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.

MA in Hispanic Theology and Ministry

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

Goals & Outcomes

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.

  • 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

In addition to their course work, spiritual formation is required for all lay students who are pursuing a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity Degree. This formation helps them to integrate their theological coursework into their daily lives. Members of religious communities have formation provided by that community. For more information about formation programs for lay students at CTU, click HERE.