M.A. 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 applied) empower students through constructive theological reflection and responsible social action.

Theology Options

General MA in Theology

The Master of Arts 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 503 Liberating Bible
  • THEO 520 Journey through Christianity I
  • THEO 524 Journey through Christianity II
  • One course in ethics
  • One course in systematic theology

Students in the Master of Arts in Theology take the core courses plus 15 semester hours in elective courses.

Applied Degrees: Spirituality and Social Justice

The Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice provides a university context for personal and social renewal, ethical analysis, a deeper social imagination, and the spiritual resources of our wisdom traditions to prepare people to contribute effectively to a more just, more humane world.

The Institute offers Master's degrees in theology with specializations in three tracks:

  • Ethics, Spirituality and Professional Practice (ESPP)
  • Solidarity and Sustainability in a Global Context (SSGC)
  • Applied Spirituality and Pastoral Care

Other Applied Degrees in Theology

The graduate program in theology offers several applied degree tracks which allows students to choose a courses of study which fits their career goals.

  • Religious Education
  • Health Care Mission Integration


Solid Foundation:

Students receive a strong grounding in the critical sub-specialties of theology, including courses in scripture, history of Christianity, ethics, and systematics. Electives allow for courses in comparative traditions, spirituality and applied theology.

Space for Reflection:

Theological studies require us to develop skills in reflection and integration in light if our lived experience. Wherever your future career path takes you, graduate studies in theology will help you to gain habits of thinking deeply and living with greater imagination and intention.


Each of us has a purpose in life—although it often takes a supportive learning community to refine that purpose. Xavier will help you understand your unique gifts and passions and, with the tools of Ignatian discernment, you will learn practices to help you live toward your life's purpose.


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M.A. in Theology Program

Students studying for the MA in Theology gain the historical awareness and professional resources necessary to enter or advance in careers such as teaching, ministry or writing; doctoral work; or to promote their personal spiritual development.

Optional concentrations support careers in:

  • Religious education
  • Pastoral administration
  • Social and environmental justice
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Health care

Convenient, Flexible

  • Small evening classes.
  • Course schedule accommodates full-time or part-time working students.
  • Begin courses in the summer, fall or spring.
  • Special scholarship fund may provide tuition assistance.


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