Masters Programs in Religious Studies

Compare 43 Masters Programs in Religious Studies

Religious Studies

Students with an interest in obtaining a master’s degree should seek out an accredited university which offers a program that appeals to their academic interests. Most master’s degrees are awarded when extensive study and research have been completed through a qualified institution. A Master in Religious Studies is a unique degree which can appeal to both the academic and spiritually-minded individual.

 

What is a Master in Religious Studies? The study of religion is a vast topic which includes a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches. Students will study everything from religious history to theology and religious theory. An interdisciplinary approach to a Master in Religious Studies can also include the impacts of religion on culture, art, or psychology.

 

Whatever approach a student takes to their religious studies degree, this rewarding field of study can impact both spiritual and secular thinking. An understanding of one or many religions can help individuals to connect with others of different cultural backgrounds and fields of thought.

 

Because the cost of a master’s program will vary from one institution to the next, it is important for potential students to approach the financial offices of the schools they are interested in attending to learn more about the price of fees and tuition. Students should compare the cost of each program and determine the value of the education being offered based on the credentials of the individual school or program.

 

Common career choices for religious studies graduates include ministers, diplomats, professors, and business relations managers. When selecting a Master of Religious Studies program, students should consider where they want their education to take them in their future career. Students should select the program that aligns with their spiritual interests and career aspirations.

 

Students looking for a chance to expand both secular and spiritual knowledge may find that a Master in Religious Studies is a perfect fit for their educational endeavors. To apply online, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Research Master Religion and Culture

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Groningen

Religion and culture form a challenging field of interdisciplinary study. This Research Master offers you a thorough training in the subdisciplines of theology and religious studies. [+]

Research Master Religion and Culture

Religion and culture form a challenging field of interdisciplinary study. This Research Master offers you a thorough training in the subdisciplines of theology and religious studies.

The two-year research programme is offered to highly qualified and motivated students, who have a wide-ranging interest in religion. You will be prepared to carry out postgraduate academic research.

The programme comprises a traineeship, the writing of your Master's thesis and a research proposal. In addition to this, you will take three core modules: you will explore some of the key issues and texts in the rise of the academic study of religion, and you will focus on paradigm cases of the ongoing conversation between religion and philosophy. In addition, you will address the European reception of Eastern religious traditions and focus on the impact of Asian religions on the religious and cultural development in Europe.... [-]


M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

A variety of modules is offered each year, drawn from the list below. A module on Research and Methods is compulsory; students select a further 5 modules for assessment and write a dissertation. Teaching takes places in Dublin over two terms. A one term, non-degree course of study is available which is ideal for those on sabbatical, or who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also the option of attending single modules... [+]

M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies A variety of modules is offered each year, drawn from the list below. A module on Research and Methods is compulsory; students select a further 5 modules for assessment and write a dissertation. Modules Authority, Tradition, Experience: Ecumenics as Intercultural Theology World Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue ®®: Meaning and Practice Religions and Ethics in a Pluralist World Nature, Grace and the Triune God Developing Doctrine: Identity and Change in Christian Tradition Interpreting Ecumenical Ecclesiology An Ecumenics of Loss: Religion, Modernity and Reconciliation Creation, Cosmology and Ecotheology Engaging Religious Fundamentalism Christian Seeds in Hindu Soil: Christianity in South Asia The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christianity in the World of Islam On Being Human: Theological Anthropology in Cross-cultural Perspective The Many Faces of Jesus: Christology and Cultures Comparative/Interreligious Ethics Cross-cultural Ministry and Interreligious Encounter Muslim God, Christian God: Islam and Muslim-Christian Comparative Theology Hindu God, Christian God: Hinduism and Hindu-Christian Comparative Theology Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations Issues in Buddhist-Christian Dialogue Northern Ireland: Conflict, Religion and the Politics of Peace Religions and International Relations Comparative/Interreligious Ethics Teaching takes places in Dublin over two terms. A one term, non-degree course of study is available which is ideal for those on sabbatical, or who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also the option of attending single modules. Modules from the M.Phil. in International Peace Studies and the M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation are also open to students on the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies. Students seeking to be assessed for their work on a module in either of the two other programmes must first secure the permission of the relevant course coordinators. Dissertation A research dissertation (15,000 – 20,000 words) to be supervised by an appropriate member of staff and to be submitted by 20 August. Admission Requirements Applicants should normally have an honors degree at second class level or GPA 3.2 or above. Students not meeting these criteria may exceptionally be considered at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies. [-]

