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Master of Arts in Theology

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 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,  students will meet for an intensive weekend of instruction at the main campus in Wichita. While all students in the cohort are invited to participate, we recognize that some students are unable to make it to the Newman campus. Students who are not able to attend the Intensive Weekend sessions are provided with online versions of the lectures, discussions, and other activities. 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.


The program includes 10 courses (30 credit hours).  Courses are eight weeks in length and students take two courses each semester, except during the summer, when only one course is offered.  

View course descriptions in the university catalog (Starting on page 182)

  • THEO 6003 The God Who Pursues
  • THEO 6103 Athanasius, Augustine, and Aquinas
  • THEO 6213 Old Testament Theology
  • THEO 6253 The Four-Fold Gospel
  • THEO 6543 John Henry Newman for Catechists
  • THEO 6313 Controversies in Church History
  • THEO 6343 Foundations of Moral Theology
  • THEO 6413 Current Issues in Moral Theology
  • THEO 8003 Research Methods in Theology
  • 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).