Distance learning Master of Arts Degree in Theology

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Theology

A master's degree is an academic degree granted to individuals who have undergone study demonstrating a mastery or high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice.

Although some people study theology to prepare for a particular religious order, others study it to understand the divine. Through reviewing religious and philosophical beliefs throughout history, students can gain a better grasp not only on each of the specific traditions but also on people’s beliefs in general.

Dealing with public universities is far from an optimal option. Private schools provide much better assistance in your distance learning experience. Several online university draws teachers and students at great distances from all over the world. This vastly increases the diversity in a distance learning classroom and produces challenging conversation among those from hugely divergent communities, regions, and distant cultures.

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Master in Theology, Ministry and Mission

St John's College
Online Part time 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

This post-graduate degree in theology, ministry, and mission, is validated by Durham University as part of the Common Awards scheme. It is an opportunity to develop theological studies, ideal for those engaged in any service in the Church, either lay or ordained. [+]

This post-graduate degree in theology, ministry, and mission, is validated by Durham University as part of the Common Awards scheme. It is an opportunity to develop theological studies, ideal for those engaged in any service in the Church, either lay or ordained. It is particularly suitable for those in the early years of ministry or later where sabbatical leave enables further study and reflection. It is a distance learning course designed to fit around your work and other commitments.

The MA is normally open to those with a good theology degree. Depending on your previous qualifications and experience the course can usually be completed in three years.

MA modules

You will study 7 level 7 modules, part-time over three years, relating theological knowledge to your professional & personal circumstances. You will be the engaged in the advanced study of key biblical passages and challenging theological texts. You will reflect on the theory and practice of mission, evangelism and practical theology, relating this to your own experience, shared with others, so as to enhance and deepen your ministry. You will be guided in ways to research important material to develop your own ideas, particularly through your dissertation. This final large piece of work is an opportunity to study in depth a theological topic of your own choice directed related to your own ministry.... [-]


Master in Theology

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

The Masters of Arts in Theology at St. Mary’s is academically rigorous. It instructs students in the careful reading of theological texts and church documents, the importance of historical and philosophical influences on textual interpretation, and the use of essential research tools. [+]

Since 1959, the Theology Department at St. Mary’s University has prepared lay men and women as well as members of religious communities to serve the Catholic Church in the Southwest. Since that time, our students have gone on to teach in Catholic parochial and high schools, to work in parish and diocesan administrative positions, and to serve as catechetical leaders. Others have gone on to pursue doctoral work and then teach in colleges and universities. No matter their interest, for more than 50 years students have encountered a program dedicated to the traditional Marianist values of the importance of theological education, servant leadership, and of Christian church communities living and growing in a family spirit.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Religion

Concordia University Chicago
Online 6 semesters August 2018 USA River Forest

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) capitalizes on the rich Lutheran confession of Concordia University Chicago (CUC). It is an ideal way for church workers and laypersons to enrich their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology in an online format designed for people who work full time. [+]

Overview

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) capitalizes on the rich Lutheran confession of Concordia University Chicago (CUC). It is an ideal way for church workers and laypersons to enrich their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology in an online format designed for people who work full time.

The program is taught in cohort groups who move through the 11 courses together. Each course is eight weeks in length; one course is taken at a time. Students may begin study in the fall or spring semester. No courses are taught in the summer.

Who benefits from the Master of Arts in Religion? Lutheran educators, deaconesses, Directors of Christian Education, missionaries, church workers, and laypersons. Holding an advanced degree may help LCMS church workers receive increased benefits from their employers. Informed Christian laypersons from any denomination who desire faithful, Confessional study of theology from professors who believe the Bible to be inerrant and authoritative. Retirees who wish to study God’s Word and Lutheran doctrine. Spouses of Lutheran church workers may utilize this education for effective service in their congregation. Who teaches the courses? ... [-]

Online Master of Arts (MA) in Religion

Concordia University Chicago - Online Degree Programs
Online Full time 6 semesters August 2018 USA River Forest

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) capitalizes on the rich Lutheran confession of Concordia University Chicago (CUC). It is an ideal way for church workers and laypersons to enrich their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology in an online format designed for people who work full time. [+]

MA, Religion

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) capitalizes on the rich Lutheran confession of Concordia University Chicago (CUC). It is an ideal way for church workers and laypersons to enrich their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology in an online format designed for people who work full time.

