Master of Arts w/ Certificate in History

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We partnered with the Graduate Program in History to offer a combined Master of Arts in Theology degree with a Certificate in History. 

The combined program provides a unique opportunity to graduate students in theology who seek to advance their understanding of the historical context of religious thought, institutions, and faith traditions; and of historical research and methodology through graduate-level course work in history.

The combined program requires students to take 36 credit hours of course work. The credit requirements are as follows: 

  • 24 credit hours or 8 courses from the Theology curriculum (Theology will accept 2 credit hours [2 courses] in History toward the Theology Master’s degree).
  • 12 credit hours or 4 courses from the History curriculum (History will accept 6 credits [2 courses] in Theology toward the History Certificate).
  • Total Credits: 36 (Theology 24 + History 12)

For specific requirements, please see  the Program Requirements Fact Sheet and the Course Distribution Worksheet.

We design our courses as small seminars, with a maximum enrollment of fifteen students. The small size creates an atmosphere in which students and faculty work and learn together. It also allows everyone to network easily with peers and faculty.

Use our program worksheet to plan your courses.

We encourage you to demonstrate proficiency in reading and comprehending a language that is relavant to your field of study and/or future employment. You may register for a language examination while you are progrssing toward completing your degree.

If your are interested in improving language proficiency, there are opportunities to study ancient and modern languages at Villanova. In general, the theology graduate program does not offer language courses, but the Classical Studies Program and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures do.

Please keep in mind that language instruction courses per se do not count toward fulfilling your theology degree requirements. Still, there is one exception. We permit all students to enroll in up to two courses (electives) in other graduate programs at Villanova. Therefore, you may enroll in classical or modern languages courses that also investigate  philosophical, theological or anthropological questions, and such courses will count toward fulfilling your degree requirements. Before you make any plans, though, please contact our Director of Graduate Admission.

Every academic year the Graduate Dean makes limited scholarships (tuition remission) available to full-time theology and philosophy graduate students. Again, please contact our program director to inquire about the availability of funding for languag instruction on campus.

Graduate students who receive funding from the Graduate Program in Theology will receive tuition remission for a total of thirty credits towards the thirty-six credits required for the combined degree/certificate program.

1    Review Admission Requirements

2    Complete the Online Application

3    What happens next?

Applicants are evaluated and accepted by the Graduate Program in Theology for its Master’s program and the Graduate Program in History for its Certificate program. That is, both programs evaluate applications according to their admissions criteria and collaborate in admitting you to the combined degree and certificate program.

The same admission standards that apply for the MA in Theology program and the History Certificate program apply for students seeking admission to the combined program. However, of the three letters of recommendation you provide, one of them should address your qualifications to pursue graduate study of history; the other two should address your qualifications for graduate study of theology. Likewise, be sure to address your reasons for seeking admission to the combined program when you compose your statement of objectives.

  • You also may enroll in either the Certificate or the Master's degree program after commencing your studies at Villanova.
  • Please contact the Director of Graduate Admission for more information.