Master's Degrees


The doctrine of the faith should be deepened by suitable initiatives such as study days, renewal courses and the frequentation of academic institutions…. It is necessary that deacons have an accurate knowledge of the Sacraments of Holy Orders, the Holy Eucharist, Baptism and Matrimony. They must develop a knowledge of those aspects of philosophy, ecclesiology, dogmatic Theology, Sacred Scripture, and Canon Law which most assist them in their ministry.

Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons: Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons #72.

As part of their continuing formation, qualified permanent deacons and wives completing Saint Meinrad's Permanent Deacon Formation Program may earn up to 18 credits of advanced standing toward the 36-credit hour Master of Arts (Theology).

Permanent deacons and wives who participated in other formation programs may also receive some credit toward this degree.

Master of Arts (Theology)

Required Degree Coursework for Saint Meinrad Deacons:

Opportunities for additional coursework in pastoral studies are also available.


Course Formats 

A variety of course formats makes it possible to pursue a master's degree on a part-time basis; weekend, online, week-intensive courses are available.

Generally, the degree can be completed in two to four years on a part-time basis.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should complete the regular application process to the Graduate Theology Programs. Apply here. 

For information, email the Office of Admissions at, or call 800-MEINRAD (634-6723).