theology program

Lead communities in their spiritual, intellectual, and personal growth with an M.A. in Theology from Georgian Court University. This program boasts an in-depth curriculum of theology and biblical studies and encourages you to apply these things in a pastoral context. You’ll learn more about ethics, historical developments, and trends in religion, and be able to expand your research, critical thinking, and writing aptitudes.

The program features five tracks as well as certificate programs geared for those who want to pursue different careers in the theology arena.

This program is designed for those who want to teach education programs or minister in churches and related fields.

Program

  • Required courses (12 credits)
  • Electives (18 credits)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses

Required:

  • TH500 Introduction to Theological Study (3)
  • Biblical, theological, and pastoral studies (3 credits in each area—9 total)

If you wish to pursue a doctoral degree or want to conduct research or publish material in the field, this track accommodates that specialty.

Program

  • Required courses (12 credits)
  • Electives (21 credits)
  • Thesis (3 credits)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog. 

Courses

Required courses:

  • TH500 Introduction to Theological Study (3)
  • Biblical, theological, and pastoral studies (3 credits in each area—9 total)

This 30-credit program provides you with a foundation in the academic study of spirituality, with a focus on the spirituality of mercy. If a thesis is chosen, the program will be 36 credits.

Program

  • Required courses (18 credits)
  • Electives (12 credits)
  • Thesis (Optional) (6 credits)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses

Required:

  • TH500 Introduction to Theological Study (3)
  • TH662 Ever Old, Ever New: Foundations of Christian Spirituality (3)
  • TH663 Journey of Mercy: History & Spirituality (3)
  • TH664 Banquet of Mercy: Comparative Spirituality (3)
  • TH665 Mercy Praxis: Spirituality & Ethics (3)
  • TH666 Further Explorations: “Toward a Theology of Mercy” (3)

This program is geared toward those who want to enter lay ministry in the Catholic religion.

Program

  • Required courses (27 credits)
  • Electives (3 credits)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses

Required:

  • TH500 Introduction to Theological Study (3)
  • TH502 New Testament: Selections (3)
  • TH650 Christian Formation (3)
  • Choice of courses (pick two):
  • TH501 Hebrew Bible Selections (3)
  • TH533 The Christian Community (3)
  • A course in Ecclesiology/Church history
  • TH551 The Sacraments (3)
  • TH552 Canon Law: Introductions to Pastoral Perspectives (3)
  • TH556 Theology of Pastoral Ministry (3)
  • TH651 Counseling: Pastoral Applications (3)

Launch an exciting career in youth ministry with this theology track.

Program

  • Required courses (30 credits)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses

Required:

  • TH500 Introduction to Theological Study (3)
  • TH501 Hebrew Bible Selections (3)
  • TH502 New Testament: Selections (3)
  • TH533 The Christian Community (3)
  • TH551 The Sacraments (3)
  • TH556 Theology of Pastoral Ministry (3)
  • TH640 Christian Ethics (3)
  • TH671 Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies, Year I (4)
  • TH672 Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies, Year II (4)
  • TH673 Youth Ministry Project (1)

Explore formal academic coursework, spiritual reflection, and thoughtful dialogue with students and faculty from around the world.

New for Fall 2016
Earn an academic certificate at a deeply discounted tuition rate or pursue the equally rigorous noncredit certificate for a modest fee per course. Respected faculty members S. Mary-Paula Cancienne, Ph.D., and Johann Vento, Ph.D., lead the program. Scholarships are available.

Program at a Glance

  • Fully online with a global reach that connects like-minded participants worldwide
  • Ideal for people engaged in Mercy-sponsored works, affiliated ministries, and organizations or people interested in further exploring Mercy
  • Inspired by the Mercy values of justice, respect, integrity, service, and compassion
  • Three online retreats
  • Features a global perspective on the call of Mercy in our time
  • Designed to be completed in 18 months

For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses (15 credits)

Required:

  • TH662 Ever Old, Ever New: Foundations of Christian Spirituality (3)
  • TH663 Journey of Mercy: History & Spirituality (3)
  • TH664 Banquet of Mercy: Comparative Spirituality (3)
  • TH665 Mercy Praxis: Spirituality & Ethics (3)
  • TH666 Further Explorations: “Toward a Theology of Mercy” (3)

Choose the approach that works best for you:

  • Option 1: Graduate Academic Certificate
    For academic credit, this program is discounted for those in Catholic organizations and Mercy-supported works.
  • Option 2: Noncredit Certificate
    Complete five courses and receive a certificate of completion. Each noncredit course is priced at a flat rate of $375, which includes tuition and fees.

Contact Maria Colón in the GCU Office of Graduate Admissions at 732-987-2770 or e-mail mcolon@georgian.edu to learn more!

Graduate GCU Certificate in Theology
This 18-credit program is ideal for those who do not want to obtain an M.A. degree but still want a solid academic background in theology.

Professional Development for Pastoral Leaders GCU Certificate: Parish Business Management
The Parish Business Management Certificate program is for existing leaders in the pastoral field and requires 18 credits in business and theological studies.

  • TH533 The Christian Community (3)
  • BU506 Principles of Finance (3)
  • BU609 Management & Leadership (3)
  • BU624 Contract & Employment Law (3)
  • AC604 Not-for-Profit Accounting & Internal Controls (3)
  • IS612 Business Information Systems Concepts (3)

I am so blessed to have attended Georgian Court. On top of providing me with an absolutely fantastic education, I was given the opportunity to explore my faith and understand my spirituality. The best part about having attended a Catholic university is that I was not only allowed to explore my religion, I was encouraged to dive deeper into what being a Catholic means to me and to involve myself in activities that fostered my beliefs.

kristin cladek
Kristen Cladek ’14, Graduate Student at Fordham University