Master of Arts in Theology

Discover an integrated approach to theological studies

The  Department of Theology offers a master's program 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 Master's in Theology program seeks 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 at more than 200 colleges and universities, in church work and ministry, and in a variety of other education-related institutions.



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Years to Complete*


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*For most specializations

Students considering careers in education may choose from three pre-academic specializations:

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

Students with other vocational aspirations may prefer one of the following specializations:

Students participating in the Trinity Fellows program may choose our interdisciplinary specialization in Theology and Society.

Graduate education in the humanities is affordable

The Graduate School is excited to offer all students in humanities graduate programs a $500 per credit hour rate. Take advantage of this nearly 60-percent tuition reduction in the following master of arts programs: EnglishHistoryTheology and Philosophy. This competitive rate reflects Marquette’s commitment to the humanities, which are at the heart of our Catholic, Jesuit tradition. In addition, there are some partial merit-based scholarship opportunities for students interested in the master’s program in Theology. Applicants must apply by the February 15th priority application deadline for financial aid.


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To be eligible for admission to the Graduate School at Marquette University, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Applicants should have:

  • An undergraduate degree with a major in theology, religious studies, or another field appropriate to their theological interests and/or
  • A personal or professional background involving theology or religion. 

An undergraduate degree with a minor in one of the above fields is also acceptable. Ideally, applicants should possess basic familiarity with Christian Scripture and doctrines. 

Application Requirements

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

2Upon admission, an official course-by-course transcript/academic record evaluation must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

Students typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year. This program has rolling admission, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term admissions- August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)
  • Spring term admissions- December 15 (October 1 for international applicants)

Financial Aid

The Department of Theology draws on the university's financial aid resources to offer a variety of assistance opportunities to qualified graduate students. For master’s students, these resources include diversity fellowships and partial tuition scholarships.

Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for student loans to help fund their educational expenses as well.

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.