Graduate Program Overview

We offer an integrated education in theology, providing students advanced training in three principal areas of study, Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity, Historical Theology, and Systematic Theology/Theological Ethics as well as two interdisciplinary areas of study, Theology and Society and Healthcare Mission and Ethics. For more than sixty years, our graduates have gone on to doctoral programs, faculty positions, positions in ministry and pastoral care, and a variety of other professions involving religious education and leadership. We welcome your interest in finding your path at Marquette.

M.A. in Theology

Students must choose to concentrate in one of three principal areas of study:

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

Students participating in the Trinity Fellows Program must choose the interdisciplinary concentration in Theology and Society.

M.A. in Christian Doctrine

  • M.A.C.D. Program

Ph.D. in Religious Studies

Students must choose to concentrate in one of three principal areas of study:

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

Students also may choose to concentrate in one of two interdisciplinary areas of study:

  • Theology and Society
  • Healthcare Mission and Ethics

Meet Our Directors

Dr. Joshua Ezra BurnsJoshua Ezra Burns, M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

Gretchen Baumgardt PhDGretchen Baumgardt, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
M.A.C.D. Program Director


Graduate Students Resources

For more information on the graduate program, including applying to Marquette, financial aid, meeting current graduate students and more, please use the links below.

Our Graduate Programs at a Glance

M.A. and Ph.D. Programs

Our Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs develop scholars who will make significant contributions to theological research and teachers capable of teaching a broad range of subjects in theology and religion in undergraduate and graduate institutional settings.

M.A. in Christian Doctrine

Our Master of Arts in Christian Doctrine (M.A.C.D.) program provides an ecumenical appropriation and communication of Christian doctrine for theology teachers in Catholic high schools or other religious education or formation programs, individuals serving other needs in their religious communities, and those seeking personal theological enrichment. Students may complete their required coursework entirely online or through a combination of online and on-campus courses.

Visit Our Campus

We invite you to visit us at Marquette as you consider where to pursue your graduate education. You can meet with faculty members in your areas of academic interest as you explore our campus and city. Please consult the Graduate School's website to schedule a personalized visit.

Apply to Marquette

For information on how to apply for admission to our programs, please visit the Marquette University Graduate School's website. Further details on the application process appear in the Graduate School Bulletin. We welcome applications from students of all backgrounds, faiths, and cultural persuasions. Students belonging to populations historically underrepresented in the study and profession of theology are especially encouraged to apply.Students who have completed service in AmeriCorps, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, the Peace Corps, Teach for America, or other comparable full-time volunteer service organizations are eligible to apply for the M.A. program in conjunction with Marquette's Trinity Fellows Program, a 21-month work/study program dedicated to developing urban leaders committed to social and economic justice. Please visit the Trinity Fellows Program website for further information.

Policies and Procedures

Our departmental Policies and Procedures provide detailed information on our graduate programs for prospective students, current students, and faculty.

Forms and Documents

Our departmental Forms and Documents page provides instructions and links to academic forms and documents frequently used by current students and faculty.

Graduate Student Resources

Visit the Graduate Student Resources page for more information on the graduate program, such as: Financial Aid, Course Descriptions, Current Graduate Students, MA and PhD Placements, Completed Doctoral Dissertations and more!