FAQs: Religious Studies Graduate Program | Mount St. Joseph University
What are my career and/or professional choices with a Master of Arts in Religious Studies degree?

Graduates of Mount St. Joseph University's Religious Studies master’s degree program take their training into traditional congregational and chaplaincy positions, as well as into education, health ministries, youth ministry, social services, and allied fields.

Are there prerequisites for this program?

You must have an undergraduate degree to enter the program. The Master’s degree is a unique interdisciplinary blend of theology, ministry, spirituality and the social sciences. Our students come from a rich diversity of educational, professional and spiritual backgrounds. The ecumenical composition of our program appeals to a variety of students who seek to integrate their spirituality into their professional vocations, while fostering wellbeing in their context in a more intentional way. The program is Catholic in tradition, charity in heritage, Christian in environment and ecumenical in composition.

What entrance exams are required?

Entrance examinations, including the GRE, are not required for the Master of Arts in Religious Studies.

How long will it take to get the Master’s degree and how many credits are needed to graduate?

36 credit hours are required to complete the program. You can finish it in about two years, depending on when you enroll. However, others choose a slower pace. You have up to five years to complete the Religious and Pastoral Studies graduate program.

When are classes held?

Core courses are offered in intensive weekend, evening and online formats.

How much does the program cost?

Refer to the current tuition rates.

Does this program offer scholarships and/or grants?

Financial aid is available to all Mount graduate students. The Mount Ministry Tuition Grant is available to any student enrolled in the Religious Studies Graduate Program, who is a paid or volunteer minister serving in a congregation, hospital, health care facility, social service agency, diocese, or educational institution. This grant reduces tuition during the summer semester to $300 per credit hour, and tuition in all other semesters to $350 per credit hour. These rates are subject to change.

What is the typical class size?

Our average faculty-to-student ratio is 12 to 1. Smaller classes mean greater personalized attention from faculty, and greater collegiality with other students. Both are hallmarks of a Mount education.

What makes the graduate program in Religious Studies at Mount St Joseph University unique?

As an interdisciplinary program, students benefit from greater exposure to other academic courses/programs and to faculty outside the department. Also, the graduate program in Religious Studies is designed for the adult learner and working professional.

What if I am interested in a graduate certificate?

We offer two graduate certificates:

  • Spirituality and Wellness (18 hours)
  • Pastoral Administration (18 hours)
Who can I contact for more information?

Email John Trokan, D. Min., Chair, Religious and Pastoral Studies Department, or call (513) 244-4272. For more information, email Mary Brigham, M.A., in the Graduate Admission Office, or call (513) 244-4233.

Do application documents have to be submitted together at one time or can they be sent to the Graduate Admission Office at different times?

Application documents can be mailed in at different times. It is important to allow enough time for us to process and review them before the start of your designated entry term. The RPS department has open enrollment throughout the year. Students may enroll in classes in the fall, spring or summer terms. Priority registration deadline for registration for the Annual Summer Spirituality Institute and Fall Semester enrollment is April 15.