Mar 18, 2018  
2017-2018 Graduate Studies Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Studies Catalog


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Dr. Christian Krokus, Chair, Theology/Religious Studies
570-941-4546 •

Dr. Maria Poggi Johnson, Director of Graduate Program
570-941-7957 •

Department faculty: Professors –Charles Pinches, Marc Shapiro, Maria Poggi Johnson; Associate Professors – Patrick Clark, Brigid Curtin Frein, Nathan Lefler, Cyrus Olsen, Eric Plumer,  Will Cohen, Christian Krokus; Assistant Professors – Michael Azar, Joel Kemp.


The Master of Arts program in theology is designed to provide for serious academic study of theological topics, both historical and contemporary. The program assumes that students have a reasonable foundation in theological study and the humanities, as described below, as well as an aptitude and interest for more advanced study. The program should be of interest to clergy and religious, to teachers, and to lay persons of any denominational background.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and have a solid background in the humanities. Such a background would almost certainly be assured with at least nine credits in philosophy and 15 credits in theology/religious studies. However, other combinations of credits may be satisfactory. Students who lack the necessary undergraduate preparation but otherwise show promise of success in the program may be provisionally accepted, contingent on completion of certain undergraduate courses. An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 (4.00 scale) is expected. Applicants must also submit a writing sample with their application. This should be an academic paper of at least 1,000 words that explores some theologically related issue. Papers previously submitted in undergraduate classes are suitable. Scores from standardized graduate admissions tests are not uniformly required but may be requested in certain cases. For the normal Office of Admission practices in processing and classifying applications, see Admission and Registration  section of this catalog.