Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

Dr. J. Robert Douglass, Director

The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) is an academic degree program integrating faith and learning, and intended for persons who are (1) preparing for doctoral level study, (2) intending to teach religion at the secondary school level, (3) exploring vocational ministry options, or (4) seeking to enhance their theological foundation through a structured program of study. The MA(TS) is also appropriate for persons who are already ordained and seek further professional and personal enrichment. Students choose a program concentration in biblical studies, theological studies, the history of Christianity, or religious studies that compliments their interests and goals.

The MA(TS) is an academic degree program consisting of 48 credit hours that allows a student to engage a concentration that fits his or her interests and goals. The degree program can be completed in two years of full-time study or in three or more years of part-time study. The specific concentration of study will be determined in consultation with the director of the MA(TS).  The capstone project for this program is a five-credit master’s thesis.
Requirements
The MA(TS) program includes one of four possible concentration options, and general education requirements found below.

General theological education courses required for all concentrations
(33 credit hours):
Interpreting the Bible
Old Testament Foundations*
New Testament Foundations*
A Survey of the History of Christianity
Worldviews, Perspectives, and Christianity
Theology I
Theology II
Introduction to Philosophy for Theological Studies
The Ministerial Person
Foundations in Theological Studies (one credit hour)
Master’s Thesis (five credit hours)
*Students may test out of OT Foundations and/or NT Foundations by passing a preliminary Bible exam

Curricula concentrations (15 credit hours each):

MA(TS) with concentration in Biblical Studies
OT 606 Hebrew Grammar
OT 607 Hebrew Exegesis
NT 521 Greek Grammar
NT 522 Greek Exegesis
One Elective in Old Testament or New Testament

MA(TS) with concentration in Theological Studies
CH/TH 643 Theology in the Context of History
TH 664 Christian Ethics
TH 669 World Religions
CH 542 Medieval and Reformation Spiritualities
One Elective in CH, TH, or Independent Research


MA(TS) with concentration in the History of Christianity
CH 541 Special Topics in Ancient Christianity
or
CH 542 Medieval and Reformation Spiritualities
CH 543 Globalization of Modern Christianity
CH/TH 643 Theology in the Context of History
TH 669 World Religions
One Elective in CH, TH, or Independent Research

MA(TS) with concentration in Religious Studies
TH 669 World Religions
CH 600 Theories and Interpretation in Religion
CH 601 The Abrahamic Religions in Conversation
CH 602 Eastern Traditions and Christianity in Conversation
One Elective in OT, NT, TH, or Independent Research
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