Master of Arts (Theology)

Program Overview

The hallmark of the Master or Arts (Theology) program is the flexibility offered within each individual student’s program. The general academic MA provides the theological background for those who wish to teach at the secondary or college level, or to develop greater academic expertise in theological studies. The research MA provides this same theological background and also serves as preparation for those who wish to pursue further studies in a doctoral program. It is possible to pursue both the MDiv and MA programs concurrently at CTU.

Program Plans

Program Tracks and Options

  • General
    • Interreligious Dialogue
    • Major/Minor
    • Multidisciplinary
  • Research
    • Interreligious Dialogue
    • Major/Minor
  • Biblical Studies
  • Ethics
  • Intercultural Studies and Ministries
  • Interreligious Dialogue
  • Liturgical Studies
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Spirituality
  • Systematic Theology
  • World Mission
  • Demonstrates proficiency in engaging in academic study and research for general educational purposes
  • Demonstrates survey knowledge of diverse theological disciplines
  • Evidences progress toward a coherent and personally integrated theological vision within the context of a communitarian spiritual formation
  • Demonstrates summative and integrative knowledge at the end of the academic program through the successful completion of the comprehensive oral examinations


The graduate of the Research MA program satisfies the learning outcomes of the General Academic MA degree plus the following Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrates focused knowledge in a specific discipline or interdisciplinary knowledge
  • Acquires and applies skills, including languages, required for the pursuit of doctoral studies
  • Theology: 15 semester hours
  • Philosophy: 6 semester hours
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA

Additional Information

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.  

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

Application Guidelines

Requirements for International Students

Alumni Profiles

Joshua MDiv ’13, MA ’19 and Ellen Salmi-Van Cleef, MA ’16

After graduation from CTU and their wedding, Josh and Ellen headed to Kentucky to work within a new model of Church leadership. They are co-directors of a small rural parish, working to respond to the needs of the community in the absence of a priest. Read more.


Leocadie Lushumbo, MA ’14

Leocadie is a lay consecrated woman in the Teresian Institute founded by Saint Pedro Poveda in Spain in 1914 and a Congolese native. She completed her Masters in Theological Ethics at CTU and is now PhD candidate at Boston College in theological ethics. Read more.

Susan Francois, CSJP, MA ’15

Susan has used her theological training as a Master of Arts in theology graduate to engage in public media on behalf of the gospel.  In addition to serving on the leadership council for her religious community, she is a regular columnist for the National Catholic Reporter’s Global Sisters Report. Read more.