Master of Divinity

Oral Roberts University
Campus Full time 6 semesters September 2017 USA Tulsa

The Master of Divinity is the basic professional degree for ministry and is the prerequisite degree for admission into the Doctor of Ministry program and military chaplaincy. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. Program Overview The Master of Divinity is the basic professional degree for ministry and is the prerequisite degree for admission into the Doctor of Ministry program and military chaplaincy. The six-semester, 88.5-hour program structured around field education and the three curricula areas of the seminary: biblical literature, theological/historical studies, and practices of ministry. Students are required to enroll in two semesters of field education after 50% of their coursework is complete. Twelve semester hours of open electives are provided to all students to bridge deficient areas or enhance areas of interest, including counseling, missions, biblical literature, and theological/historical studies. Because ORU has graduate schools in education and business, M.Div. students may also choose to use a limited number of these elective hours for cross-disciplinary training. Program Objectives The Master of Divinity degree program aims to: - Prepare candidates with a foundational knowledge of the historical/theological content of Scripture with a application to selected contemporary situations. - Prepare students to interpret biblical writings in the Greek and/or Hebrew languages, using critical exegetical tools and writing a hermeneutical and exegetical paper. - Provide a basic knowledge of the history of Christianity. - Provide a basic knowledge of theology and Christian doctrines. - Enable students to integrate biblical and theological understanding with practical ministry strategies. - Equip candidates with the biblical, theological and ethical understanding necessary to analyze and discuss contemporary social issues affecting the church and society. - Enable students to develop and articulate a theology and theory of ministry that is relevant to their backgrounds and callings. - Provide opportunities to demonstrate necessary skills for ministry within a variety of traditions, churches and cross-cultural contexts. - Promote a biblical/theological understanding of the person, work and ministry of the Holy Spirit. - Enable students to articulate clearly their ministry/professional calling. - Enable students to develop a theology and theory of ministry that integrates biblical and theological content with practical ministry skills. [-]

Master Current Challenges In Pastoral Practice

Universidad Pontificia De Salamanca
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Spain Salamanca

This is an annual refresher course and training in Practical Theology which offers a deeper analysis and criteriology for work in the pastoral area. [+]

Program Description This is an annual refresher course and training in Practical Theology which offers a deeper analysis and criteriology for work in the pastoral area. bioethics, family, education, social life, offering training paths response to the great challenges that society directs the Church in the fields of pastoral action, of spiritual life and moral reflection is proposed. GOALS In the field of university education (academic), the Master is presented as a refresher course and training in practical theology oriented delve into some of the challenges that society is facing today the evangelizing action of the Church, mainly taking consider the field of bioethics, spirituality, family, education, migration and catechesis. Professional profiles Pastoral religious professionals Curriculum Block 1: Moral Area (12 ECTS) 2nd block: Spirituality and Pastoral Area (15 ECTS) 3rd block: Seminar (6 ECTS) 4th block: Methodology (3 ECTS) Block 5: Memory (24 ECTS) The student, in consultation with the director of the Master, can make a curriculum where different thematic blocks remain defined by the range of courses and seminars Faculty offers at different degrees. He also elect a teacher to accompany him in making a memory of the subject that the student wishes to delve into the subject areas covered by the Master. Methodology The Master has 60 ECTS to be held in solitary face teaching throughout the academic year. In addition to the master classes of different courses, a research seminar and support in conducting a research report will be provided. Duration and price Start date: September 2016 Duration: From September to May Price: 1,500 € Places available: 15 Location: Salamanca Contact: jrmatitofe@upsa.es [-]

