Chairperson: Kevin B. McCruden
Professors: M. Cook, S.J. (Emeritus), J. Dallen (Emeritus), H. Doohan (Emerita), L. Doohan (Emeritus), J. Downey (Emeritus), P. Hartin (Emeritus), R. Large, K. McCruden, P. McCormick, J. Milos, C.S.J (Emerita), A. Nigro, S.J. (Emeritus), M. Rindge, L. Schearing, J. Sheveland, C. Siejk (Emerita), C. Skok (Emeritus), B. Tyrrell, S.J. (Emeritus)
Associate Professors: E. Clark, S. Dunn, E. Goldstein, R. Hauck, S. Kuder, S.J., J. Mudd, A. Wendlinder
Assistant Professors: G. Chien, M. McCabe, R. Siebeking, K. Vander Schel
Senior Lecturer: P. Baraza
Lecturers: J. Nguyen, S.J., S. Starbuck, Q. Tran, S.J.
Master of Arts in Theology and Leadership
The Department of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University offers the Master of Arts in Theology and Leadership degree to meet the needs of persons seeking greater understanding and practical knowledge of theology and leadership. This program is designed as a terminal degree. Students enter the program as members of a cohort and progress through the program together. Students gather on campus during the summer for two residency experiences. Courses usually required for a degree can be waived by a Graduate Program Director when these areas have been previously studied in depth.
This program provides graduate theological education and leadership formation for teaching, consulting, research, and development of theological resources for ministry, adult education programs, and other services to the church and the wider civic community. Graduates of these programs have combined their theological work with diverse career commitments, including church ministry, journalism, medicine, community service, chaplaincy, business, and law, among others.
Applicants must submit the following materials:
- A completed Gonzaga University Master of Arts in Theology and Leadership application.
- $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
- Two confidential letters of recommendation sent by the recommending persons directly to Gonzaga University using the official Religious Studies Confidential Recommendation Form.
- A three to five page piece of the applicant's written academic work (in English). A complete paper is not required; it should be a piece of what the applicant considers a good example of his/her writing/research ability.
- A one page statement of purpose (in English) responding to the following:
a. Describe your interests in Theology and Leadership.
b. Assess your current strengths and describe what you hope to gain from the Master of Arts in Theology and Leadership program.
- The official score from either the Miller Analogies Test or the GRE general aptitude test (must be less than five years old). This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Program Director.
- Two official transcripts from each college or university attended. International applicants must submit foreign transcripts in the original language and also in English. Only degrees and courses from a regionally accredited institution will be accepted.
International students must also provide the following:
- Proof of English proficiency which can be satisfied by one of the following options:
a. TOEFL score of 550 or more if graduated from foreign college and where the native language is not English.
b. Proof of undergraduate studies (transcript) in the United States
- Completed Financial Declaration with original supporting bank statements.
An application is not complete and will not be evaluated until all materials have been received by the Office of the Dean of the Virtual Campus. Materials or fees submitted to another party do not constitute application to the program.
Applicants should have a B.A. in Religious Studies, Theology, or related area.
Applicants may be eligible for advanced standing of up to 6 credits for related graduate work as determined by the graduate Program Director(s). Applicants seeking advanced standing must petition the graduate director(s) in writing at the time of application.
Students enter the program as members of a cohort and register for six credits per semester.
All work accepted toward a degree is to be completed within a five year period from the date of acceptance into the program, or from the date of the earliest course accepted transfer credits, whichever occurs first.
Students in a degree program are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Students who fail to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average may be put on probation or dismissed from the program. Credits which carry a letter grade of C-, D, F, AU, X, V, IP, RD or I, will not be counted toward a graduate degree.
Only authorized courses for a degree will be counted in computing the grade point average. Courses not authorized will appear on the transcript with a letter grade awarded but will not affect the graduate grade point average.
- Students will participate in two residency experiences during the summer.
- During the first residency experience students will participate in the intensive residency portion of the 3-credit Christian Leadership foundational course.
- During the second residency experience students will participate in a 1-credit Leadership Seminar of their choice.
- Students who have completed their main courses will take a comprehensive exam.
- The comprehensive exam will be based on a bibliography developed in consultation with the student's advisor. The exam will be administered online, and assessed by a three-person faculty committee including the student's advisor, and graded pass/fail.
- Students who fail the exam will have one opportunity to re-take the exam within six months.
The department has a limited amount of financial aid available in the form of scholarships. They are awarded based on financial need and academic performance.
Program Outline: 30 credits
|RELI 505||Introduction to Christian Leadership
|RELI 506||Systematic Theology I: God, Humanity, Christ||3 credits|
|RELI 507||Systematic Theology II: Spirit, Church, World||3 credits|
|RELI 510||Hebrew Bible: Old Testament||3 credits|
|RELI 519||New Testament||3 credits|
|RELI 530||Christian Moral Theology||3 credits|
|RELI 545||Church History||3 credits|
|RELI 581||Ignatian Spirituality||2 credits|
|RELI 606||Mission/Ministry Leadership Seminar|| 1 credit
||Two elective courses in Organizational Leadership
|Note: Students may take an additional Thesis course (RELI 698 or RELI 699). This will entail additional credits. See your Academic advisor for more information.|
In addition to their major and minor areas of study, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas that the University considers essential for a Catholic, Jesuit, liberal, and humanistic education. The University Core Curriculum consists of forty-five credits of course work, with additional designation requirements that can be met through core, major, or elective courses.
