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Theology - M.A. in Theology

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Theology program advances the mission of the College of Saint Elizabeth by creating a community of learning nourished by belief in God the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sanctifier, by the treasury of human wisdom, and by respect for the dynamics of inquiry and action. The 36-credit program offers students four possible concentrations to meet their spiritual, professional and personal interests:

  • Theological Studies
  • Spirituality
  • Pastoral Care
  • Catholic Studies

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Unique Elements of This Program

  • Allows students to participate in a Low Residency Program, involving visits to campus twice in the first year for one week of intensive course work during each period, and independent study thereafter. This is an ideally paced one-course-at-a-time format that is then repeated in years two and three. Students are still capable of completing their degree in the usual time frame.
  • Allows students to start in any semester (spring, summer and fall).
  • Part-time enrollment at convenient times.
  • Small class size maximizes learning and interaction with highly credentialed faculty members.
  • Provides flexible hours for advisement and registration.
  • Students with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than theology are encouraged to apply.
  • No GRE or GMAT exams required.

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Program Goals

  • Provide students in-depth knowledge of the core areas of theology
  • Situate and appraise the doctrinal, spiritual and ethical developments in theology
  • Read and assess scholarly texts
  • Recognize and classify differences in theological thought
  • Construct a theological essay bringing research to written expression

Admission Requirements

For International Students:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. International transcripts must be evaluated by NACES (i.e. WES) on a course by course basis.
  • TOEFL/IELTS (if necessary)


For additional program information, contact:

Anthony Santamaria, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
(973) 290-4338

For admission information, contact:

Antonia Donofrio
Associate Director
Graduate and Continuing Studies
(973) 290-4191