Master of Art Degrees in Christian Studies

Compare 22 MAs in Christian Studies

Christian Studies

The Masters of Arts degree is pursued by thousands of students around the world each year. Also known as an MA, this postgraduate degree often takes around one to two years to complete. They are offered in many different fields, including religion.

So exactly what is an MA in Christian Studies? This degree involves the study of one of the world’s largest religions, which has billions of adherents around the world. Students might study Christian history, theology, and philosophy, as well as the differences between various sects and the diverse cultural differences in Christianity around the world. Other topics might include Christian literature and art, as well as ministry training. Identification with a specific faith is not necessarily required to pursue a degree in Christian studies.

A number of benefits are available to those with a degree in Christian studies. Students are likely to find that a number of skills may be enhanced, including problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and leadership abilities. In addition, those with a graduate degree have a valuable advantage in their search for employment.

The cost of earning an MA in Christian Studies will vary from program to program. Students should carefully research the institutions in which they are interested so they can create a financial plan for their studies.

A number of different careers can be pursued by graduates of an MA program in Christian studies. Many students choose to become ministers or chaplains of their respective faiths, working in churches, charities, and other nonprofit faith organizations. Others find work in counseling or ministry in hospitals, airports, or even the military. Those who do not wish to pursue careers in ministry can become historians, writers, analysts, activists, or counselors.

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Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology

Kingswood University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Canada Sussex

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology (MAPT) is a streamlined 36-hour master’s degree that integrates scripture and biblical theology into the practices of pastoral leadership. This degree focuses on how theology forms and informs our practice of worship, evangelism, discipleship, and our ideas regarding the nature of the church, and spiritual formation. [+]

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology (MAPT) is a streamlined 36-hour master’s degree that integrates scripture and biblical theology into the practices of pastoral leadership. This degree focuses on how theology forms and informs our practice of worship, evangelism, discipleship, and our ideas regarding the nature of the church, and spiritual formation.

At Kingswood we highly value both theory and practical application, both historical connections and current innovations. We do not see these as separate fields of interest, but as partners in real-life ministry. Real-life problems demand a real-life biblical response. If we do not have a well-developed theological foundation to undergird our ministry, we run the risk of building the Church on programs rather than on Christ.... [-]


Master of Arts in Christian Studies

Criswell College
Campus Full time September 2019 USA Dallas

The Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS) degree is ideal for individuals called to ministry who have not previously had theological training. Whether a student studies on campus or entirely online, the curriculum provides a basic knowledge of theology, church history, evangelism, and the Old and New Testaments. This degree builds a solid foundation for work in any area of ministry and equips students for leadership roles in local churches and for the mission field. [+]

The Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS) degree is ideal for individuals called to ministry who have not previously had theological training. Whether a student studies on campus or entirely online, the curriculum provides a basic knowledge of theology, church history, evangelism, and the Old and New Testaments. This degree builds a solid foundation for work in any area of ministry and equips students for leadership roles in local churches and for the mission field.

Minimum Degree Requirements (36 Hours) Core Curriculum (36 Hours) BIB 505 Biblical Hermeneutics EMS 501 Personal Evangelism THS 504 Spiritual Foundations THS 510 Systematic Theology I THS 515 Systematic Theology II THS 550 Theology Intensive THS 603 Church History NTS 501 New Testament Introduction I NTS 601 New Testament Introduction II OTS 501 Old Testament Introduction I OTS 601 Old Testament Introduction II PHI 502 Philosophy of Religion Applied Studies RES 601 Library Research Seminar (No Credit – Required Seminar) [-]

MA Christianity and Interreligious Relations

Heythrop College - University Of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Engage with the many questions and challenges faced by Christian faith as it confronts the phenomenon of religious [+]

Engage with the many questions and challenges faced by Christian faith as it confronts the phenomenon of religious pluralism.

Faith and faith communities figure largely in contemporary public discourse, but the issues are complex and interdisciplinary. London, one of the most cosmopolitan cities on earth, offers a unique setting for reflection on these issues.

