Master of Arts in Theology

The Graduate Program consists of 36 credit hours of study in Catholic Theology plus Comprehensive Examinations. Courses at STS are offered to accommodate both full-time students (9 credits per semester) and part-time students. Our classes are offered in the evenings during the week, allowing students the freedom to either work during the day or use that time for study and prayer. STS has a fall, spring, and summer semester. Full-time students take classes all three semesters and can finish their coursework in 4 semesters. Students attending part-time can work at their own pace to complete the required 36 credits of coursework.

STS students benefit from the diversity of full-time faculty at St. Charles Seminary. Graduate level faculty have doctoral degrees or equivalent competency. STS also makes use of quality Adjunct Faculty from the Philadelphia area. We take pride in ensuring that our academics are orthodox and rigorous; and our faculty encourages an open intellectual pursuit of the truth guided by the Magisterium.

The Master of Arts degree consists of the following academic requirements:

  • Foundational Course in Sacred Scripture
  • Foundational Course in Systematic Theology
  • Moral Theology
  • Synoptic Gospels
  • Theology of Christ
  • Theology of the Church
  • Theology of Grace and Sacraments
  • Church History
  • Letters of St. Paul
  • Johannine Literature
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • (Written and Oral Comprehensive Examinations)

Please CLICK HERE for the Comprehensive Examination Study Guide for the Master of Arts in Theology.  

Earn Your Masters Degree in As Little as

4 Semesters or 4 Summers


"My experience at St. Charles both challenged and deepened my faith life in ways I could not have imagined prior to beginning my studies.  The professors and resources I had access to at the Seminary revealed a depth and beauty to the Catholic Faith I had not experienced before.  I graduated from STS with a deeper love for Christ and His Church, and with a passion to share that love in a more profound way with my family, friends, parish, and community."
- Heather Maigur


"STS is an ideal place for the study of theology. There is a real sense of fellowship among the students, which contributes to a warm and supportive classroom environment. The graduate program has exceeded my expectations and I will truly miss STS once my studies are complete!"
- Jose Quintana

"Being enrolled in this Graduate Program has helped me to increase my love for Christ and his Church because of the solid teaching and spiritual nourishment it has provided me. The professors are impeccable and the program is incredibly stimulating and authentically Catholic."
- Drew Zagursky

"What I like most about STS's masters program is the orthodox education I am receiving. All of my professors are extremely passionate about Catholic Theology and are dedicated to passing on to their students the beautiful teachings of the Church in all its fullness."
- Brooke Hewitt