The Catholic University of America

Master of Arts in Moral Theology & Ethics

In addition and specific to the general requirements for obtaining a civil degree, the Moral Theology and Ethics area requires the following:


  • 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 of MT/E reserves the right to require other prerequisites which are deemed necessary for the success of applicants in their course of studies.

Course Requirements

  • TRS 630A Foundations of Christian Moral Life
  • TRS 760 Theological Foundations or TRS 780 Foundations of Religious Studies
  • Three additional MT/E courses
  • Additional courses may be chosen from among other areas of STRS or from other relevant disciplines outside of STRS.

Language Requirements

  • Reading proficiency and facility for use in theological research in one modern language (normally French or German)

Comprehensive Exam

The purpose of the MA 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 reading list 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.