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Ohio Dominican University's Master of Arts in Theology prepares you for life and work in ministry, as well as for further studies at the doctoral level. The program focuses primarily on the needs of the Diocese of Columbus for lay pastoral associates, directors of parish schools of religion, youth ministers, high school religion teachers and campus ministers.

Program Features

  • Available 100% online, on campus during the evening, or a combination of both formats. 
  • High-quality video feed allows online students to attend class synchronously, and easily interact with classmates and instructors.
  • On-campus classes meet once a week, every two weeks, during Fall and Spring terms; and one evening a week for eight consecutive weeks during Summer.
  • Small class sizes: four to eight students on average.
  • Take one or two courses each semester.
  • Graduate Certificate in Theology available.
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    Read the course requirements and descriptions for the degree and graduate certificate options.

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    Outcomes & Careers

    With your degree, you can teach at the high school level and above, work in the Diocese, and more.

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Ohio Dominican's Theology master's program draws together women and men from various professions who have a desire to enter into a deep theological and spiritual journey in an academic setting. The program offers courses online and on campus during the evening, which allows flexibility for those with families and full-time employment.

Dr. Leo Madden, Director of ODU's Master of Arts in Theology Program, shares details and benefits of the program at Ohio Dominican University.

Tuition Discount

Are you an active member of your Diocese?

Then you may be eligible for a 25% tuition discount. 

Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for details at (614) 251-4615 or grad@ohiodominican.edu.


Our Alumni – In Their Own Words

Cathryn O’Connell

Teacher, Cristo Rey High School (Columbus, Ohio)
Alumna, ODU MA Theology

Cathryn O'Connell
“The professors of ODU's MA in Theology program provided a rigorous academic course load and a place for philosophical discussion. Thanks to their influence and direction, I was intellectually and spiritually prepared to respond to God's call to share the Good News of Jesus by teaching high school theology.”


Marijana Yelich

Teacher, Cristo Rey High School (Columbus, Ohio)
Alumna, ODU MA Theology

Marijana Yelich
“I joined ODU's master’s program in Theology in 2017, just six months after having my fourth child. ODU's family friendly program allowed me to pursue higher education and still be present to my growing family. Working as a theology teacher now, I can look back and appreciate the intellectual and spiritual formation that I have received at ODU, and that has made it possible for me to continue my work as a disciple of Christ in society.”


Full-Time Theology Faculty

Madden, Leo H.
Madden, Leo

Associate Professor & Department Head


Wehrle Hall, Room 201

  • S.T.B., Pontifical Gregorian University 
  • S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute 
  • S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University
  • B.S.F.S., Georgetown University

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Parks, Robert
Parks, R

Assistant Professor of Theology


Wehrle Hall 205

  • PhD., University of Dayton
  • M.A., The Catholic University of America
  • B.A., Ohio Dominican University

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Final Portfolio Presentation

Prior to graduating, students who are completing their Master of Arts in Theology at ODU present their final portfolio to faculty, administrators, family and friends.

Pictured left to right are Ezra Escudero, Marijana Yelich, Dr. Leo Madden (faculty) and Elizabeth Mitevski.