MODULES Jewish-Christian Relations Muslim-Christian Relations Christian Relations with Buddhism and Hinduism Christianity in Dialogue Entry

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in theology or in another appropriate subject

Interim awards PGCert Christianity & Interreligious Relations PGDip Christianity & Interreligious Relations Course length 1 years full-time 2 years part-time [-]

MA in Christian Theology

Heythrop College - University Of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Deepen your grasp of the religious teachings at the heart of Christianity. You will bring together historical and [+]

Deepen your grasp of the religious teachings at the heart of Christianity. You will bring together historical and contemporary examinations of the theological ideas which have shaped Christian faith and identity and delve into the central teachings of Christianity.

This degree is specially designed for teachers of Religious Education at the secondary level, those engaged in Christian ministry in its many forms, and those who want to enrich their understanding of the on-going theological tradition which supports Christian faith and life.

CORE MODULES Augustine and the Christian Tradition Central Themes in Modern Christian Theology OPTIONAL MODULES GROUP ONE Religion: Context and Crisis Jewish-Christian Relations OPTIONAL MODULES GROUP TWO The Bible in the life of the Church Christianity in Dialogue Entry ... [-]

MA Christian Spirituality

Heythrop College - University Of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Examine the spiritual traditions of Christianity in their historical and contemporary forms, and develop the ability [+]

Examine the spiritual traditions of Christianity in their historical and contemporary forms, and develop the ability to understand and evaluate the language, ideas and forms of Christian spirituality. You will focus on Christianity in its Western development.

The degree attracts people in ministry and teachers of religious education, as well as people whose professional life or vocational work involves religious questions.

CORE MODULE

Foundations for the Study of Christian Spirituality

OPTIONAL MODULES Patterns of Spiritual Growth and Personal Transformation History of Christian Mysticism to the Reformation Spiritual Direction in the Tradition of Ignatius of Loyola The Franciscan Spiritual Tradition: Faith, Reason and Spirituality Spirituality and Society Theology of Religious Life Moral Imagination, Art and Spirituality Spirituality, Religion and Ethics in Contemporary Healthcare Entry ... [-]

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Missouri Baptist University
Campus Full time Part time September 2019 USA St. Louis Chicago + 1 more

This course of study has been designed in an effort to emphasize applicability to life, orientation toward the church, and fidelity to the biblical revelation. [+]

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

The Religion faculty of Missouri Baptist University desires to assist churches in developing leaders with Christ-like characteristics so that they can extend Christ-like influence, by providing a master’s degree which is foundational and practical. This course of study has been designed in an effort to emphasize applicability to life, orientation toward the church, and fidelity to the biblical revelation.

FAITHFUL TO CHRISTIAN FOUNDATIONS

At Missouri Baptist University the core of a common Christian theology is taught as the expression of divinely-revealed truth, valid for all people, and having life-impact upon all people.

The Master of Christian Ministries at MBU provides individualized degree options with five core areas of emphasis:... [-]


M.A. in Christian Education (Talbot School of Theology)

Biola University
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 USA Los Angeles + 1 more

As a graduate degree of the Department of Christian Education, the mission of the M.A.C.E. program is to develop and equip the experienced church and parachurch servant-leaders in mind, character, and ability to serve God and further His kingdom through biblically-based educational ministries, according to a particular area of specialization. [+]

M.A. in Christian Education (Talbot School of Theology)

As a graduate degree of the Department of Christian Education, the mission of the M.A.C.E. program is to develop and equip the experienced church and parachurch servant-leaders in mind, character, and ability to serve God and further His kingdom through biblically-based educational ministries, according to a particular area of specialization.

Ministry Preparation

In light of increasing demands for persons trained in Christian education, the program is designed to prepare individuals to serve competently in a growing number of functional roles. Along with core classes, a variety of courses to meet students' individualized needs and goals are offered in five areas of emphasis: Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry, Adult and Family Ministry, General Christian Education Ministries and Cross-cultural Ministry.... [-]


MA in European Mission and Intercultural Christianity

Redcliffe College
Online Campus Full time Part time August 2019 United Kingdom Gloucester Czech Republic Prague + 3 more

This unique MA combines the study of mission to and within Europe, with developing an understanding of how the past and current cultural influences present in Europe shape Christian practice. [+]

MA in European Mission and Intercultural Christianity

This unique MA combines the study of mission to and within Europe, with developing an understanding of how the past and current cultural influences present in Europe shape Christian practice.

