Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice

MA in General Theology

Students choose to study theology at Xavier University because of the diversity and expertise of its theology faculty, coupled with a profound commitment to spirituality. The strong grounding in the Ignatian tradition, an approach rooted in spiritual awakening and which is ecumenical and inquiring in spirit, makes Xavier's masters in theology degree stand out. Additionally, the range of degrees in theology, both general and specialized, are designed to empower students through constructive theological reflection, professional development, and responsible social justice action.

The General MA in Theology, with in person and online MA program options, is an optimal choice for students aiming for personal enrichment, future doctoral pursuits, research, or a career in teaching. This advanced degree in theology exemplifies the blend of rigorous academic training and the practice of spirituality.

To obtain a master's degree in theology from Xavier, students must satisfactorily complete 30 semester hours of coursework, all at the graduate level. Prospective students can embark on this journey even before official acceptance, beginning their coursework as a non-degree student. Notably, a cap of six credit hours from non-degree status can be credited towards the formal degree program.

Central to the MA curriculum are 12 credit hours of required courses for all students, ensuring a holistic foundation in theological studies. These courses include:

  • THEO 504 Liberating Bible
  • THEO 547 Ethics in a Time of Planetary Crisis
  • THEO 555 Key Turning Points in Christian History
  • THEO 624 Theological Imagination: Approaches to the Sacred

For the General MA in Theology, students will also choose from a range of elective courses, totaling 18 credit hours, culminating in the creation of a reflective dossier and essay. Alternatively, students can opt for 15 credit hours of electives and channel their insights into writing a comprehensive M.A. thesis.

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Katie Strike Graduate Student photo"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)