M.A. in Theology

The Patrick F. Taylor M.A. in Theology

M.A. in Theology
Dr. Michael Dauphinais, Program Director: 239-280-2538
Mrs. Susan Nutt, Administrative Assistant: 239-280-1629
Email: graduatetheology@avemaria.edu

Graduate Theology
Ave Maria University
5050 Ave Maria Blvd.
Ave Maria, FL 34142

Quick Facts
• Average class size of 12 students

• Affordable tuition and generous merit scholarships available

• Study Sacred Scripture, the Church Fathers, Thomas Aquinas, and Blessed John Paul II

• World class faculty, including Michael Waldstein, Steven A. Long, and Fr. Matthew Lamb

• State of the art library: over 200,000 volumes, strong in theology and philosophy

• Beautiful campus outside Naples, Florida

• Vibrant liturgical and spiritual life, daily access to the Sacraments

• Complete your degree in 15 to 24 months

• Placement into Ph.D. programs, teaching in high schools, working in dioceses

Graduate Theology Faculty
Dr. Michael Dauphinais
Fr. Robert Garrity
Fr. Matthew Lamb
Dr. Steven Long
Dr. Roger Nutt
Dr. William Riordan
Dr. Thomas Scheck
Mr. David Tamisiea
Dr. Michael Waldstein

Admission Requirements and Scholarships
To secure priority graduate housing, please apply by February 1. 

Applicants to the M.A. Program must possess a bachelor’s degree and must submit:

• Official GRE Score Report from ETS
• Seal-bearing transcripts (from all institutions attended)
• Completed and signed application with $50 application fee
• Two letters of recommendation
• Statement of intent (750-words): brief intellectual autobiography, academic interests and goals, and Christian-ecclesial commitment
• writing sample of a theological and/or philosophical character of at least five to eight pages

A limited number of merit-based scholarships will be offered to outstanding applicants.

To secure priority graduate housing, please apply by February 1. 

Residency and Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are typically completed during a two-year residency. All required courses and most electives are 4 credit hours each.

• 48 credit hours of graduate theology courses, maintaining a GPA of 2.7 or higher
• Eight required courses (32 credits): THEO 501, 502, 523, 525, 527, 533, 552 and 599
• Four electives (16 credits), subject to approval of the program director (500-level courses in Theological Latin, Theological Greek, or Theological Hebrew may be taken as electives)
• Latin reading proficiency, demonstrated by the proficiency exam or approved AMU courses (with a grade of B- or higher)
• M.A. Thesis (THEO 599), including oral presentation, on an approved topic

Students normally enter the program with some undergraduate coursework in theology and philosophy. Those judged to have significant lacunae in their prior academic formation will be directed to take courses that complement the M.A. curriculum. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the sacramental and spiritual life of the university as an integral element in their theological formation.

Typical Plan of Study

Year One
Fall Semester Spring Semester
THEO 501 Old Testament THEO 502 New Testament
THEO 523 Triune God THEO 525 Christ and His Church
THEO 552 Fundamental Moral Theology* THEO 527 Sacraments*

Year Two
Fall Semester Spring Semester
THEO 553 Systematic Theology & Eschatology THEO 599 M.A. Thesis
Graduate Theology Elective Graduate Theology Elective
Graduate Theology Elective Graduate Theology Elective

*With the approval of the program director, THEO 552 and/or THEO 527 can be deferred to Year Two and replaced with electives. Students who enter the program with little or no Latin should take THEO 509 & 510 Theological Latin I & II as electives during Year One.

Conditions of Enrollment
Continuance in the program is subject to faculty review each semester. Students must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.7 or higher) to maintain any scholarship or financial aid. If a student receives a final grade of C+ or lower in any course, he or she will be required to retake the course or, at the program director’s discretion, to resubmit selected assignments. A student who receives three or more grades of C+ or lower, or two or more grades of F, in a single academic year will be discontinued from the program.

M.A. students are expected to maintain full-time status and to devote themselves to studies as to a full-time occupation. If personal circumstances require the interruption of studies, the student should inform the department chair immediately and must apply to the program director for a leave of absence. At the director’s discretion, a leave may be granted for a fixed period. A student who interrupts studies without an approved leave of absence is considered to have withdrawn from the program and must reapply if he or she wishes to return.

The “Application for M.A. Degree” form is available from the registrar. It must be returned to the registrar, along with a check in the amount of the graduation fee, early in the semester in which the student intends to graduate.

Five Year B.A./M.A. Program
High-achieving AMU undergraduates majoring in Theology may complete the B.A. and M.A. in the course of five academic years by taking certain M.A. courses as electives during their junior and senior years. Interested students should consult the director of the undergraduate Theology program during sophomore year, receive permission to embark on the five-year track, and begin planning with their advisor.

Tuition and Fees
Full-time graduate tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year is $510 per credit. The technology fee is $200 per year, the activities fee $100 per year, and the graduation fee $155.

Housing and Food
Limited graduate student housing is available in the Middlebrooke townhouses near campus. Graduate students may purchase a meal plan or individual meals from the dining facility on campus.

Forms and Helpful Links
Inquiry Form

Application Form

M.A. Course Descriptions

Academic Calendar

Academic Catalogue

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