To study theology means to deal intensively with the foundations of culture and the sources of one's own faith. The Master's programme in Catholic Theology as a ten-semester undergraduate course (i.e. not based on a Bachelor's programme) offers an academic education in the entire breadth of the subject and within a wide horizon of the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences.
The programme conveys comprehensive specialist knowledge in biblical, historical, systematic and practical theology. By setting priorities, students qualify for pastoral, cultural or social work in church or society.
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The Master's degree program prepares students for further academic qualification as well as for a non-scientific professional activity in church and society, e.g. pastoral work and proclamation in the context of a church appointment, theological work in the media and in the field of education, etc. Due to the broad spectrum of topics and methods of the study program and its clear connection to practice, there are also employment opportunities in many areas of culture, education and social action.
Career outside the Church Service
- Member of the state parliament, office manager of a member of the Bundestag/Lord Mayor, employee of a state ministry
- Press office clerk, newspaper/radio editor, journalist, PR consultant, press officer, bookseller
- Librarian, staff/coordinator in foundations
- Municipal housing administration, employee in the social welfare office
- Personnel Manager/Department Manager/Managing Director
Career in Church Service
- cardinal, bishop, priest, protestant and old catholic pastors, pastoral assistant
- Pastor for the police, clinic, prison, college, school and family
- theological worker in a university congregation or community leader
- Head of an education house/family centre/further education institution
- Religious education teacher, headmaster or lecturer
- Speaker in a full professorship or other ecclesiastical authority
- Commissioner for sectarian and philosophical issues
- Church musician
- Cathedral guide
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Structure of the study program
The Master's program is a one-subject study programme. The standard period of study is ten semesters, of which two semesters are spent on the orientation phase, four semesters on the qualification phase and four semesters on the Magister phase. The program is divided into modules consisting of different learning and examination units.
The aim of the orientation phase is the introduction to the four specialist areas:
- Biblical Theology
- Historical theology
- Systematic theology, including an introduction to the philosophical foundations of theology, and
- Practical theology
The aim of the qualification phase is to convey central themes of Christian faith and life in theological reflection. The decisive factor here is the cooperation of the various theological disciplines.
In the Master's phase, the previous skills and knowledge are expanded and the focus is on deepening them. Among the possible focal points are
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Ancient church history
- Medieval and modern church history
- Christian social ethics
- Fundamental theology
- Moral theology
- Canon law
- Liturgical science and
- Religious pedagogy/pastoral theology
The Master's phase is completed with the Master's thesis in the main subject area and the Master's examination.
A semester abroad in an English speaking country is strongly recommended. The International Office will be happy to assist you in organizing your stay abroad.
Internships during studies
The events, which are oriented towards the professional field, are intended to open up the practical handling of the sources of the Christian faith and enable first experiences with the practical fields of theology and faith. The successful completion of at least two practical courses (religious education and pastoral theological or homiletic) must be proven.
Studying with Abitur
- general qualification for university entrance or the subject-related higher education entrance qualification or a comparable previous education
General information on the admission requirements (study without Abitur):
Language requirements during studies
At the beginning of the studies:
The following language skills must be demonstrated in the Master's program:
- Latin: Latinum or a degree comparable to Latinum
- Greek: Graecum or a degree equivalent to Graecum
- Hebrew: basic knowledge, Hebraicum if necessary
If the required language skills and degrees are not yet available, they can be acquired during the course of study. The recognition of existing language qualifications, individual advice and support is provided by the Lectorates for Ancient Languages and Ancient Hebrew.
Lectorate for Old Languages
The Language Centre (Sprachenzentrum) offers around 140 language courses per semester in 16 modern and ancient (foreign) languages. It supports you in acquiring and deepening your language skills.
Information on required German language skills and the German language test for university admission (DSH)
Language requirements for access / DSH
No admission limitation (without nc)
Without admission limitation (without NC)
At present, no admission limitation (without numerus clausus) is expected.
Open Day & Discovery Days
Numerous information and advisory services offer you the opportunity to see the study and living conditions in Erfurt for yourself at the open day. Get to know the green campus and the beautiful old town centre on guided tours. Information on the program: Open Day
The discovery days at the University of Erfurt mean experiencing "studying up close". Within a week (on as many days as you like) you can attend selected courses (lectures or seminars) and get a taste of campus life. Information and program: Discovery Days
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