Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Interdisciplinary Graduate Degree Programs

MA in Theology and MA in Women’s & Gender Studies

Loyola University Chicago offers a unique opportunity for masters students to pursue simultaneous degrees in Theology and Women's Studies and Gender Studies. Working on both MA degrees together allows students to complete these degrees more quickly by taking courses that carry credit in both fields. The program requirements of each existing MA are fulfilled in the Dual MA program of 36 semester hours.

This dual degree program enables students to experience the many intersections between advanced study in Theology and Women’s and Gender Studies, drawing from the strengths of faculty in both disciplines in the areas of women, gender, sexuality, religion, and ethics. The program is ideal for Catholic high school teachers of religion or for students wishing to pursue doctoral work in Theology or Women’s Studies. Loyola University Chicago is the only Jesuit university that offers a graduate degree in Women’s Studies.

As with all dual degree programs, students interested in the dual degree must apply simultaneously to both Theology and Women's Studies and Gender Studies and be admitted to both MA programs based on their separate criteria. The same criteria for admission will be applied to students who are pursuing a dual degree program as for all other students in each of the programs.

When students have been admitted to both Theology and Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, they may then apply for the dual degree program via the liaisons for each program. Students will work with both graduate program directors to arrange to complete the requirements for both programs and to coordinate scheduling. It is possible to obtain both degrees two years or less, but some students may choose to extend the program as needed, depending on their personal situation, special interests, and course offerings.

Required Courses and Examination:

3 Credits
WSGS 401 History of Feminist Thought: 1790–1970
WSGS 402 Foundations of Women’s Studies
WSGS 450 Global Feminisms or a globally-related course
WSGS 498 Practicum
6 Credits
THEO Two courses in Bible: one Old Testament, one New Testament
THEO Two courses in Systematic/Historical Theology
THEO Two courses in Christian Ethics
WSGS Two cross-listed (any department except Theology with WSGS) graduate courses
0 Credits
  Joint MA examination

*Three of the six courses in Theology (preferably one each in Bible, Systematic/Historical, Ethics) to be cross-listed with WSGS or to have significant gender content.