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Program Descriptions

Degrees available through Online Learning

The Online Learning M.A. (Master of Arts) program is a course of study designed to give a
broad acquaintance with the major philosophical or theological disciplines. It is a flexible program, with a six year time limit from entry into the program to completion of the degree requirements. The program is designed to prepare men and women for ministry, teaching philosophy, religion or theology, for a subsequent Post Master’s Certificate in Theology, or for licentiate or doctoral work. Classes also serve as enrichment for persons in other professions wanting to deepen understanding of their faith or seeking to integrate their faith into their daily lives.

All students are required to complete 36 credit hours in order to earn their degree. For these students, neither a foreign language proficiency exam nor an M.A. thesis is required in order to graduate. Students who aspire to pursue advanced degrees beyond the M.A. may write an M.A. thesis or take a foreign language proficiency exam if they wish. While the language exam may not be substituted for any of the required 36 credit hours, students who wish to write a thesis are encouraged to enroll in a 3-credit directed study in their concentration or emphasis in order to work with an advisor on the development of their thesis project. 

Core Curriculum

All students must complete the prerequisite course, PHTH 600 Philosophy for Theologians. The Dean may consider exceptions to this requirement for students with bachelor's degrees in philosophy if he determines that the BA has sufficiently prepared them for the Thomistic emphasis found at Holy Apostles.

Requirements for Master of Arts in Philosophy (12 Credit Core Curriculum)

  • PHE501 ‐Ethics (note: this is a name change from PHL570 Moral Philosophy) 
  • PHL590 ‐Metaphysics
  • PHL725 ‐Philosophy of Nature
  • PHL730 ‐Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Requirements for Master of Arts in Theology (12 Credit Core Curriculum)

  • STD707 ‐One and Triune God (meets 1 of 2 Dogmatic Theology requirement)
  • STD 901 ‐Christology (meets 2 of 2 Dogmatic Theology requirement)
  • SS 704 ‐Synoptic Gospels (meets 1 of 1 Sacred Scripture requirement)
  • STM 620‐Fundamental Moral Theology (meets the Moral Theology core requirement)

Summative Evaluation

The Summative Evaluation is the capstone of the student’s academic work in the M.A. program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. All candidates for the M.A. degree are required to complete a Summative Evaluation exercise, which may take the form of a thesis, a comprehensive exam, or a special project. Full descriptions of the Summative Evaluation exercise are available on the Summative Evaluation page.


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