Master in Protestant Theology

Charles University Protestant Theological Faculty
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague

Graduates are equipped with a knowledge of Christian theology in its historical, systematic, and practical dimensions. They are capable of working with biblical texts in the original languages and are proficient in the hermeneutics of Christian texts, with a particular emphasis on the tradition of the Reformation, and in dialogue with other Christian traditions, with philosophy, and with the social sciences. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. Graduates are equipped with a knowledge of Christian theology in its historical, systematic, and practical dimensions. They are capable of working with biblical texts in the original languages and are proficient in the hermeneutics of Christian texts, with a particular emphasis on the tradition of the Reformation, and in dialogue with other Christian traditions, with philosophy, and with the social sciences. They are familiar with the phenomenology of religion, with the traditional world religions and with new religious movements. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination takes place in one round and has a written and an oral part. The written part tests applicants' knowledge of biblical theology (including the original languages), systematic theology, historical theology, world religions and philosophy. The oral part is an interview to establish applicants' specific qualifications for the study programme. Assessment criteria: the two parts of the entrance examination are assessed by points giving a maximum total of 100 (50 for the written test and 50 for the oral interview). The examiners marking the written part will not know the identity of the applicants. Conditions for admission The applicants who are most successful in the entrance examination will be accepted. The Dean will determine the number of points necessary to be accepted. Information on the exercise of graduates Graduates can make use of their studies in the service of their churches as ministers in parishes, in catechetical, educational and pastoral work, and also in the social and cultural fields and in public administration. [-]

MTh Orthodox Studies

University of Winchester
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Winchester + 1 more

MTh Orthodox Studies at Winchester gives students from a variety of backgrounds, who have an interest in Orthodox Christianity, the opportunity to develop and expand their range of theological skills and knowledge at a higher level. [+]

The programme offers a wide-ranging study of Orthodox Christian tradition and practice including theology, history, ecclesiology, tradition, liturgy and art. It draws on a variety of academic disciplines and discourses to enable students to reflect critically on the entirety of the Orthodox faith, tradition and practice. Students with a background in Orthodox studies have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding at a higher academic level. Those of different backgrounds are enabled to approach Orthodox thought and tradition critically and connect, compare and contrast it with their own theological background. Study enables students to research the Orthodox, early Christian and patristic tradition, and connect it to broader areas of human life and understanding in contemporary multicultural societies. Students explore and critically reflect upon Orthodox experience, developing an informed awareness of the dynamic nature of the Orthodox Christian tradition and the theological task of subjecting this tradition to a process of testing and renewal. Modules Core modules: Introduction to Orthodox Theology Research Methods Optional modules: Orthodox Ascetic Mysticism Dionysios the Areopagite The Experience of Orthodox Monasticism Modern Orthodox Theology Icons: Theology in Colour Orthodox Canon Law Pilgrimage Supervised Research Project [-]

MA in Religious Roots of Europe

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Sweden Lund

The Religious Roots of Europe is a two-year Nordic Master's Programme offered by the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University in cooperation with the universities of Aarhus, Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Oslo. The programme focuses on Judaism, Islam and Christianity. [+]

Programme overview

The Religious Roots of Europe (RRE) is a two-year Nordic Master´s programme offered by the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University in cooperation with the universities of Aarhus, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Oslo. The programme focuses on the formative periods of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, their common roots, early interaction and contributions to European culture. The programme prepares students for educational and social work in a multi-religious society or for research on the role of the three religions in European history and society. Through the programme students acquire detailed knowledge about the formation of the three religions and their interaction with one another, as well as skills relevant for any occupation or study where the role of the three religions is of importance.... [-]


History of Religions (M.Phil)

MF Norwegian School of Theology
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Norway Oslo

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Religion and History in the Pre-Modern World:Encounter and Conflict [+]

