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Academic Degrees

The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University offers the following degrees, accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. As one of the three ecclesiastical schools in North America, JST's ecclesiastical degree programs grant degrees in the name of the Holy See through the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University by virtue of its status as an Ecclesiastical Faculty accredited by the Vatican Congregation of Catholic Education. JST also offers a fully online M.T.S., continuing education, and other non-degree opportunities. These programs were created to meet the needs of those who serve in today's Church.

The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and its degree programs (M.Div., Th.M., M.T.S.) are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).

Graduate Degrees
Master of divinity image

A three-year academic and professional degree for those preparing for pastoral ministry in the Roman Catholic Church. 

Master of theology image

Flexible program offering students a broad understanding of the Catholic theological tradition. Availible concentrations include: religion and culture, biblical studies, systematic theology, and ethics.

Master of theology image

One-year program in advanced theological study beyond the Master of Divinity degree, available in almost any area of specialized interest.

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Master of Arts (M.A.)

  • The Master of Arts (Common M.A.) is a two-year program leading to an academic degree in theology that is awarded by the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). More details about the program are available on the GTU's MA program website. Interested persons must first apply for admission through the GTU. Once admitted, they may elect to affiliate with JST and choose a JST faculty advisor appropriate for their intended field of study.
Ecclesiastical Degrees
Bachelor of sacred theology image

A Roman Catholic ecclesiastical degree that ensures a solid knowledge of theology and a strong foundation in Catholic doctrine.

Sacred theology image

A two-year Roman Catholic ecclesiastical degree in advanced theological study beyond the Bachelor of Sacred Theology or Master of Divinity degree.

Doctorate Sacred Theology image

The third cycle in the program of ecclesiastical degrees intended to complete the scientific theological formation, especially through the writing of a doctoral dissertation.