Master of Arts in Theology

The Graduate Program at the School of Theological Studies (STS) consists of 36 credit hours of study in Catholic Theology plus Written and Oral Comprehensive Examinations. STS has fall, spring, and summer semesters. Our fall and spring semester classes are offered in the evening during the week. In the summer semester only, we offer afternoon and evening classes. This schedule allows students the freedom to either work during the day or use that time for study and prayer. Students take classes all three semesters. Students attending STS part-time can work at their own pace to complete the required 36 credits of coursework of 10 required courses and 2 elective courses.

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 Theology.

Fall and Spring evening classes.

Summer afternoon and evening classes.

Graduate Application - Master of Arts in Theology
School of Theological Studies
100 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, PA 19196


You will be required to complete the entire application, which includes a 400-500 word essay explaining your reasons for pursuing the degree, events that led to your decision, and your plans for the future.

You will need to submit your application fee, without which the application is considered incomplete. In addition, you must have official copies of your transcripts sent to our office. If you have any questions, please email us at or call 610-785-6287.

Requirements for Graduate Admission

An undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts or Science) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from an accredited college or university.

In addition to the undergraduate degree, the Graduate Program requires a minimum of eighteen undergraduate credits in Theology and/or Philosophy, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (For Permanent Diaconate candidates, the Aspirancy Year coursework counts towards this requirement)


Application Procedure

1. Complete the online application in its entirety.  Online application can be found HERE.  

2. Pay the $40.00 application fee.

3. Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to be sent directly to the School of Theological Studies.

4. Request two individuals unrelated to you to submit letters of recommendation attesting to your academic abilities and good character. These should be sent directly to the School of Theological Studies.
(This requirement is waived for Permanent Diaconate Students who are participating in the Aspirancy Year courses)

Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee as they are received. All of your application materials must arrive at our office in order for your application to be considered “complete”. See the dates listed below:

January 31st Aspirancy Year Permanent Diaconate Students Fall Term
April 1st All Students, Summer or Fall Term
November 1st All Students, Spring Term



Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary reserves the right both to investigate and verify all information provided by the applicant. Any instance of falsifying information will result in termination of the application.


"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