Master of Arts in Applied Theology (Thesis) (MA-THEO)
This program is aimed at equipping practitioners of various ministries in the Church and interested persons with an advanced knowledge in theology as officially envisioned in the Second Vatican Council, the documents of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conference (FABC) and the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines. Given these foundational knowledge, the student is introduced into the rigors of basic theological research. Major requirements include the academic courses, an oral examination and thesis.
12 units of Philosophy
|Major Courses||18 units|
|Thesis Writing||06 units|
RESEARCH 3 UNITS
Methods of Theological Research (APT103M)
Students will be introduced to the various approaches and methods of doing research. Practical exercises in aid of understanding such approaches and methods will be provided in view of their application to the field of applied theological research.
STATISTICS 3 UNITS
Methods of Applied Research and Statistics (REV526M)
A study of the fundamentals of behavioral research, research design, types of research, analysis, and interpretation.
CHRISTOLOGY 3 UNITS
Doing Christology in a Cultural Context (APT204M)
The course examines the process of the first disciples’ experience of Jesus and how they articulated the significance of Jesus as the Christ in their own culture. The theological and hermeneutical principles as well as the phases of the process are presented as guides to doing Christology culturally today.
ECCLESIOLOGY 3 UNITS
Portraits of Jesus in the Gospels (APT404M)
An exegetical-contextual study of the Christologies found in the four gospels, presenting their respective understanding of Jesus and His mission.
MAJOR COURSES 18 UNITS
Foundations of Applied Theology I (APT101M)
Basic realities and process within the framework of the mutual interaction between the Judaeo-Christian Tradition and contemporary human experience, the fundamental notions of Revelation and Faith shall be dealt with. The process of “doing theology”, particularly with cultural resources, will be explained and illustrated.
The Bible from a Cultural Perspective (APT102M)
This introductory course deals with the realities related to the formation and interpretation of the Jewish-Christian scriptures from a sociocultural viewpoint. Presentation, analysis and discussion of texts from both the Old and the New Testaments will serve as illustration of the cultural way of approaching the bible.
Trends in Biblical Studies: OT (APT201M)
A survey of the contemporary trends in the study of the bible in the area of the Old Testament. The course is an updated overview of scholarly findings on the subject and their relevance to contemporary issues.
Trends in Biblical Studies: NT (APT202M)
A survey of the contemporary trends in the study of the bible in the area of the New Testament.
A Lay-Centered Church (APT203M)
A historical and systematic study of the theology of the Church from the perspective of the laity who constitute ninety-eight percent of it. The course will focus on the role of the laity in the Church as envisioned by the Second Vatican Council.
Theology of Signs and Symbols (APT205M)
A study of the sacraments as saving Christological and ecclesial acts celebrated through symbols and rituals; how they relate to the meanings and values of the Christian community with the interface of anthropology and theology as the locus theologicus.
Foundations of Moral Life in a Cultural Perspective (APT206M)
The course pinpoints and elaborates the changes in moral theology within the Church since Vatican II. The basic themes of Christian moral life such as fundamental option, moral norms, conscience and sin are discussed taking into account the cultural context in which they are to be understood.