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