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 2018 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 in Theology

St. Mary's University
Online Campus 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 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 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? ... [-]

M.A. in Arabic & Islamic Studies

Georgetown University - Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 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 2018 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. ... [-]


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 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 Theological & Biblical Studies

Criswell College
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Dallas

The goal of the Master of Arts in Theological and Biblical Studies is to equip students to be competent in the major areas of academic inquiry which pertain to the Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian doctrine. [+]

The goal of the Master of Arts in Theological and Biblical Studies is to equip students to be competent in the major areas of academic inquiry which pertain to the Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian doctrine. The curriculum focuses on biblical languages, the basic components of the Christian tradition, and thesis development, as well as distinct and intensive tracks in biblical studies, historical/systematic theology, or an interdisciplinary combination of the two. Consequently, students who complete this degree are prepared for further research in Christian scholarship and possible endeavors in other master or doctoral programs.

Minimum Degree Requirements (36 Hours) Prerequisites* EMS 101 Personal Evangelism GRK 201 Greek I GRK 202 Greek II HEB 301 Hebrew I HEB 302 Hebrew II NTS 101 New Testament Survey I NTS 201 New Testament Survey II OTS 101 Old Testament Survey I OTS 201 Old Testament Survey II THS 203 Systematic Theology I THS 301 Systematic Theology II THS 201 Church History THS 202 Baptist History and Distinctives Core Curriculum (12 Hours) BIB 505 Biblical Hermeneutics GRK 620 Greek Exegetical Syntax I HEB 620 Hebrew Exegetical Method I PHI 502 Philosophy of Religion Biblical Theology Study (3 Hours) One of the following: NTS 602 New Testament Theology OTS 602 Old Testament Theology Research Studies (6 Hours) RES 602 Thesis Research & Writing RES 603 M.A. Thesis ... [-]

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

Biola University
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 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.... [-]


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.... [-]


Master of Arts in Religious Studies

Cardinal Stritch University
Campus Part time 2 semesters August 2018 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 Leadership

Corban University
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 2 years Open Enrollment USA Salem + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership degree is designed to give you an interdisciplinary approach to ministry by utilizing classes from Corban University’s graduate programs in business, education, and divinity. Vocational ministry often requires you to be equipped in areas besides ministry. You may often be required to balance budgets, recruit volunteers, counsel team members, develop curriculum, manage events or communicate with a variety of people from all ages and walks of life. This degree prepares you for the variety of roles your ministry demands. [+]

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership degree is designed to give you an interdisciplinary approach to ministry by utilizing classes from Corban University’s graduate programs in business, education, and divinity. Vocational ministry often requires you to be equipped in areas besides ministry. You may often be required to balance budgets, recruit volunteers, counsel team members, develop curriculum, manage events or communicate with a variety of people from all ages and walks of life. This degree prepares you for the variety of roles your ministry demands.

Not everyone in ministry is called to be a senior pastor; some are called to be community leaders, teachers, directors, non-profit organizers, or youth leaders. The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership provides seminary training with a strong theological base and three versatile concentrations allowing you to tailor your degree to your ministry’s needs.... [-]


Master of Arts in Theology

Duquesne University
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Pittsburgh

The MA in Theology provides a graduate-level foundation in central areas of theology. It is especially appropriate for those who wish to teach theology at the secondary level or prepare for doctoral-level studies in theology. [+]

The MA in Theology provides a graduate-level foundation in central areas of theology. It is especially appropriate for those who wish to teach theology at the secondary level or prepare for doctoral-level studies in theology.

Students complete the following 10 courses for 3 credits each and may begin studies in Year A, B or C.

Courses will be offered on the following schedule on Tuesdays each semester, with the first course at 1:00-3:40 p.m. and the second course at 6:00-8:40 p.m.

The second, evening course will also be offered via video conferencing at selected locations. In subsequent rotations, afternoon courses will move to evening times, and evening courses to afternoon times. ... [-]