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Master of Arts in Theology

Program Details

The online Master of Arts in Theology program, rooted in Roman Catholic doctrine and life, and fully in accord with the magisterium, serves Catholic deacons and lay ecclesial ministers in their families, parishes, diocesan agencies, hospitals, work places, retreat/spiritual centers or social service agencies.

The program is based on the philosophy that effective ministry requires a solid theological foundation, grounded in solid Catholic doctrine, with a deep spiritual and pastoral orientation. The program is also useful for Christians interested in deepening their faith. The curricular design of the program is in accord with the United States' Catholic Bishops, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry (2005) and the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States(2005). Students of all faiths who may profit from the study of Catholic theology are welcome to the program.

 At a Glance

  • Successful completion of this online theology program will allow you to:
  • Serve the Church at the parish and diocesan levels
  • Prepare to be a Catholic chaplain
  • Help you as you approach the Catholic Church
  • Be a better prepared catechist or minister in your parish's RC
  • Be better informed in your faith and equip those who serve the Church as lay ecclesial ministers with an understanding of their faith


A bachelors degree is required.

Accreditation & Licensing

New England Commission of Higher Education