M.A. Theology

As God’s people, we are called to serve. Whether you are seeking spiritual and leadership development, a career in ministry, or advanced theological education, Saint Leo's Master of Arts in Theology offers a flexible adult learning model for nontraditional graduate students, lay ministers and candidates to the diaconate.

Why choose Theology at Saint Leo?

As Florida’s oldest Catholic institution of higher education, Saint Leo has centuries-old roots in the Benedictine tradition. Holding students to high standards of ethics and academic excellence, Theology faculty guide you to a plan that best suits your individual goals, talents and needs—at any stage in your career.

The 36-credit hour Theology program explores:

  • Major theological questions, such as the mystery of God, Jesus as Son of God, and our own human origin, destiny and purpose in life
  • Ethical and cultural implications of a transcendent understanding of life
  • Contributions of and challenges to the Catholic tradition
  • The role of humility and contemplative experience
  • Appropriate skills for leadership in liturgical and ministerial service

Flexibility for the working professional

Our highly qualified and gifted faculty—including clergy, and experts in the Second Vatican Council, Ignatian Spirituality and the Catholic-Jewish dialogue—use a variety of instructional delivery methods, blending onsite lectures, online discussion and video conferencing.

On-ground classes are held one Saturday per month.

Some amazing classes you can take

  • History of Catholic-Jewish Relations
  • History, Theology and Spirituality of the Diaconate
  • American Catholicism: Theology, Spirituality, Culture and History
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Management/Human Resources for Ministry

Professional development opportunities

Connect your classroom learning with community service or an internship—Theology students find opportunities at local parishes, pre-hospital chaplaincy programs, youth ministry programs and Catholic Charities.

What can you do with a master's degree in Theology?

Graduates apply their theology knowledge to a variety of vocations, including lay pastoral ministry, religious education, diaconal ministry, secondary education, chaplaincy and further graduate study.

  • Director of Religious Education
  • Clergy
  • Conflict Resolution Specialist
  • High School Teacher
  • Hospital Chaplain
  • Lawyer
  • Mediator
  • Music Minister
  • Social Worker
  • Youth Counselor

Where are Saint Leo Theology grads now?

  • Diocese of Orlando, Formation Director of Deacons
  • Saint Leo University, Adjunct Instructor
  • Northwest University, Doctoral Candidate

Admission requirements

Although we teach theology from the perspective of the Catholic Christian Tradition, we are an ecumenical community in which diverse perspectives share openly in the learning process. You may come to the program with different beliefs and objectives from your classmates, or perhaps without a background in academic theology—and you will leave spiritually enriched, and with a critical knowledge of biblical, systematic, historical, pastoral and moral theology.

A special discount is available for M.A. Theology students. Contact Graduate Admissions details.

Do you have the courage to answer your calling? Take the first step, and apply now.

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