Language of Instruction: English Interdisciplinary Approaches to Religion and History in the Pre-Modern World: Encounter and Conflict Why is Jerusalem still such a contested place? What are the reasons for the systematic destruction by the Islamic State (IS) of the cultural heritage of the past? Why do sacred texts produced centuries ago continue to shape the lives of people today? How are they used and abused? Why does the sword sometimes replace the word in religious matters? How did religious groups, ideas and artefacts travel from one continent to another and how did that migration transform them? In other words, how did religious conflicts and encounters shape the modern world and why do they still matter today? These are some of the topics MF Norwegian School of Theology tackles in its new M.Phil programme in History of Religions, with a primary focus on Religion in the Pre-Modern World: Encounters and Conflicts. The programme is focused on the issues of religious cross-pollination, coexistence and conflict in three target areas: Europe, South-East Asia and the Middle East. Addressed in a long historical perspective stretching from Late Antiquity to the European Renaissance, the programme seeks to illuminate the roots of present peaceful coexistence and interchange, as well as of today’s antagonisms and conflicts. The underlying idea of the programme is that, in order to fully grasp current religious conflicts and alliances, we need to understand how the perceptions of past and present are intertwined, reciprocally dependent and constantly reshaped. Based on a multidisciplinary approach and applying various theoretical frameworks and interpretative methods, the core courses of the programme aim to reveal historical dynamics, privileging ‘how’ and tentatively ‘why’ over ‘who’ and ‘when’. The programme is conceived at the intersection between political history and history of religions, but relies also on other disciplines, such as the history of ideas, art history and archaeology. These are meant to provide the depth of field expected in Big History by illustrating and clarifying the macro-historical perspectives. Teaching and learning are driven by a hands-on and case-oriented attitude and core courses are complemented by lectures and seminars of theory and method. The programme is open to all students with a BA in related disciplines (history, religious studies, theology, archaeology, art history, social sciences, etc.). The programme coordinator is Victor Ghica, Professor of Antiquity and Early Christian Studies. The core courses of the programme will be taught by Kristin B. Aavitsland, Professor of Cultural History, Liv Ingeborg Lied, Professor of the Study of Religions, John Kaufman, Associate Professor of Church History, Iselin Frydenlund, Postdoctoral Researcher and historian of religions, as well as by Victor Ghica and several other specialists. Career opportunities This programme aims at providing education for positions within research and education, as well as within Norwegian and international institutions and organizations where knowledge of the development of Christian and Jewish identity is required. The Master´s degree qualifies for further studies on a doctoral level. Admission requirements - A BA or equivalent degree in Theology, History, Religious Studies or related fields. - Grade average equivalent to Norwegian C level. Qualification History of Religions (M.Phil) More information The Master´s programme aims at providing education for positions within research and education, as well as within Norwegian and international institutions and organizations where knowledge of Religion and History: Encounter and Conflict is required. The Master´s degree qualifies for further studies at the doctoral level. The Master Programme Religion and History: Encounter and Conflict consists of 120 ECTS, including a thesis worth 30 ECTS. The study programme is built on different courses and the independent work on the Master´s thesis. Each course consists of 10 ECTS. For each course, learning outcomes and competencies are formulated emphasising the students´ insights into central academic questions. The competence aims are formulated independently for each subject. The learning outcomes are formulated on three levels; basic ability, ability and good ability. The work to fulfil these learning outcomes will contribute to reaching the competence aims, and is the basis for evaluation. (Cf. Organisering, arbeidsformer og vurdering under, og emnebeskrivelsene samt vedlegget med Nivåspesifikke vurderingskriterier på 500-/600-nivå). The objectives of the study will be fulfilled through courses at the Master´s level, 90 ECTS, including a compulsory course in historical methods (10 ECTS). The students will write a thesis worth 30 ECTS. Each student may profile her or his study programme by choosing electives and the topic of the thesis. The programme allows for relevant electives at the same level from other universities or colleges in Norway or abroad. The program includes the possibility of taking part in a study trip and/or spending a semester abroad. [-]

Master of Divinity Program

Union University California
Campus Full time 4 - 6 years September 2017 USA Westminster

