowships for dedicated study in the Marian Library and hosts the annual Marian Forum

Photo Credits: Checkered Madonna and Child by Malaika Favorite, 2007. From the Marian Library's Art and Artifact Collection, University of Dayton (top), Madonna of the Harvest by John August Swanson, 2010. From the Marian Library's Art and Artifact Collection, University of Dayton (bottom left) and Seat of Wisdom Holy Card, From the Marian Library's Archival Collection, University of Dayton (bottom right)


Graduate Programs in Religious Studies

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