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Theology, Bachelor of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus


St. John's students in Theology and Religious Studies represent various faith perspectives and nationalities and pursue an outstanding theological education in order to achieve their goals. Some are considering teaching careers, and others may enter the ministry. Some of our students are professionals in theology and return to St. John's to further their knowledge. As a group, St. John's students are dedicated, interesting, and ready to share their knowledge and expertise with their fellow students. Many of them hold full-time jobs in religious organizations and institutions or volunteer as ministers in their church communities. This rich and varied student body provides stimulation and thought-provoking conversation in classes, colloquia, and public lectures.

Department Contacts

Christopher P. Vogt, Ph.D., Chair
Theology and Religious Studies
St.John Hall Room B26
Queens, NY 11439

Michael Dempsey, Ph.D., Assistant Chair
St. John Hall, B-20 Cubicle 2


Admission Requirements

  • Applications for admission should be completed during the second semester of the sophomore year; incoming freshmen may apply for provisional admission.
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at the end of the sophomore year, and a 3.5 index in at least 12 credits of Theology, applicable to the major.
  • In consultation with their advisor, B.A./M.A. students enroll in 100-level graduate courses during their junior year, and upper-level graduate courses in their senior year.
  • Students must plan to take afternoon and evening courses (after 4:10 p.m.) once graduate level work commences. Graduate courses meet once per week for two hours.

Undergraduate Admission Contacts

Office of Admission
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
1 (888) 9STJOHNS

Staten Island
Office of Admission
St. John’s University
300 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301


General Financial Aid Information
Reflecting our Vincentian Mission, St. John's has a long tradition of bringing a high quality, private education within the financial reach of all our students with opportunities for financial assistance through scholarships, loans, grants and work-study programs. For more information visit our Student Financial Services web site.

Graduate Assistantships
Graduate assistantships are offered to a limited number of students. They are awarded on the basis of several factors, including grade point average, Graduate Record Exam scores, and recommendations. Graduate assistantships cover full tuition and provide a small stipend for other expenses. Graduate assistants must be full-time students.

Richard Kugelman Scholarship
Named in honor of a former chairperson of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at St. John's, the Kugelman scholarship provides full or partial tuition for highly qualified students interested in Scripture study. Awards are made on a competitive basis and are renewable for the entire program. 


Career Outcomes

In today's rapidly changing world, a background in theology and religious studies is an important component of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Professionals in every walk of life (from the marketplace to the classroom, to the practice of law and medicine) draw on religious values as they make decisions and take actions that have a global impact.

The graduates of our programs are pastors and pastoral ministers, chancery officials and pastoral administrators. They teach in high schools, colleges, seminaries and universities. Many move on to higher studies and doctoral programs. Some are pastoral associates, and liturgical ministers, youth ministers, and directors of religious education in parishes in North America, Europe and Africa. 

Additional Information

Eligible Theology and Religious Studies students have access to a wide range of academic and professional opportunities through the Theta Alpha Kappa honor society.