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is designed to empower and equip students to serve as transformational Christian leaders within today’s multicultural contexts. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. MASTER OF DIVINITY PROGRAM Languages offered: English, Vietnamese DESCRIPTION The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is designed to empower and equip students to serve as transformational Christian leaders within today’s multicultural contexts. UUC offers the traditional ministerial skills of biblical and theological competence, effective communication, spiritual sensitivity and maturity, passion for evangelism and pastoral care. In addition, our program offers courses in global interconnection of the contemporary world, the importance of understanding urbanization, principles of effective leadership, organizational development skills, and social transformation. Graduates of the program will be competently equipped to serve effectively and at a professional level as ordained pastors and leaders within the contexts of churches or other Christian organizations and/or ministries. LEARNING OUTCOMES After successfully completing the Master of Divinity program, graduates will be able to: 1. Articulate effectively a sound biblical and historical theology 2. Develop practices of personal and spiritual maturity 3. Have capacity to do church planting and church renewal 4. Mobilize the church for social transformation, conflict, reconciliation, and global mission 5. Lead competently and organize and manage skillfully and to mentor laity for their ministries in families, churches, and the public sector. ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS An applicant must complete an online admission application andsubmit the following materials to the Director of Admissions to be considered for admission: 1. Two passport-sized photos 2. Copy of government-issued photo identification 3. Bachelor of Arts or Sciences Degree or international equivalent from an accredited/ recognized college or university 4. Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended 5. Two reference letters; one of which must be from a pastor or known religious leader; the second from an academic supervisor, if possible 6. A personal statement of at least 500 words describing the student’s motivations for study at UUC 7. Language requirement: Students who apply for English program must provide evidence of English language proficiency. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principle language of instruction, must demonstrate college- level proficiency in English through one of the following:  A minimum score of 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT) or 71 on internet-based Test (iBT), 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or 50 on the PTE Academic Score Reports  A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test  A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam  A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester credit hours with an average grade of “B” or higher at an appropriately accredited college or university where the language of instruction was English. COMPLETION TIME At UUC, the Master of Divinity program has been specifically designed for persons in engaging in ministries. Average completion time of the program is 3 years. Students can finish in a shorter time. Courses are offered in four terms a year in two semesters. Each term lasts for 10 weeks with a two week break between terms. LEVEL AND TYPE OF RESEARCH REQUIRED: MASTER LEVEL Mastery and application of literature review and qualitative research methodologies involving case studies and research assignments throughout the completion of the curriculum of the Master of Divinity program. Students in the MDiv program must register for the RES-501 Research and Writing for Theological Education course in their first year. This course is a prerequisite for all research-intensive courses. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS To qualify for graduation with the Master of Divinity degree the student must successfully fulfill the following requirements: 1. Complete all the Master of Divinity course requirements (84 credits) 2. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0or higher on a 4.0 scale 3. Pay all tuition and fees COURSE REQUIREMENTS Required Courses: 54 Credits BBL-501 Introduction to the Old Testament BBL-502 Introduction to the New Testament BBL-503 Biblical Hermeneutics CED-501 Christian Education CHH-501 History of Christianity I CHH-502 History of Christianity II CSL-502 Principles of Christian Counseling ETH-501 Ministerial Ethics EVG-501 Evangelism in Context LDR-501 Organizational Leadership MIN-503 Pastoral Ministry MIN-505 Building Healthy Churches MIN-511 Church Planting PRC-501 Homiletics RES-501 Research and Writing for Theological Education SFM-501 Spiritual Life Practices: Developing A Life of Devotion THL-501 Systematic Theology I THL-502 Systematic Theology II Elective Courses: 30 Credits (10 courses) Choose any ten of the following courses: EDU-502 Philosophy of Education EDU-503 Teaching and Learning: Foundational Issues in Education LDR-502 Servant Leadership LDR-503 Foundations of Personal Leadership LDR-505 Servant Leader as a Transformational Agent LDR-506 Emotional Intelligence in Leadership LDR-507 Christian Character in Leadership MIN-501 Doing Ministry in Context MIN-504 Church Renewal MIN-506 Cause Collaboration MIN-507 Vocation in a Changing World MIN-512 The Arts of Biblical Mentoring THL-513 Perspectives on World Christian Mission THL-514 Theology of Work THL-515 Fundamentals for Doing Theology Internship [-]

