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I am potentially looking into a post-grad degree in theology, maybe even a doctorate one day. I think I really like the idea of teaching at the college level. Anyway, besides some of the big names – like Boston College and Notre Dame, what are some other good programs???
Christendom College and Franciscan University in Steubenville come immediately to mind for good theology schools. If you have money and are near DC, then the Dominican House of Studies should also be quite excellent. If you want to teach at a Catholic university, you need at least a STL to teach adjunct, an STD to be teaching full-time.
Yeah, it’s just I already have my basic four-year religious studies degree, and I’d hate to have to start from zero in order to get on the STD track. It seems, from quick research, that you have to have the Bachelor of Sacred Theology before the STL; and the STL before the STD.
But some of the Catholic theology grad programs I see don’t even require a theology four-year degree at all (just “humanities,” for example).
Catholic University of America and it’s affiliated schools
It is the only University in the US which is directly overseen by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and has a Pontifical School of Theology certified by the Vatican. It’s theological instruction is very center of the road and doesn’t lean one way or the other with regards to Conservative or Progressive. A degree from CUA is well respected in all walks of Catholic Academia.
NOTE: I would only recommend Notre Dame and Boston College for the doctorate degree. I personally don’t think they are worth the price for the Master’s level. Marquette University and University of Dayton are in the same boat.
I would highly recommend the following
* offer’s online Master’s
First and foremost: I would recommend: The Catholic University of America* (Theology degree not offered online, but Masters of Catechesis is) Has Masters, Ph.D. STL, STD degrees
Catholic University of America has been ranked among the best 3 theology graduate program in the United States, along with Notre Dame, Duke & Fuller Theological Seminary.
Pontifex University* (this is a new online University which offers an online Th.D program and online Master’s program, but since it’s new, it doesn’t yet have national accreditation. But does have accreditation from the Archbishop of Atlanta and the State of Georgia. There are several good names in Catholic education are teaching there.)
It’s important to get the opinion of people in senior positions at the types of schools at which you would like to teach. They know which programs are acceptable for that purpose, and which are not. Contact senior academics at those schools and ask them for guidance in picking a program that will get you where you want to go, before spending years studying in a program that will not.
Also, be aware that teaching positions in theology are scarce as hen’s teeth, with aspirants exceeding openings by a huge factor. I wouldn’t put my eggs in one basket, and make sure I acquire more saleable skills as a backup.