Program TypeMajor, Minor
SchoolSchool 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
Careers & Outcomes
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.
- Priesthood or Religious Life
- 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 …
John Kincaid, PhD
Director of Theology Program , Director, Christian Leadership Center (CLC), Fellow in Catholic Studies
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I received a PhD in theology from Ave Maria University in 2015. Before receiving a PhD, I received a ThM from Duke University, an MA in theology from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a BA in theology from Geneva College. My wife Kristen and I have seven children, Natalie, Jack, Evelyn, Olivia, Gabriella, Mary Grace, and Paul. Before coming to the University of Mary in 2019, I was previously a member of the theology faculty at John Paul the Great Catholic University and at Franciscan University of Steubenville.