The program is taught in cohort groups who move through the 11 courses together. Each course is eight weeks in length; one course is taken at a time. Students may begin study in the fall or spring semester. No courses are taught in the summer.

Who benefits from the Master of Arts in Religion? Lutheran educators, deaconesses, Directors of Christian Education, missionaries, church workers, and laypersons. Holding an advanced degree may help LCMS church workers receive increased benefits from their employers. Informed Christian laypersons from any denomination who desire faithful, Confessional study of theology from professors who believe the Bible to be inerrant and authoritative. Retirees who wish to study God’s Word and Lutheran doctrine. Spouses of Lutheran church workers may utilize this education for effective service in their congregation. Who teaches the courses? ... [-]

MA Muslim Minorities in a Global Context (Online Learning)

SOAS University of London
Online Full time 2 years October 2018 United Kingdom London

This new programme gives you an opportunity to consider Muslim minority communities comparatively, within both western and non-western contexts. You will explore key themes such as ethnicity, gender, and the varieties of religious interpretations and practices that have resulted in issues and challenges arising uniquely within different Muslim minority communities. [+]

Overview

Duration: 2 years

Start of programme: April / October

Mode of Attendance: Online

What are the challenges faced by Muslim minority communities and their host societies? What are the debates surrounding the place of religious minorities in secular societies?

Recent political shifts in Muslim majority countries have put Muslim minorities in the spotlight and impacted upon their relationship with their host societies. This programme gives you an opportunity to consider Muslim minority communities comparatively, within both western and non-western contexts.

You will explore the varieties of religious interpretations and practices that have resulted in issues and challenges arising uniquely within different Muslim minority communities and the key themes of:... [-]


MA Religions and Education by distance learning

University Of Warwick Centre for Education Studies
Online Part time 2 - 5 years August 2018 United Kingdom Coventry

This course is unique in that it draws on the research and curriculum development expertise of the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit. [+]

MA Religions and Education by distance learning

"This course is unique in that it draws on the research and curriculum development expertise of the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit. (WRERU) WRERU has conducted major research projects for the European Commission, the Arts, and Humanities Research Council and many others."

Dr. Judith Everington, Course Leader

Suitable for

This flexible distance learning course is aimed at teachers of religious education and related subjects within different education systems, and those working with young people in a faith or belief context. The change of name of the degree from MA in Religious Education to MA in Religions and Education reflects the fact that the term ‘Religious Education ’ means different things in different countries. The Warwick MA course aims to meet the needs of those working in different education systems and reflects the varied approaches to religious diversity and education utilized by Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit. Some previous experience of religious studies at higher education level is preferred but not required. Each application is looked at on its own merits.... [-]


MA in Bible and Mission

Redcliffe College
Online Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Gloucester Czech Republic Prague + 3 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 European Mission and Intercultural Christianity

Redcliffe College
Online Full time Part time August 2018 United Kingdom Gloucester Czech Republic Prague + 2 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? ... [-]

Master of Arts in Bible Exposition

Columbia International University Online
Online Full time Part time September 2018 USA Columbia

The M.A. in Bible Exposition provides students with specialized knowledge and skills to understand, apply, and communicate the Scriptures effectively on a regular basis in a local church context. [+]

The M.A. in Bible Exposition provides students with specialized knowledge and skills to understand, apply, and communicate the Scriptures effectively on a regular basis in a local church context. It prepares students to teach or preach as a member of a church staff or as part of a para-church ministry.

OBJECTIVES

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Bible Exposition will be able to:

Practice sound exegesis and exposition of the biblical text Trace key themes in Scripture. Communicate biblical truth effectively. Admissions

For entrance into online studies, a bachelor's degree with a 2.5 GPA (with exceptions) is required. The Application Process consists of:

Online application Application essay (800-1,000 words) Reference from church leader who has known applicant for at least two years Official transcripts for bachelor's degree and any master's degree work $45 application fee International Student Requirements ... [-]

Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS)

Hebrew College
Online Full time Part time 4 - 6 semesters September 2018 USA Newton + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Jewish Studies degree gives you the keys to unlocking Judaism and Jewish texts and defining your own path of original study and research. [+]

Master of Arts in Jewish Education (MAJS) The Master of Arts in Jewish Studies degree gives you the keys to unlocking Judaism and Jewish texts and defining your own path of original study and research.

