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Theological Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Los Angeles, CA, United States
The Theological Studies program of Loyola Marymount University provides students the opportunity to reflect on religious experience and fundamental theological and human questions, engage in historical analysis, Biblical exegesis, and interdisciplinary dialogue, and explore a particular religious tradition or dialogue between Christianity and other religious traditions.
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What do Theological Studies Majors do?

Majors of the Theological Studies program of Loyola Marymount University investigate the broader area of religious experience. Areas of study include biblical, historical, systematic, liturgical and comparative theology; theological ethics, spirituality, and faith and culture; world religions and religious studies; and pastoral theology, with special emphasis on the Roman Catholic theological tradition. Individual courses may study classical theological questions, perform close readings of a seminal text (e.g., Augustine’s Confessions), confront contemporary moral problems and the diversity of theological and ethical perspectives, or address the cultural, religious, and intellectual histories of particular religious traditions. 

Theological Studies majors also delve into issues relating to theology and gender, race, ethnicity, and other aspects of diversity. Course offerings include: US Latino/a Theology; Women and Religion; World Religions in Los Angeles; and the African American Religious Experience. Majors take courses in various subdisciplines in theology, but the major is designed to maximize student autonomy in shaping his or her own course of study.

Is This Major Right for You?

You might be a Theological Studies major if you:
  • Value scholarship
  • Follow world events, including the global influence of religion on culture and politics
  • Are curious about life’s big questions and social justice issues
  • Have interest in religion and contemporary culture
  • Are interested in the nature and practice of religion

About Our Faculty

Our tenure-line, visiting, clinical, part-time, and post-doctorate fellows’ faculty members are teacher-scholars whose research and teaching interests address a range of methods, questions, and interlocutors in theology and religious studies. Faculty are actively involved in scholarly presentations, publications, and discourse, including dialogue with local faith communities, international research universities, medical and biomedical organizations, and scholars in the sciences, humanities, and other fields.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Hebrew Bible / Old Testament
  • New Testament Contexts
  • Exploring the Catholic Theological Tradition
  • Comparative Theology
  • World Religions in Los Angeles
  • Explorations: Historical Analysis Perspectives

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Common Application and LMU Supplement
  • International students are not required to submit the SAT or ACT to complete their application to LMU
  • Provide Proof of English Proficiency
  • Submit Transcripts
  • Submit a letter of recommendation with your application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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