The Master of Arts (MA) in Theology prepares students to explore and explain the Catholic theological tradition. The program maintains rigorous requirements which empower students to teach theology in a classroom setting as well as lays the groundwork for them to pursue doctoral work in theology.
The Department of theology offers two degrees in its graduate program of theology. The Master in Theological Studies (MTS) provides a solid grounding in the Catholic theological tradition and is intended for those working in parish ministry in a Roman Catholic context. The Master of Arts (MA) in Theology has more rigrorous requirements and is intended to prepare students to teach theology in a classroom setting as well as preparing those interested in pursuing doctoral work in theology. The MA degree requires some different course work than the MTS degree; it also requires the completion of a thesis and a comprehensive examination, as well as foreign language requirements, none of which are required for the MTS.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in theology degree prepares students to enter PhD programs in theology. In addition to the course work, the MA degree requires students to pass a reading proficiency exam at the conclusion of a one year of study in two foreign languages, one contemporary language (Italian, French, German, or Spanish) and one ancient (Biblical Greek or Latin). At the end of the two year program of study, MA students will also be required to pass a comprehensive exam over material from their two years of study. Finally, MA students are required to write a thesis on some topic of theology under the direction of a faculty member at Newman University.
Toward the beginning of each course, all students will meet for an intensive weekend of instruction at the main campus in Wichita. The remainder of the instruction will take place online through modules that are designed to be interactive and visually engaging through the use of video clips, PowerPoint presentations and other electronic media-rich formats. Students must also complete reading assignments, participate in discussion boards and submit short essays. This online delivery format makes the degree programs available to people throughout the region. It also affords students with busy schedules the flexibility to do coursework at a convenient time and to continue working while they complete the degree.
The programs have been endorsed by the Catholic Dioceses of Wichita, Dodge City, and Salina.
Admission into the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Theology Program requires:
- The applicant must already possess a four-year Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. or B.S.) in Theology, Philosophy, History or a related field from an accredited college or university with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
- An official copy of the applicant’s transcript(s) verifying the completion of the above degree.
- A completed application form.
- A non-refundable $25 application fee to be included with the application fee. Checks are made payable to Newman University.
- One letter of recommendation from a former professor or other academic or administrative professional (school principal or pastor) who can testify to academic ability.
- For those seeking a scholarship from the St. Maria de Mattias Endowment one letter must come from the applicants pastor. Exceptions can be made for those who have been out of college for a number of years.
- A typed personal essay of not more than 700 words describing the applicant's interest in Theology and his or her reasons and goals for pursuing graduate study in this area. An academic writing sample of approximately 8-10 pages demonstrating skills in critical thinking, logical argumentation, and writing style from any field of study. The deadline for receiving all materials is July 31 for fall enrollment. Admissions decisions are normally mailed to applicants the first week of August.
Required Core Courses for the MA (30 hours):
- THEO 6003 The God Who Pursues
- THEO 6313 Controversies in Church History
- THEO 6213 Old Testament Theology
- THEO 6233 The Church in the New Testament
- THEO 6253 The Four-Fold Gospel
- THEO 6343 Foundations of Moral Theology
- THEO 6413 Current Issues in Moral Theology
- Theology THEO 8003 Research Methods in Theology
- Theology THEO 6503 Catechesis for the New Evangelization
- THEO 895-- Thesis (1-3)
The MA in Theology also requires passing a comprehensive exam at the conclusion of the program, as well passing a reading proficiency exam in one ancient foreign language (Biblical Greek or Latin) and one modern foreign language (French, German, Italian, Spanish).