Master of Arts in Religious Studies

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Religious Studies program is designed for students with a wide range of pursuits and career goals, from education and catechetics to preparation for a doctoral degree in religious studies or a related field.


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This program is designed for students with a wide range of pursuits and career goals, from chaplaincy, education, ministry and catechetics to preparation for a doctoral degree in religious studies, theology or a related field of study. Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, the MA in Religious Studies is a 30-credit program focused on Christianity in its many historical contexts and denominational aspects, and situated within contemporary local and global realities.


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Program Format

Experience the broad field of religious studies. Students may choose a concentration in ministry, which fosters pastoral skills and understanding. Students earn credits in the core curriculum, studying topics in scriptural studies, systematic theology and church history.

Our MA is one of only two Catholic religious study programs in southeast Wisconsin, and the only program that trains for pastoral studies. Many students from the program pursue doctoral studies.

This program provides a solid foundation for educators as evidenced by the fact that more than 60 secondary education teachers are graduates of the program.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (September)
  • Spring (January)

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A maximum of nine graduate credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition.

Application Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • A grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • At least 12 undergraduate credits in religious studies or equivalent competencies such as philosophy, psychology or sociology
  • A statement of purpose
  • An interview with the Religious Studies Department program chair

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