The University Core Curriculum is a four-year program, organized around one overarching question, which is progressively addressed through yearly themes and questions. Hence, core courses are best taken within the year for which they are designated. First year core courses encourage intellectual engagement and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. Second and third year courses examine central issues and questions in philosophy and religious studies. The fourth year course, the Core Integration Seminar, offers a culminating core experience. Taken at any time throughout the four years, broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Finally, the designation requirements (writing enriched, global studies, and social justice) reflect important values and reinforce students’ knowledge and competencies.
Overarching Core Question: As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 Theme and Question: Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?
- The First-Year Seminar (DEPT 193, 3 credits): The First-Year Seminar (FYS), taken in the fall or spring of the first year, is designed to promote an intellectual shift in students as they transition to college academic life. Each small seminar is organized around an engaging topic, which students explore from multiple perspectives. The FYS is offered by many departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of FYS courses).
- Writing (ENGL 101, 3 credits) and Reasoning (PHIL 101, 3 credits): The Writing and Reasoning courses are designed to help students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing. They may be taken as linked sections. Writing (ENGL 101) carries one of the three required writing-enriched designations (see below).
- Communication & Speech (COMM 100, 3 credits): This course introduces students to interpersonal and small group communication and requires the application of critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills necessary to organize, write, and present several speeches.
- Scientific Inquiry (BIOL 104/104L, CHEM 104/104L, or PHYS 104/104L, 3 credits): This course explores the scientific process in the natural world through evidence-based logic and includes significant laboratory experience. Students pursuing majors that require science courses will satisfy this requirement through their major.
- Mathematics (above Math 100, 3 credits): Mathematics courses promote thinking according to the modes of the discipline—abstractly, symbolically, logically, and computationally. One course in mathematics, above Math 100, including any math course required for a major or minor, will fulfill this requirement. MATH 100 (College Algebra) and courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement.
Year 2 Theme and Question: Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?
- Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 201, 3 credits): This course provides students with a philosophical study of key figures, theories, and intellectual traditions that contribute to understanding the human condition; the meaning and dignity of human life; and the human relationship to ultimate reality.
- Christianity and Catholic Traditions (RELI, 3 credits). Religious Studies core courses approved for this requirement explore diverse topics including Christian scriptures, history, theology, and practices as well as major contributions from the Catholic intellectual and theological traditions (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses) .
Year 3 Theme and Question: Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?
- Ethics (PHIL 301 or RELI, 3 credits): The Ethics courses are designed to help students develop their moral imagination by exploring and explaining the reasons humans should care about the needs and interests of others. This requirement is satisfied by an approved ethics course in either Philosophy (PHIL 301) or Religious Studies (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
- World/Comparative Religion (RELI, 3 credits): Religious Studies courses approved for this core requirement draw attention to the diversity that exists within and among traditions and encourage students to bring critical, analytical thinking to bear on the traditions and questions considered. These courses carries one of the required two global-studies designations (see below) (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
Year 4 Theme and Question: Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?”
- Core Integration Seminar (DEPT 432, 3 credits). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) offers students a culminating core experience in which they integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise. Some CIS courses may also count toward a student’s major or minor. The CIS is offered by several departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of CIS courses).
The Broadening Courses
- Fine Arts & Design (VART, MUSC, THEA, 3 credits): Arts courses explore multiple ways the human experience can be expressed through creativity, including across different cultures and societies. One approved course in fine arts, music, theatre, or dance will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
- History (HIST, 3 credits): History courses are intended to develop students’ awareness of the historical context of both the individual and the collective human experience. One course in History (HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 112, HIST 201, HIST 202) will fulfill this requirement.
- Literature (3 credits): Literature courses foster reflection on how literature engages with a range of human experience. One approved course in Literature (offered by English, Classics, or Modern Languages) will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
- Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits): Courses in the social and behavioral sciences engage students in studying human behavior, social systems, and social issues. One approved course offered by Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
Designations are embedded within already existing core, major, minor, and elective courses. Students are encouraged to meet designation requirements within elective courses as their schedule allows; however, with careful planning students should be able to complete most of the designation requirements within other core, major, or minor courses.
- Writing Enriched (WE; 3 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the WE designation are designed to promote the humanistic and Jesuit pedagogical ideal of clear, effective communication. In addition to the required core course, Writing (ENGL 101), which carries one of the WE designations, students must take two other WE-designated courses (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
- Global-Studies (GS; 2 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the GS designation are designed to challenge students to perceive and understand human diversity by exploring diversity within a context of constantly changing global systems. In addition to the required core course, World/Comparative Religion (RELI 300-level), which carries one of the GS designations, students must take one other GS-designated course (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
- Social-Justice (SJ; 1 course meeting this designation): Courses carrying the SJ designation are designed to introduce students to one or more social justice concerns. Students must take one course that meets the SJ designation (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
Major-specific adaptations to the University Core Curriculum
All Gonzaga students, regardless of their major, will complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. However some Gonzaga students will satisfy certain core requirements through major-specific programs or courses. Any major-specific adaptations to the core are described with the requirements for the majors to which they apply.