Jun 20, 2024  
2023-2024 University Bulletin 
2023-2024 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Coordinated BA/MA in Hispanic Theological Ministry with the Catholic Theological Union

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Qualified students may obtain a Bachelor of Arts (BA) at Dominican University and a Master of Arts in Hispanic Theology and Ministry (MA-HTM) from the Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in an accelerated timeline. 

In order to be eligible to apply for the coordinated BA + MA-HTM program, students must:

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Be recommended by their Dominican University faculty advisor
  • Have completed a minimum of 97 semester credit hours towards their BA at Dominican University

There are two options by which students of Dominican University may complete a coordinated program with CTU’s MA in Hispanic Theology and Ministry (MA-HTM):

Option 1: Advanced Standing with Credit

Dominican students may petition to receive up to 12 semester credit hours for Advanced Standing with Credit at CTU for particular courses completed at Dominican. These courses include:

The student confers with the academic advisors at both Dominican and CTU concerning the course/courses for which advanced standing with credit is sought. The student petitions with the documentation to support the request including:

  • Course syllabus
  • Faculty name and credentials
  • Transcript or certificate of completion
  • Description of context of learning

The student then applies to the instructor of the respective course for assessment.

  • Students who desire advanced standing with credit for practicum need to work together with their advisor at Dominican and the Director of Field Education at CTU to insure that the requirements for the CTU practicum are fulfilled.

The student pays one-third of the CTU tuition rate for the credits granted.

Option 2: 3+1

After successful completion of 97 semester credits of their program at Dominican University toward the bachelor’s degree, and after completing all requirements of their academic major and core curriculum, excepting credits that may be applied toward the major from the CTU curriculum, qualified students may apply to CTU to begin the MA-HTM, taking CTU courses and paying tuition to CTU.   A maximum of 27 of the 36 semester credits taken at CTU for the MA-HTM can be transferred to Dominican University as major or elective credits to complete the BA degree, for a total of 124 semester hours total (i.e., the minimum number needed to complete the bachelor’s degree). This accelerated option makes it possible for a student to complete both the BA and the MA within five years.  (Note: The MA-HTM may be done as an online degree with minimal residency requirements.)


Students who participating in the 3+1 program would be allowed to satisfy the residency requirement for the bachelor’s degree in the following way:

  • Complete any 90 semester hours at Dominican University prior to enrolling in the MA-HTM degree at CTU;
  • Complete from 45 to 89 semester hours at Dominican University, including the last 15 semester hours applied toward the degree prior to enrolling in the MA-HTM degree at CTU; or
  • Complete the last 34 semester hours for the degree at Dominican University prior to enrolling in the MA-HTM degree at CTU.

Admission Process

Students from Dominican University who wish to be admitted to the coordinated degree program must successfully complete the following application process:

A. Complete the online application: http://discover.ctu.edu

B. One letter of recommendation from a Dominican University faculty member including a statement of preparedness for graduate work

C. Letter of recommendation from supervisor/mentor at the experiential learning process

D. Transcripts from all colleges/universities where academic credit was earned

E. Personal statement essay for Master’s degree applicants - prompt questions are noted on the CTU website http://admissions.ctu.edu/guidelines-requirements

F. Application fee of $55.00

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