Masters of Arts in Religious Education

Compare 5 Master of Art Degrees in Religious Education

Many students who complete undergraduate degrees choose to further their studies by pursuing master’s degrees prior to launching their careers. A Master of Arts (MA) may provide access to more senior positions with higher earning potential earlier in their careers.

What is an MA in Religious Education? Students completing this advanced degree typically choose to go into education or ministry. The degree often has Christian affiliations. Courses may address topics such as ethics, moral development, intercultural religious witnessing, leading missional communities, theology and history. A student may also complete a thorough study of religious texts. For those interested in parochial school or church administration, classes in business, finance, human resources and leadership may round out the topics covered.

Graduates learn excellent presentation skills that can be used in the classroom or for other types of lectures. Students often graduate with advanced written communication skills that can prove useful in writing, editing and publishing careers. They also learn servant leadership skills that can be applied in all aspects of life.

Tuition and fees for master's programs in religious education can vary, depending on whether the university is public or private. Other factors that may impact cost include the location of the institution and whether courses are offered online or in-person.

Several types of career paths are available for graduates. Those interested in educational careers may find positions such as religious educator or counselor, parochial school administrator, curriculum director or instructional supervisor. Graduates interested in ministry may be able to work as missionaries, chaplains or preachers. Many religious organizations hire graduates of these programs as scholarly researchers. Other jobs include content writers, publishers or magazine editors for publications that cover theological topics.

Religious education studies can be pursued online on a full-time or part-time basis, or in-person at universities that offer studies in theology. 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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M.A. in Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Work

Mater Dei Institute of Education
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

The MA in Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Work course provides the academic, pastoral, spiritual, personal and professional development for those already working or wishing to work in the above contexts who seek to enrich their skills in the areas of Faith Development, Chaplaincy and Chaplaincy Coordination. [+]

Interested in: Primary Schools Post-Primary Schools Third Level Institutes Prisons / Young Offenders Parish Communities Youth and Young Adult Groups Community / Voluntary Sector

The MA in Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Work course provides the academic, pastoral, spiritual, personal and professional development for those already working or wishing to work in the above contexts who seek to enrich their skills in the areas of Faith Development, Chaplaincy and Chaplaincy Coordination.

Flexible Scheduling: 1 Year Full-time / 2 Year Part-time

This Chaplaincy course is offered on a full-time and part-time basis.

Full-time: Classes take place in MDI on 1 afternoon/evening and 1 day per week and 8 Saturdays throughout the academic year... [-]


Master of Arts in Practical Theology/Teaching Ministries Concentration

Oral Roberts University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Tulsa

This program equips graduates for teaching ministries in churches, Bible institutes, para-church organizations, and other ministry settings. [+]

This program equips graduates for teaching ministries in churches, Bible institutes, parachurch organizations, and other ministry settings. The concentration provides a foundation in educational theory and practice that will assist students to pursue teaching vocations or doctoral studies. It seeks to develop the essential knowledge and skills for classroom methodology and effective application of educational theory.

In addition to a strong biblical and theological foundation, the curriculum is flexible enough to meet the demands of both professional and lay positions. The concentration provides the opportunity for the expression of individual interests through specialized research and projects. The practicum will encourage students to seek both national and international opportunities for supervised practice.... [-]


Master in Catholic School Leadership

St. Mary's University
Campus Full time USA San Antonio

The Master of Arts in Catholic School Leadership at St. Mary’s University combines the essentials of general education administration with the special concepts and skills needed for effective leadership in Catholic education. [+]

The Master of Arts in Catholic School Leadership at St. Mary’s University combines the essentials of general education administration with the special concepts and skills needed for effective leadership in Catholic education. Sound theoretical and field-based experiences will be provided. The Catholic track also provides a special series of studies for preparing teachers for their role in Catholic schools. The Catholic School Leadership Program meets the state of Texas standards.

Career opportunities. Graduates are prepared for administrative positions within a Catholic School system, such as dean of studies, dean of students, department chair, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent, consistent with their preferences and experience.... [-]


Master in Catholic Education Leadership

University of San Francisco - School of Education
Campus Part time September 2018 USA San Francisco

The master's program in Catholic Educational Leadership prepares graduates for effective leadership as administrators in Catholic elementary and secondary schools and for diocesan positions. The program consists of 30 credits, 24 of which are core credits. [+]

The master's program in Catholic Educational Leadership prepares graduates for effective leadership as administrators in Catholic elementary and secondary schools and for diocesan positions. The program consists of 30 credits, 24 of which are core credits.

Program Delivery

To meet the needs of working professionals, the program follows a schedule of alternate weekend classes that convene nine times a semester (Friday evenings and all day Saturdays).

COURSE DETAILS

CORE CURRICULUM | 24 CREDITS

CEL 640 - History and Principles of Catholic Education (3) CEL 641 - Private School Law (3) CEL 642 - Moral Development (3) CEL 644 - Curriculum and Instruction Leadership in Catholic Schools (3) CEL 650 - Catholic Leadership and Educational Administration (3) CEL 651 - Business and Finance for Catholic Schools (3) CEL 653 - Personnel Leadership in Catholic Schools (3) CEL 690 - M.A. Culminating Project (3) ... [-]

Master of Theology

Protestant Theological University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam Groningen + 1 more

The Master of Theology is an English-taught intensive master’s programme, accredited by the Dutch-Flemish accreditation organisation. It starts in September each academic year and lasts for one year (60 ECTS). [+]

Academic excellence and intercultural learning

The Master of Theology is an English-taught intensive master’s programme, accredited by the Dutch-Flemish accreditation organisation. It starts in September each academic year and lasts for one year (60 ECTS). Because of its research focus and high academic level, the programme is uniquely suited to a second master's degree preparing for a teaching ministry and/or doctoral studies.

The programme offers a hermeneutical and contextual approach in all theological sub-disciplines and multiple opportunities for intercultural encounter and interaction with students from all over the world. As a participant of the programme, you will learn about different cultural backgrounds and theological contexts. It is, therefore, a truly international and intercultural experience!... [-]