Degree Programs and Application
Master of Arts in Liturgy
The Master of Arts in Liturgy (MAL) is a professional terminal degree which provides the graduate with theologically informed skills for practical liturgical leadership in a diocesan office, parish, or secondary-education program. This program is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.
1. A bachelor’s degree.
2. At least 18 hours of course work in theology, philosophy or religious studies, though this may be waived or reconsidered if an applicant presents significant pastoral experience.
3. Official transcripts from all college and graduate programs attended.
4. Three letters of recommendation: from a pastor or religious superior; from a professor or academic instructor, preferably in theology or a related field; from an employer or supervisor in ministry.
5. A Personal Statement explaining the applicant’s interest in the program and professional or ministerial goals.
II. Course Requirements
The Master of Arts in Liturgy can be completed in one of two ways: a student can complete coursework over five consecutive summers or a student can take courses during the academic year, full-time or part-time. The six-week summer session consists of two consecutive units of three weeks each. Four courses will be completed in that time (totaling ten quarter credits). In order to graduate, students must take written and oral comprehensive examinations and complete a supervised project.
A. Comprehensive Examination
The comprehensive examination will normally be taken during the student’s final summer. Examination dates will be arranged in consultation with the Director, the examiners and the student. The examination is designed to enable the student to demonstrate mastery of program material.
B. The Master’s Project
Since the goals of the Institute’s MAL program include providing students with a solid foundation for understanding Catholic liturgy, skill in pastoral practice grounded in the principles of sacramental theology, and to develop facility in providing liturgical education and formation, the program requires a master’s project conducted at the student’s parish or workplace. This project is conceived and designed in conjunction with a faculty advisor and provides an opportunity to integrate classroom learning with actual pastoral circumstances. See the Liturgical Institute’s Academic Bulletin for more information.
Three credit courses:
Eucharist: Origins and Structure
Matrimony and Orders
Reconciliation, Anointing, Death
Liturgical Year and Liturgy of the Hours
Sacramentals, Blessings, Devotions
Liturgical Traditions East and West
Liturgical Documentationand Law
Liturgical Art and Architecture
Sources and Methods in Liturgiology
History and Spirituality of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
Two credit courses:
Music and Worship
Eucharist: Theological Issues
Word of God and Liturgy
The Liturgical Movement
Ritual, Symbol and Worship
Principles of Sacramental Theology
Liturgy and Cultural Adaptation
Liturgical Preparation and Training