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The graduate theology program offers two degrees. 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.
Each course is designed to give students the background and skills necessary to enter into the riches of the Catholic theological tradition as students, teachers and scholars.
Course lectures are presented via online videos that allow students to access the course on practically any internet-capable device. In these video modules, students are given clear, engaging explanations of theological topics that can be accessed at the touch of the button.
Real education requires conversation, and in our courses, students engage in regular discussion with other students and the instructors. Not only does discussion increase comprehension of material and confidence, it also allows students to gain exposure to a wide range of perspectives brought by fellow students.
TRADITIONAL AND TIMELY
Courses are designed to provide a solid grounding in the Church’s tradition on every topic in the program. From that foundation, each course addresses the contemporary issues raised in real-life RCIA sessions, religion classes, and water-cooler conversations.
BUILDING CATECHETICAL SKILLS
In addition to traditional academic assignments, like essays and papers, student assignments also include online discussion and virtual presentations. And, for those who are able to attend the weekend sessions – real life interactions. So, students aren’t just learning material, they learn how to teach and share it with others.
BROAD GROUNDING IN THE TRADITION
The courses in the program introduce students to systematic theology, the study of Scripture, Church history, ethics, liturgy, spirituality and more. Students will leave the program prepared to continue their studies in any theological field.
List of Courses for 2016-18
THEO 6003 - The God Who Pursues
THEO 6313 - Controversies in Church History
THEO 6503 - Catechesis for the New Evangelization
THEO 6253 - The Four-Fold Gospel
THEO 6213 - Old Testament Theology
THEO 6233 - The Church in the New Testament, or, THEO 6563 - Christ: The Heart of Catechesis (MTS w/ Catechetics)
THEO 6343 - Foundations of Moral Theology
THEO 6353 - Liturgy and RCIA (MTS), or, THEO 8003 Research Methods in Theology (MA)
THEO 6413 - Current Issues in Moral Theology
THEO 6713 - Christian Rome (MTS), or, THEO 6543 - John Henry Newman for Catechists (MTS w/ Catechetics)
THEO 8953 - Thesis (MA), or, THEO 6553 Catechetical Methodology (MTS w/ Catechetics)
Please see the Newman Course Catalog for a description of all courses and more information, pp. 170 & 185-87.