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The concentration in Theology is a 36-unit program. 21 of the 36 units are “Foundational Courses,” 12 of the 36 units are “Electives,” and 3 of the 36 units are Capstone requirements. If students attend full-time, they may complete the Masters of Religious Studies in two years, at a pace of 2 three-unit courses per semester. If part-time, they may complete in three years, at a pace of 1 three-unit course per semester. 

Foundational Courses (21 units)

RST 202A: Introduction to Theology

RST 203: Hebrew Scriptures

RST 205: Christian Scriptures

RST 209: Historical Theology

RST 214: Foundations in Theological Ethics

RST 220: Theories and Methods in Religion and Theology

RST 221: Religion, Theology, and the City of Los Angeles

Electives (12 units)

RST 200: Scripture and Social Justice

RST 215: Theology and Technologies

RST 216: Models of Restorative Justice

RST 222: Topics in Liberation Theologies

- Topics may include: U.S. Latinx Theologies, Latin American Liberation Theologies, Queer Theologies, Feminist Theologies

RST 227: Interreligious Dialogue

RST 249: Topics in Theological Ethics

- Topics may include: Theological Bioethics, Catholic Social Teaching, Eco-Justice, War, Genocide, and Moral Injury

RST 280: Pastoral Care: Foundations and Issues

Capstone Requirement

RST 290: Master’s Thesis Proposal (1 unit) over one semester

RST 291: Master’s Thesis (2 units) over 1 semester (If student must take additional semesters they may register for continuation courses of RST 291 A, B, or C).

* Course numbers to be assigned by the Office of the Registrar after proposal approval. Some course numbers are listed because they are remnants of our current GRST program. 


Call (213) 477-2800 for more information on the all-new Master of Arts in Religious Studies degree programs. Please visit our Graduate Admissions website to learn more about admission.