Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Religious Studies degree, students will, in oral and written formats, be able to:


  1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the Judeo-Christian tradition, including its ecumenical dimensions and contemporary standing within a global context of diverse traditions and commitments, including the Franciscan tradition;
  2. Utilize an array of scholarly methods in the study of Christianity (e.g., historical-critical, philosophical, structural/post-structural, praxis-oriented, etc.);
  3. Apply various critical lenses of awareness (e.g., historical, cultural, contemporary, ethical, spiritual, scientific, secular) in religious/theological thinking and ritualizing;
  4. Relate and apply religious and theological understanding to contemporary issues and problems of human concern.
  5. *Further develop the knowledge, skills and aptitudes for service to the life of the Church and its mission to the world within the context of their own ecclesial communities and ministerial activities, including (a) knowledge of the purpose of ministry and its role within the Church and development of these basic ministerial abilities: (b) fostering communal prayer and worship; (c) interpreting the Bible in the contemporary context; (d) providing pastoral care; (e) promoting social justice; and (f) communicating the Christian faith in written and oral exposition.

*- For students completing the Master of Arts in Religious Studies - Concentration in Ministry