The diverse cultural expressions of the Church around the world have led to an increasing understanding of the contextual nature of European Christianity. The challenges to Christianity in Europe have also led to mission practitioners within, and outside of Europe, recognising its needs as a mission field.

This unique MA combines the study of mission to and within Europe, with developing an understanding of how the past and current cultural influences present in Europe shape Christian practice. Who is this course for? Are you already involved in or preparing for mission in Europe? Do you want to gain a greater understanding of the social, political and religious factors shaping life and Christianity in Europe? Are you seeking to study in-depth a particular European region relating to your work? ... [-]

MA in Bible and Mission

Redcliffe College
Online Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2019 United Kingdom Gloucester Czech Republic Prague + 4 more

A postgraduate course for those wanting to reflect on how mission fits into the Scriptures, and how to use the Bible to engage missional in a variety of cultural contexts. [+]

MA in Bible and Mission

A postgraduate course for those wanting to reflect on how mission fits into the Scriptures, and how to use the Bible to engage missional in a variety of cultural contexts.

With the increasing complexity of the Church's mission in the world, clear and deep biblical reflection is essential. Not only should God's people have a firm grasp of how mission fits into the Scriptures, we should also be confident and competent in using the Bible to engage missional in a variety of cultural contexts.

Redcliffe's MA in Bible and Mission enables students to explore mission in the Bible and the Bible in mission thinking and practice. It has been developed in partnership with various agencies including Wycliffe Bible Translators and Bible Society, both of whom will also be involved in the ongoing content of the course.... [-]


MA in Biblical Studies (Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

This area encompasses a research dissertation on a theme from the Old Testament (OT) or New Testament (NT) or a combination of themes from the OT and NT. The master’s programme is by nature an advanced study in either the OT or NT building on the knowledge within the fields already obtained on Honours level. The programme is a dissertation written on a theme from the Old or New Testament. [+]

This area encompasses a research dissertation on a theme from the Old Testament (OT) or New Testament (NT) or a combination of themes from the OT and NT. The master’s programme is by nature an advanced study in either the OT or NT building on the knowledge within the fields already obtained on Honours level. The programme is a dissertation written on a theme from the Old or New Testament.

Admission requirements

Biblical Studies Honours or an equivalent qualification is a prerequisite as well as the general university entrance requirements for the Master’s programme. Greek or Hebrew up to second-year level may be required depending on the field of study and research.

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MA in Comparative Religion / Comparative Christian Theology

EUCLID (Euclid University)
Online Full time Part time 12 - 36 months Open Enrollment USA Washington Gambia Banjul Central African Republic Bangui + 5 more

EUCLID offers two closely related programs associated with its recognized expertise and intergovernmental mandate in the field interfaith studies and diplomacy. [+]

OVERVIEW:

As part of its mandate in the field of interfaith diplomacy, EUCLID offers to select students from the general public an external (distance or online) program called the EUCLID Master of Arts in Comparative Christian Theology. This program also exists (due to variations in the curriculum) as a Master of Arts in Comparative Religion. It should be noted that specialized programs in Interfaith Studies / Interreligious Diplomacy are also offered.

This online MA, representing 40 US credits (60 ECTS), is the world's only Master's degree program in this field offered by an intergovernmental organization, which also has a specific mandate and recognized expertise in interfaith diplomacy. In 2016, EUCLID received the first prize of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week (photo below) and continues to support a number of theological and interfaith initiatives such as Interfaith Cities.... [-]


Master of Arts in Biblical Theology

Pan Africa Christian University
Campus Full time January 2019 Kenya Nairobi

The Master of Arts in Biblical Theology program seeks to produce hermeneutically sound Biblical scholars and researchers who accurately interpret scripture and employ critical and creative skills to bridge the gap between the Ancient Near East and the contemporary world thus, able to communicate the message of scripture in every sphere of the society. [+]

Master of Arts in Biblical Theology

The Master of Arts in Biblical Theology program seeks to produce hermeneutically sound Biblical scholars and researchers who accurately interpret scripture and employ critical and creative skills to bridge the gap between the Ancient Near East and the contemporary world thus, able to communicate the message of scripture in every sphere of the society.

