Master of Arts Old Catholic and Ecumenical Theology

Study Discipline: Arts & Humanities
Study Programme Details
City: Bonn
Country: Germany
Admission Sessions: Autumn Session
Study Format: Full Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Master's degree


24 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

The Master of Arts in Old Catholic and Ecumenical Theology welcomes students from all religious backgrounds, offering a unique and comprehensive exploration of Old Catholic theology. This program integrates ecumenical theological and interreligious questions, fostering a deep understanding of diverse religious perspectives. Distinguished lecturers from Old Catholic, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican traditions contribute to the rich academic environment of the Department of Old Catholic Studies, the only university department of its kind in Germany.

Courses also cover Jewish-Christian and Muslim-Christian dialogue, reflecting current trends in interfaith relations and future possibilities in promoting global religious understanding. This narrative-driven approach not only makes the content engaging but also showcases the dynamic nature of theological studies in addressing contemporary religious issues.


A hallmark of the Master of Arts in Old Catholic and Ecumenical Theology is its practical orientation, featuring lecturers who are actively engaged in both ecclesiastical and secular professions. This program includes participation in the International Old Catholic Theological Conference, often conducted jointly with Anglican scholars, providing a valuable networking platform with theologians from Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

This real-world experience enriches the academic journey, preparing students for diverse career paths. Graduates can pursue roles such as priests in the German Old Catholic Church, speakers in ecumenical and interreligious fields, academics in research and teaching, journalists in various media outlets, and professionals in the book sector including archives, libraries, and publishers.

Admission Requirements

  • University degree (German or non-German) in theology
  • German language proficiency (DSH level 2, CEFR level C1)
  • Proficiency in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew (each with a minimum grade of “sufficient” (4.0))
  • Applicants from outside Germany or another EU country must pass the aptitude test for university studies.
  • Old Catholic Theology
  • Ecumenical Theology
  • Interreligious Dialogue
  • Jewish-Christian Dialogue
  • Muslim-Christian Dialogue
  • International Old Catholic Theological Conference
  • Practical Training

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Future Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Old Catholic and Ecumenical Theology have forged successful careers across a range of fields. For instance, alumni have become influential priests within the German Old Catholic Church, bringing theological insights to their congregations and communities.

Others have excelled as ecumenical speakers, promoting dialogue and understanding among different religious traditions. In academia, graduates hold positions as researchers and lecturers at universities and research institutions, contributing to the advancement of theological scholarship. The program’s focus on interdisciplinary and interreligious studies aligns with industry demands for knowledgeable professionals in journalism and the book sector, ensuring that graduates are equipped with the skills needed for the evolving job market.

Visa Requirements:

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