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  • Program Type
    Major, Minor
  • Degrees Offered
  • School
    School of Arts & Sciences

Engage in the prayerful, disciplined study of God, nature, and humanity in faithful adherence to the Church’s Magisterium. Cultivate the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.

What You’ll Learn

You will study Scripture and tradition, informed by the Benedictine principles of community, hospitality, moderation, prayer, respect for persons, and service. You’ll read classic works in theology from the ages, as well as Greco-Roman and Jewish literature and works in intellectual and cultural history important for understanding the Christian tradition.

Engage Deeply

Studying theology in grateful accord with the Benedictine tradition means deep engagement with liturgy and culture as well as doctrine. Your work will form you not only intellectually but also spiritually, liturgically, and practically.

Understand and Respect Diverse Religious Traditions

Study and practice theology with profound ecumenical respect for Judaism, Protestantism, Evangelicalism, Orthodox, and other religious traditions.

Prepare for Graduate Study at Mary

Continue your exploration of the Catholic tradition in Mary’s Master of Arts in Catholic Studies or Master of Arts in Applied Catholic Theology.

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Assistant Professor and Chair of Theology Philip Porter shares insights about Mary's theology program.

Careers & Outcomes

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Because theology is a comprehensive program that cultivates broad knowledge and rhetorical skills, a bachelor’s degree in theology provides excellent preparation for every profession, for service in the Church, for citizenship, and for life. Mary theology graduates pursue careers in parish and diocesan ministries such as religious education, liturgy, youth work, and schools, as well as businesses, government, social services, and volunteer programs.

Career Paths

  • Priesthood or Religious Life
  • Educator
  • Lawyer
  • Health Care Professional
  • Social Worker
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Youth Programming Coordinator

I’ve had multiple experiences of being received by the professors outside of the classroom. I wanted to get some information, and I saw one of the professors sitting in the Crow’s Nest with his laptop. I went up to him, sat at the table, and he just welcomed me …

Sophie Lelemsis, ‘22

Featured Faculty

Christopher D. Collins, PhD

Associate Professor of Theology, Fellow in Catholic Studies

I am a Catholic theologian that focuses on moral theology to help students live out a candid and profound relationship with Jesus Christ. I am concerned with how people are to respond, live, and worship the Triune God who has made himself known to us. I seek to help students see who they are in relation to God: that He cares deeply for them and wants them to live lives of great meaning for themselves, for the Church, and for the world. I am convinced that the universal call to holiness and greatness can be realized in our world today.

Michon M. Matthiesen, PhD

Associate Professor of Theology, Gregorian Scholars Honor Program Mentor

Before arriving at the University of Mary, I taught at Providence College (RI), Loyola Marymount University (CA), and St. Patrick’s Seminary and University (CA). Though rooted in the thought of Thomas Aquinas, I enjoy reading theologians of the early twentieth century who were keen to retrieve the rich and majestic thought of the early Church Fathers. My oldest and enduring love of literature lead me to studies in liturgical and sacramental theology. My primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of eucharistic theology, Christian spirituality, theology and literature, and the liturgical movement. I live with my marvelously athletic standard poodle, Roman, and enjoy gardening, raptor-watching, cooking, and good wine.

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