Marquette and Milwaukee

Marquette University was founded by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1881. Continuing the Jesuits' commitment to liberal education in the Roman Catholic tradition, the university today has an enrollment of about 11,500 students in eleven colleges and schools. The Graduate School is a major component of the university, representing 2,100 students enrolled in certificate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.

The Department of Theology functions within the academic, ecclesial, and local communities to investigate and understand the Catholic tradition, its relation to other Christian communions and other religions, and to issues of justice and peace. As a community of scholars, we introduce students to the research methods and content of Christian traditions in a way that serves the needs of the diverse communities to which professors and students belong. Representing an urban university, we reflect and support the cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of our beloved Milwaukee.

Milwaukee: More than Beer, Cheese, and Sausage

Considering Marquette? Wondering about living in Milwaukee? Wonder no more! It’s great. The City of Milwaukee and the greater Milwaukee area offer the best of everything for you and everyone in your life.


Home to over two million residents, the Milwaukee area has many and diverse places communities for you to choose from. Whether you seek a community of faith, a community of culture, or a community for families, finding one that suits your needs will be a breeze. Consider Marquette’s off-campus housing services to find a home near the university or explore our city of neighborhoods for yourself.


If you or your spouse or partner intend to seek employment during your course of study at Marquette, you will find plentiful opportunities in Milwaukee’s diverse economic market. Check out or the Job Center of Wisconsin to get a sense of what our city has to offer.


Let’s face it. Nobody pursues graduate studies in theology to get rich. But your dollar will go further here than in most of the country. Living in the Milwaukee area is more affordable than the national average. Don’t believe us? Do your own research at Sperling’s Best Places.


Milwaukee’s vibrant cultural scene has something for everyone. Performing arts? We’ve got those. Galleries? We’ve got those too. Museums? You bet. Don’t even ask about food and drink. We have more options for dining out than we know what to do with. We've got parks. We've got beaches. We've got a zoo. As for sports, do you really need more than Marquette’s legendary NCAA Division I athletics programs? If so, we’ve got professional baseball, basketball, football (okay, it’s in Green Bay), hockey, and, yes, even indoor soccer. And Wisconsin is a wonderland for outdoor recreation. Check out OnMilwaukee or the latest issue of Milwaukee Magazine for upcoming event calendars. 


Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport has daily non-stop flights to and from dozens of destinations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. You can get here by car, by bus, by train, and even by boat. And you can get out too. Just 90 miles south of our campus is Chicago, the third-largest city in the country and the commercial and cultural hub of the Midwest. Not that you would ever want to leave Milwaukee.