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Grounded in our Franciscan values, the Bachelor of Arts in Theology aims to educate and form servant leaders for a wide range of church ministry positions, as well as advanced studies at the graduate level.

School of Arts and Sciences
Christian ministry or graduate education
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Whether you feel called to the ministry, already serve in a mission-oriented position, or simply want to deepen your knowledge of Christian, Catholic, and Franciscan theological traditions, this program combines the elements of servant leadership, theological inquiry and dialogue that will help you reach your goal.

If you are ready to answer your calling, apply today for the Theology degree program at FranU.

Theology at FranU

Quick Facts:

  • 121 credit hours, including 60 hours in core theological content
  • Ministry Capstone project provides hands-on experience with a local church or religiously affiliated organization
  • Only Catholic institution in Louisiana, outside of New Orleans, to offer a Theology degree
  • Endorsed by the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge
  • Serves as the academic hub for the Diocesan Diaconate/Lay Formation Program, which requires enrollment in theology coursework
  • Member of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (institutions characterized by Franciscan values)

Declaration of Major

A student may declare the Theology major at any time, but must meet with the program director to help develop his/her individual degree plan. Requirements for acceptance into the program are the same as for acceptance to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 121 credit hours as noted in the curriculum plan;
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better on all college work (a grade of C or better in all related coursework);
  • Fulfillment of the residency requirement; and
  • Clearance of all indebtedness to the University, including the return of all materials borrowed from the University library.

Program Mission

The mission of the Theology program, in union with the teachings of the Catholic church, is to theologically educate and form servant leaders for Christian ministry or graduate education.

The Theology program’s mission aligns with the University mission in three ways:

  • It is union with the teaching of the Catholic church;
  • It aims to educate integrated thinkers and faith-filled citizens; and
  • It aims to form servant leaders in the pattern of St. Francis.

Program Goals

  • Educate students with an integrated knowledge of theology;
  • Develop skills necessary for 21st century careers as well as entry into graduate or professional training programs;
  • Provide evidence-based educational experiences that promote integrated knowledge of theology, vocational discernment, community engagement, and Franciscan core values; and
  • Provide educational experiences that also meet the needs of the communities we serve.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Upon completion of the Theology program graduates will be able to:

  1. Assess a theological or ministerial problem by the appropriate use of Catholic scripture.
  2. Apply the theological principles of Catholic systematic theology to contemporary theological, spiritual, or ministerial problems.
  3. Organize significant Christian events historically.
  4. Evaluate ethical decisions from the perspective of Catholic moral theology.
  5. Construct written and oral presentations for academic or catechetical audiences.


Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Questions about accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (