Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Master's Degree Programs

The MA degree program is appropriate for students seeking either a terminal degree or a degree that will prepare them to pursue a doctoral degree. Applicants can be admitted to the program on a part-time basis. Many courses are conveniently scheduled during late afternoon or evening hours.

Concentrations

MA students may choose one of the following four concentrations. Students in each of these programs take a four-hour comprehensive examination in the final semester. No thesis is required.

Theological Studies

This concentration emphasizes exposure to the full range of theological investigation. Requirements include:

  • Two courses in Biblical Studies
  • Two courses in Systematic or Historical Theology
  • Two courses in Christian Ethics
  • Four elective courses
  • Comprehensive exam

Biblical Languages and Literature

The concentration in Biblical Languages and Literature provides students with the initial language and biblical study necessary to apply to doctoral programs in Biblical Studies. Half of the coursework is in biblical Greek and Hebrew. Requirements include:

  • Four courses in a major biblical language (Hebrew or Greek)
  • Two courses in a minor biblical language (Hebrew or Greek)
  • Two courses in Old Testament
  • Two courses in New Testament
  • One course in Systematic or Historical Theology
  • One course in Christian Ethics
  • Comprehensive exam

Christian Ethics

This concentration is similar to the Master in Theological Studies, but requires more coursework in Christian Ethics. Requirements include:

  • Five courses in Christian Ethics
  • Two courses in Systematic or Historical Theology
  • Two courses in Biblical Studies
  • One elective
  • Comprehensive exam

Biblical Studies

This concentration is suited to students with a particular interest in Biblical Studies, but does not incorporate the language study necessary for doctoral work in Biblical Studies. Requirements include:

  • Five courses in Biblical Studies
  • One course in Systematic or Historical Theology
  • One course in Christian Ethics
  • Three elective courses
  • Comprehensive exam

Education Minor

Students in any of our MA programs may elect to add an Education minor to their degree by taking four courses in Loyola University Chicago's School of Education. This concentration is excellent preparation for those who hope to teach Theology at a Catholic high school. The combination of academic training in theology and teacher training is highly valued by Catholic high school principals. For more information on the Education minor, please click here.

Joint MA in Theology and Women's and Gender Studies

In conjunction with Loyola's Women's and Gender Studies program, we offer a unique joint MA in Theology and Women's and Gender Studies. More information about this program is available here.

Program Requirements

The MA program application requires three letters of recommendation, transcripts from all universities attended, a personal statement of purpose and a writing sample of five to twenty-five pages that includes citations and references, as well as the completed application form with application fee. Letters of reference from professors are preferred.

Deadlines

Applications are due by:

Fall entry - June 1
Spring entry - November 1

To apply, click here.

If you have questions about our MA programs, please contact Theology Department Graduate Program Director, Dr. Sandra Sullivan-Dunbar at ssull1@luc.edu.