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Graduate Theology Program

What is Theology?

Theology is the study of religious belief and the nature of God and the divine.

This program prepares lay men and women, as well as members of religious communities, to serve the Church in the Southwest.

The program is dedicated to the traditional Marianist values of:

  • The importance of theological education
  • Servant leadership
  • Christian church communities living and growing in a family spirit

Degree Plan

This program instructs students in the careful reading of theological texts and church documents, the importance of historical and philosophical influences on textual interpretation, and the use of essential research tools.

In addition to this scholarly preparation, students consider how and why it is important to implement the results of theological research in creative and practical ways.

A dual degree is also available, allowing students to complete both degrees in three to four years:

Courses in Theology

Unlike many graduate programs, the Master of Arts in Theology at St. Mary’s requires courses in scripture, which provides students with a deep investigation into traditional and contemporary interpretations.

In addition to essential courses in areas such as the Church and Trinity, students take courses in Christian Life and Practice. Students encounter rich theological reflection on topics such as catechesis or theology of lay ministry, as well as Catholic moral and social teaching.

See detailed course requirements and descriptions in the catalog:

Financial Aid

St. Mary’s offers various scholarships, grants and assistantships to graduate students. Military, their dependents and Department of Defense employees may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 210-436-3141 or for additional information or visit

Careers in Theology

Our students have gone on to teach in Catholic parochial and high schools, to work in parish and diocesan administrative positions, and to serve as catechetical leaders. Others have gone on to pursue doctoral work and then teach in colleges and universities.

Students often use their degrees for various church ministries, including religious education, or go on to pursue doctoral studies.

We’ll Work with Your Schedule

St. Mary’s is one of a small number of institutions that offers a real-time classroom experience to students through video conference technology.

Distance Learning students outside of the San Antonio area and across the country can participate together with students on campus.

Graduate Theology classes bring together a wide variety of students in an environment that is effective, creative, and communal. Students interact not only with the professor but also with each other.

Through this program, we foster critical reflection on the Catholic faith and work that is open to ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue. 

Student Profile

No one profile describes all our graduate students, but most have full-time jobs in the day and take courses one or two evenings a week.

Many incoming students have previous training in Theology or Religious Studies, but this background is not required. Students new to the study of Theology will be supported during their transition by taking one or more courses with undergraduate majors until they are prepared to thrive in graduate courses.

Theology at St. Mary’s is rooted in Catholic tradition, but welcomes students of all backgrounds who share our commitment to the compatibility of faith and reason and the need for critical inquiry in the search of insight wherever it may be found.

Learn more about the MA in Theology

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