Full-Time or Part-Time Options: Yes
Online Program: Yes
2020-21 Tuition Cost Per Credit for Master's Program: $500.00
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Join more than seven hundred Marquette graduates in theology sharing their knowledge throughout the world. 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.
M.A.C.D. program focuses on ecumenical appropriation and communication of Christian doctrine for students teaching or aspiring to teach in Catholic high schools, those interested in contributing to other avenues of religious education or formation, those interested in serving other pastoral needs in their religious communities, and those seeking personal theological enrichment.
Years to Complete*
*based on a part-time student
Who is suited for this 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 M.A.C.D. program attracts students from a variety of backgrounds, including teachers of religious studies, physicians, lawyers, business people, diocesan and parish employees, those pursuing second careers as church lay officers, and those interested in personal theological enrichment.
Online or On-Campus
The M.A.C.D. program can be completed entirely online or through a combination of online and on-campus coursework in conjunction with our M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Both options feature courses taught by Marquette faculty members.
The M.A.C.D. program requires thirty credit hours of coursework, or ten courses.
Seven of those courses must be the following core courses:
The remaining three courses are electives, which the student may choose from any of the department's graduate-level course offerings. After successfully completing all of his or her coursework, the student must write a comprehensive paper integrating what he or she has learned in his or her coursework and applying it to his or her personal and/or vocational goals. Please see our departmental policies and procedures for further information on the program's curricular requirements.
In addition, applicants should possess some familiarity with the Christian Scriptures and basic Christian doctrines.
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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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)
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.
Deirdre Dempsey, Ph.D.
Karen Ross, Ph.D.
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.
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.