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Theology, A.A.

Enhance your effectiveness in volunteer and professional ministries.

Immaculata’s A.A. in Theology introduces you to fundamental concerns, sources, and methods of Christian theology while providing you with ample space to explore your own theological interests. Through courses spanning the range of the theological disciplines, including biblical studies, systematic theology and ethics, you will learn how to pursue perennial questions about God and human existence in light of the rich heritage of Christian wisdom and with attention to the joys, hopes, and concerns of the people of our time.

Many students pursue the degree for the sake of personal enrichment. Others do so to enhance their effectiveness in volunteer and professional ministries.

At A Glance

Program: Associate of Arts
Audience: Undergraduate adult learners
Format: Face-to-face and online
Next Start Date: January 16, 2024
Cost: $250 per credit
Time to Completion Approximately five semesters of full-time study

"One of my theology professors taught me that your calling in life is where your desire, your gifts and the world’s hunger meet. This place has been a catalyst for building indispensable relationships and learning beautiful things: about myself and about what makes me come alive. I'll always be indebted to Immaculata for those priceless gifts. I think the spirit infusing this campus has a lot to do with the Sisters—they pray for us every day. There is an amazing history and a living charism that is tangible here, and it makes you feel like you’re a part of something."

Julia Coppa

Opportunities and Outcomes

Opportunities

Students have ample opportunity to engage in social justice initiatives and volunteer programs that have been the cornerstone of Immaculata’s existence since its founding.

Students can also continue their theological studies in Immaculata’s bachelor’s degree program in Theology.

Where Can I Work?

A degree in theology can prepare you for a variety of professional paths. Many graduates continue in a baccalaureate program while others pursue related careers within religious education, campus ministry, youth ministry, social services or pastoral administration.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 12% job growth for the community and social service field between 2019 and 2029, approximately three times as fast as the average rate for all occupations.

Career Outlook

Graduates of Immaculata’s Associate in Theology program can work in various positions, including:

  • Youth minister, average salary is $36,350
  • Social and Human Service Assistants, average salary is $37,610
  • Church administrator, average salary is $39,830
  • Community health workers, average salary is $47,780
  • and more
Program Highlights

Program Delivery and Structure

The Associate of Art in Theology degree requires 63 credits that you can finish in as few as two years. Course are offered in various formats, including face-to-face and online.

Utilizing the experience and expertise from faculty, students are introduced to fundamental concerns, sources, and methods of Christian theology while being provided with ample space to explore their own theological interests.

Program Cost

Tuition per credit is $250.
Various types of financing options are available to assist students. For further information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 484-323-3028, or email finaid@immaculata.edu.

Degree Options

Immaculata also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and students can add it as a minor to enhance job skills.

Honor Society

Theology majors can enhance their learning experience as members of Immaculata’s local chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK), a national honor society for students of theology and religious studies.

Course Overview

Curriculum

Completion of 63 Credits

A Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or Above On a 4.0 Scale

Liberal Arts Core 27 Credits (6 Fulfilled By Major)

  • Composition (English/Writing) 6 credits
  • Natural & Physical World/Quantitative Reasoning (Lab Science/Math) 3 credits
  • Human Creativity/Historical & Social Consciousness/Global Society
  • (Art, Literature, History, Social Science, Economics, Foreign Language & Culture) 9 credits
  • Pursuit of Faith (Religion, Theology)* 6 credits
  • Pursuit of Wisdom (Philosophy) 3 credits

*Satisfied by major

Major Courses 24 Credits

  • Introduction to Theology 3 credits
  • Introduction to the Bible 3 credits
  • Jesus Christ 3 credits
  • Introduction to Christian Ethics 3 credits
  • Theology Electives 12 credits

Electives 18 Credits

Total 63 Credits

Admissions Requirements

You can apply to Immaculata’s adult professional programs in four simple steps. If you have questions, please contact us via admiss@immaculata.edu or by phone at 484-323-3060.

Average Salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual salary for a youth minister is $36,500, with salaries higher for those working in community health.

Tim Schaffer

Student Spotlight

For Tim Schaffer, an associate degree from Immaculata led to supervisory roles at his company.

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