University of St. Thomas (MN)
The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity
Master of Arts in Theology
Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.T.)
The Master of Arts in Theology (MAT) is a research-based, 36-credit degree program that develops competence in addressing theology through an understanding of various theological methods and through proficiency in research and theological argumentation. Students work with original sources and develop the principles and methods of theological reasoning and research through study of the tradition and of the contemporary context of theological discourse.
Master of Arts in Theology (MAT) Program Goals
- To help students gain mastery of the content of Christian theology -- the Bible, the fundamental issues of Christian theology, the history and development of doctrine, especially within the Roman Catholic tradition, moral decision-making, and the sacramental life of the Church;
- To assist students in attaining competency in addressing the tasks of theology through a critical understanding of various theological methods and through proficiency in research and theological argumentation;
- To foster among students an appreciation for the place of theologians and the academic study of theology in the life of the Church;
- To provide students with resources for developing a spirituality that is attentive to God's revelation in the Sacred Scriptures and history, that facilitates personal integration and wholeness, and that actively engages in the promotion of justice and love.
Master of Arts in Theology (MAT) Degree Requirements
Students may choose either the generalist or specialist option.
- Six core courses (18 credits).
- Six electives (18 credits).
- Portfolio of four research papers written for courses taken by the student.
- Reading proficiency in one foreign research language by the time the student has complete
The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas is accredited by The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.
Facts & Figures
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999