Graduate Theology Requirements | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • MA Theology and Christian Ministry Program: Requirements and Application Information

    Available on campus or online!

    Our program is eminently accessible on campus or 100% online with no residency requirement, and it does not require previous theological studies.

    Course Requirements

    You will be required to have two background classes or their equivalent to enter the Program. The Program itself requires 10 foundational classes and two electives for a total of 12 required courses, equaling 36 credits. More electives may be required depending on your previous studies.

    Two Required Background Courses

    1. THE 510 Word of God: Scripture and Tradition
    2. THE 518 The Ecclesial Nature and Mission of Theology

    Ten Required Foundational Courses

    1. THE 600 Philosophy for Theology (this course may be waived pending philosophy background)
    2. THE 618 Fundamental Theology
    3. THE 606 Dogmatic Theology I: Trinity, Christology, Soteriology (may be waived pending background)
    4. THE 607 Dogmatic Theology II: Church, Sacraments (may be waived pending background)
    5. THE 608 Dogmatic Theology III: Sin/Grace, Mary, Eschatology (may be waived pending background)
    6. THE 611 Interpreting the OT
    7. THE 612 Interpreting the NT
    8. THE 613 Church History
    9. THE 614 The Church in the Modern World
    10. THE 615 Moral Foundations

    Costs and How to Apply

    Since 2013 Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine has ranked Franciscan University of Steubenville among the 100 "Best Values" in private higher education nationally. We understand that a master’s education is an important investment in time and money, so we work to ensure that you receive an outstanding return on your investment.

    Online Costs

    • $500 per credit hour x 36 credit hours = $18,000 total tuition for the entire program
    • Background Classes (if needed): $500 per credit hour x 6 credit hours = $3,000
    • Books (about $70 per class) and proctoring fees (about $200 for the entire program).

    On Campus Costs

    • $685 per credit hour x 36 credit hours = $24,660 total tuition for the entire program.
    • Background Classes (if needed): $685 per credit hour x 6 credit hours = $4,110
    • Books (about $70 per class), proctoring fees (about $200 for the entire program), and housing (renting locally at the market price)

    Financial Aid

    Federal Financial Aid is available for both the online and on-campus program. To apply:

    1. Get your FAFSA PIN
    2. Fill out the FAFSA
    3. Use our FAFSA School Code: 003036

    Scholarships are available for the On-Campus program only. To find out about them contact Mike Bracelin at:

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