MA in Hispanic Theology and Ministry

Program Overview

The MA in Hispanic Theology and Ministry is designed to form ministers for religious leadership in the U.S. Catholic Church with its majority Latino/a populations, this degree provides foundational instruction in Hispanic religious heritage, Latino/a biblical hermeneutics, and Latino/a theologies.

This program can be completed full or part-time on campus, or part-time online with no residency requirement.

Program Structure (36 semester credits)

  • 9 semester credits required courses
  • 13.5 semester credits advanced level Latino/a themed courses
  • 3 semester credit Ministry Practicum in a Latino/a context
  • 9 semester credit electives courses with a Latin@ thread
  • 1.5 semester credit Portfolio course
    • Students are required to develop a portfolio of their written and field work as a student at Catholic Theological Union. The student will meet with their academic advisor to assist them in discerning what documentation should be included in this portfolio. A portfolio orientation is offered each academic year as well as a seminar which is to be taken during the last year of a student’s academic time at CTU.

Download the full program requirements

In addition to their coursework, all CTU students participate in spiritual formation that helps them integrate their theological coursework into their daily lives. For more information about formation programs at CTU, click here.  

  • Recognize the complexity of Hispanic/Latin@ experiences in the Church (history, religion, cultures, languages, generations, migrations, etc.).
  • Recognize, comprehend and be versed in theological and biblical scholarship arising from Latin@ contexts and experiences.
  • Engage theology and ministry as teología y pastoral en/de conjunto, a process that privileges mutual accountability and collaboration.
  • Respond pastorally in particular Latin@ cultural/religious contexts, and accompany communities accordingly.
  • Bachelor’s degree or qualify for Bachelor degree equivalency
  • Recommend at least five years prior ministerial experience, paid or volunteer
  • English language proficiency for graduate level studies

Additional Information

Application Guidelines

Requirements for International Students

Critical Dates and Deadlines

  • February 1 – Priority Scholarship Deadline
  • May 1 – Application deadline for Internationally-based students
  • August 15 – Application deadline for US-based students

Alumni Profiles

Luz Eugenia Alvarez, MDiv '14

Oscar Romero Scholar Luz Eugenia Alvarez is an Associate Director of the Instituto de Liderazgo Pastoral at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, where she teaches and directs formation programs preparing Latin@ lay ministers for service in the Archdiocese of Chicago and other Dioceses. Read more