The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences offers degrees in the following areas: Religious Studies and Multidisciplinary Studies. A certificate for completion of a course of academic credits is also offered in the Pastoral Institute. Specific requirements for the certificate are listed in this section.
Please see information on admissions requirements in the descriptions for each program.
The Master of Arts in Religious Studies is designed to prepare participants to serve competently and effectively in contemporary ecclesial ministries and leadership, especially in Catholic parish ministries, religious education on all levels, spirituality and spiritual development, youth ministry and catechetical leadership. The thirty-six semester hour degree plan encompasses three areas of study: scripture, theology (including the historical, sacramental, liturgical, moral and ecclesial aspects) and ministry, and normally culminates with an individually designed supervised Pastoral Project. Participants may incorporate a second field in their degree plan through other UIW graduate departments, particularly Education.
In keeping with the spirit and direction set by the Second Vatican Council and subsequent ecclesial documents, the program promotes personal growth and spiritual formation through workshops and other opportunities for theological reflection and personal development. An integral part of the Pastoral Institute is the emphasis, not only on solid scriptural and theological foundations, but also on the pastoral application of theory and research to the concrete situations of ministry and to the development of leadership roles in the church. Theological reflection, therefore, is built into each course. Opportunities for planning and participating in liturgical celebrations as well as for group discussion and sharing are incorporated into the program.
The applicant for the Master of Arts in Religious Studies must fulfill the general requirements for admission to Graduate Studies. In addition, applicants must present three Letters of Recommendation and a personal statement of ministerial and educational goals. Applicants should consult the Director for further directions regarding the letters of recommendation.
At least twelve semester hours in Theology or Religious Studies at the under-graduate level, taken after 1985, to include introductory courses in the study of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. Documented non-credit studies will be evaluated on an individual basis upon request, for example, diaconal studies or diocesan certification courses.
Requirements for the Master of Arts in Religious Studies:
The degree plan requires thirty-six (36) semester hours, distributed as follows:
For the Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies with a specialization in Spirituality, the following courses are required:
Also, the Pastoral Project (RSPI 62CS) must be completed in the area of spirituality.
This specialization focuses on the techniques and environment of contemporary catechesis. Course offerings include:
Also, the Pastoral Project (RSPI 62CS) must be undertaken in the area of Catechesis.
Through a cooperative program with the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC), the Master of Arts in Religious Studies may be obtained with a specialization in Ministry with Hispanics. Up to 12 credit hours from MACC programs can be applied towards the Master’s degree.
General requirements for admission to the M.A. in Religious Studies program must be met before a student may enroll in the cooperative program. While enrolled at MACC, students pay 40% of the University’s regular tuition (to the University) in addition to tuition and fees required by MACC. Further information on requirements may be obtained from the Director of the Pastoral Institute or from MACC. Credits earned through MACC must be arranged individually with the Director of the Pastoral Institute.
For the Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies with a specialization in Youth Ministry, candidates take the following courses:
Also, the Pastoral Project (RSPI 62CS) must be completed in the area of Youth Ministry. All applicants should consult with the Director of the Pastoral Institute to establish their course of studies and their area of specialization where appropriate.
A non-degree certificate recognizing 16 semester hours of graduate course work offers the opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge in the field of pastoral theology and ministry. Course choices are based on the individual’s previous studies and future plans for ministry. Certificate enrollment is open to all persons who meet the general admission requirements for admission to the M.A. in Religious Studies.
The Master of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies allows a student, with approval from the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and Program Advisors, to design a degree plan that builds on personal interests, academic strengths, and career opportunities. The degree plan is made from courses in up to three academic disciplines that offer graduate programs. For example, a degree plan may be arranged thematically: a student might focus on contemporary American problems, combining courses in Education, Communication Arts, and Religious Studies. Another student might wish to combine courses from Nutrition, Education, and Biology in a degree that would enhance his or her career opportunities. The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research will serve as Program Advisor for this degree and will consult with the Program Advisors in the three fields that make up the MDS.
In addition to meeting the general admissions criteria, the applicant must submit the following:
The degree plan must be approved and signed by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and the Program Advisors for all disciplines involved before initiating any work toward the degree. The degree will include: