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Dr. Charles R. Pinches, Chair, Theology/Religious Studies
570-941-4302 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Maria Poggi Johnson, Director of Graduate Program
570-941-7957 • email@example.com
Department faculty: Professors – J. Brian Benestad, Maria Poggi Johnson, Charles R. Pinches, Marc B. Shapiro; Associate Professors – Mary Anne Foley, C.N.D., Brigid Curtin Frein, Nathan S. Lefler, Cyrus P. Olsen, Eric A. Plumer, Thomas F. Sable, S.J.; Assistant Professors – Michael Azar, Patrick Clark, Will T. Cohen, Bradley Gregory, Christian S. Krokus.
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.
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.