Theology and Society M.A. (moratorium)

This program is in moratorium effective Fall 2014 through Fall 2015 while it undergoes additional development. The Office of Graduate Studies and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies is, therefore, not currently accepting applications or enrollments for the Master of Arts in Theology and Society at the current time. For further information on the formation and future of the program, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies, College of Arts and Sciences at

The Master of Arts in Theology and Society offers a thoughtful and supportive educational environment in which to study a range of theological disciplines, while also engaging in conversation with the questions and needs of American and global society. 

The program reflects the active nature of the Jesuit tradition, which always seeks to integrate academic scholarship with real-world issues in contemporary society and culture, putting faith and culture in critical conversation with one another. 

This interaction between Catholic and other Christian traditions, on the one hand, and contemporary culture, on the other, will inform both professional and volunteer work in church, school, service and marketplace contexts. Our world-class, full-time faculty guides immersion in the historical and contemporary dialogue between the Church and culture, and promotes the advancement of human dignity and social justice. Courses in biblical studies, systematic theology, interreligious relations, historical theology, and ethics are designed to interrelate and to offer a dynamic dialogue with the challenges of our world.

The program recruits students from diverse backgrounds, careers and personal interests to form an active learning community. Applicants should have a background in theology or religious studies in undergraduate coursework, diocesan ministerial certification, ministry training or related experience and study. Students who are new to the fields of theology or religious studies may be permitted to compensate by enrolling in additional coursework.

 A part-time program of study, the M.A. in Theology and Society offers a cohort model of learning: a group of admitted students begins and progresses through the program together. Cohort starts are based on the recruitment and start of 10 admitted students. The rolling admissions policy means that the first 10 qualified applicants for a particular cohort group will comprise that group.

Note:  This program does not offer new cohort starts each semester. Applicants are encouraged to request information and download an application from the links below. When the start list reaches 10 admitted students, the program director will notify accepted students of the next cohort term start.

Whether you plan to teach, serve in ministry, advocate for human rights, contribute to theological research and writing, or simply wish to have the rich legacy of the Christian tradition inform your daily activities, this holistic theological program is designed for you. We encourage you to visit Saint Joseph’s University and to meet with faculty to discuss your personal objectives.