Dual Degree Programs

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Dual degree programs provide alternate, cost- and time-effective paths to Villanova degrees for individuals who wish to complement thei theological education with studies in related or different disciplines.

Most may be completed in three years rather than four years it would take to earn them separately. Some may be completed in just two years. You may earn dual degrees within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or develop your own program across colleges.

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Theology and History

We partnered with the Graduate Program in History to offer a dual master's degree program in Theology and History. The combined program provides a unique opportunity to students in theology who seek to understand and to explain the story of human experience. The program enables students to strengthen their analytical and interpretive skills and to advance their understanding of the historical contexts of religious thought, institutions, and faith traditions.

Program Requirements

Full-Time 2-3 yrs
Part-Time ≤ 6 yrs
Credit Requirements 48
Foundation Credits 9-15 THL*
Elective Credits 9-15 THL**
Credit Limits/Area ≤ 6 THL
Extra-Departmental Credits 24 HIS
Credit Transfer ≤ 3 THL
Portfolio Yes
GPA 3.0

* Students with ≥12 credits in theology or religion on transcript prior to program admission complete 9 foundation credits. Others complete 15 credits.
** Foundation credits are prerequisite for electives.

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Theology and Education

In cooperation with the Graduate Program in Education and Counseling, we offer a dual degree in Theology and in Education. This program attracts students seeking careers as educators on the primary or secondary level, or in institutions of higher learning. Students will deepen their understanding of curriculum development, assessment, working with multicultural populations, and other aspects of education theory and practice.

Program Requirements

Full-Time 2-3 yrs
Part-Time ≤ 6 yrs
Credit Requirements 48
Foundation Credits 9-15 THL*
Elective Credits 9-15 THL**
Credit Limits/Area ≤ 6 THL
Extra-Departmental Credits 24 EDU
Credit Transfer ≤ 3 THL
Portfolio Yes
GPA 3.0

* Students with ≥12 credits in theology or religion on transcript prior to program admission complete 9 foundation credits. Others complete 15 credits.
** Foundation credits are prerequisite for electives.

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Theology and Political Science

The Master in Theology and the Master in Political Science can be completed in a specially designed dual degree program. It offers theology students qualifications in American government, contemporary domestic politics, international relations, comparative politics, and political philosophy from both substantive/policy and scholarly/theoretical perspectives. Students will be able to better understand the interrelationships of politics and religion in the United States, in other countries, and among nations. 

Program Requirements

Full-Time 2-3 yrs
Part-Time ≤ 6 yrs
Credit Requirements 48
Foundation Credits 9-15 THL*
Elective Credits 9-15 THL**
Credit Limits/Area ≤ 6 THL
Extra-Departmental Credits 24 PSC
Credit Transfer ≤ 3 THL
Portfolio Yes
GPA 3.0

* Students with ≥12 credits in theology or religion on transcript prior to program admission complete 9 foundation credits. Others complete 15 credits.
** Foundation credits are prerequisite for electives.

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Theology and Public Administration

Together with the Graduate Program in Public Administration we offer a dual master's degree opportunity in Theology (M.A.) and Public Administration (M.P.A). The M.P.A. is a fitting partner for our M.A. It focuses on helping students develop the skills they need to become ethical, creative leaders in public service. Students explorehow values from political, philosophical, and re­li­gious tra­di­tions guide the actions of successful ad­mi­nis­tra­tors in the public and private sectors.

Program Requirements

Full-Time 2-3 yrs
Part-Time ≤ 6 yrs
Credit Requirements 51
Foundation Credits 9-15 THL*
Elective Credits 9-15 THL**
Credit Limits/Area ≤ 6 THL
Extra-Departmental Credits 27 MPA
Credit Transfer ≤ 3 THL
Portfolio Yes
GPA 3.0

* Students with ≥12 credits in theology or religion on transcript prior to program admission complete 9 foundation credits. Others complete 15 credits.
** Foundation credits are prerequisite for electives.

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Theology and English

We cooperated with the Graduate Program in English to offer a dual master's degree program in Theology and in English. In addition to theological studies, students explore literary texts produced from the medieval period to the present; become familiar with the major intellectual currents shaping the discipline of literary study today; develop refined interpretive skills; and study the primary texts in their historical, theoretical, and critical contexts.

Program Requirements

Full-Time 2-3 yrs
Part-Time ≤ 6 yrs
Credit Requirements 48
Foundation Credits 9-15 THL*
Elective Credits 9-15 THL**
Credit Limits/Area ≤ 6 THL
Extra-Departmental Credits 24 ENG
Credit Transfer ≤ 3 THL
Portfolio Yes
GPA 3.0

* Students with ≥12 credits in theology or religion on transcript prior to program admission complete 9 foundation credits. Others complete 15 credits.
** Foundation credits are prerequisite for electives.

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Theology and Church Management

We offer the dual degree in Theology (M.A.) and in Church Management (M.S.C.M.) in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Church Management at VSB. The M.S.C.M. richly complements the M.A. as it studies management and its applications within the context of church leadership. It is designed to meet the needs of church leaders—including parish business leaders, leaders of diocesan and religious order departments, and those engaged in managing church-related social service ministries.

Program Requirements

Full-Time 2-3 yrs
Part-Time ≤ 6 yrs
Credit Requirements 48
Foundation Credits 9-15 THL*
Elective Credits 9-15 THL**
Credit Limits/Area ≤ 6 THL
Extra-Departmental Credits 24 MSCM
Credit Transfer ≤ 3 THL
Portfolio Yes
GPA 3.0

* Students with ≥12 credits in theology or religion on transcript prior to program admission complete 9 foundation credits. Others complete 15 credits.
** Foundation credits are prerequisite for electives.

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