Degrees and Programs


Why study theology at Benedictine?

Theology plays a particularly important role in the search for a synthesis of knowledge as well as in the dialogue between faith and reason. It serves all other disciplines in their search for meaning by helping them to investigate how their discoveries will affect individuals and society, and by bringing a perspective and an orientation not contained within their own methodologies. (Ex Corde Ecclesia §19)

When you choose to study theology at Benedictine University at Mesa, you become part of the Catholic and Benedictine tradition of a broad liberal education founded on a clear understanding of the relationship between faith and reason. This is the synthesis that is the basis of Western civilization and the program gives you a broad preparation not just in understanding theology, but also in applying it to your life in the world and whatever profession you choose.

Theology at Benedictine is designed for people who will pursue careers in law, business, education, science or communications. It focuses on analyzing the foundational principles of Catholic theology and applying them to life choices in the 21st century.

Studying theology at Benedictine offers you:

  • Ideal student-to-faculty ratios
  • The living tradition of Benedictine monasticism and intellectual life
  • A small university community atmosphere
  • A highly dedicated and knowledgeable faculty

What careers are available with a Theology degree?

Theology is associated with ministry and the program at Benedictine would prepare you to work in ministry or for a graduate program in theology. Theology is also relevant to any career which requires critical thinking, analysis, writing and teamwork. The major as presented at Benedictine relates theology to every aspect of lay life, politics, economics, education and science, so your career choices are not limited by this major. You will also have 24 hours of electives available to specialize in another field such as business or science.

The Theology degree prepares you with the communication skills and general knowledge to succeed in a wide variety of careers. It will help you choose a good way to make a living as you construct a good human life.

How does the program work?

If you decide to study Theology, you will begin with a series of courses that look at Catholic theology thematically. You will study the Theology of Love, Theology of Freedom, Theology of Justice and Faith and Reason. On this foundation you will choose upper-level courses that suit your interests and your proposed career choices. You have a wide choice of courses in the traditional areas of Catholic theology such as Scripture, Sacramental Theology, and will also take some specific Moral Theology courses. The program culminates in the Senior Seminar, Theology and Life, where the student examines theology in relation to one aspect of lay life (for example, law or medicine).

The remainder of your courses will be chosen from the department’s offerings or other arts, humanities or science offerings as you and your advisor agree.

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M.B.A. Online Information Session Mesa
Mesa Branch Campus
6:00 PM
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M.B.A. Online Information Session Mesa

Date: February 20

Time: 6:00 PM

Campus: Mesa,Region - Arizona

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Contact: Amy Drew

Freshman Fridays
Mesa Branch Campus
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Freshman Fridays

Date: February 23

Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: Benedictine University Mesa

Contact: Alan Daniels    (602) 888-5504

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Every Friday, we make time to meet with students like you who are preparing for their college experience. Schedule your visit today and find out more about what makes BenU Mesa a place where you can grow as a person while you prepare to lead in your career.

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Masters of Tomorrow Exhibition
Mesa Branch Campus
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Masters of Tomorrow Exhibition

Date: February 24

Time: All Day

Campus: Mesa

Location: Benedictine University Mesa

Contact: Michael Tole    (480) 878-6708

Event Description:


  • To give young Arizona artists an opportunity to exhibit their artwork to the public.
  • To help make a college education affordable for young Arizona artists.

Why Apply?

  • Exhibit your artwork in a selective professionally juried show.
  • Win a scholarship to Benedictine University Mesa.
  • Gain prestige by having you work added to the permanent collection of a major university museum.

Three jurors will select a maximum of 100 works for the Masters of Tomorrow Exhibition at Benedictine University Mesa. From those 100 finalists, jurors will then select the prize winners.


All high school and community college students who currently reside in Arizona.


  • High School -- Fine Art & Graphic Design
  • Community College -- Fine Art & Graphic Design


Each student may submit up to three original works of art in any media. Specify art or design.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: Midnight, Feb. 3, 2018
  • Finalists Announced: Feb. 9, 2018
  • Deliver Artwork: Feb. 16-17, 2018
  • Opening Reception: 3-5pm, Feb. 24, 2018
  • Exhibition: Feb. 24 - March 9, 2018
  • Pick-Up Artwork: 8-5pm, March 9-10


Best Fine Art Work: 50% tuition scholarship to Benedictine University Mesa.

Best Graphic Design Work: 50% tuition scholarship to Benedictine University Mesa.

2nd Prize, High School: $500 cash prize, and artwork will be accepted into the permanent collection of the Benedictine University Art Museum.

2nd Prize, Community College: $500 cash prize, and artwork will be accepted into the permanent collection of the Benedictine University Art Museum.

Last day to withdraw from Online Session 3 classes
Mesa Branch Campus
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Last day to withdraw from Online Session 3 classes

Date: February 25

Time: All Day

Campus: Mesa

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