Degree Requirements

  1. A total of 36 graduate credits.
    • A maximum of 18 credits earned in Web-based courses may be applied to the degree.
    • Students have the option to earn 6 of the 36 credits by writing a master's thesis.
    • Courses in Latin and modern languages cannot be counted toward the degree, but courses in Greek and Hebrew can be counted.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Required courses:
    • History and Sources of the Liturgy (3 credits)
    • Theology of Sacraments and Worship (3 credits)
    • Rites of Christian Initiation (3 credits)
    • Eucharistic Liturgy and Theology (3 credits)
    • Liturgical Celebration (3 credits)
  4. Constrained electives:
    • LMUS 421 Psalmody and Hymnody (3 credits) and LMUS Seminar in Liturgical Music (3 credits) may be applied to the degree.
    • 12 additional credits from the following list of courses or from topics courses in liturgy
      • Rites of Healing (3 credits)
      • Rites of Vocation (3 credit)
      • Liturgy of the Hours (3 credits)
      • Word and Worship in the Liturgical Year (3 credits)
      • Topics in Liturgy
  5. Reading proficiency in a foreign language to be demonstrated early in the student's program of studies.  Latin is encouraged/recommended, and Ecclesiatical Latin I and II are offered on student interest and faculty availability on a rotating basis.
  6. Submission of two graduate papers OR submission and defense of the master's thesis.
  7. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination after the completion of all other degree requirements. The comprehensives process includes a reading list of thirty books from which questions are formulated for the written and oral portions of the examination.