Master of Arts in Christian Doctrine

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Enrich yourself with a deeper understanding of the Christian faith

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.

 

 

30

Credit Hours

3.5

Years to Complete*

online program delivery

      Online Program 

 

 

 

 

 

*based on a part-time student

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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.

Coursework

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:

  • Old Testament Method
  • New Testament Method
  • Origen to Late Medieval
  • Late Medieval to Early Modern
  • Christian Doctrine 1
  • Christian Doctrine 2
  • Introduction to Theological Ethics

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.

 Program Requirements

  • Articulate basic theological concepts in Scripture, Church History, and Christian Doctrine.
  • Relate historical and social contexts to the discussion of theology and evangelization.
  • Produce analyses based on critical interpretations of Christian texts and theological reflections.
  • M.A.C.D. Learning Outcomes and Assessment Plan
  • Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Short personal statement specifying applicant's reasons for applying, vocational objectives, and special areas of interest

In addition, applicants should possess some familiarity with the Christian Scriptures and basic Christian doctrines.

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.
  • 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. 

Deirdre Dempsey, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

Karen Ross, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
M.A.C.D. Program Director

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.