The Master of Theological Studies degree (M.T.S.) is intended to deepen the theological understanding of diocesan catechists and teachers of religion. It prepares students to explore and explain the Catholic theological tradition and provides a solid grounding in that tradition. The program is intended for those working in catechetical ministry in a Roman Catholic context and anticipates questions that frequently arise in the classroom and during the RCIA process.
The MTS program prepares students to teach in Catholic high schools, apply to hospital chaplaincy programs, or work in parishes or diocesan offices. It also prepares lay people to teach classes in Parish Schools of Religion (PSR), teach or direct the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and participate in other parochial ministries.
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.
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 Theological Studies Program (MTS) requires the following materials:
- Bachelor’s degree in theology or related field, such as Philosophy or History from an accredited college or university with a GPA 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.
- At least one confidential letter of recommendation, one of which should come from a former professor or some other academic or administrative professional (school principal or pastor) who can testify to your 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. The deadline for receiving all materials is July 31 for fall enrollment.
30 total credit hours including:
Required Core Courses for the MTS (27 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
- THEO 6353 Liturgy and the RCIA
- THEO 6503 Catechesis for the New Evangelization
Electives for the MTS (3 hours).
Students need to complete any ONE of the following:
- THEO 6713 Christian Rome OR
- THEO 6543 John Henry Newman for Catechists OR
- THEO 6883 Selected Topics in Theology