theology/religious studies

Degrees Offered

Theology
Master of Arts in Christian Doctrine
Master of Arts in Theology
Religious Studies
Doctor of Philosophy

Specializations

M.A.C.D.: None
M.A.: Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity, Historical Theology, Systematic Theology/Theological Ethics
Ph.D.: Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity, Historical Theology, Systematic Theology, Theological Ethics, Theology and Society (includes Healthcare Mission and Ethics).

Program Description

The Theology Department offers master's and doctoral programs aimed at giving students an integrated approach to theological studies, emphasizing, within theological specialties, the interaction of Judaism and Christianity in antiquity, historical, systematic and ethical approaches to theology. The programs seek to develop scholars who can make significant contributions to theological research and writing and college and high school teachers who can teach a broad range of courses. This broad theological background has enabled program graduates to enjoy enviable success in securing teaching positions in over 200 colleges and universities, in church work and ministry and in a variety of other educationally related institutions.

The master of arts in Christian doctrine (M.A.C.D.) focuses on an ecumenical appropriation and communication of Christian doctrine for those teaching in Catholic high schools, for those interested in other religious education or formation programs and for persons interested in theological enrichment or in serving various other needs in religious communities.

The master of arts in theology (M.A.) is intended primarily, but not exclusively, for those who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in theology or religious studies. The degree provides professional competence in the field of theological studies.

The doctor of philosophy in religious studies (Ph.D.) is a terminal academic degree producing professional specialists in one of the following areas: Judaism and Christianity in antiquity, historical theology, systematics and theological ethics. The degree provides supporting competence in the other areas as well.

Visit the Department Web Page for more detailed program information.

Application Requirements

M.A. and M.A.C.D. Applicants:

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A brief statement of purpose that includes: reasons for wanting to enter the program, vocational objectives, special areas of interest, and reasons for selecting Marquette's program.
  • For M.A. applicants only: GRE scores (General Test only).
  • Applicants without an undergraduate degree in theology: a list of all college work in theology - course work, level and instructor, even though some of this also appears on official transcripts submitted.
  • For international applicants only: a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Ph.D. Applicants:

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online. (Please note: applicants for the Ph.D. should apply for the Religious Studies program on the application)
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • Three letters of recommendation. (Please note: applicants for the Ph.D. who are current Marquette students should submit three new letters of recommendation)
  • GRE scores (General Test only).
  • A brief statement of purpose that includes: reasons for wanting to enter the program, vocational objectives, special areas of interest, and reasons for selecting Marquette's program.
  • A statement of language proficiency: a list of formal course work, especially graduate reading courses, indicating when and where taken and grade earned; a description of private study, indicating when and where undertaken; and an estimate of present facility in reading, writing and speaking.
  • An academic writing sample of not more than 20 pages.
  • For international applicants only: a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Application Deadline

M.A.: Dec. 15 for fall admission and financial aid consideration. Applicants not competing for financial aid may apply up to May 15. Master of arts students may only begin their program in fall or summer.
M.A.C.D.: No official deadline exists for the master of arts in Christian doctrine (M.A.C.D.). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and admitted students may begin their program in summer, fall or spring.
Ph.D: Dec. 15 for fall admission and financial aid consideration. Applicants will be notified by March 31. Doctoral students may only begin their program (religious studies) in fall.

Financial Aid

The Department of Theology draws on the University's considerable financial aid resources to offer a variety of assistance opportunities to qualified students. These resources include teaching assistantships (TA), research assistantships (RA), minority student fellowships, graduate teaching fellowships, dissertation fellowships, M.A.C.D. scholarship, Smith family fellowships, Arthur J. Schmitt fellowships, John P. Raynor, S.J. fellowships, and Marquette University scholarships. For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid web page.

Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.