Theology and Religious Studies
Master's and Ph.D. Programs

About the Program and Degrees Offered

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, and in 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 education-related institutions.

Degrees and Specializations

Select any of the specializations below to learn more. Visit the Theology and Religious Studies department web page for more detailed program information including faculty and coursework.

 Master of Arts in Christian Doctrine (M.A.C.D.)- Online program

The Master of Arts in Christian Doctrine program is a convenient, online program designed for individuals seeking to improve their understandings of the Christian faith and its connection to their personal and professional endeavors. 

Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.)

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.

Specializations include: 

  • Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity
  • Historical Theology
  • Systematic Theology/Theological Ethics

Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies (Ph.D.)

A terminal academic degree producing professional specialists in one of the following specializations: 

  • Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity
  • Historical Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Theological Ethics
  • Theology and Society (includes Health Care Mission and Ethics)

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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.
  • 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.

Application Requirements

M.A. and M.A.C.D. applicants:

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed online application form and fee.
  • 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 online application form and fee. (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.

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), visit the departmental financial aid webpage.

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.

Ready to learn more about Marquette's Theology and Religious Studies graduate programs? 

Request more information now or schedule an on-campus visit.

Graduate Program Recruiter

Mary Wacker

phone: (414) 288-0327

email: mary.wacker@marquette.edu

Tyler StewartCongratulations to Mr. Tyler Stewart, doctoral student in our theology department, for winning this year’s Catholic Biblical Association’s “Emerging Scholars Award” in Old Testament! This is a graduate student award given to emerging scholars who show promise and appear likely to make significant contributions to the field of Biblical studies. The CBA is a scholarly organization devoted to supporting biblical scholars from all traditions.

 

Trinity Fellows Program

Students interested in the theology master's program may want to consider applying for the Trinity Fellows program as well. Trinity Fellows is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/work program while earning a master's degree. Those who have completed a full-time service program (minimum 10 months), and/or have worked for two-plus years in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply. Details and instructions to apply are found on the Trinity Fellows website.