Master of Arts
in Theology

Theological Studies

Master of Arts in Theology

Currently accepting applications for Fall 2016 cohort

Special Note: The Graduate School programs have traditionally met for seven weeks and class time was 4 hours per week for a total of 28 contact hours. The Ohio Board of Regents (OBR), the governing body that authorizes programs in the state of Ohio, has asked colleges and universities to increase the contact hours to the number prescribed for undergraduate study, a total of 45 contact hours per course. Contact hours are understood as 50 minutes = 1 contact hour.

The administration of Lourdes University has asked all Graduate programs to comply with this request from OBR. Those cohorts that began their studies with the understanding that the class would meet weekly for 4 hours for the duration of 7 weeks will not have their program time changed. However, there will be some online work added to the course requirements to address the additional 10 hours of contact time needed to meet the state minimum requirements. New cohorts, beginning in Fall 2016 will meet twice a week in order to meet the state standards for contact hours.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email Sr. Shannon Schrein at 419-824-3819 or Thank you for your understanding.

​The Master of Arts in Theology (MA) program is rooted in Catholic and Franciscan tradition while providing a solid theological grounding for individuals coming from a variety of Christian traditions.  The degree meets the demand for theological preparation especially for those individuals active in religious education, lay ministry and youth ministry.

The MA in Theology is a thirty-six credit hour program consisting of eleven courses and a capstone seminar focusing on the study of biblical, historical, moral, and systematic theology.  Students are encouraged to develop strong research and critical thinking skills as well as an integrated theological vision.

The degree provides the foundation necessary for continued study toward a doctoral degree and to be a theological resource for others.

The Robin C. French Endowed Scholarship for
Master of Arts in Theology Students

The Robin C. French Endowed Scholarship is designed to provide financial
support for Master of Arts in Theology Program students who demonstrate
academic merit and financial need.

Awards will be granted annually to one first‐year student. The recipient will be
selected on the basis of cumulative GPA, financial need and a written essay.

Eligibility and Application
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be actively enrolled in the
Master of Arts in Theology program at Lourdes University and in good
academic standing.

Eligible students should complete the Robin C. French Endowed Scholarship
application and submit it to the Theology Program Director by October 1.
Applications received after October 1 will not be considered.

Applicants and Recipients
Complete applications must be submitted by midnight, October 1.
Scholarship recipients are responsible for thanking Robin C. French.
Scholarship recipients may also be contacted by the Lourdes University
Relations Department and Graduate School for press release information.

Graduate School
The Graduate Scholarship Selection Committee will choose recipients based on
GPA, financial need, and the score on a written essay.
All applicants will be notified of the chosen recipient by November 1. Funds will
be disbursed by the Financial Aid office and applied toward spring semester

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Email Graduate Admissions

Melissa Bergfeld
Admissions Assistant
Toll Free: 1-800-878-3210, ext. 3517

Tara Hanna
Director of Graduate Admissions
Toll Free: 800-878-3210 ext. 8908

Sr. Shannon Schrein, OSF, Ph.D.
Director, MA in Theology Program

Learn More

MA Program Sheet
MA Course of Study
Course Outlines

Tuition and Fees
Graduate Tuition Flyer

Financial Aid
Graduate Financial Aid

Robin C. French Endowed