Master of Arts Degree
The Master of Arts is a program designed to prepare men and women for a wide variety of ministries including advanced graduate study in one of the theological disciplines. It introduces students to the main theological disciplines, provides opportunity for some specialization, and requires a thesis relevant to the student’s goal. It is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate preparation for a variety of vocational goods. Unlike the Master of Divinity degree students in the Master of Arts degree may opt to exchange work in a ministry setting for additional traditional academic work. MA students receive letter grades for their work in courses.
Curriculum Overview Credit Hours
3 credit hours of Required 500-level Courses in EACH of these areas: 15
Interpreting Scripture: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Interpreting Scripture: New Testament
Interpreting the Past
Interpreting the Faith
Interpreting the Church’s Behavior
Required 500-level Courses from among the following areas: 3
Leading the Church through Care
Leading the Church in Worship
Leading the Church in Mission
Leading the Church in Formation
Hours in any areas from among Required and Optional Courses 5.5
Competency exercise 1.5
The student may choose a competency exercise that involves
a contextual component or may choose to combine at least two areas
in a more traditional academic assessment.
At least 12 hours must be at the 600 level. Other credits may come
from among 500 level courses.
TOTAL HOURS 48
♦ UPDATED: August 14, 2012