Master of Arts: Theology with Concentration in Sacred Scripture

Put on the mind of Christ.
—1 Corinthians 2:16

About the Program

The Second Vatican Council taught that “the study of the sacred page,” that is, the Bible, must be “the soul of sacred theology” (Dei Verbum, 24).

The Scripture concentration offers students a rigorous set of courses that teach them how to interpret the literary, historical, and theological dimensions of the biblical texts in ways that are informed by both the Church’s tradition and contemporary biblical scholarship. The concentration includes courses in both Old and New Testament studies as well as offerings in biblical languages and biblical hermeneutics. Students will also have the opportunity to visit the Holy Land and study Scripture in the very places the Bible describes.

One of the primary strengths of the program is that many of our faculty members are Scripture scholars. They have studied the Bible in its original languages and have written dissertations and published books on biblical topics and themes. Our faculty brings the breadth of their knowledge to the classroom, making Scripture study comprehensible and transformative for our students.

Students in the Master of Arts in Theology degree program have the option of pursuing a concentration in Sacred Scripture. The concentration is available to on-campus and to distance-education students.

Four Pillars

1. Theological Formation:

The formation offered here is faithful and rigorous, grounded in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, the Church Fathers, the lives and witnesses of the saints, the Second Vatican Council, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

2. Spiritual Formation:

Students receive a vital spiritual formation that will enrich their own personal encounter with Christ and h is Church—and prepare them for the challenges and spiritual realities of lay ecclesial service.

3. Pastoral and Catechetical Formation:

Anchored in the pastoral vision of the Second Vatican Council, our balanced pastoral and catechetical formation equips students to hand on the truth of Jesus Christ.

4. Human Formation:

Students receive the tools and skills to be effective leaders for the New Evangelization. Highlights include key moral virtues for lay ecclesial leadership, communication and management techniques, and awareness and understanding of ecclesial life and structures.

Three Pillars

The course of study in the Graduate School of Theology leads to the Master of Arts degree in Theology; it is available on our campus in Denver or via distance education. The program consists of three pillars:

1. Sacred Scripture

Students learn to express the narrative of salvation history, explain the biblical foundations of Catholic doctrine, interpret the texts in light of tradition, and substantiate the reliability of Sacred Scripture.

2. Sacred Doctrine

Each of our students develops a foundational knowledge of the Catholic Church’s dogmatic, sacramental, moral, and spiritual teaching as exemplified by the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

3. History and Mission

Students come to grasp the main themes of Church history, particularly in the West, with special emphasis on evangelization and on the saints and martyrs as teachers and models.
Degree Requirements

Students are eligible to apply for the concentration once they have completed two (or more) courses with a cumulative grade point average of 3.70 or higher. The concentration requires the normal eight-course MA Theology core curriculum, plus six additional courses listed below. It is for this reason that this program is the most suitable track for those looking to pursue doctoral studies.


  • Old Testament elective
  • New Testament elective
  • A course in biblical interpretation or an additional Scripture elective (in any area)
  • Scripture elective
  • An elective in any area
  • The Fifth Gospel (Holy Land Pilgrimage) or an additional Scripture elective

M.A. Thesis: By invitation of the faculty, a thesis may be completed and substituted for an elective

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