Theology, Master of Arts

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


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.

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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 PM) once graduate level work commences. Graduate courses meet once per week for two hours.

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. During the 2004-2005 academic year, more than 90 percent of our students received in excess of $283 million in financial assistance through scholarships, loans, grants and work-study programs. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 1 (888) 9STJOHNS.

Financial Aid Programs for Theology and Religious Studies Students

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. 

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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. 

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Success Story

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