Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice

General MA in Theology

Students choose to study theology at Xavier University because of the diversity and expertise of its theology faculty, the grounding in the Ignatian tradition, and the approach that is ecumenical and inquiring in spirit. Xavier's variety of degrees (general and specialized) empower students through constructive theological reflection and responsible social action. The General MA in Theology is ideal for those students who would like to pursue personal enrichment, doctoral work, research, or teaching.

The General MA in Theology requires the satisfactory completion of 30 semester hours of coursework, all of which must be taken at the graduate level. (An applicant may begin coursework as a non-degree student before being officially accepted into the degree program. A maximum of six credit hours taken as a non-degree student may be applied toward the degree program.)


There are 15 semester hours of required courses for all MA students. These are:

  • THEO 504 Liberating Bible
  • THEO 520 Survey of Christian Doctrine I
  • THEO 524 Survey of Christian Doctrine II
  • One course in ethics
  • One course in systematic theology
  • Students in the General MA in Theology take the core courses plus 15 semester hours in elective courses.


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katie.png"Another unexpected blessing has been the remarkable cohort of students and professors who choose theology. The subject matter seems to bring out the best in people and facilitate a respectful intimacy in the small class setting." -Katie Strike, graduate student, (Graduate Profiles)