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Theology, Master of Arts

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


The MA in Theology examines the richness of the Catholic faith and its theological heritage in the light of modern human experience.  The program provides an environment of academic excellence flexible enough to fit the needs of those interested in pursuing research degrees, professional ministry or parish service. It encourages high academic achievement and heightened sensitivity to the needs for social justice and peace in the world around us.

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Theology and Religious Studies faculty.


Applicants for the M.A. in Theology and Religious Studies normally must have a bachelor’s degree which includes 24 credits in theology, philosophy, or related subjects, and an overall “B” average in their college studies. Any deficiencies in preparation may require you to take supplementary course work as a condition for admission, as determined by the department.

We also require:

  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably from a professor who can speak to your ability to do graduate level work).
  • A personal statement of 300-500 words in length, describing your academic background and interest in studying theology. The statement also should address how pursuing this degree connects with your professional and personal goals. 

Tuition and Financial Aid

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. The following opportunities are available specifically to theology and religious studies students, but additional financial aid opportunities may be available. For more information, please visit Tuition and Financial Aid.

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. 

Success Story

Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
St. John's Theology Professor Serves As a ‘Bridge between Generations’