Monastic Studies

Students who pursue a concentration in Monastic Studies as part of their Master of Arts in Theology program examine monastic life in both ancient and modern contexts. Course topics range from Western Monasticism and the Rule of Benedict to contemporary new monasticism movements. Students also benefit from the Monastic Institute held at Saint John’s every summer and experience the liturgies at Saint John's Abbey and the nearby Saint Benedict's Monastery. Also housed at Saint John’s are the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library - home of the world’s largest collection of manuscript images - and The Saint John’s Bible.

The Master of Arts in Theology prepares students to serve the Church in many ways, including teaching, particular work in religious communities, specific ministries, and further theological study. Theological study has long been valued in the Benedictine tradition as a central element of the search for God.

The M.A. in Theology program is also complemented by the other academic and ministerial degree programs, ensuring that study is always grounded in the rich conversation of a diverse community seeking God. Get more information about the M.A. in Theology program using the links below.