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Early Admission M.A.

The accelerated M.A. program in Theology allows Theology majors presently enrolled in Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center to attain both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Theology in five years. Graduate courses begin in the student's senior year, providing her or him with advanced training and enriching the undergraduate experience. An additional year of study permits the student to complete all of the Theology Department's requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.

Admission to the Program

1. Early admission to the M.A. program is available to primary Theology majors (i.e., not secondary majors) who have achieved a cumulative 3.2 overall grade point average or above after five semesters of work in the College.

2. Students who qualify will receive a description of the program and an invitation to apply from the Chair or relevant Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies aftergrades for the fall semester of the junior year have been posted and before registration for the fall semester of the senior year begins.

3. In the spring semester of the junior year, students interested in the early admission program will be required to formally indicate their desire to matriculate by filling out an application to the graduate program and submitting it to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The applicant will also be required to submit two letters of recommendation. The normal application fee and GRE requirements will be waived, although students admitted early to the M.A. program must take the GRE if and when they apply for a Fordham Ph.D. program.

4. Applications will be reviewed by the department's three Associate Chairs, who will make a joint recommendation for or against admission to the Chair. the Chair will forward the department's recommendation to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for final action.

Degree Requirements

1. The M.A. program consists of six core courses and an additional four to six courses at the 5000 level or above in an area of personal interest. Students specializing in the historical and systematic areas take four additional courses (for a total of ten courses, or 30 credits), while students focusing in biblical studies take a total of twelve courses (36 credits). The six core courses required for the M.A. are Introduction to the Old Testament, Introduction to the New Testament, History of Christianity I, History of Christianity II, Fundamental Theology, and Fundamental Moral Theology.

2. Students admitted into the program in their junior year will take up to three 5000-level graduate courses in their senior year; they may also take one 5000-level graduate course in the summer between their junior and senior years. The graduate courses count towards the completion of both the B.A. degree and the M.A. degree. Students will participate in the normal B.A. graduation ceremonies in May following their senior year.

3. Students will take the remaining coursees required to complete the M.A. program in the summer between the senior year and the fifth year and in the fifth year.

4. Student must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 in their coursework.

5. In the spring semester of the fifth year, student will select one article-length essay written in an M.A. class to revise and polish under the mentorship of a professor. This essay, not a "thesis," will serve as the primary source material for an individualized, one-hour oral examination administered by three professors. To stimulate the integration of different modes of reasoning, the professors will read the essay in advance and send the student questions to consider in the weeks leading up to the examination.

6. All M.A. students must demonstrate, either in course work or by departmental exam, a reading knowledge of one language other than English, normally French or German, though substitutions (e.g., Greek, Hebrew, Latin, or Spanish) may be approved in light of a student's research needs. The courses satisfying the language requirement are FREN 5090 (French) or GERM 5002 (German), or above.


Sample Early Admission M.A. Program
The schedule of courses toward the M.A. degree will vary according to a student's interests and needs, and depending on when the core M.A. courses are being offered. Here are some examples of how a student might complete the B.A. and M.A. in Theology in two years, plus two summers.

Historical or Systematic Theology Focus (10 courses)
Summer before senior year (or earlier): language (French or German)
Fall semester of senior year: one core M.A. course
Spring semester of senior year: two core M.A. courses
Summer between senior and fifth years: Theology elective or language
Fall semester of fifth year: two core M.A. courses and one or two Theology electives
Spring semester of fifth year: one core M.A. course and two Theology electives

Biblical Focus (12 courses)
Summer before senior year: Biblical Greek or Hebrew (counting as Theology elective)
Fall semester of senior year: one core M.A. course
Spring semester of senior year: two core M.A. courses
Summer between senior and fifth years: language (French, German, Greek, or Hebrew)
Fall semester of fifth year: two core M.A. courses and two Theology electives
Spring semester of fifth year: one core M.A. course and two/three Theology electives

 

 


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