Theology (Master of Arts)

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Creighton’s Master of Arts (MA) in theology is designed for Christian educators, pastors and lay leaders who are seeking personal theological enrichment or who are looking to advance their careers. When you pursue your MA in theology from Creighton, you can take courses during the day or in the evening to accommodate your schedule

The program provides an overview of the major areas of contemporary theology and allows you to choose an area of concentration. Earn your degree from Creighton University, consistently ranked among the best universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, and also among the “best values.”


Students who graduate from Creighton’s theology program often find employment at once in teaching, pastoral work, or community service positions. Still more find that the Theology major, like other humanities majors at Creighton, offers excellent preparation for professional school, particularly in law, medicine, and dentistry. Employers in the business world recognize that the theology major has acquired the skills to think, speak, and write competently, along with a broad cultural background that promises successful performance in positions of responsibility.

What You'll Learn

  • To communicate clearly and effectively in theological research papers and oral presentations
  • To think critically about information, historical/intellectual contexts, and arguments regarding theological issues
  • To integrate broad and diverse learning within Theology
  • To appreciate the Christian, Catholic, and Jesuit traditions in the context of historical, cultural, and spiritual concerns
  • To apply a reasoned approach to effective decision-making according to sound and coherent ethical principles


The MA in theology requires 33 credit hours and comprehensive examinations. Students may accumulate the requisite 33 credit hours on either of two plans:

  • Plan A - 33 credit hours of course work followed by comprehensive examinations
  • Plan B - 27 credit hours of course work followed by comprehensive examinations; then 6 credit hours for completion of a thesis

Distribution of Courses

Three required core courses provide the basic tools for historical, interpretive, and systematic inquiry.

CORE (9 credit hours total):

THL 700, Seminar in Biblical Studies
THL 730, Seminar in Systematic Theology
THL 755, Seminar in Moral Theology

Area-Specific (9 credit hours total):
Area A: Biblical Studies (BS)
Area B: Systemic and Historical Studies (SHS)
Area C: Christian Life Studies (CLS)

The remainder of a student’s program consists of electives (15 credit hours on Plan A; 9 credit hours on Plan B, followed by 6 credit hours for the thesis).

After completion of the required core and area-specific courses, a student may submit an application for permission to pursue the thesis option (Plan B). Once the application has been approved, the student proceeds to the development of a thesis proposal.

Admissions Requirements

To apply now for the MA in Theology, you need

  • a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • nine credit hours of theology

If you do not have nine credit hours of theology, you may be admitted on a probationary status and allowed to take these courses at Creighton. You’ll need to earn at least a B average.

Test Score Requirements

Applicants should also have Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores of at least 153 on the verbal section of the exam. Applicants can be admitted on probationary status for GRE scores from 149-152. GRE scores from the last 10 years are accepted. If you took the GRE in the old format, then you are required to have GRE scores of at least 500 on the verbal section. The Graduate School requires all students from countries in which English is not the native language to demonstrate competence in English by a score of 550 in the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination or 80 on the Internet-based Test (iBT) at the graduate level.

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