Master of Arts in Theology

Discover an integrated approach to theological studies

The Theology department offers 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 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 in over 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


Full and Part-time Options






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 our General Studies specialization.

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 providing a new tuition model for all incoming students in humanities graduate programs for Fall 2020. Take advantage of our three-year pilot program, which includes a 57-percent reduction in the student credit hour rate, resulting in a $500 per credit hour rate for students in the following master of arts programs: Christian Doctrine, English, History, Theology and Philosophy

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Application Deadline

Students typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year.

Rolling admission, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term - August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)

  • Spring term - December 15 (October 15 for international applicants)

Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed online application form and fee.
  • Copies from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.1
  • 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.
  • GRE scores are optional
  • 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.

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. 

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), visit the departmental financial aid webpage.

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.