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Religion Division

Master of Arts in Religion

The Master of Arts in Religion program is offered in five specializations: Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Ministry, and Christian Thought. These programs are designed for those who wish to pursue doctoral degrees or who seek teaching positions in public and private schools.

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A year and a half of a relevant foreign or classical language should be completed at the college level for all disciplines. For a specialization in New Testament, the requirement is Greek; for Old Testament the requirement is Hebrew; for the other disciplines, consultation with an advisor is necessary.

In addition, those students choosing a specialization must have completed 16 units of upper-level undergraduate work in religion, 12 units of which must have been in the area of specialty. For the specialization in church history, these units may include approved history courses; for Christian thought, these units may include approved philosophy courses.

Transfer of Credits

For degree purposes, upon approval of the Religion Division Chairperson, a maximum of two courses totaling no more than eights units of graduate work may be transferred towards the M.A. in Religion. All transfer work must be from regionally accredited colleges and universities, completed at a graduate level and no work with a grade lower than B will be accepted.

Course Requirements

(A) Biblical Studies REL 502 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (4)
(This must be taken in the first term)

(B) Specialization: Complete at least 20 units in one of the following areas of specialization:

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Church History
  • Christian Thought
  • Ministry

(C) Elective Course: Take one course in an area other than the specialization (4)

(D) Thesis: REL 690 Thesis (6)

At the conclusion of all required course work and six units of REL 690, students must successfully defend a thesis.

M.A. Religion Thesis Information and Guidelines

M.A. in Religion: Program Learning Outcomes

Each student earning a M.A. in Religion should be able to:
  • evaluate the primary literature, critical methodologies, and secondary literature of a specialized field of religious study.
  • utilize a foreign language relevant to one's chosen field of specialization.
  • competently illustrate the influence of other areas in the study of religion on one's chosen field of specialization.
  • communicate coherently in professionally competent written form (following a standard style guide) and in effective oral form on matters related to one's chosen field of specialization.
  • complete and defend a thesis documenting proficiency in all the desired outcomes listed above.