Masters of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)

“My studies at Notre Dame Seminary allowed me to undertake serious theological study with the guidance of outstanding faculty. After completing my degree, I succeeded in gaining admission to a PhD program in religion and earned a university fellowship. I would not be where I am today without the encounter with the faith I had at NDS.”

– Luke Arredondo, M.A.T.S., Doctoral Student in Religion, Florida State University

Interested in rigorous, deep study and exploration of Catholic theology? This track is an exclusively theological graduate degree program consisting of in-depth study and research in the major theological areas.

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies is a graduate degree program in academic theology and research. It is designed to guide the student in understanding the Catholic Faith and the Catholic intellectual tradition best described by the traditional dictum fides quaerens intellectum, “faith seeking understanding.” The program seeks to nurture students into mature theological thinkers with the ability to pursue lifelong theological study, doctoral degrees in theology, and academic positions in Catholic colleges, universities, and seminaries. It includes a foundation in Sacred Scripture and in historical, dogmatic and moral theology with an advanced concentration in one of these areas as well as competence in Hebrew, Greek or Latin. The program culminates in comprehensive examinations in all four areas and a graduate thesis that is directed by a faculty member in the area of concentration.

“Notre Dame Seminary has benefitted me in a myriad of ways as a student, teacher, husband, and Catholic. The worldview that I received in my studies has changed the way I understand both my faith and my life.”

– Jordan Haddad, M.A.T.S., Doctoral Student in Theology, Catholic University of America

Scholarship Opportunity

You may be eligible for our two scholarships: Handing on the Faith and Ecclesial Ministry Discount! Please see attachments for qualifications.



“It’s that intimate moment when tears stream down her face. My student confides her heavy cross, and I have the blessings of sharing divine wisdom and charity. At NDS, I’ve learned the virtue of prudence is so essential to ministry. I have learned that I necessarily join my students’ walk. That I, too, carry a beam on my back.”

– Heidi Radabaugh, High School Theology Teacher

Course Requirements

  • 45 credit hours = 36 credits of scripture, dogmatic, moral, and historical theology + 6 credits of theological concentration + 3 credits comprehensive exams, ancient language, research, thesis
  • All requirements may be completed within 2-4 years.

Contact Us

Dr. David Liberto, Director, MATS, (504) 866-7426 ex. 817