About UD Theology

About UD Theology

The Theology program at the University of Dallas has features that distinguish it from other programs.  For example, in their study of theology, UD students read primary theological texts rather than summaries in textbooks.  The theological texts read are foundational to western theological tradition and include such works as the Bible, Augustine's Confessions, the Summa of Thomas Aquinas, and Dei Verbum from the Second Vatican Council.

This engagement with primary and classic writings begins in two courses of the UD core, Understanding the Bible and Western Theological Tradition.  All UD undergraduates take these courses which provide the foundation for further theological study.

Beyond these Core courses, undergraduate majors in theology also take courses in Systematic Theology, Moral theology, the Old and New Testaments, and elective courses.  Theology majors also write a senior thesis and take comprehensive exams in their senior year.

The Masters Program in Theology

The theology program at the University of Dallas also offers graduate degrees on the masters level for students wishing to pursue theology beyond a bachelor's degree.  Two degrees are offered:  the Masters in Theology (M. Th.) and the Masters of Arts in Theology (M.A.)  The M. Th. program requires thirty credits of coursework in theology, culminating in comprehensive examinations.  The M.A. degree also requires 30 credits but goes beyond the M.Th. degree in two ways.  First, it requires the reading knowledge of a classical (Latin, Greek) or modern (French, German) language.  Second, it also requires a research thesis of substantial length.

Application for entry into either masters program is done through the Braniff Graduate Office at the University of Dallas.  The requirements for applying include a complete application form, two letters of reference, a statement of purpose, intellectual autobiography, and official transcripts of undergraduate work. An applicant must submit the GRE General Test scores (taken not more than three years previous to the date of application) and a sample of academic writing.

The possession of a bachelor's degree and a sufficiently strong background in theology and philosophy is a prerequisite for admittance.  For entry to the M.A. program, applicants must have a minimum of nine credits in undergraduate philosophy.

For further questions, please contact the Department of Theology at the University of Dallas. The Department of Theology is located in the Braniff Graduate Building on the second floor.


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