Core objectives

At the end of the program students will be able to:

Effectively utilize various interpretive tools. Demonstrate mastery of various interpretative approaches to scripture. Use biblical languages to exegete Biblical text. Participate in scholarly workshops, present papers in conferences as well as publish in refereed Journals. Entry Requirements ... [-]

Master of Arts in Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies

Pan Africa Christian University
Campus Full time January 2019 Kenya Nairobi

The Master of Arts in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies program equips scholars to adequately investigate and document Pentecostal and Charismatic phenomena in Global South. [+]

Master of Arts in Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies Introduction

The Master of Arts in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies program equips scholars to adequately investigate and document Pentecostal and Charismatic phenomena in Global South. It analyzes characteristics, trends and expressions of Classical Pentecostalism, Neo-classical Pentecostalism and New religious Movements dominant in the Global South to accurately map out their contribution to global Christianity. This course recognizes that the raw data of Christianity today is resident in the Global South and appreciates that Pentecostal and Charismatic movement have extensively contributed to global Christianity.

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Master of Arts in Indigenous and Inter-Religious Studies (MAIIS)

Vancouver School of Theology
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 7 years January 2019 Canada Vancouver + 1 more

Vancouver School of Theology continues its long-standing partnership with First Nations communities and its partnerships with inter-religious communities to make possible an M.A. in Indigenous and Inter-religious Studies. [+]

Overview of Program

Vancouver School of Theology continues its long-standing partnership with First Nations communities and its partnerships with inter-religious communities to make possible an M.A. in Indigenous and Inter-religious Studies.

Purpose

The purpose of this degree is to provide students with the opportunity to engage in research and writing in a context where three major monotheistic faith traditions meet North American Indigenous traditions and vice versa. The degree will prepare students to participate in an increasingly pluralistic world and equip them to meet the challenges of religious diversity.

Primary goals of the program

To enhance theological expertise that is interdisciplinary in nature and cross-cultural in expression. To foster innovative theological research, transcending comparative study, to develop integrative faith-based knowledge and skills which address critical local and global needs in such areas as ecology, conflict, colonialism and globalization. To acknowledge the historical and contemporary role of the indigenous North American spiritual and intellectual tradition(s) as a world religion. To equip people for engagement in Indigenous and inter-religious community life. ... [-]

MA in Public and Pastoral Leadership

Vancouver School of Theology
Campus January 2019 Canada Vancouver

The Masters of Arts in Public and Pastoral Leadership recognizes the kinds of leaders that are needed for the changing nature of Christian communities and supports persons engaged in various forms of leadership, from congregations to social entrepreneurship, faith-based social services, NGOs, community-based development, mediation services and community-based justice initiatives. [+]

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM

The Masters of Arts in Public and Pastoral Leadership recognizes the kinds of leaders that are needed for the changing nature of Christian communities and supports persons engaged in various forms of leadership, from congregations to social entrepreneurship, faith-based social services, NGOs, community-based development, mediation services and community-based justice initiatives. A unique specialization in Spiritual Care prepares students for a variety of chaplaincy ministries (see the MAPPL in Spiritual Care program description).

This degree is anchored in practice-based learning, action-reflection, and contextual analysis. Attention is given to developing religious literacy for working in pluralistic contexts, honing the theological intellect for forming public theologians and leaders, providing biblical, ethical and spiritual foundations for inspiring the visionary capacities of organizers and ecclesial change agents, and practicing ritual, rhetorical and communitarian skills needed for offering vital, artful, generous leadership in both inherited and emerging pastoral and public contexts.... [-]