Loyola University Maryland

Department of Theology

Master of Theological Studies Accelerated Program

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The accelerated Master of Theological Studies program streamlines and accelerates the application process for current Loyola undergraduate students while reducing the combined total tuition costs. The accelerated program is a great option for Loyola undergraduates to complete both an undergraduate and master’s degree in just five years at Loyola. 

Loyola undergraduate students accepted into the program may take a maximum of four graduate-level classes during their senior year, which are then eligible to be cross-applied toward both the completion of an undergraduate degree as well as towards the Master of Theological Studies program. All cross-applied courses are billed at the standard undergraduate tuition rate effectively reducing the total cost of completing an undergraduate degree and Master of Theological Studies degree at Loyola University Maryland. The remaining eight graduate-level courses in the program may be taken following the successful completion of a student’s undergraduate senior year at the current Master of Theological Studies tuition rate. Students must also pass the language proficiency exam after their first four classes.

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Additional Benefits of the Accelerated Master of Theological Studies

  • Complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in as little as five years
  • Students may count a maximum of four courses (12 credits) towards both their undergraduate and graduate degrees 
  • Application fee waiver
  • Transcript submission waiver
Program Format & Design
Undergraduate Senior Year – Fall

Two graduate–level theology courses (6 credits)

Undergraduate Senior Year – Spring Two graduate–level theology courses (6 credits)
MTS – Fall* Four graduate–level theology courses (12 credits)
MTS – Spring

Four graduate–level theology courses (12 credits)

*Students must pass the language proficiency exam before the start of their first full–time semester in the program.

Accelerated Master of Theological Studies Admission Requirements

  • Current Loyola undergraduate student (all majors are eligible)
  • Completed Master of Theological Studies application
  • 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA
  • Completion of junior year at Loyola

Application Deadline and How to Apply

The application deadline for the accelerated Master of Theological Studies program is July 1.

Current Loyola undergraduate students may request information about the program at any time before their junior year but are asked to wait until the completion of their junior year before submitting their graduate application.

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Dr. Matthews
Faculty

Claire Mathews McGinnis, Ph.D.

Claire Mathews McGinnis, Ph.D., encourages her students to follow in the footsteps of St. Ignatius by listening to their desires

Theology