Master of Arts in Theology

Online MA in Theology

The Master of Arts in Theology (MTH) at Saint Leo University provides students with a solid foundation and broad introduction to the major disciplines of academic theology from the perspective of Roman Catholic Tradition and within the ecumenical setting of contemporary theological research and dialogue.

The goal of the program is to provide students with a graduate-level critical knowledge of biblical, systematic, historical, pastoral, and moral theology applicable to a variety of vocations, including lay pastoral ministry, religious education, diaconal ministry, secondary education, chaplaincy, and further graduate study.

Theology courses prepare graduates to:

  • Read scripture and other primary religious texts using the most appropriate tools of scripture scholarship
  • Explain the role of humility and contemplative experience
  • Discuss major religious questions (such as the mystery of God, Jesus as the Son of God, and our own human origin, destiny, and purpose in life)
  • Describe the ethical and cultural implications of a transcendent understanding of life
  • Develop the practical theology and spirituality in the service and practice of social justice

Master of Arts in Theology Mission Statement: To serve the mission of evangelization of the Catholic Church with a commitment to servant-leadership by providing quality graduate theological education in an ecumenical spirit.


Degree Requirements

(27 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • THY 501 Hebrew Scriptures: History and Theology 3

    This course is a critical introduction to the history of ancient Israel through a literary-historical analysis of the biblical text, including a more focused study of key books, passages, and theological themes. The course provides students with adequate tools to pursue further study of the Hebrew Scriptures.

  • THY 502 Christian Scriptures: History and Theology 3

    This is a critical introduction to the history and theology of the New Testament, including employment of contemporary tools of interpretation.

  • PHI 502 Philosophical Foundations of Theology 3

    This course is a survey of the Western philosophical tradition from its beginnings in Greek thought to the twentieth century; it includes the reading and analysis of texts by Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, and Nietzsche.

  • THY 565 Ecclesiology 3

    Within the framework of systematic theology, ecclesiology examines the nature of the church and its emerging challenges. This course considers both classic insights and new directions in ecclesiology, including reflections on the nature and exercise of ministry in the church.

  • THY 513 Worship, Sacraments, & Liturgy 3

    This course continues the Christian ecclesial and personal undestanding regarding worship, ritual, and sacraments. The praxis includes preparing and perhaps leading sacramental and ritual celebrations.

  • THY 521 Christian Ethics I: Foundations 3

    This introduction to moral theology explores the basic principles and methods that will enable individuals to assess moral arguments and to give a credible theological defense of one's position on current moral issues. Christian ethics lays the foundations for discerning and living Christian life.

  • THY 570 Christian Spirituality: History and Praxis 3

    The Catholic Church has a rich tradition of saints, heroes, and religious families who model how to live fully the Christian faith. This course will explore both the history and the theology of some of the great movements and schools, including Benedictine tradition as well as contemporary spiritual expressions.

  • THY 575 Christology 3

    This course will take students on a systematic investigation of the life, person, and work of Jesus of Nazareth. Participants will survey and analyze the revelation of Jesus in scripture, historical perspectives in Christology (including controversies, councils, and significant individuals), and contemporary perspectives.

  • THY 550 History of Christianity 3

    This is an inquiry into theological, spiritual, and institutional history of Christianity from the time of Jesus until the present.

Electives (9 Credits)

Total Credits 36