Students who earn this degree use it to enrich their personal knowledge of Judaism at an advanced level, advance professionally in Jewish communal organizations, build a foundation for rabbinic or cantorial study or prepare for a career in Jewish academic scholarship.

Course of Study

The MAJS degree can be completed through online learning, or if you live locally, you may select from a mix of online and on-campus courses. All students participate in two weeklong summer residential seminars, held on campus, during the course of their studies. As part of the course of study, students take 12 credits of text courses which require one hour of synchronous study with a fellow student.... [-]


MA Death Religion and Culture

University of Winchester
Online Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Winchester + 1 more

MA Death, Religion and Culture explores the way in which death is the only inevitability of life. This universal reality is understood differently by different cultures and religious [+]

MA Death, Religion and Culture explores the way in which death is the only inevitability of life. This universal reality is understood differently by different cultures and religious traditions, and those understandings are played out in rituals of death, dying and bereavement.

Entry requirements: Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent

Start dates: September and January

Application process: UKPASS (full-time applicants only) or Direct Entry Application Form (part-time applicants only)

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MA in Global Issues in Contemporary Mission

Redcliffe College
Online Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Gloucester Czech Republic Prague + 3 more

This Masters distinctively focuses on key concerns within mission today, including globalisation, postcolonialism, justice and the environment. [+]

MA in Global Issues in Contemporary Mission

There is an increasing need within mission for practitioners to understand the key concerns within the global framework of contemporary mission. Our Postgraduate MA in Global Issues in Contemporary Mission addresses many of the current issues people face 'on the ground' and explores them in depth. Students can also research the pressing issues of their own ministry contexts

Who is the course for?

Are you looking for a postgraduate study that:

complements your work in an existing mission environment? will further increase your understanding of the 'big picture' of mission? will stretch you academically and allow you to research contemporary missiological issues? is taught by staff with first-hand mission experience? ... [-]

Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

Columbia International University Online
Online Full time Part time September 2018 USA Columbia

The M.A. (Theological Studies) provides you with an interdisciplinary knowledge of Biblical studies, church history, intercultural studies, and theology. [+]

The M.A. (Theological Studies) provides you with an interdisciplinary knowledge of Biblical studies, church history, intercultural studies, and theology. It prepares students to engage in research and analysis that is informed by those disciplines and contributes to the advance of ministry in the church, missions, or marketplace. This degree is offered in two different formats: Program 1 for college graduates with no previous studies in Bible or theology, and Program 2 for college graduates who have at least 30 semester hours of Bible, theology, or Church history.

OBJECTIVES

The M.A. in (Theological Studies) will equip you to:

Interpret and apply the Biblical text. Explain, evaluate, and apply Bible doctrine. Research and write for scholarly publication. OPPORTUNITIES ... [-]

MA in Islamic Studies

Islamic Online University
Online Full time Part time 2 - 6 years March 2019 Gambia Banjul + 1 more

The Islamic Online University (IOU) has launched the world’s first tuition-free Master’s degree in Islamic Studies program, which is offered completely online and in English as a medium of instruction. [+]

MA in Islamic Studies (MAIS)

The Islamic Online University (IOU) has launched the world’s first tuition-free Master’s degree in Islamic Studies program, which is offered completely online and in English as a medium of instruction. This is an excellent opportunity for the BA students to continue, further, and enhance their understanding and knowledge of the religion. This graduate program consists of 18 courses, three semesters of six subjects each, and the master’s thesis in the fourth semester. The regular duration of the program is two years. Nevertheless, students may complete it within one and half years minimum. One can take a maximum of six years to complete the program. In general, higher education will enable students to expand their knowledge and skills, and be more effective and eloquent in speech and writing. For those who wish to enter the working field, higher education is a great asset in acquiring valuable and respected positions. To be specific, higher education in Islamic studies will provide the opportunity to earn beneficial knowledge that will enable one—by the will and mercy of Allah—to perfect their religion, and obtain the pleasure of Allah by seeking and spreading knowledge of His religion. It is, in fact, one of the ways to gain sadaqa jariya (continuous rewards). It is evident that the more one knows, the more one can share. And the more one shares, the more one can gain which enables to reach higher levels of paradise. The knowledgeable and the ignorant is never the same... [-]


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.... [-]