Catholic universities traditionally endeavor to serve as an academic and intellectual resource for the extended local community and the Church by being a place of the discovery of God through learning and a place where the Church can engage its own traditions. Studying Catholic Christian theology at Villanova means experiencing this discovery and reflection at an Augustinian university, the oldest and largest Roman Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Our graduate program fulfills this traditional role in fidelity to St. Augustine's contributions to Western thought. His emphasis on the human will and decision, particularly the decision to love, as the proper fulfillments of all knowing has mediated to the West the biblical understanding of the human being as person who recognizes the unitive quality of his or her relationships with God, fellow human beings, and the world. Theological knowing in the Augustinian tradition is thus both speculative and practical and distinctive in its emphasis on the union of mind and heart.
In light of this Augustinian legacy, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies has developed flexible academic full- and part-time programs in Theology. They invite students to accomplish the tasks of the heart and the mind by engaging theology and ministry with a faculty deeply committed to (1) providing our students with a Christian intellectual and moral environment, (2) integrating contemporary thought, experience, and method in course work and practica, and (3) advancing the various disciplines of Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies, Historical Studies and Historical Theology, Christian Ethics, Spirituality, and Lay Ministry.
The program welcomes men and women, ordained and lay, from near and far, from all Christian traditions, of all ages, and with diverse educational and professional backgrounds and equally diverse professional goals. In particular, they have recently completed undergraduate or graduate degrees and majored in theological or non-theological fields of study; they value the academic study of theology and seek to enrich their personal and intellectual lives in the midst of likeminded men and women; or they are professionals interested in changing careers, choose the master's degree as a terminal degree, and pursue further academic work or careers in secondary school education and ministerial leadership.
Our graduate program prepares men and women for the academy, the church, and the world by enabling them to ...
Our graduate program is pivotal to the mission of Villanova University, which is "grounded in the wisdom of the Catholic intellectual tradition and advances a deeper understanding of the relationship between faith and reason" (see VU Mission Statement). Located within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the program is the theological and spiritual core of its graduate academic enterprise, providing vibrancy, effectiveness, distinctiveness, and excellence in theological education to its students.