Master of Arts
Lumen Cordis Pathway
(Light of the Heart)

The Lumen Cordis pathway, which has been serving students for three decades, offers the flexibility to pursue a program of study tailored to each student’s personal interests.  The degree can be completed in two years through full-time study, or spread out at a slower pace to accommodate students with busy schedules. Most Lumen Cordis classes take place during the day alongside our seminarians, and are offered in fall, spring and May session semesters.

Students in the Lumen Cordis pathway select one of three areas of concentration:

  • Scripture

  • Spirituality

  • Systematic Theology

Each area of concentration offers several options for electives fitting the student’s goals and interests.


Regardless of the area of concentration, students have two routes to completion of the degree:

  • Plan A: 33 credit hours of course work concluding with comprehensive exams

  • Plan B: 27 credit hours of course work and a six-credit written thesis

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Lumen Cordis Requirements

All students complete three of the following core classes (each is 3 credits):

  • Scriptural Foundations

  • Fundamental Theology

  • Foundations of Christian Spirituality

  • Fundamental Moral Theology

Students in Plan A complete:

  • 15 credits in the chosen area of concentration

  • 9 elective credits

  • Comprehensive exams (oral and written)

Students in Plan B complete:

  • 15 credits in the chosen area of concentration

  • 3 elective credits

  • Written thesis (6 credits)

  • Language requirement

For further information contact:
Dr. Brian Lee
Director of Master of the Arts Program (Interim)
(414) 858-4877