Program Overview

If a doctorate is in your future, our 42-credit hour Master of Theological Science (MTS) will prepare you for the rigor required in developing, writing, and defending your dissertation, helping you reach your goals of advanced theological study, teaching, and research.

Designed to help you build a proficiency in ancient and modern language that will allow you to read the original Hebrew, Greek, or Latin texts that are so essential to our faith, our MTS degree is designed for students with a theological and philosophical background who are looking for a comprehensive program that will challenge them intellectually and spiritually.

Work closely with respected theologians such as Dr. Michael Waldstein, Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Mark Miravalle, Dr. Stephen Hildebrand, Dr. Jacob Wood, Dr. Michael Sirilla, and others to explore a complex theological topic as your thesis, demonstrating advanced understanding in your chosen theological area while taking courses in systematic, moral, and historical theology.

 “Franciscan University’s Master of Theological Science equipped me for the daunting gauntlet of doctoral studies. The program artfully integrated the various theological disciplines so I could appreciate the historical and conceptual unity of Catholic theology. My professors were mentors, but also friends with whom I grew in knowledge through courses, office hours, and, most especially, a guided thesis that prepared me for the dissertation process. My CUA professors have often commented on the breadth of study and precision of methodology with which Franciscan’s program formed me.”

Shane Owens MA ’15

Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Candidate

The Catholic University of America

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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