Master of Arts (M.A.)

Overview

The Master of Arts degree (theology) is an academically rigorous degree, which is designed for students preparing for teaching at the secondary level or in two-year college programs. The M.A. also serves as an appropriate graduate research degree in preparation for a doctoral program.

 

 

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Master of Arts degree (theology) is an academically rigorous degree, which is designed for students preparing for teaching at the secondary level or in two-year college programs. The M.A. also serves as an appropriate graduate research degree in preparation for a doctoral program.

 

The M.A. degree allows for specialization in Franciscan studies, especially Franciscan theology, history, and spirituality. Such a specialization is useful for those preparing to work in programs of religious formation, in translation and publication of theological and historical texts, and preparation of printed and electronic resources to enhance awareness of significant authors, texts and themes of the Franciscan Tradition.

M.A. Program Learning Outcomes

The M.A. program learning outcomes are intended to prepare students to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of major theological disciplines (Scripture, Systematic Theology, Historical Studies, Moral Theology/Ethics)
  2. Exhibit focused knowledge in an area of specialization within the Franciscan tradition (theology, history, spirituality)
  3. Conduct research and construct a theological or historical argument
  4. Use a foreign language in conducting graduate-level research
  5. Communicate coherently, effectively, and persuasively in writing and speaking
  6. Construct in a thesis a coherent, sustained theological or historical argument in an area of specialized study.

Requirements of the M.A. Program

M.A. students are required to:

  • Complete 42-semester units as described in the curriculum below, a maximum of 13 of which may be taken at the University of San Diego’s graduate schools.
  • Maintain an overall 3.0-grade point average in all required and elective courses.
  • Be enrolled in the school full time for at least 4 semesters to fulfill the 2-year full-time tuition residency requirement
  • Complete all work within 4 years of the first semester of enrollment
  • Take the GRE® General Test (GRE)

The M.A.Thesis

An M.A. thesis demonstrates the student’s ability to develop a coherent, sustained theological argument that reflects an in-depth study of a theological discipline. It will employ the use of Biblical and/or languages used in Church history throughout. The successful thesis will demonstrate general academic knowledge of the Roman Catholic theological tradition, skill in the interpretation and use of biblical texts relevant to the topic, and skill in developing a theological framework to situate the topic within the commitment of faith.

Curriculum of the M.A. Program

Course Area Units
Sacred Scripture 3
Spirituality 3
Systematic Theology 3
Moral Theology/Ethics 3
Courses in area of specialization 12
Electives (may be in area of specialization) 6
Graduate seminars 6
Credit-Hours of Thesis Preparation 6

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