Master of Theology

University of Geneva
Campus Full time 4 semesters February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

The Master of Theology is a 120-credit programme offered jointly by the University of Geneva and the University of Lausanne. In order to satisfy the increasing demand for flexibility, a distance learning option is now available: students can decide whether to take each course in the classroom or via our interactive internet platform. [+]

Master of Theology The Master of Theology is a 120-credit programme offered jointly by the University of Geneva and the University of Lausanne. In order to satisfy the increasing demand for flexibility, a distance learning option is now available: students can decide whether to take each course in the classroom or via our interactive internet platform. Out of the 7 areas of study in theology, students select 6 and complete a programme of 12 credits within each area. With the 18 remaining elective course credits, students can reinforce their general training in theology (for example via courses in the 7th area) or specialise in one or two of the proposed areas of study. AREAS OF STUDY: Old Testament/Hebrew Bible New Testamen History of Christianity Systematic theology Ethics Practical theology Religious studies The Master’s courses are taught in the classroom or via a distance-learning platform, at the University of Geneva or the University of Lausanne. For more information, visit: http://www.unige.ch/collegetheologie Curriculum Courses (90Credits) : Area A: 30 credits Area B: 30 credits Area C: 30 credits Area D: 30 credits Area E: 30 credits Area F: 30 credits Options: 30 credits Dissertation (90Credits) Mobility Students may go on exchange regardless of how many credits they have completed at the Faculty. Students may earn no more than 30 credits (or spend no more than one semester) on exchange. www.unige.ch/exchange Opportunities A Master of Theology leads to a number of opportunities in a variety of fields, such as: academic research (doctorate, post-doctorate), ecclesiastical professions (ministry, chaplaincy), social services (marriage counsellor, care, support), the media (journalism, communications), government and non-governmental organisations, the book industry (publishing, bookshops). Admission Criteria A Bachelor of Theology or equivalent degree Enrolment at one of the two faculties of theology (Geneva or Lausanne). Applications Deadline for the Autumn Semester: 30 April 2017 (28 February 2017 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation regulations) Deadline for the Spring Semester: 30 November 2017 (30 September 2017 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation regulations) www.unige.ch/enrolment admissions.unige.ch [-]

Master in Theology & Religious Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

The one-year Master's programme Theology and Religious Studies focuses on specific professional fields. In this master's you will be prepared for a professional career within or outside religious institutions. [+]

Master in Theology & Religious Studies

 

The one-year Master's programme Theology and Religious Studies focuses on specific professional fields. In this master's you will be prepared for a professional career within or outside religious institutions. You can choose from various specializations that each focus on their own field. You will not only follow courses in which you reflect on a specific field or professional context; an internship is an obligatory part of this master's as well. Of course, you will write a thesis to finish your master's programme. Throughout the programme you will be actively coached in your study progress and personal development.The five specializations to choose from are:... [-]


Master of Divinity

New Brunswick Theological Seminary
Campus Full time Part time August 2017 USA New Brunswick Jamaica + 1 more

The Master of Divinity degree program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of Christian ministry. This program, required by many denominations for ordination, is offered at the New Brunswick campus through day and night classes and at the St. John’s site through night classes... [+]

