Program Overview

Preparation for a Lifetime of Sharing God’s Truth

Available both online and on-campus, the Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry Program immerses you in Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and magisterial teaching, giving you a deeply challenging and authentically Catholic theological education.

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.

We established our graduate theology program in 1980, and today it is one of the most respected and sought-after programs in the country.

Perhaps the strongest asset of our program is our internationally respected faculty. Our scholars are fully committed to teaching the truth of the Catholic faith as it is found in the Sacred Scriptures and Sacred Tradition. Ours was the first theology faculty in the United States to take the Oath of Fidelity to the magisterium in 1989, pledging to teach and live in a way that expresses full communion with the Catholic Church. All faculty members who have joined the faculty since then have also taken the Oath.

Franciscan University is also one of only 30 U.S. Catholic universities whose entire theology faculty have met canon law requirements for the mandatum—recognition by the bishop of a theologian’s pledge to teach in communion with the magisterium of the Church.

Distinguishing Features

Our program is accessible. Students only need a bachelor’s degree in any discipline to begin the program. Only two background courses are required, and any additional preparatory courses in philosophy or theology that you might need will be determined on an as-needed basis.

Our program is convenient. The program is 100 percent doable online—no residency requirement—and can be completed in as few as two or as many as 7 years. Most online classes are asynchronous, meaning you can sit down to take the class when you have the time rather than when the class is meeting in Steubenville. The Online Program classes are offered in three 15-week sessions each year (spring, summer, and fall), and rolling admissions means you can start in any session. Small class size—fewer than 20 students—assures personal attention from the professor.

Our program is respected. Professors include Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Michael Sirilla, Dr. John Bergsma, Fr. Sean Sheridan, TOR, Dr. Stephen Hildebrand, Dr. Jacob Wood, Fr. Daniel Pattee, TOR, and more. Alumni include The Hon. Jeff Fortenberry, Curtis Martin, Dr. Tim Gray, Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, Dr. Edward Sri, Jason Everett, Jim Beckman, and so many more.

Verbum. Students in the program have access to an exclusive reference package from Verbum, a digital platform for studying the Catholic faith. By giving you unparalleled access to a vast number of Catholic books at a steep discount, it will transform the way you interact with the Tradition. Instead of just reading volumes individually, you can explore your entire library by topic or reference and follow ideas through multiple texts. Link from any quote to its source with a click, or double-click a word to look it up. With Verbum, every word is an opportunity for deeper study.

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Concentrations & Specializations
Our MA theology and Christian Ministry is available online or on campus, and can be completed augmented or specialized through one of the following programs:
Specializations:
Concentrations:
  • Mariology
  • Moral Theology
  • Sacred Scripture
  • Historical Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Theology of the Body
  • Youth and Young Adult Ministry
4+1 Program:
Our MA Theology & Christian Ministry can also be completed just one year after completing your Bachelor’s Degree in Theology here at Franciscan through our 4+1 Program
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.

Academic Excellence
Department Faculty
Dr. Donal Asci

Dr. Donald Asci

Professor

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Dr. John Bergsma

Dr. John Bergsma

Professor

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Professor Ron Bolster

Professor Ron Bolster

Assistant Professor

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Fr. Donald Frinsko

Fr. Donald Frinsko, TOR

Instructor

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Dr. Scott Hahn

Dr. Scott Hahn

Professor

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Dr. Stephen Hildebrand

Professor
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Dr. Andrew Jones

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Br. Daniel Kilmek

Br. Daniel Kilmek, TOR

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Regis Martin

Dr. Regis Martin

Professor

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Deacon Stephen Miletic

Dcn. Stephen F. Miletic, Ph.D.

Professor

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