Historical and Systematic Theology, M.A. | Catholic University of America | Washington, D. C., United States
24 months
52190 USD/year
52190 USD/year
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The Masters of Arts in Historical and Systematic Theology from Catholic University of America is the basic graduate degree in general Roman Catholic theology.


The Historical and Systematic Theology program from Catholic University of America provides sound initiation in graduate theological studies by assisting students in acquiring the ability to "think theologically." 

The unique strength of the program lies in the broad and solid grounding in the Roman Catholic tradition which it affords the candidate. To this end, it avoids a narrow specialization while still allowing a measure of preferential concentration and personal selection. This degree program provides a thorough and rigorous beginning in graduate theological studies and in preparation for ministry. 

In addition and specific to the general requirements for obtaining a Civil Degree, the Historical and Systematic area requires the following:


  • At least twelve credit hours of undergraduate or graduate philosophy. Normally, these credits should be in four of the following areas: ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy, modern philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics.
  • At least fifteen credit hours of undergraduate or graduate religious studies at a B grade level or above. These should include courses in the Old and New Testaments, church history, and systematic and moral theology. Upon review of the candidate's previous studies, it may be required that certain prerequisite courses be taken.
  • A demonstrated reading knowledge of Latin. Ordinarily, the Latin requirement should be satisfied during a student's first fall semester in the program.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • History and Method in Theology (3 credits)
  • Nine credit hours in systematics
  • Three credit hours in Scripture
  • Three credit hours in moral theology
  • Twelve credit hours of electives, with at least three hours from the following: canon law, catechetics/religious education, church history, liturgical studies, religion and culture, spirituality, or world religions.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Every International applicant needs to return a completed application.
  • Submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order payable in U.S. currency to The Catholic University of America.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency
  • Submit confirmation of financial support
  • Submit secondary school report with translated transcripts
  • Receive your admission packet with visa information
  • Secondary School Report
  • Official/Attested Copy of Transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

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