The Master of Arts in Christian Doctrine degree at Marquette University is designed for those who seek a fuller grasp and appreciation of their faith and its relationship to their personal and professional endeavors. Our goal is to graduate students who are transformed by their education and who will transform the world in which they live -- truly becoming men and women for others.
The M.A.C.D. program provides a learning experience that acquaints students with Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant religious doctrines and practices. Our Catholic, Jesuit tradition provides a foundation for the curriculum's broad approach.
Local students can take classes on Marquette's campus on weekday evenings in the fall, summer and spring semesters.
In addition to our traditional classroom-based learning experience, the M.A.C.D. program is now offered in a 100% online format. This enhanced accessibility brings Marquette's reputation for strong theological education to students across the country. For information about online, or online possible courses, consult our course projections. Students should be advised by the MACD Director, Dr. Patrick W. Carey.
Who is the degree for?
The M.A.C.D. program attracts people from a variety of backgrounds, including teachers of religious studies, physicians, lawyers, business people, diocesan and parish employees, those pursuing second careers as active church lay people, and those interested in theological enrichment.
Degree requirements and learning outcomes:
The M.A.C.D. degree requires 30 credit hours of course work, half of which must be taken at the graduate level (courses numbered 6110 or above). Up to 9 credit hours of 5000-level courses are acceptable for graduate credit if additional readings and writing assignments are arranged with the respective professor and completed satisfactorily. After successfully completing all course work, students will be required to write a comprehensive paper that integrates what they have learned in their courses and applies what they have learned to their career goals. M.A.C.D. candidates have no foreign language requirements.
Core Courses and Electives:
Of the 30 total credit hours of course work, 21 credit hours must be taken from the core courses (THEO 6110, 6120, 6210, 6220, 6320, 6321, and 6410).
For the 9 credit hours of electives (three courses), the student must choose one graduate course in each of the principal theological disciplines: biblical, historical, and systematic. In certain circumstances, and with the permission of the M.A.C.D. Program Advisor, the elective courses can be chosen from the following course ranges: one from any of the following biblical courses: THEO 5000 to THEO 5190; One from any of the following historical courses: THEO 5200 to THEO 5290; and One from any of the following systematic courses; THEO 5300 to THEO 5540.
Upon completing our program, graduates will be able to:
M.A.C.D. scholarship aid is available to qualified students, including scholarships specifically for Catholic high school teachers or those planning to teach in Catholic high schools or parishes. Learn more about scholarship aid opportunities for the Master of Arts in Christian Doctrine.
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