Master of Arts in Theology

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.

“After much prayer, reflection and encouragement from many of my friends, I decided to return to school and enroll in Lourdes Master of Arts in Theology program.  As a deacon in the Catholic Church, I felt a deeper knowledge of my faith would enable me to better serve God’s people.

As a student at Lourdes, the interaction with my classmates and faculty provided me with an avenue of further discussion of my faith. Studying and learning at Lourdes University, in a Christian environment with Franciscan values, resulted in a growth in my faith and personal life. I will always be grateful for and have fond memories of the years I spent at Lourdes University.” 


Deacon Joseph Kest (Class of 2013) MA, Theology

Robin C. French Endowed Scholarship

The Robin C. French Endowed Scholarship for Graduate Study in Theology 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.

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 (PDF) and submit it to the Graduate School office by October 1, 2013. Applications received after October 1, 2013 will not be considered. The award will be given in the Spring semester.

Timothy BeehlerAlumni Spotlight: Timothy Beehler

'13, MA, Theology

"I had originally imagined that being the only non-Catholic in a Catholic-based theology program would be awkward, if not uncomfortable. However, Lourdes Theology Department allowed me the latitude to investigate my own Protestant faith—even encouraged it."Read Timothy's Story


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Graduate Admissions Office

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