Program Overview

If you’re ready to apply what you’ve already learned as a theology or a philosophy major and demonstrate mastery of the Church’s teaching, our 32-credit Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) provides excellent preparation for careers both in the Church and professional world.  

 You’ll learn from noted experts and authors such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. John Bergsma, Dr. Michael Waldstein, and more, developing excellent written and verbal communication skills that will allow you to proclaim and witness the Gospel with clarity, conviction, and intelligence. 

 Plus, as with all of our on-campus theology degrees, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue a catechetics specialization and canon law track—giving you the necessary expertise to reach God’s people in the unique way he’s called you!

 “I love Franciscan. I consider it the best Catholic university in America. At Franciscan the mind and heart are free. The faith illumines the intellect, and the authentic quest for knowledge is truly alive. My time here gave me a deep reservoir of intellectual and spiritual formation, and I draw upon that reservoir even today as I make difficult decisions. I received so many wonderful gifts from this institution. It’s a place that changes lives and is changing the world.”

The Honorable Jeff Fortenberry MA ’96

U.S. Representative (R)

Nebraska’s First Congressional District

MA Theology & Christian Ministry

The MA program provides students with a solid, graduate-level foundation in Catholic theology that will enable them to serve effectively in a variety of fields of ministry, or to pursue further gradu­ate studies in theology.

Program Admissions

How to Apply for Admissions

Gaining admission to the MA Theology program is simple, and we are ready to help you navigate the process. Here are the things we need:

  • Application
  • Official Bachelor Transcript and Official Transcripts with Relevant Transfer Credit
  • Three Letters of Recommendation, using this form

To gain admission to the MA in Theology Research Intensive Track  please submit the following:

  • Application
  • Official Bachelor Transcript and Official Transcripts with Relevant Transfer Credit
  • Three Letters of Recommendation, using this form
  • 7-10 Page Writing Sample
  • GRE Scores

Email them to GradAdmissions@franciscan.edu

Or mail them to:

Graduate Admissions
1235 University Blvd.
Steubenville, Ohio 43952

Associated Costs

The costs associated with the MA in Theology program include:

  • MA in Theology Online
    $525 per credit hour x 36 hours = $18,900
  • MA in Theology On Campus
    $700 per credit hour

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help please contact Graduate Admissions at GradAdmissions@franciscan.edu or (740) 284-5239

Student Resources

View the MA Theology Program in the Graduate Catalog

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The Franciscan University Catechetical Institute forms Catholics who form others in the faith. Through courses, conferences, advice, and resources, the institute supports clergy, parents, and all those responsible for the work of catechesis and evangelization, as they carry out Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations.

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Dr. Donal Asci

Dr. Donald Asci

Professor

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Dr. John Bergsma

Dr. John Bergsma

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Professor Ron Bolster

Professor Ron Bolster

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Fr. Donald Frinsko

Fr. Donald Frinsko, TOR

Instructor

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Dr. Scott Hahn

Dr. Scott Hahn

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Dr. Stephen Hildebrand

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Dr. Andrew Jones

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Br. Daniel Kilmek

Br. Daniel Kilmek, TOR

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Dr. Regis Martin

Dr. Regis Martin

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Deacon Stephen Miletic

Dcn. Stephen F. Miletic, Ph.D.

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