Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Master of Arts in Theology

Address:

Granada Center

1032 W. Sheridan Rd

Chicago, IL 60660

United States

Phone:

1-773-508-339

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Theology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

We offer both MA and PhD degrees. Loyola is home to a number of leading scholars in Christian Ethics, Systematic Theology, and New Testament. Our graduate programs are designed to equip students with the resources necessary for contributing to theology as a discipline that is at once academically rigorous and creative.

The MA degree program is appropriate for students seeking either a terminal degree or a degree that will prepare them to pursue a doctoral degree. Applicants can be admitted to the program on a part-time basis. Many courses are conveniently scheduled during late afternoon or evening hours.
Concentrations

MA students may choose one of the following four concentrations. Students in each of these programs take a four-hour comprehensive examination in the final semester. No thesis is required.

Theological Studies

This concentration emphasizes exposure to the full range of theological investigation. Requirements include:

  • Two courses in Biblical Studies
  • Two courses in Systematic or Historical Theology
  • Two courses in Christian Ethics
  • Four elective courses
  • Comprehensive exam

Biblical Languages and Literature

The concentration in Biblical Languages and Literature provides students with the initial language and biblical study necessary to apply to doctoral programs in Biblical Studies. Half of the coursework is in biblical Greek and Hebrew. Requirements include:

  • Four courses in a major biblical language (Hebrew or Greek)
  • Two courses in a minor biblical language (Hebrew or Greek)
  • Two courses in Old Testament
  • Two courses in New Testament
  • One course in Systematic or Historical Theology
  • One course in Christian Ethics
  • Comprehensive exam

Christian Ethics

This concentration is similar to the Master in Theological Studies, but requires more coursework in Christian Ethics. Requirements include:

  • Five courses in Christian Ethics
  • Two courses in Systematic or Historical Theology
  • Two courses in Biblical Studies
  • One elective
  • Comprehensive exam

Biblical Studies

This concentration is suited to students with a particular interest in Biblical Studies, but does not incorporate the language study necessary for doctoral work in Biblical Studies. Requirements include:

  • Five courses in Biblical Studies
  • One course in Systematic or Historical Theology
  • One course in Christian Ethics
  • Three elective courses
  • Comprehensive exam

Accreditation:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

Test Requirements: GRE general test. Loyola's code is 1412 English Language Testing Requirements: TOEFL: 600 paper, 100 IBT. IELTS: 7 Special Application Instructions: Submission of writing sample is required and should be done in addition to the other supporting materials listed in the Step-by-Step Application Process Guidelines. For Ph.D. applicants, submission of documentation of language requirements (see below) is required. Prerequisite Requirements: Ph.D. applicants are required to have a reading knowledge of French, German, or Spanish. Students who intend to specialize in the Ph.D. degree program in New Testament or Early Christianity are required to have a reading knowledge of classical Greek and a reading competency in French, German, Italian, or Spanish.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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