The M.A. in theological studies is an advanced degree for persons interested in furthering their theological and ministerial education, primarily in the classical disciplines of biblical studies, church history, theology, ethics, and philosophy. The non-thesis track allows students who elect not to complete a Master of Divinity the opportunity to gain additional theological training while actively serving in a local Christian ministry. It may also provide interested students an avenue for additional study in the classical disciplines.
The thesis track substantively prepares the student for work on more advanced degrees, such as the Ph.D. or Th.D. in a classical discipline, with hours in biblical languages and a research thesis. Students considering a career teaching at the college or seminary level should understand that the M.A. in theological studies is a step toward the academic credentials required for college or seminary teaching positions.
To help students to be good stewards of their financial resources, the School of Christian Studies proudly offers an accelerated B.C.M. to M.A. in theological studies program for students who apply as undergraduates. The accelerated program can reduce the financial cost for the student by reducing the time required to complete a master’s degree.
The non-thesis track is 42 hours for students with no undergraduate work in Christian Studies. The thesis track includes an additional 18 hours of graduate work beyond the 42 hours. Up to 12 hours of foundations courses in either track may be waived for applicants who have relevant academic background in Christian studies.