M.A. in Theology in North America

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Theology

An MA is a master’s degree awarded to students that have completed a program studying humanities or fine arts subjects such as history, communications, philosophy, theology or English. A Master of Arts degree typically requires coursework, research and written examinations.

More than just a study of one religion, theology generally covers a variety of religious and philosophical traditions, seeking a better understanding of the divine. While it can be studied in order to enter a particular religious order, it also provides students with an understanding of people’s beliefs in general.

From indigenous civilizations to modern day empires, North America has plenty of hands-on educational opportunities to offer scholars. Filled with a range of distinct cultures, students can educate themselves in well-rounded way.

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M.A. in Christian Leadership

Grand Canyon University
Campus Full time September 2019 USA Phoenix Albuquerque Sun City Scottsdale + 2 more

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership is a unique multidisciplinary program designed for those who desire to lead as Christians across a variety of church, ministry, and other settings. [+]

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership is a unique multidisciplinary program designed for those who desire to lead as Christians across a variety of church, ministry, and other settings.

Offered by the Grand Canyon Theological Seminary, this Christian leadership degree program equips you academically, spiritually and professionally to navigate the challenges of 21st-century leadership. Enhance your administrative skills and knowledge. Transform your church or local community by developing effectiveness as a corporate or community leader. Step into the Grand Canyon Theological Seminary and learn the Christian leadership development practices necessary to guide others with wisdom in church and community contexts.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Christian Education

Concordia University Chicago
Campus August 2019 USA River Forest

The master of arts in Christian education at Concordia University Chicago prepares men and women who desire to serve in congregational settings as a parish educator or an educator trained to lead Christian education programs for children, youth and adults. [+]

Overview

The master of arts in Christian education at Concordia University Chicago prepares men and women who desire to serve in congregational settings as a parish educator or an educator trained to lead Christian education programs for children, youth and adults.

Candidates are trained to be Christian educators who exhibit high standards of professional competence and ethical practice. Graduate students receive a high-quality educational program that focuses on skills, dispositions, and Biblical and theological knowledge to be successful in serving congregations in the role as an educator. The program offers two tracks:

Track 1: For students seeking additional training as Christian educators beyond the bachelor of arts in Christian education. Most typically these students will be already rostered as DCEs in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Track 2: For those seeking certification as Directors of Christian Education in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod as rostered commissioned ministers of the Church. Track 2 combines the master’s degree curriculum and the LCMS-DCE certification requirements. Learning Objectives Enrich the student’s theological foundations. Hone and refine the student’s educational philosophy. Improve the student’s skills in areas of ministry in which the student would like to focus. ... [-]

Master in Catholic Education Leadership

University of San Francisco - School of Education
Campus Part time September 2019 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 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.... [-]


M.A. in Arabic & Islamic Studies

Georgetown University - Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2019 USA Washington + 1 more

The Arabic and Islamic Studies M.A. program at Georgetown seeks to advance knowledge and understanding of classical and modern Islamic thought and to provide an understanding of Arabophone culture and intellectual history in the pre-modern and modern periods. With a special emphasis on Arabic textual traditions, the program offers graduate training in the study of the languages, literature, and thought of the Islamic world, and introduces students to scholarly approaches to the study of Islam. [+]

The Arabic and Islamic Studies M.A. program at Georgetown seeks to advance knowledge and understanding of classical and modern Islamic thought and to provide an understanding of Arabophone culture and intellectual history in the pre-modern and modern periods. With a special emphasis on Arabic textual traditions, the program offers graduate training in the study of the languages, literature, and thought of the Islamic world, and introduces students to scholarly approaches to the study of Islam.

Entering students are required to have Arabic language competence equivalent to at least that attained by the end of the third year of intensive language study in the undergraduate program at Georgetown University. In the first week of their first academic year, students who are non-native Arabic speakers are required to take an Arabic language exam administered by the department.... [-]


Master of Arts in Theological Studies

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

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree program is for those wishing to develop further perspectives in theological thought for personal or professional enrichment, for those interested in further academic study, or for those seeking further development in their spiritual journey in relation to other professions. [+]

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree program is for those wishing to develop further perspectives in theological thought for personal or professional enrichment, for those interested in further academic study, or for those seeking further development in their spiritual journey in relation to other professions. This program allows students to concentrate their studies in one of five areas. Students will choose one of the following areas before beginning their courses:

Biblical Studies – This concentration is intended for those seeking an in-depth and rigorous analysis of Scripture from various perspectives along with biblical language training. Students choosing the Biblical Studies concentration are required to complete 6 credit hours of either Biblical Hebrew or Biblical Greek as part of their coursework and write a major exegetical paper.... [-]


Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion MA and PhD Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2019 USA San Francisco

Our program aims to help students cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the contemporary ecological crisis from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives. [+]

Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion MA and PhD

The ecological challenges of the 21st century represent a crisis of values and consciousness. The pace of global change calls for an understanding of the process by which humanity came to this crossroads in planetary history. Graduate study in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion allows students to cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the ecological crisis from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives.

