Master of Arts
The Master of Arts (MA) degree program is designed to address the needs of students preparing academically for doctoral work as well as those interested in a terminal master’s degree in some aspect of the academic study of religion or theological studies. The curriculum includes study in an area of concentration, required courses to ensure breadth of religious and theological background, an MA colloquium, language study and the development of a thesis.
Students must meet the requirements as specified in this catalog and the Master’s Student Handbook of their year of matriculation in order to graduate.
Requirements for the degree are at least 80 quarter credits (or 40 quarter credits in addition to an MDIV degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution), with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better; an area of concentration; colloquium; proficiency in one foreign language; and a research thesis.
Students who average 40 quarter credits a year will complete the course work for a Master of Arts degree in two years. Students may, however, choose to complete their work over a longer period of time.
For greater detail, read the Masters Student Handbook.