Master of Arts in Theology

Critical reflection on the human experience

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Program Overview Theology (MA)

The Master of Arts in Theology program at Barry University serves those individuals seeking a degree in preparation for teaching theology in secondary school systems, assuming the position of Director of Religious Education, pursuing further study in doctoral programs, and seeking personal enrichment in theology.

The Master of Arts in Theology requires 36 credits and provides students in the field of theological and religious education and in the pursuit of a doctoral degree with a rigorous theological foundation geared to their specific needs.

The purpose of the M.A. in Theology degree program is to provide a foundational understanding of the theological disciplines of the Christian tradition for the professional education credential and/or further graduate study through:

  • Rigorous academic engagement in the areas of biblical, systematic, liturgical/sacramental, and moral theology
  • Theological research through historical methods in Scripture, systematic, sacramental/liturgical, and moral theology
  • Integrated theological reflection on experience
  • Theological engagement with diverse cross-cultural contexts and a global worldview.
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Admissions Overview Getting Started

Congratulations on taking the first step to pursue your passion, advance your career, and make a difference in your community. We are committed to assist each student through the admission process.

Whether you transition straight from undergraduate studies to a graduate program or have been out of school for some time, we offer a welcoming and professional environment for graduate study.

With small class sizes, there is a considerable amount of personalized attention from your faculty and opportunities to build strong relationships with fellow classmates.

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If you are an international student, applying as early as possible is in your best interest in order to allow ample time for immigration processing. Please be aware that admission to Barry University does not guarantee that you will be granted a student visa by the United States Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin.

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Financial Aid Affordable for you.

At BarryU, our tuition is competitive, affordable and still promises all the perks of a private school education. Our cost per credit is in-line with other institutions, but we offer a mission-driven educational experience and provide our students with small class sizes, personalized attention, and academic excellence. Scholarships, graduate assistantships, and financial aid can also be explored to help offset overall costs.

Barry University participates in the full array of federal and state financial aid programs. At Barry, we are committed to doing all we can to help you finance your education.

Barry University's Financial Aid staff will assist you through the financial aid application process.

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Cost of Attendance Tuition and Fees

You can use the Barry University Scholarship System to find other scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible to receive:

  • Answer as many questions as you like—the more questions answered, the more scholarships you’re matched to
  • Be automatically considered for many of the scholarships available at Barry University
  • Do a keyword search for scholarships and review the criteria to see if your qualifications are a match
The scholarships are funded through contributions from private donors, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, campus organizations, and corporations.
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Theology and Ministry Programs Accreditation

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada ( accredits Barry University's Department of Theology and Philosophy graduate programs through 2028.

The following graduate programs in Theology and Ministry are accredited by ATS:

  • Master of Arts in Theology
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry for Hispanics
  • Doctor of Ministry
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Educational Effectiveness Master of Arts in Theology

The Educational Effectiveness of the Master of Arts in Theology is best demonstrated by the acquisition of a foundational understanding of the biblical, systematic, moral, and liturgical disciplines of the Christian theological tradition for the educational professional or for further graduate study.


The Master of Arts in Theology program cultivates this preparation by fostering in our students the learning objectives and competencies delineated at each level of study which advance the mission of each program.

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