Master of Arts in Catholic Theology
The University of Holy Cross is proud to offer a Master’s of Arts in Catholic Theology (MACT). The MACT Program follows the Marianites of Holy Cross tradition in seeking to “educate the mind but not at the expense of the heart.” This degree is a flexible, comprehensive, and unique way to learn and integrate Theology into your life, family, and/or profession. Students will follow a thirty-six (36) credit hour course of study, which culminates in the conferral of the degree of Master of Arts in Catholic Theology.
The MACT is designed for those who seek to understand their faith and to communicate what they believe with others. The Program is intended for all Catholic Christians. However, Christians from other denominations or persons from other religious traditions who want to understand the theology of the Catholic Church are welcome. The MACT is offered for all, but especially for parents who lead their “domestic church” and who “by their word and example [are] the first preachers of the faith to their children” (Lumen Gentium, 11); for working Christians who desire to grow their faith commensurate with their intelligence and experience in business, law, medicine, the arts, etc.; for those who want to pursue doctoral work in Theology, teach Theology, or participate in the many ministries offered by the Church.
The Program is presented in a hybrid format: in-class and online. The in-class feature provides students a one week intellectual and spiritual summer retreat, including lectures, seminars, opportunities for prayer, mass, and contemplation. Moreover students will come to one of the world’s great cities – New Orleans – to learn theology while absorbing its rich cultural traditions – food, music, art, and religion. The online feature allows maximum flexibility for students to live while learning, in synchronous online seminars during the semester or independent study, while raising their family, working, enjoying retirement, etc.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds will discover ways to incorporate Theology into their lives or to become theologians and teachers for the Church. The goal is to guide students in understanding God through Sacred Scripture and Catholic doctrine and in theological arguments and concepts. Students engage in graduate level learning in all areas of Catholic Theology: Scripture, the Church, the development and reception of doctrine in history, the Christian vision of the human person and morality, as well as the Church’s influence upon cultures, science, education, economics, law, and medicine.
The MACT Program seeks to cultivate informed and independent thinkers capable of lifelong theological study and applying their knowledge to diverse situations: among their families, colleagues, friends, patients, clients, and others. By the end of the Program, students have travelled far enough to know their faith and to proclaim the Good News reasonably, reflectively, and responsibly.
MACT Program Materials
Meet the Faculty
David P. Delio, Ph.D.
S. E. Canizaro Associate Professor of Theology; Chair of Theology Department
Joshua Brumfield, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Theology / Coordinator of Undergraduate Theology
Todd Amick, J.D., M.A. Lit, M.A. Theo
Visiting Professor of Theology
Rev. Simon C. Kim, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Theology
Margaret McKinnon, Ph. D.
Lecturer in Theology