Our graduate theology program at 泽维尔大学 is offered through the Institute for 灵性 and Social Justice. The Institute offers students a rich academic and engaged atmosphere in the Ignatian tradition where they pursue personal enrichment and the grounding for a variety of Christian vocations, 职业选择, 或者未来的博士工作. Rigorous classes presented in a variety of formats (在线, 晚上, 周末, condensed 8-week) allow students to explore theology and topics of Social Justice, 圣经研究, 灵性, 世界宗教, 青年/校园事工.

Theology graduate students gain the historical awareness, 关键技能, and professional resources necessary to enter or advance in a variety of 职业选择, 比如教学, 部, or writing; doctoral work; or to promote their personal spiritual development.


  • Small classes held at a variety of times (i.e. in the 晚上s, on the 周末, or 在线)
  • 各种各样的类格式(i.e. 每周的面对面会议, 压缩的8周格式, 在线, or a hybrid format which includes 在线 and in person)
  • A course schedule that accommodates full-time or part-time working students
  • The option to begin courses in the summer, fall, or spring
  • 特别学费 for teachers, those working in social and religious ministries, and volunteers
  • 奖学金基金 可能会提供学费援助

NEW Synchronous Online Graduate Student Option 

The ISSJ is excited to announce a new Synchronous Online Graduate student option - students enrolled in this format option will have the ability to attend all of their theology graduate classes synchonously 在线. Meaning their classes will be scheduled at a specific time but that they will be able to attend using a computer and a web-conferencing program (such as Zoom) and will be considered a fully 在线 student to allow anyone across the nation to become a Xavier Theology graduate student, without the requirement of coming to campus.


Students choose to study theology at 泽维尔大学 because of the diversity and expertise of its theology faculty, the grounding in the Ignatian tradition, and the approach that is ecumenical and inquiring in spirit. Xavier's variety of degrees (general and specialized) offered within the Institute for 灵性 and Social Justice empower students through constructive theological reflection and responsible social action. The General MA degree path is ideal for those who would like to pursue personal enrichment 或者未来的博士工作


The specialized degrees in theology offered by the Institute for 灵性 and Social Justice are designed to bring together theory and practice, building on the traditions of spiritual discernment (Ignatian and others), theological reflection and purposeful action. These degrees educate adult learners towards work as knowledgeable, thoughtful and responsible professionals who improve their work environments and society as a whole. These specialized degrees prepare students for a variety of challenging and rewarding careers in sustainability, 社会部门, and pastoral ministries- including youth and campus 部 and chaplaincy.

Xavier's graduate program in theology supports any number of professional options, and our program provides flexible possibilities for innovative degrees. 然而, you may find yourself wanting a rigorous introduction to a very specific topic in the context of the unique space of support, 刺激, 课程的严谨性和深度. Did you know you can register for up to two graduate courses without being a degree-seeking student? Or you can take a series of courses designed to support you with a Certificate in Theological Studies.

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  • 提奥503:解放圣经
  • THEO 520: Journey Through Christianity I: Community, Authority and Expansion
  • THEO 524: Journey Through Christianity II: Reformations, Modernities and the Global Context
  • THEO 624: Theological Imagination: Approaches to the Sacred
  • THEO 547: Ethics in a Time of Planetary Crisis

The general MA in Theology takes the foundational courses plus 15 semester hours in elective courses.

Our specialized degrees take the foundational courses, THEO 690 洞察力 and Integration: Capstone Course, and the corresponding courses for each concentration:



提奥504 -解放圣经- This class introduces methods of scripture study used to interpret both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Scriptures. This introduction substantively addresses the relationship between biblical interpretation and 社会正义 questions regarding gender, 比赛, class, 还有环境.

THEO 514 - Spiritual Exercises For 21st Century - This team-taught course re-envisions Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises in light of recent New Testament scholarship and a contextual understanding of the sixteenth century, in which the Exercises were developed, with an eye to the global challenges and possibilities of our era.

THEO 520 - Journey Through Christianity I - This course is an introduction to the evolution of Christian thought from the first century to the late Middle Ages focusing in particular on the issues of community, authority and ecclesial expansion.

THEO 607 - Theology and Migration - In this course, students will reflect on the histories and the contemporary phenomena of migration. Students will seek to understand migration theologically, 圣经, 从历史上看, and ethically in the broader framework of divine hospitality.

THEO 622 – 世界宗教 and the Environment - This course will explore the contributions of several world religious traditions towards constructing an environmental theology that can address our current global environmental crisis.


Optional concentrations support careers in:

  • 校园及青年事工
  • 田园部
  • 宗教教育
  • 社会正义
  • 环境正义
  • 非营利性机构
  • 卫生保健
  • 博士工作



Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.



Students receive a strong grounding in biblical studies, 基督教史, 道德, 和系统学. Electives allow for students to craft a unique degree path as they choose from a variety of courses in social justice, 灵性, 田园部, 世界宗教.


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Whether students are looking for personal enrichment, 为新职业做准备, or hoping to pursue doctoral work, graduate theological study empowers students with reflection and imagination that will enrich their work and life experience.


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Each of us has a purpose in life—although it often takes a supportive learning community to refine that purpose. Xavier will help you understand your unique gifts and passions and, with the tools of Ignatian discernment, you will learn practices to help you live toward your life's purpose.


神学(MA) Program at 泽维尔大学

The mission of Xavier’s theology program is to provide a transformative theological education from a Catholic and ecumenical perspective inspired by the documents of the Second Vatican Council and the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus. 相应的, our mission empowers graduate students to: think theologically, analyze issues from a Catholic and interreligious perspective, and act responsibly in 世界 for the promotion of peace and justice. Our graduate program in theology provides students with a firm foundation in Christian theology through the study of scripture, 传统与伦理. 但是这个程序, is flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of interests while equipping students with the historical awareness and professional resources necessary to enter or advance in careers 比如教学, 部 or writing; to pursue doctoral work; or to promote their spiritual development.

Our graduate theology program at 泽维尔大学 is offered through the Institute for 灵性 and Social Justice. The Institute for 灵性 and Social Justice is a part of 泽维尔大学's 文理学院.

泽维尔大学 文理学院 challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, 世界, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The 文理学院 is the oldest and largest college at 泽维尔大学. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, 专业或研究生院, 以及全球化社会中的生活.

泽维尔大学 is a private university located in 辛辛那提, 俄亥俄州, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. 新闻 & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."