Grounded in the Roman Catholic tradition, the Department of Theological Studies invites students to analyze questions of faith, the divine, and ultimate meaning in the context of religious thought and practice. Through intellectually rigorous exploration of the full range of possibilities and ambiguities of faith, students of Theological Studies come to appreciate both the intrinsic value of religious inquiry and the role of religion in building a more just world. The Department offers several degree programs: an undergraduate major in Theology, an undergraduate minor in Theology, and two Master of Arts degrees (Theology and Pastoral Theology). The MA in Pastoral Theology program includes an additional ministry and counseling emphasis in addition to foundational courses in theology.
Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is one of the largest Catholic universities in the West. The 142-acre campus is on a bluff overlooking Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. This location is a key to its strength, success and potential. At LMU, the city becomes an extension of the classroom, offering a rich diversity of culture, interests, access and opportunities. Los Angeles is home to the largest Catholic diocese in the United States and the Pacific Rim is at our front door. LMU, founded in 1911, is a comprehensive university offering more than 60 major programs for undergraduates, as well as 39 master’s degrees and one education doctorate, one juris doctorate, one doctorate of juridical science and 10 credential/authorization programs.