Master of Arts in Theology (MA)
The MA program is designed for students who have earned a Master of Theological Studies degree, or an equivalent, from Spring Hill or a regionally accredited institution. The MA program builds on that degree and allows the student to engage in more focused research in their additional course work. The program culminates in an MA thesis (6 credit hours) in a specific topic in theology.
Programs in Theology & Ministry are available in a blended format, combining online work with occasional face to face class meetings at our home campus in Mobile or at Ignatius House in Atlanta.
Features of the SHC Graduate Program
- Personalized work with Thesis director
- Wide range of Topics for Focus
- Great research libraries in Mobile and Atlanta
- Academically rigorous
- Preparation for Ph.D. work
- Average class size: 15
- Approximate Male/Female Ratio: 50%/50%
- Percent who are working professionals: 90%
- Percent who are working full time in ministry: 15%
- Admission requirement? MTS or equivalent degree
- GPA requirement? GPA of 3.5 and above/ 3.2-3.4 for conditional admission
- Number of faculty? 6 full time faculty
- Will this degree fit my schedule? Online courses; Guided Reading courses
- How many credit hours are needed to complete the degree? 48 (in total)
- How long does it take to complete the program? 2-3 years part-time beyond the MTS degree
The Master of Arts in Theology degree program requires 48 credit hours: 14 graduate-level courses and a research thesis. This degree allows for further concentration beyond the MTS degree in one particular area chosen by the student (e.g., Biblical, Spiritual, Moral) and includes an extensive research project concluding in a thesis paper (75-100 pages long).
For the Theology faculty at Spring Hill the MA program offers an opportunity to work one-on-one with a student doing in-depth research on a particular topic. The MA thesis takes students and MA advisors into research topics and methods way beyond what is normally covered in a regular course. This is a personal and exciting experience for both the student and the faculty. Every time I have been the advisor for an MA thesis the high level of academic mentoring has been a fascinating and enlightening honor.
— Dr. Timothy Carmody
Juggling the family, prayer, work, and study schedule has been challenging for me. I couldn’t do it without the prayers and strong support I receive from my family, friends in St. Ignatius parish, the professors and staff at SHC and the folks I work with. These men and their families will be in similar situations and I hope to help them develop their own methods for handling the challenge.
— Bill Harkins ’16
Because Spring Hill offers its theology programs as a service to the region’s community of faith and as an expression of its basic mission, the cost per credit hour reflects a generous tuition reduction which is applied toward all students. The same fee applies to graduate, undergraduate, and audit levels.