Master of Arts in theology, major in Theological Studies (MATS) is a thesis degree program designed to develop competent and creative theological thinking on the academic level. It is intended for seminarians as well as non-seminarians, that is, religious and lay professionals,  including teachers of theology and religion. It provides students a solid basis in the five areas of concentration: Scripture, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Liturgy-Sacraments and Missiology. It is offered in the morning on regular school days and has the General Theology Program (GTP) as its curricular basis.  
Admission Requirements
Seminarians get admitted to the MST masteral program upon admission to the GTP. In addition to the admission requirements in the GTP, seminarians must also meet the following requirements in order to continue in the masteral program:

1. After their Second Year in the GTP, they enroll in Thesis Writing (Stage I: Thesis Proposal Writing), provided they have an average grade of 1.75 or better in the masteral courses in their First Year and Second Year, and also provided they have taken their Research Methodology courses (I and II). However, they may choose to start Thesis Writing later, or after they have finished their courses, provided they have the required minimum average grade of 1.75 or better in both their course work and oral comprehensive examinations.

2. Those who finish their written thesis during their Third Year or Fourth Year must complete the required minimum of 54 units of masteral courses (including the synthesis courses), earn an overall average grade of 1.75 or better in these courses, and pass the oral comprehensive examinations (1.75 or better) before they can be allowed to make an oral defense of their written thesis.

1. Original copy of college Transcript of Records (TOR), attesting to a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent plus 18 units of philosophy and another 18 units of theology as undergraduate prerequisites.

2. Students lacking in philosophy units take courses outside MST, from among the following courses: (a) Epistemology (Philosophy of Knowledge); (b) History of Philosophy; (c) Philosophy of Being Human (Philosophical Anthropology); (d) Logic; (e) Philosophy of Ethics (Ethics); (f) Philosophy of Being (Ontology); (g) Contemporary Philosophers; (h) Philosophy of Nature (Cosmology); (i) Philosophy of God (Theodicy); and (h) Philosophy of Religion.

3. Those lacking in theology units take courses at MST for undergraduate credit with the approval of the Academic Dean.

4.  Three (3) 1” x 1” pictures

5. A Certificate of Transfer Credential or (pending that) a request by the student for such a certificate from the last school attended to facilitate the transfer of all official TOR (college and higher, if any) to CICM Maryhill School of Theology.

6. If a foreigner, photocopy of passport, ACR and missionary or student visa. Foreign students are required to present a degree equivalent in length and content to the four-year A.B. college program in the Philippines. They should be sufficiently proficient in English and have a satisfactory background in philosophy and theology.

7. If a transfer student, TOR or report of courses taken in the previous school for evaluation of possible credits for some courses. No transfer credit will be given to a course that has already been credited in a successful graduate degree program.

8. As a rule, credit masteral courses taken by students from other schools parallel or similar in course name to masteral courses in MST will not be credited unless the course was taught by a professor who has taught or is teaching the same course in MST (same course-same professor rule) or unless the course content is closely similar to or the same as that in MST, as evidenced by relevant brochures or curricular materials issued by the other school.

9. Only a maximum of 12 units of courses from the previous school, with a grade at least equivalent to “2.00” in the MST grading scale, will be credited.

Course Requirements
1. MA in Theology, major in Theological Studies requires a minimum of 54 units of masteral courses taken in the GTP, categorized as follows:
    • Basic Courses                                      18 units
    • Field of Concentration                         18 units
    • Cognates                                              12 units
    • Thesis Writing                                       6 units
    • Comprehensive Exams                        Required

                 Total                                                         54 units

2. In dealing with ATEP students who wish to transfer from MA in Theology, major in Religious Studies to MA in Theology, major in Theological Studies, the following are to be considered:

3. As regards a specific subject with a lower unit than the GTP counterpart, the student will be asked to take extra reading courses.

4. Only courses with grades of “1.50” will be credited.

5. Upgrading the student’s area of concentration with additional courses.

6. Students need to maintain an average of at least 1.75 for their course work.