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  • Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Yearly Tuition
  • Duration
    4 Years

Program Overview

The theology major with concentration in pastoral and youth ministry major is recommended for students seeking future ministry in parish or campus settings, and/or in faith-based organizations.

Along with core Theology courses found in the integrated general education program, students who choose to major or minor in theology engage in advanced studies that enable them to further understand the complexity and integrity of the Catholic Christian faith, as well as its dialogues with other faith traditions.

Courses in the major area address the development of doctrine, Church history, the moral life, prayer and worship, justice and peace. Study abroad to better understand the global nature of the Christian faith is encouraged. Students who choose to complete the Theology major with a concentration in Pastoral and Youth Ministry will have the opportunity to do extended internship work in the field of their choice, on campus or abroad. The major is structured to facilitate most students who desire to double major and complete their degree in four years.

Career Options

The theology major is recommended for students who plan to teach, serve church communities, engage in chaplaincy, so campus ministry, and work in faith-based social justice organizations. Knowledge of theology is also strong preparation for graduate studies in the liberal arts.

Taking Classes

This residential, four-year program is offered on our Winona Campus, with daytime classes and a full student life experience.

Course Information

Designed for students with a general interest in theology and/or those intending to pursue graduate study, or a career teaching religion in a Catholic high school.

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. A completed application. Saint Mary's has an online application and also accepts the Common Application.
  2. Official high school transcript
  3. Official Test Scores - ACT, SAT, or Classic Learning tests are accepted.
  4. An essay or brief personal statement. In 250 words or fewer, please tell us about: a significant experience you've had, an accomplishment or risk you have taken, a person who has made a difference in your life, a topic of concern to you, or anything else you think would help us learn more about you. You can also choose to submit a graded paper or write something new!
  5. Letters of Recommendation are optional.
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Key Dates

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $37,650 Per Year


Activity fee:$170
Technology fee:$380
Laundry fee:$80

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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