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Pursuing an MA in Moral Theology/Ethics

The M.A. program in Moral Theology/Ethics is designed to introduce students to scholarship and research in theology and religious studies in general and to Moral Theology/Ethics in particular. This program provides a basic grounding in Moral Theology/Ethics, along with an introduction to other disciplines in the School.



  • Thumb Normally an applicant's baccalaureate major will have been in theology, religious studies, or philosophy. Students with other academic backgrounds, however, will be considered if they demonstrate strong academic promise.
  • All applicants must submit an example of an academic paper (or portion thereof) of 10-20 pages.
  • The academic area reserves the right to require other prerequisites which are deemed necessary for the success of applicants in their course of studies.



  • TRS 630A Foundations of Christian Moral Life
  • TRS 632A Christian Social Ethics
  • A course in methodology (e.g. TRS 660 History and Methods in Theology, TRS 661 Christian Anthropology, TRS 760 Theological Foundations, or TRS 780 Foundations of Religious Studies).
  • Three additional Moral Theology/Ethics courses
  • Additional courses may be chosen from other areas of STRS or from other relevant disciplines outside of STRS.
  • Reading proficiency and facility for use in theological research in one modern language (normally French or German)


ThumbThe purpose of the M.A. comprehensive examination is to enable the student to synthesize issues and problems in the area of MT/E. The examination will draw upon material in a list of topics available from the academic area.The MA comps exam is normally taken in the final semester of course work. Students are required to have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average.


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Contact Information

For more information about the M.A. in Moral Theology/Ethics, contact the MT/E area director, Dr. John Grabowski at or 202-319-6509.