Dual-Degree Program: bachelor's + master's in 5 years

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Save time, save money and get ahead with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in 5 years

Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary offers advanced standing to undergraduate students who are earning a minimum of a 3.2 grade point average in theological coursework while working towards a bachelor's degree in the College of Arts and Sciences of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. Students in the 5-­year dual­‐degree program start working at the graduate level while finishing their undergraduate degree.

A student in the dual­‐degree program does not have to be a theology major; other majors are acceptable to the program. A theology major or minor, however, helps to provide the student with enough of a foundation to succeed in a master's degree program in theology. Students may choose the Master of Arts in Ministry degree (M.A.M.; 36 crs.) or the Master of Theological Studies degree (M.T.S.; 48 crs.). Students completing the MTS must also complete a Comprehensive exam as part of the degree.

M.A.M. Pastoral Ministry: students select a track area which includes four courses towards a particular ministry.

  • Youth and Family Minister
  • Liturgical Leader/Coordinator
  • Spiritual Director
  • Pastoral Care Giver
  • Deacon

M.T.S: students select a focus area which includes three courses in a given area and completion of the Comprehensive Examination in that area.

  • Sacred Scripture
  • Systematic Theology
  • History of Christianity
  • Liturgy
  • Monastic Studies/Spirituality

Below are examples of how the B.A. + M.A.M. and B.A. + M.T.S. credits could be distributed within 5 years.

M.A.M.:

3 credits earned as Theology major with satisfactory GPA

3 credits fall term senior year

6 credits spring term senior year

12 credits fall term after graduation

12 credits spring term after graduation

36 credits Total

M.T.S.:

3 credits earned as Theology major with satisfactory GPA

3 credits fall term senior year

6 credits spring term senior year

6 credits summer after graduation

12 credits fall term after graduation

12 credits spring term after graduation

6 credits summer

48 credits Total


For more information and advisement please contact:


Andy Dirksen
Director of Admission and Financial Aid

Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary, Luke Hall 218


[email protected] 


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