Master of Arts in Theology – Thomistic Studies

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Thomistic Studies Concentration Overview

Thomistic Studies concentration courses are designed to provide the student with an understanding of the philosophical preambles to theological studies. The courses help students understand the teaching of St. Thomas in specific areas of theology (e.g., God, Christ, Morals) and his place as the common doctor of the Catholic Church in church teaching.

The Master of Arts in Theology (M.A. Theology) concentration in Thomistic Studies is available either On Campus or 100% Online.

Concentration goals:

1. To enable the student to understand the theology of St. Thomas in a systematic way.
2. To give the student an appreciation  of the theology of St. Thomas in the larger theology of the Catholic Church.
3.  To enable the student to access and understand both the style of St. Thomas and how the various schools of thought concerning the doctrine of St. Thomas do justice or not to the text of St. Thomas himself. 

Core Curriculum

Holy Apostles College and Seminary requires M.A. in Theology candidates to complete a six-credit co-requisite sequence of PHS 607 Philosophy for Theologians and DTH 600 Faith and Revelation along with a twelve credit core curriculum within  the program.

The core courses are as follows:

  • SAS 651  Synoptic Gospels
  • DTH 731 One & Triune God
  • DTH 751 Christology
  • MTH 611 Fundamental Moral Theology I

Four courses must be taken within the area of concentration, and these are clearly marked within each concentration. The remaining two courses are electives and can be taken within or outside the concentration as long as the student remains inside the program in which he or she has matriculated.


A candidate for the M.A. in Theology is required to complete all course work detailed in the degree plan. The specific degree requirements for the Thomistic Studies concentration may be found in the Degree Plan below.

Thomistic Studies Concentration Sample Degree Plan

Graduate Capstone

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 or a comprehensive exam. Full descriptions of the Summative Evaluation exercise are available on the Summative Evaluation page.

How Do I Apply?

Applicants for the M.A. program should follow the Graduate Admissions procedures. 

What Are Possible Career Paths With This Degree?

Career possibilities with a Master of Arts in Theology include but not limited to:

Youth Ministry
Director of Religious Education
RCIA Director
Catholic School Teacher
Mission Work
Catholic College/University Faculty


Program Director:

Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
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Concentration Chair:

Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.
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For a full listing of our Theology faculty, please visit Faculty Listing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete an MA in Theology?

  • The M.A. degree program may be completed in as little as 2 years.There is a 6 year time limit from entry into the program through completion of the degree requirements. Please see the Academic Catalog for additional information.

Is the program flexible for working individuals?

  • Our 100% online courses make the M.A. degree program flexible for working and busy individuals.

Are the faculty members faithful to the Magisterium?

  • All members of the faculty must be approved by the bishop in order to ensure fidelity to the magisterium.

Visit our FAQs page for more information.