Our program is centered in nurturing a community engaged in revitalizing the human relationship to the earth and exploring intersections of eco-spirituality, eco-justice, indigenous traditions, and eco-feminism. The world's religious and spiritual traditions offer deep insight into the human condition, along with profound teachings about how humans should relate to one another and to the environment. Students gain skills and insight to transform practices, worldviews, and consciousness in the service of a more just, sustainable, and flourishing planetary future. Core faculty are founders in the field of religion and ecology, shaping global dialogue linking spirituality and cosmology with ecology and sustainability. ... [-]


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.... [-]


Online Master of Arts (MA) in Religion

Concordia University Chicago - Online Degree Programs
Online Full time 6 semesters August 2019 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. [+]

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? ... [-]

Master of Arts in Religious Studies

University of Lethbridge
Campus Full time Part time 24 - 48 months September 2019 Canada Lethbridge + 1 more

Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, or East Asian Religions, provided they closely align with the expertise of our departmental members. Our members might also supervise MAs in other areas aligned with their ongoing research projects. Please consult the profiles of the individual professors, or contact them directly for such distinctive areas of research. For instance, some faculty conduct research on Buddhism in the West, mysticism, near-death experiences, and modern nondual spirituality. [+]

About

Students may pursue a Masters degree in Religious Studies in the following areas:

Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, or East Asian Religions, provided they closely align with the expertise of our departmental members. Our members might also supervise MAs in other areas aligned with their ongoing research projects. Please consult the profiles of the individual professors, or contact them directly for such distinctive areas of research. For instance, some faculty conduct research on Buddhism in the West, mysticism, near-death experiences, and modern nondual spirituality.

Typically, MA students are expected to have or obtain the equivalent of one year of study in a classical language related to their research area. The University of Lethbridge offers courses in Latin and Japanese, and occasionally in Greek and Hebrew. However, Chinese, Sanskrit, Arabic, and other such languages may have to be studied at other institutions.... [-]


Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies (MA)

Maitripa College
Campus Full time Part time September 2019 USA Portland

The MA in Buddhist Studies Program is a 44-credit graduate degree program under the direction of Yangsi Rinpoche. The MA degree focuses on combining rigorous academic study with meditation and community service requirements to offer a superior, integrated education in Buddhist Studies, and is designed for students seeking an in-depth and critical understanding of Buddhist thought in the context of both traditional and academic scholarship. [+]

The MA in Buddhist Studies Program is a 44-credit graduate degree program under the direction of Yangsi Rinpoche. The MA degree focuses on combining rigorous academic study with meditation and community service requirements to offer a superior, integrated education in Buddhist Studies, and is designed for students seeking an in-depth and critical understanding of Buddhist thought in the context of both traditional and academic scholarship. The degree couples meditative experience of the path and training to integrate Buddhist principles into active service in partnership with a core philosophical curriculum designed to ground the student in Buddhist principles, logic, philosophical arguments, and meditative techniques. The integration of scholarship, meditation, and service is emphasized, with additional required coursework in research methods, history, and a minimum of two terms of classical Tibetan language. Comprehensive exams, or in exceptional cases, a thesis, is the capstone degree requirement.... [-]


M.A. in Pastoral Counseling

Marymount University
Campus Full time September 2019 USA Arlington

Marymount’s Pastoral Counseling program trains competent clinicians and counselors to provide counseling services from a faith-based and/or spiritual perspective. [+]

Pastoral Counseling

Marymount’s Pastoral Counseling program trains competent clinicians and counselors to provide counseling services from a faith-based and/or spiritual perspective.

The programs provide academic and clinical opportunities for students to integrate the religious and spiritual competencies as outlined by the Association for the Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, 2009 (ASERVIC), a division of the American Counseling Association, in order to provide a holistic approach to treating an individual.

Students are expected to continue exploring their faith-based and/or spiritual connections while having a diverse understanding of others religious practices and beliefs and the impact on the counseling process.... [-]


Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

Columbia International University Online
Online Full time Part time September 2019 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 ... [-]

Master of Arts in Religious Studies

Cardinal Stritch University
Campus Part time 2 semesters August 2019 USA Milwaukee

This program is designed for students with a wide range of pursuits and career goals, from education and catechetics to preparation for a doctoral degree in religious studies, theology or a related field. Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, the M.A. in Religious Studies is a 30-credit program particularly but not exclusively focused on Christianity in its many historical contexts and denominational aspects, and situated within contemporary local and global realities. [+]

This program is designed for students with a wide range of pursuits and career goals, from education and catechetics to preparation for a doctoral degree in religious studies, theology or a related field. Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, the M.A. in Religious Studies is a 30-credit program particularly but not exclusively focused on Christianity in its many historical contexts and denominational aspects, and situated within contemporary local and global realities.

The Professional Development Seminar is taken in the first semester and is designed to assess and assist readiness for graduate work in religious studies and to aid in examining personal and professional goals. A series of three 4-credit courses in scriptural studies, systematic theology, and church history lays a foundation for methodological application courses in those same areas, and for further elective courses suited to the students' needs and interests. In the final semester, a comprehensive examination, with oral and written components, completes the program; students with a program GPA of 3.7 or higher may opt for a 2-credit Thesis on a chosen topic in religious studies written under the direction of a faculty member in lieu of the comprehensive exam.... [-]


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) [-]