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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2016-2017 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theological Studies

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Chairperson: Susan Abraham

Professors: Douglas Christie, Christopher Key Chapple (Navin & Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic & Comparative Theology), Allan Deck, S.J., Roberto Dell’Oro, Michael P. Horan, Amir Hussain, Thomas P. Rausch, S.J. (Chilton Chair), Jeffrey S. Siker, Daniel L. Smith-Christopher

Associate Professors: Nicholas Denysenko, Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, Anna Harrison, Dorian Llywelyn, S.J., Charlotte C. Radler, Jonathan Rothchild, David Sanchez, Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier

Assistant Professors: Susan Abraham, Brett Hoover, Gil Klein, Matthew Petrusek

Contact Information

Department Chair: Susan Abraham


Undergraduate Director: Douglas Christie


Graduate Director: Daniel Smith-Christopher



Office Location: University Hall 3700

Telephone: 310.338.7670

Fax: 310.338.1947

Theological Studies Graduate Program

Mission Statement

The Master of Arts (Theology) provides students with a critical understanding of the Christian theological tradition, especially from a Roman Catholic perspective. The program engages students in serious reflection on the broad range of theological studies and methods (biblical, comparative, historical, liturgical, and systematic theology, as well as ethics, spirituality, faith and culture, ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue). The goal of the program is to provide a general and integrated exploration of these areas for students seeking to teach on a secondary level, for students preparing for graduate education, and for students with a strong interest in theology beyond the undergraduate level.

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology engages the student in critical theological reflection on ministerial practice as preparation for active ministry in a pluralistic society. The program provides theological foundations in pastoral theology, especially in the Roman Catholic tradition, and integrates the formation of persons preparing for pastoral ministry with their study of the Christian theological tradition (spirituality, liturgy, faith and culture, ethics, as well as biblical, historical, and systematic theology, and ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue). Throughout the program there is a stress on the holistic relationships between pastoral theology, faith seeking critical understanding, and faith that does justice.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrated ability to do graduate studies

This last requirement can be fulfilled by providing a range of information including: graduate work completed or advanced degree obtained; evidence of undergraduate work, including GPA and submission of written academic work (e.g., a term paper); scores received on the GRE, the Miller Analogies, or other standardized tests (recommended but not required); a personal interview.

Applicants need to indicate the particular Master of Arts program to which they are applying, either M.A. (Theology) [THEO] or M.A. in Pastoral Theology (PATH).

All applicants for admission to the master’s degree programs are required to submit a Graduate Division application and $50.00 fee; two copies of all post-secondary transcripts; a personal statement; and two letters of recommendation, including one academic reference. All materials should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office. Applicants who have applied for admission may be formally admitted or may be required to fulfill prerequisites before being formally admitted.

All materials for admission must be received in the Graduate Admission Office by the date listed below. Applications received after this deadline will be reviewed on an individual basis.

March 1 for the Fall semester

Students may take graduate courses in non-degree status with permission of the Graduate Director.

Theological Studies Undergraduate Program

Mission Statement

The Department of Theological Studies engages the LMU student community in thoughtful, critical reflection on faith and religious praxis with a special concern for the Roman Catholic tradition. We educate the whole person and serve faith by an academic exploration of its possibilities, challenges, and ambiguities while also engaging in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. We strive to promote justice by the structure of our curriculum and by encouraging students and faculty to engage their theological understanding in a world both graced and broken.

Vision Statement

Loyola Marymount University is the largest Catholic university on the West Coast, in a city that is at once the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the United States as well as one of the most religiously diverse cities in the world. The Department of Theological Studies has the unique role and responsibility of promoting the study of theology and religion within the University and the broader Los Angeles community. The Department also has a special role to play in helping the University to live out its Mission in the service of faith and the promotion of justice. The urgency of these endeavors is reinforced by the importance of religion in the 21st century in our globalized world.

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