The Master of Divinity degree program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of Christian ministry. This program, required by many denominations for ordination, is offered at the New Brunswick campus through day and evening classes and at the St. John’s site through evening classes. Education for ministry is not a matter of simply accumulating certain knowledge and skills. It is the beginning of a process of personal transformation whereby the student appropriates the knowledge and skills pertinent to ministry in a way that shapes the student’s self-understanding and life within the church and the world. Thus, both the integration of the diverse fields of knowledge and skill, and the integration of these fields with the actual experience and practice of ministry, are essential to a theological education. The course of study for the M.Div. falls into three major categories. The first consists of the core academic courses, grouped into three fields: Biblical Studies; Historical, Theological and Ethical Studies; Ministry Studies. The second consists of the experience and practice of varieties of ministry. This is found principally in a student’s Field Education placements, but also in the various aspects of life in the seminary community. Those courses which seek to integrate the various academic fields, and academic learning with practical experience, form the final category. The Ministeriums and required integrative courses constitute this category. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS The application deadline for US students for a term is two months before the first day of the semester. The deadline for international students is six months before the first day of the semester. The applicant must: Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an academic record indicating scholarly ability, including an undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate work pursued to date are required; * Complete Application Form with non-refundable $50 application fee Complete Background Check form with $25 processing fee (for USA citizens only) Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be a recommendation from the applicant’s pastor; and Complete a statement of purpose that provides a sense of who you are and why you are interested in the program. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS In addition to the admissions procedures mentioned, applicants who seek to enter the US to pursue a degree program at NBTS must: Submit transcripts of undergraduate degree programs*, letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose written in English; Demonstrate their proficiency in English; Apply to the US Government for an F-1 non-immigrant student entry visa. *The Admissions Committee recommends that all transcripts that originate from an institution outside the United States or Canada be sent to a professional transcript service for a course-by-course evaluation. ENGLISH PROFICIENCY In order to insure success in our degree programs, the Seminary requires that students for whom English is a second language must have their English skills evaluated prior to full matriculation in its Masters or Doctor of Ministry programs. This evaluation will determine whether additional language studies are needed to achieve the proficiency levels described below. Note, this policy does not apply to students who have graduated from a four year college or university where the instruction was in English. There are several paths to full matriculation into the Seminary’s degree programs: A completed application and a TOEFL paper score of at least 550 with an essay score of at least 4 OR an Internet TOEFL score of at least 79-80. A completed application and an IELTS score of at least 6.0. Students who have not completed the TOEFL or IELTS exam may be provisionally admitted to the Seminary based on their prior academic record. Before matriculating at the Seminary, students will enroll in the Rutgers PALS (ESL), which will issue an I-20 visa. Students enrolled in, or who have completed another accredited ESL program may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please see more detailed information here. Non-Traditional Master of Divinity Students (U.S. Applicants Only) Under exceptional circumstances, a student without a baccalaureate degree may be admitted to the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program as a non-traditional student. Realizing that each non-traditional student has different credentials, please contact the Admissions office for information, transcript review, and aid in selecting the needed college courses. Contacting the office early in the process will allow the student to make the best choices for success in his or her seminary career. During this time before your admission to NBTS in addition to completing these college courses, we strongly recommend you be in contact with the ordaining body within your church and/or denomination about the possibility of ordination without a college degree. Admission Requirements for Non-Traditional Students All of the requirements for the Master of Divinity application process and: Be at least of 40 years of age; Have demonstrated distinguished service to the church and show a sense of vocation and commitment to professional ministry; Prepared for the M.Div. program by completing five college courses with a grade of “B” or better at an accredited college or university. These courses must cover five areas: English composition History Philosophy Behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, or anthropology), Literature At least three of these courses must be completed with a transcript submitted and with a plan for the completion of the other two courses before the admissions committee will process the application. [-]

Master in Theology

VID Specialized University
Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Norway Oslo

The theology programme offers a full range of courses and degrees in theology, some of which are required for ordained service in the Church of Norway: B.Th., M.Th., Cand.theol., and Exam in Practical Theology and Ph. D. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. The theology programme offers a full range of courses and degrees in theology, some of which are required for ordained service in the Church of Norway: B.Th., M.Th., Cand.theol., and Exam in Practical Theology and Ph. D. The Master degree programme in theology is offered in English. It is a two-year intensive academic course of study, 120 ECTS credits. The master degree programme is designed to accommodate students from both Norway and abroad, especially from cooperating institutions and churches in developing countries in order to offer an opportunity for them to specialize academically in some theological discipline. A major element of the master programme is the writing of a master thesis on academic terms. In the M.Th. programme the thesis work represents 30 credits. Each student works under the supervision of a tutor. The master programme also include a considerable reading and instruction programme (90 credits). [-]

