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Theology

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.

Ask about our new real-time distance format. This means you can earn your M.A. in Theology online from anywhere. Join classes taking place at our campus in Lakewood, New Jersey, from the comfort of your own home, workplace, or other setting. Enjoy real-time interaction with our accomplished faculty and your student colleagues.

For more information, contact Dr. Johann M. Vento, Ph.D., at ude.naigroeg@otnevj.

The program features three tracks as well as GCU certificate programs in theology and Mercy spirituality.

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.

The Research Master of Arts (Research Seminar)

This program is designed for students who intend to pursue doctoral studies in theology and for those who hope to publish in the field and for those who are interested in research.

Degree Requirements

  • Successfully complete 36 credits, including: TH500 Introduction to Theological Study; 3 credits each in Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Studies; 21 credits in electives; and a 3-credit thesis.
  • Maintain a B (3.0) average.
  • Complete degree requirements within six years after formal admission.

M.A. in Theology (Mercy Spirituality Track) (30 or 361)

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
TH662Foundations of Mercy Spirituality3
TH663Journey of Mercy: History & Spirituality3
TH664Comparative Mercy Spirituality3
TH665Mercy Praxis: Spirituality & Ethics3
TH666Toward a Theology of Mercy3
Electives
Select 12 credits 12
Total Credits30
1

If thesis option is chosen, 6 additional credits in thesis preparation.



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

Explore formal academic coursework, spiritual reflection, and thoughtful dialogue with students and faculty from around the world. 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 Mary-Paula Cancienne, RSM, Ph.D., and Johann Vento, Ph.D., lead the program. Scholarships are available.


This program is designed for the person who works or has worked in institutions that are sponsored or affiliated with the Sisters of Mercy, is a Sister of Mercy, an associate, volunteer, companion, or, more generally, is a seeker who is interested in deepening her/his understanding of the spiritual life through the lens of the “mercy of God.” This program anticipates that each beginning class of participants will travel through the program as a cohort, becoming an “online community” from near and far. This is an academic program as well as one dedicated to adult spiritual formation that will support and encourage questions, reflection, and “new eyes.” This is a 15-credit certificate, which can be counted toward an M.A. in Theology.

The five certificate courses are:

TH662Foundations of Mercy Spirituality3
TH663Journey of Mercy: History & Spirituality3
TH664Comparative Mercy Spirituality3
TH665Mercy Praxis: Spirituality & Ethics3
TH666Toward a Theology of Mercy3
Total Credits15


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.

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