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Writing - Thesis Guide for MA students: Comprehensive Exam

MAT & MAB Comprehensive Exams

In addition to the thesis and defense, the MA candidate in Theology and Biblical Studies also takes a comprehensive exam which consists of a three hour written examination with two parts:

  • Part One consists of fifty objective questions to evaluate the student’s basic knowledge of Roman Catholic Theology.
  • Part Two consists of five essay questions, of which the student will write on three.  

The student must receive a combined grade of “C” (77-80%) or better to pass.

NOTE that the exam questions are currently being reviewed and revised as of August 2020.

Students may obtain sample exam essay questions and a bibliography to assist with study and review by contacting Fr. Ryan Ruiz, Dean of the School of Theology.