24 months
770 USD/credit 18480 USD/year
770 USD/credit 18480 USD/year
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Studying Theology and ministry within the Augustinian tradition is a crucial component of inquiry at Villanova University.


The Augustinian tradition draws upon the legacy of St. Augustine’s passionate pursuit of truth, an intentional endeavor that summons the union of mind and heart, correlates faith with reason, builds unity in the midst of diversity, and proceeds in the conviction that all authentic human wisdom is ultimately in harmony with divine wisdom. 

Christian theology and ministry in the Augustinian tradition are living, enduring ways of understanding and of practice that continue to be refined, developed and extended as they engage the contemporary world.


The Master of Arts in Theology (MA) from Villanova University offers a foundational and comprehensive theological experience that attracts many types of students, including those seeking an integrated initiation to graduate theology, opportunities to enhance their ministry or vocational pathway, preparation for further graduate work or teaching in secondary education. For current Villanova undergraduates, this degree may be earned jointly, after the completion of a Bachelor’s of Arts with a major in Theology and Religious Studies, in five years total.

The General Pastoral Ministry Track prepares individuals for transformative leadership in areas that include: lay ministry, education, counseling, non-profit management and social work.

The track in Chaplaincy Education serves those who wish to prepare for chaplaincy ministry in health care, prison, military, corporate, university and other institutional settings. The program enables students interested in pursuing certification in hospital chaplaincy to complete the necessary coursework and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) requirements to apply for board certification. 

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is a comprehensive terminal degree for students who seek advanced training in preparation for doctoral studies, teaching or ministerial work or who seek more advanced positions in humanitarian, philanthropic, religious, or other nonprofit, and charitable organizations. 

The Theological Education Track is distinctive for its focus on dedicated coursework in religious/theological pedagogy and a semester-long classroom apprenticeship experience. This track uniquely aligns with the Heart of Teaching Program developed through Villanova’s Theology doctoral program.

The Research Track focuses on critical and advanced synthesis, demonstrated through concentrated areas of study and the design and presentation in a scholarly/professional capacity of a culminating research paper or project.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sacramental Theology for Pastoral Care
  • Church and Lay Ministry After Vatican
  • Intercultural Competencies
  • Loss, Grief, and Theology
  • Interfaith/Intercultural Studies
  • Biblical Theology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines




48 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application form
  • Transcripts
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Resume
  • Application Essay
  • Prompt: Which situations, questions, and/or readings have motivated you to study theology within the Catholic tradition, and what are your goals for pursuing the degree?
  • Length: 500 word maximum
  • $50 non-refundable application fee

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 770 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 770 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

800 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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