|Readiness for Ministry Program|
|Bachelor of Sacred Theology|
|Master of Arts|
|Master of Arts in Ecclesial Ministry|
|Master of Divinity|
|Dual Degree Program|
|The Master of Arts program is open to diocesan, religious, and lay students. It is a 2-3 year program leading to a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Systematic Theology, Sacred Scripture, Monastic Studies, or Ecclesial Ministry. The program is designed to equip the student with the tools for critical thinking and research on a graduate level or for diaconal and lay ministry within the Church. The program features M.A. level seminars and affords the student the opportunity to work through a program of studies best suited to his/her life circumstances, interests, and projected goals. Each candidate must choose an academic advisor in the area of concentration.|
|Master of Arts in Systematic Theology, Sacred Scripture, Monastic Studies||
“The purpose of these degree programs is to provide a basic understanding of theological disciplines for further graduate study and for general educational purposes.”—The Association of Theological Schools, Bulletin 50, Part 1, 2012, G-52, D.1.1.1.
The goals of the program are as follows:
The courses in the Seminary curriculum acceptable for the Master of Arts program are in the 800 series. The courses in the 700 series, with additional work, may also be acceptable, if first approved by the Academic Dean.
The admission requirements are as follows:
Lay students admitted to this program must be available to take courses during the day. The average course load for lay students is nine credits.
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A grade point average of 3.0 and a B grade in each course and seminar required for the degree.
Successful completion of the comprehensive exam.
A candidate must complete all degree requirements within ten years after acceptance into the M.A. program. Normally a period of 2-3 years will be needed to complete all degree requirements for the Master of Arts degree.
|Credit Transfer||A maximum of 12 credits may be transferred from other graduate schools. Transfer credits must have been earned within the previous ten-year period.|
Each M.A. candidate is responsible for seeking an academic advisor from among the members of the regular faculty of Saint Vincent Seminary who teach in the student’s area of concentration. The student obtains from the Academic Dean a copy of an agreement form, which is signed by the faculty member and indicates that member’s willingness to serve as advisor. The faculty advisor of an M.A. candidate:
PART ONE: The M.A. degree in Systematic Theology, Sacred Scripture, and Monastic Studies requires a written exam based upon a list of comprehensive exam questions. This exam assesses the students’ general knowledge of the Catholic theological tradition in his/her area of concentration. Questions will be distributed when the student is admitted to the program. The exam is to be taken early in the fall of Fourth Theology if one is an ordination student and in the last semester of studies if one is not. The exam will consist of eight randomly selected questions; the student must answer five—three from the area of concentration, two from other areas.
PART TWO: The M.A. degree in Systematic Theology, Sacred Scripture, and Monastic Studies requires two 7500-word directed research papers in the student’s area of concentration. The paper requirements are as follows:
PART THREE: The M.A. degree in Systematic Theology, Scripture, and Monastic Studies requires a thirty minute public lecture on the topic of one of the above papers to be delivered before a faculty board and students. The presentation should be 30 minutes in length and will be followed by a 30-minute Q and A period. The presentation is to be delivered during the semester in which the student graduates. The presentation will be graded by three professors, two of which are from the student’s area of concentration. Students will be assessed on both the content of the lecture and the effectiveness of their delivery. A grading rubric will be distributed to the student prior to the presentation.
|Final Grade for Comprehensive Exam:||
The final grade for the comprehensive exam will be comprised of the grades taken from the three parts of the exam and averaged together. Each part counts as 1/3 of the final grade. For Part II, the scores for each paper will be averaged together to determine one grade for this section of the exam.
The final results of the student’s M.A. grade point average will be recorded on the official transcript in the following way:
Students must have an 83% average for each part of the comprehensive exam to complete the degree. In case of failure in any part, the failed section may be repeated once.
|M.A. Seminar Paper Guidelines||
In submitting a M.A. seminar paper the student must:
The text of the paper, excluding notes and bibliography, must be at least 5000 words in length. A draft of the paper may be required a month before the close of the semester. The draft will be discussed with the student within ten days after the submission of the paper. The student will be advised about the needed revisions and is expected to incorporate them. The final paper is to be submitted before the end of the semester. Grading criteria for the paper include:
An M.A. candidate may request or be invited to write a thesis. Following agreement of a faculty member to direct a thesis and the concurrence of the M.A. advisor, the student submits a thesis proposal.
This proposal includes:
The thesis proposal must be signed by the thesis director and the M.A. advisor, and is sent to the M.A. Committee for approval.
Following the approval of the M.A. Committee, the student may register for the thesis. The student should work closely with the thesis director and, in conjunction with the advisor, secure a second reader. The student will submit the thesis work as required by the director.
The thesis should not be less than 15,000 nor more than 17,500 words in length (not counting footnotes and bibliography).
The thesis grade will consist of the average of the grades submitted by the thesis director and the second reader.
The thesis grade will be determined by:
|Students who successfully complete a thesis are granted 6 credits that may be counted toward the completion of elective credits.|
|Thesis Preparation||The Master of Arts candidate is to submit four copies of the thesis prepared according to the official style sheet for the Seminary (see Nancy Jean Vyhmeister, Your Guide to Writing Quality Research Papers: For Students of Religion and Theology (Grand Rapids: Michigan: Zondervan, 2008), Second Edition.). Additional Seminary style requirements are described in the Seminary Thesis Preparation Guidelines. Copies of these guidelines can be obtained from the Academic Dean.|