Graduate Degrees

Master of Arts in Religion

The purpose of the MAR program is to provide a generalist academic degree which allows the student to survey Biblical Studies, theology, and ministry. The program is best suited for the following students (our primary target audience):
-Those who plan to pursue further study in another professional field but who wish a foundation in Biblical Studies before entering other graduate studies or their career.
-Those already in a career (e.g. lawyers, business persons, and school teachers) who wish to study Biblical and Theological issues to enhance themselves intellectually and or in a lay leadership or church ministry.
-Those involved in congregational or parachurch leadership who wish to strengthen their ability to serve in lay leadership or church ministry.

Core Requirements (18 Hours):
BNT 500 – New Testament Research
BOT 500 – Old Testament Research
BTH 500 – History of Christian Thought
BTH 501 – Ethical Foundations for Christian Leadership
FND 500 – Introduction to Research Online
IST 500 – World Christianity

Biblical Studies (3 Hours):
BNT or BOT Elective

Christian Ministry (9 Hours):
CMM 521 – Christian Education for the Local Congregation
CMP 513 – Contemporary Preaching Styles
HCP 531 – Minister as Pastoral Care Leader

Theology (6 Hours):
BTH 505 – Systematic Theology
BTH 526 – Apologetics

Research Requirement (0 Hours):
FND 600 – Portfolio Project

Prepared for the World

“Whether I continue working in Learning and Development, Organizational Effectiveness or choose another route altogether, my Humanities degree prepared me for the world, because it prepared me for deeply engaging with people, meeting them where they are and understanding their needs across all levels.”

Lindsey (Leach) Simpkins, Class of 2005


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