The following information briefly describes and denotes the curricular requirements of each of our graduate programs. Please see our departmental policies and procedures for more detailed information.

M.A.C.D. Program

The Master of Arts in Christian Doctrine program is designed for individuals seeking to improve their understandings of the Christian faith and its connection to their personal and professional endeavors. Students enrolled in the program pursue their degrees through online coursework or through a combination of online and on-campus coursework. The program requires thirty credit hours of coursework, or ten courses, half of which must be taken at the graduate level, that is, courses numbered 6110 or higher. Up to nine credit hours, or three courses, of 5000-level coursework may be applied to one’s requirements. After successfully completing all of one’s coursework, the student must write a comprehensive paper integrating what he or she has learned in his or her coursework and applies it to his or her personal and/or vocational goals.

M.A.C.D. Learning Outcomes and Assessment Plan

M.A. Program

The Master of Arts program offers a course of theological study both foundational and comprehensive in nature. It is intended to meet the needs of students preparing for careers in religious or theological education and those who wish eventually to seek admission to a doctoral program in religion or theology at Marquette University or elsewhere. Requirements of the program include the completion of thirty credit hours, or ten courses, of coursework, fulfillment of a foreign language requirement, passing comprehensive examinations, and completing a final project. The student must choose to concentrate in one of three principal areas of study:

Students participating in the Trinity Fellows Program may choose to concentrate in one of two interdisciplinary areas of study:

M.A. Learning Outcomes and Assessment Plan

Ph.D. Program

The Doctor of Philosophy program offers a course of study both intended to meet the needs of students possessing foundational graduate training in theology and religion who aspire to pursue careers in higher education or in other vocations requiring academic credentials at the highest level of attainment. Requirements of the program include the completion of a minimum of sixty credit hours of doctoral coursework, or twenty courses, twelve additional credit hours of dissertation research, fulfillment of language requirements, passing a qualifying examination, and successfully completing and defending a dissertation. The student must choose to concentrate in one of three principal areas of study:

Students also may choose to concentrate in one of two interdisciplinary areas of study:

Doctoral students must spend at least two semesters or their equivalent in residence at Marquette. Students entering the program with a master’s degree may apply some of their previous coursework to their curricular requirements.

Ph.D. Learning Outcomes and Assessment Plan


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Theology Department Mission Statement

Theology Department Mission Statement


Marquette University defines itself as Christian, Catholic, Jesuit, urban, and independent. The Department of Theology functions within the university to investigate and understand the Catholic tradition, its relation to other Christian communions, and to other religions of the world. Read more of our mission statement.