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Theology—Online Master’s Degree

Earn your master’s in theology at Georgian Court University and learn to lead communities in their spiritual, intellectual, and personal growth. Our theology degree embodies the core values of prayer and service that are central to Mercy life and encourages a pastoral approach to scholarship.

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Master of Arts

2 years

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Real-time online classes



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We offer several theology master’s degree track options, depending on your specific educational and career objectives. Consider our Pastoral Ministry track if you are looking for a solid basis in theology to support your parish, school, or chaplaincy ministry. Our Mercy spirituality track is a great fit for students who are involved in Mercy-sponsored work and interested in spiritual formation. We also offer a general Master of Arts track. Learn more about theology master’s degree tracks and view course requirements.

Online Learning

Our online theology master’s degree offers a unique real-time learning format, allowing you to interact with our faculty and your student colleagues while working from the comfort of your home or workplace. We also offer generous tuition discounts (up to 50%) for students who work in ministry and/or pursue the Mercy spirituality master’s track.

Other Graduate Theology Programs at Georgian Court

Explore formal academic coursework, spiritual reflection, and thoughtful dialogue with students and faculty from around the world in our Mercy spirituality online graduate certificate program. If you’re not interested in obtaining a Master of Arts degree but still want a solid academic background in theology, we also offer an 18-credit theology graduate certificate.

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Program Information

Earn your master’s in theology online at Georgian Court University and learn to meet the pastoral faith needs of communities. Our program offers tracks in Mercy spirituality, research seminar, and a general Master of Arts.

Program Tracks

The General Master of Arts

This program is designed for students who teach in religious education programs and religion in the schools and those who minister in churches or related fields or work in another field but are interested in formal studies in theology.

Degree Requirements

  • Successfully complete 30 credits, including TH500 Introduction to Theological Study and 3 credits each in three areas: Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Studies
  • 18 credits in electives
  • Maintain a B (3.0) average.
  • Complete degree requirements within six years of formal admission.
  • During the last semester, the student will assemble a portfolio of four research papers, one from each area of study and a fourth in an area of the student’s choice. The student will defend two of these papers before a committee of professors. Portfolios must be submitted either October 1 or March 1.

M.A. in Theology (Mercy Spirituality Track) 

This program provides the student with a grounding in the academic study of spirituality and an opportunity for personal spiritual formation. The focus is on the spirituality of mercy.

TH500Introduction to Theological Study3.0
TH662Foundations of Mercy Spirituality3.0
TH663Journey of Mercy: History & Spirituality3.0
TH664Comparative Mercy Spirituality3.0
TH665Mercy Praxis: Spirituality & Ethics3.0
TH666Toward a Theology of Mercy3.0
Select 12 credits 12.0
Total Credits30.0

M.A. in Theology (Pastoral Ministry Track) 

This program is designed for those who intend to work in lay ministry in the Catholic tradition or in other Christian communities.

TH500Introduction to Theological Study3.0
TH501Hebrew Bible Selections3.0
TH502New Testament: Selections3.0
TH533The Christian Community3.0
TH551The Sacraments3.0
TH552Canon Law:Intro to Pastoral Perspectives3.0
TH556Theology of Pastoral Mininstry3.0
TH650Christian Formation Ministry3.0
TH651Counseling: Pastoral Applications3.0
Total Credits30.0

View the full curriculum and admission requirements.

If you’re interested in our online theology master’s degree, here are other programs at Georgian Court you might want to explore:

Why Earn Your Theology Degree at GCU?

Our master’s in theology offers unique opportunities for academic and spiritual formation. You’ll learn about ethics and historical developments and trends in theology while expanding your research, critical thinking, and writing skills. All classes have a pastoral focus, so you’ll gain a deeper understanding of applying faith in your career and your life. You’ll also benefit from the diverse cultural perspectives of students who join our theology master’s degree program from all over the world.

Here are more reasons to choose Georgian Court University for your master’s in theology.

Real-Time Distance Learning

Join classes taking place at our campus in Lakewood, New Jersey, from wherever you live or work, interacting with professors and peers in real time. You can also work at your own pace, taking one or two classes at a time.

Grounded in Mercy Spirituality

If you’re interested in the theology of Mercy, there’s no better place than Georgian Court University. Mercy spirituality (including the history and tradition of the Sisters of Mercy as well as Mercy and its link to ethics and the world) is embedded in every aspect of our education.

Accomplished, Devoted Faculty

Our four full-time faculty are accomplished theological scholars and teachers, active in publishing and dedicated to helping our graduate students to develop spiritually and achieve their professional goals. All have doctoral degrees.

Diverse Perspectives

Our students are of all ages, ranging from 20s to 60+, and bring diverse perspectives that enrich our theology degree. Some are priests, deacons, or laypeople who work in Catholic ministries, while others come from different religious backgrounds. Some are teachers of religion and theology, while others are taking courses for spiritual and academic enrichment.

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What Can You Do With a Degree in Theology?

At Georgian Court, you’ll gain more than an in-depth understanding of scripture and theology—you’ll develop the knowledge and skills to prepare for careers in the ministerial or educational field.

Many of our master’s in theology students work in the ministry or Catholic schools and parishes. Others are searching for personal enrichment by gaining a deeper understanding of scripture and a deeper connection to their own faith.

Theology Degree Jobs

What jobs can you get with a theology degree? A master’s in theology will open doors to opportunities in a variety of pastoral contexts. Examples of theology jobs that you might pursue (or further immerse yourself in) with this degree include:

  • chaplain,
  • teacher,
  • parish catechetical leader,
  • youth minister, or
  • pastoral associate.
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I would highly recommend the Mercy spirituality online graduate certificate program for those engaged in a Mercy-sponsored ministry or feel called to explore their journey in Mercy more deeply. Online discussion of the course readings with my classmates and keen insights offered by the professors in response to my written reflections encouraged a spiritual reawakening in me, a broader and more intimate understanding of mercy, and a greater appreciation of Catherine McAuley’s faith and leadership. Although I chose not to pursue the graduate degree, I still found the certificate-only track to be academically rigorous while also being flexible enough to accommodate the demands of being a mom of three and working full-time.
Marie Schultz-Stebel
Marie Schultz-Stebel ’20

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