Master in Intercultural Theology

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen

M.A. programme Intercultural Theology offers a unique combination of theory and practical experiences. Teaching language is English. [+]

M.A. programme Intercultural Theology offers a unique combination of theory and practical experiences. Teaching language is English. The study course lasts for four terms and is offered by Göttingen University in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg (Fachhochschule). It imparts basic knowledge about intercultural theology, which is to be applied in a project abroad or in Germany. The Master degree qualifies for various jobs in the churches, in Non-Governmental-Organizations, media, institutions of adult education or scientific institutes. Programme: Intercultural Theology M.A. Degree: Master of Arts Standard period of study: Four semesters Start: Winter semester Admission requirements: See below Application: To the Faculty Application deadline: May 1st Language requirement: English (verification required, see below) Programme description The M.A.programme Intercultural Theology aims at equipping graduates to foster intercultural, interreligious and interdenominational communication and cooperation. The programme enables students to conduct in-depth scientific work in regards to theologically responsible practice within intercultural and interreligious communication and education processes. The programme therefore conveys knowledge on structural elements, forms and transformation processes of the Christian message in different cultural contexts. It enables students to anaylse and understand the trans- and intercultural characters and diversity of the cultural form of Christianity. Students will learn to responsibly contextually communicate the Gospel and to reflect the interaction of Christians with people of other religions, as well as analyse the theological, social, political and economical conditions of (inter)cultural transformation processes. The international mixture of students as well as a mandatory stay abroad at a partner university emphasize the intercultural educational process, promoting communication and cognitive abilities within the context. Students will work on a concrete project during their stay abroad in which will emphasize the application of scientific findings. In addition to intercultural and contextual theology and project work, students obtain fundamental skills in intercultural communication and are supposed to learn basic German, and get the opportunity to learn relevant languages of the Christian tradition (e.g. Hebrew, Greek). The programme is offered in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg (Fachhochschule) and with partner universities in India, Ethiopia, Korea, Japan, Ghana, Lebanon, Armenia, Estonia, Indonesia, Tanzania, China and Belarus. Occupational fields The degree qualifies graduates for fields of occupations in works and institutions of missions and ecumenisms, of churches in Germany and abroad, church communions (World Council of Churches, Luther World Federation) as well as for work in non-governmental organisations, media, institutions of adult education or scientific institutions. Admission requirements Completed course of study in Theology (Bachelor, church examination, exam, “Diplom”, 1st state examination/M.Ed. or equivalent) in Germany or abroad, or Completed course of study of a relevant subject (e.g. Cultural Anthropology, Religious Science, Indology, African Studies, Development Studies, Sociology, Political Science etc). Students must go through the selection procedure of the Faculty. Number of study places available: 20 per semester. Language requirements All course are taught in English. Applicants whose native language is not English must verify their knowledge of English: We accept TOEFL and IELTS (Academic). Applicants have to meet the minimum score of 80 TOEFL ißT, resp. 6.0 IELTS; CambridgeCert at least a „C“ (pass.); UNIcert at least level 3. [-]

Master of Divinity – Leadership

Liberty University Online
Online Full time September 2017 USA Lynchburg

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is intended to prepare students for professional work in Christian ministry within local churches as well as para-church organizations. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is intended to prepare students for professional work in Christian ministry within local churches as well as para-church organizations. The M.Div. program provides an in-depth knowledge of biblical leadership principles and methods, and an in-depth study of Scripture and Christian principles. Coursework places emphasis on embracing the essential values, knowledge, and skills needed to serve in a variety of roles as a pastor. This online divinity program is also great for military students looking to fulfill service requirements as chaplains for certain branches of the armed services. Non-Discrimination Policy [-]