Masters Programs in Christian Studies

Compare 9 Masters Programs in Christian Studies

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Many undergraduate degree holders choose to return to higher education to pursue a master’s degree, which is an advanced educational achievement awarded after about two or three years of intensive study of a given subject matter.

Just what is a Master in Christian Studies? This rigorous program typically involves close review of the Bible and its various teachings and doctrines, with close attention often given to subject matter such as the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Gospels and general Christian theology. Additional attention is frequently given to topics including eschatology, soteriology, sanctification and ecclesiology. Many programs also focus on evangelism, biblical communication, Christian cultural considerations and the spiritual life, among related areas.

Many graduates of Christian studies programs report better job satisfaction and more job opportunities after securing the advanced degree. Most colleges and universities also require the master’s degree in order to teach Christian studies at the collegiate level.

There is no predetermined cost for obtaining a Master in Christian Studies. Because course costs vary due to factors such as where the course is offered, students should connect with the enrollment office of each school they are considering for accurate information.

Many career options exist for those who effectively earn master’s degrees in Christian studies. Common career paths include that of a clergy member or ministry director, while others go on to work for nonprofit institutions with Christian ties or influences. Many graduates go on to perform missionary work in a variety of global settings, while others go on to teach Christian studies in various environments including high schools, colleges or religious organizations and institutions.

Our database is a good place to start connecting with administrators of the many online Christian studies programs offered by schools across the globe. 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.Phil. in Christian Theology

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

This M.Phil in Christian Theology will enable participants to gain an in-depth knowledge of core issues in contemporary Christian theology — issues such as Church and Ministry, Theology of the Bible, Rights and Responsibilities. [+]

Masters in Christian Studies. M.Phil. in Christian Theology Religious issues are an important part of public debate in contemporary pluralist societies. Many crucial social and political matters are affected by religious concerns. Key policy debates require expertise and literacy in religious and theological concepts, their traditions and practices. This MPhil in Christian Theology will enable participants to gain an in-depth knowledge of core issues in contemporary Christian theology — issues such as Church and Ministry, Theology of the Bible, Rights and Responsibilities. Students are introduced to historical scholarship and to rigorous contemporary theological investigation. Seminar-style learning is an important pedagogy in the programme. A written dissertation is a key part of the MPhil. This enables participants to engage in advanced study of a particular topic of interest in the field. Throughout the process of writing, participants are offered one-to one academic supervision. Participants in this MPhil will learn research skills, as well as analytic, written and verbal communication skills. These are highly valued and effective in a great variety of careers. The Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin The Loyola Institute is dedicated to education and research in theology in the broad Catholic tradition. Our central concern is the creative intersection of theology, Church and contemporary society. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.  For more about the Loyola Institute see https://www.tcd.ie/loyola-institute . Structure The course incorporates both taught and research components. Students must take six taught modules (10 ECTS each) comprising three core and three optional modules, and write a 15,000... [-]

Master's Degree in Diakonia and Christian Social Practice

VID Specialized University
Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Norway Oslo

The study provides theological and hermeneutical knowledge, ethical competence, management and leadership skills, research skills, intercultural and interreligious skills, and interdisciplinary working proficiency. [+]

The study provides theological and hermeneutical knowledge, ethical competence, management and leadership skills, research skills, intercultural and interreligious skills, and interdisciplinary working proficiency. The intent of the programme is to produce graduates who qualify for both practical and leadership positions within diaconal activities and institutions as well as value based social service agencies, whether they are Christian or public welfare based. After completing the programme you will have : Obtained the knowledge of the theory and practice of diakonia, as well as the professional competence required to function within congregations, institutions and organizations. This knowledge includes a basic understanding of Christian theology. Acquired an integrated and professional understanding of diaconal approaches and methods that express international and ecumenical awareness, interdisciplinary perspectives, perspectives of participation and gender awareness in relation to diaconal practice. Gained competency in facing the major contemporary challenges within diaconal action related to the struggle for justice, stewardship of Creation, building inclusive fellowships, and expressing love for one’s neighbour. Developed his/her competence in applying acquired knowledgerelated to understanding, methods and problem solving – in new and unfamiliar environments. Entry Requirements You must hold a bachelor’s degree (minimum three year full time study, 180 ECTS) in social work, nursing, education in social sciences, theology, social service administration (or equivalent) as well as sufficient proficiency in English. Eligibility The programme has two main target groups: All students with own funding who want to attend the complete programme. Students from other master’s programmes who want to attend parts of the programme... [-]

Master's Degree in Ignatian Spirituality

Universidad Pontificia Comillas
Campus Part time 1 year September 2017 Spain Madrid

Why study Ignatian Spirituality? A multidisciplinary program with a balanced approach that covers history, anthropology, theology and spirituality as complementary perspectives for a comprehensive understanding of the Ignatian charism. An opportunity to read the actual primary documents of Ignatian sources and 'reflect' on them to keep learning today. A meeting with our team of professors, who are renowned experts in 'Ignatian Spirituality', will help you further explore the most fundamental aspects of our identity. [+]

Masters in Christian Studies. Master's Degree in Ignatian Spirituality Encouraged by Pope Benedict XVI's words at the 35th General Congregation (21/02/08) "The Society of Jesus should continue forming its members with great attention to the sciences and to virtue, without conforming to mediocrity". Comillas Pontifical University wishes to offer such training program in Ignatian themes to all members of the Ignatian family/community, as well as all those who wish to deepen their charism and spirituality. Why study Ignatian Spirituality? A multidisciplinary program with a balanced approach that covers history, anthropology, theology and spirituality as complementary perspectives for a comprehensive understanding of the Ignatian charism. An opportunity to read the actual primary documents of Ignatian sources and 'reflect' on them to keep learning today. A meeting with our team of professors, who are renowned experts in 'Ignatian Spirituality', will help you further explore the most fundamental aspects of our identity. Admission Who it is aimed at Qualified Jesuits who, for various reasons relating to their personal paths, are interested in exploring the contents of Ignatian spirituality 'with zeal and rigor'. Lay individuals from Ignatian spheres and contexts. CLC, areas close to institutions of the Society of Jesus. and researchers from other universities who wish to further explore Ignatian theology and spirituality. Members of Ignatian Spirituality religious orders. Student Jesuits and from other congregations who come to Spain to study spirituality and wish to train more specifically in Ignatian spirituality. Teaching and other staff from institutions of the Society of Jesus wishing... [-]

Master's Degree in Vocational Discernment and Pastoral Care

Universidad Pontificia Comillas
Campus Part time 3 years September 2017 Spain Madrid

The Institute offers a private Master's Degree in Vocational Discernment and Pastoral Care, in collaboration with the School of Formators at the San Ignacio Spirituality Center in Salamanca. The aim of this MA is to comprehensively prepare students to provide formation within religious congregations and other current ways of life in the Church, helping them to discern and fostering in them a strong sense of loyalty to their respective vocational commitments. As such, it is designed for priests, religious brothers and sisters and laymen and laywomen who play a direct role in vocational promotion, formation or care. [+]

Master's Degree in Vocational Discernment and Pastoral Care The Institute offers a private Master's Degree in Vocational Discernment and Pastoral Care, in collaboration with the School of Formators at the San Ignacio Spirituality Center in Salamanca. The aim of this MA is to comprehensively prepare students to provide formation within religious congregations and other current ways of life in the Church, helping them to discern and fostering in them a strong sense of loyalty to their respective vocational commitments. As such, it is designed for priests, religious brothers and sisters and laymen and laywomen who play a direct role in vocational promotion, formation or care. It is also aimed at people who are involved in personal formation processes through leading Spiritual Exercises, offering spiritual direction or providing formation in pastoral care. Admission Who is it intended for? This Master’s Degree is designed for priests, religious brothers and sisters and laymen and laywomen who have or plan to take on a direct role in vocational promotion, formation or care. It can also be of use for educators of the Faith or people who are involved in personal formative processes through leading Spiritual Exercises, offering spiritual direction or providing formation in pastoral care. Regular admission requirements are: Preferred age: between 25 and 35 Study background: licentiate (five-year) degree or diploma (three-year degree) with proven experience of at least two years of work That the candidate commits to three consecutive years of study. The admission process to the Master's Degree is as follows:... [-]

Master in Protestant Theology

Charles University Protestant Theological Faculty
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague

Graduates are equipped with a knowledge of Christian theology in its historical, systematic, and practical dimensions. They are capable of working with biblical texts in the original languages and are proficient in the hermeneutics of Christian texts, with a particular emphasis on the tradition of the Reformation, and in dialogue with other Christian traditions, with philosophy, and with the social sciences. [+]

Masters in Christian Studies. Graduates are equipped with a knowledge of Christian theology in its historical, systematic, and practical dimensions. They are capable of working with biblical texts in the original languages and are proficient in the hermeneutics of Christian texts, with a particular emphasis on the tradition of the Reformation, and in dialogue with other Christian traditions, with philosophy, and with the social sciences. They are familiar with the phenomenology of religion, with the traditional world religions and with new religious movements. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination takes place in one round and has a written and an oral part. The written part tests applicants' knowledge of biblical theology (including the original languages), systematic theology, historical theology, world religions and philosophy. The oral part is an interview to establish applicants' specific qualifications for the study programme. Assessment criteria: the two parts of the entrance examination are assessed by points giving a maximum total of 100 (50 for the written test and 50 for the oral interview). The examiners marking the written part will not know the identity of the applicants. Conditions for admission The applicants who are most successful in the entrance examination will be accepted. The Dean will determine the number of points necessary to be accepted. Information on the exercise of graduates Graduates can make use of their studies in the service of their churches as ministers in parishes, in catechetical, educational and pastoral work, and also in the social and... [-]

MA In Literature And Biblical Archeology

Universidad Pontificia De Salamanca
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Spain Salamanca Israel Jerusalem + 2 more

The Bible is primarily a religious book. It contains a series of writings in which the first Jewish tradition and Christian have since recognized the word of God. [+]

Program Description The Bible is primarily a religious book. It contains a series of writings in which the first Jewish tradition and Christian have since recognized the word of God. But the Bible is also an important historical source of the cultural roots of the West. This master, taught in Salamanca and in Jerusalem, offers the possibility of being familiar with biblical texts and their vital context through direct contact with the scenarios in which they were born. GOALS Provide a critical and rigorous access to the Bible through an instrumental mastery of their languages, the practice of exegesis of his texts and knowledge of the context in which they were born. Special emphasis on knowledge of the context, especially from the point of view of archeology Professional profiles Historians and historians of antiquity Archeologists and archeologists of the ancient Middle East Pilgrimages guides Teachers of religion Curriculum The first semester courses in Salamanca: language courses and exegesis. The second in Jerusalem (in Italian language) courses exegesis and archeology tours (http://sbf.custodia.org/) In both cases, the students, according to the director of the master, choose the subjects developing a customized program. Throughout the course, students prepare the final report under the guidance of a specialist teacher in the field. During the first semester, those students or students who do not possess a knowledge of the Italian language should perform on their own an Italian language course to enable them to follow the classes of the second semester in Jerusalem. Methodology Face,... [-]

Master’s degree in History of Christian Civilization

The European University Of Rome
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Rome

The Master’s Degree in “Storia della Civiltà Cristiana” (History of Christian Civilization, code LM-84 according to the Italian Regulation) is a development of the Bachelor’s degree in History, activated at Università Europea di Roma. It is meant to conduct a deep study of the historical facts in light of Christian principles and teachings, with special regard to the history of Europe. Scientific Method is... [+]

Masters in Christian Studies. Master’s degree in History of Christian Civilization The Master’s Degree in “Storia della Civiltà Cristiana” (History of Christian Civilization, code LM-84 according to the Italian Regulation) is a development of the Bachelor’s degree in History, activated at Università Europea di Roma. It is meant to conduct a deep study of the historical facts in light of Christian principles and teachings, with special regard to the history of Europe. Scientific Method is used in documenting how such principles and teachings contributed to the development of civilization. The Master’s degree in History of Christian Civilization aims to give students methods and techniques necessary to: Study the history of Christian civilization and to verify the connections between its development and the cultural values of the Christian message. Acquire advanced knowledge on the historic and cultural identity of Christianity. Conduct a deep analysis of Christian events and characters whose influence on human events was the most significant. Acquire capability of conducting a profound investigation of the history of Christianity and of its influence on the history of populations as well as on the history of Literature and of the Arts. Acquire capability of analyzing the relationships between Christianity and the other great monotheistic religions, in order to better understand the other religions’ spirituality in comparison with Christian religion. Most of regular classes are given in Italian. A good working competence in this language is therefore recommended. [-]

MRES Christianity and Interreligious Relations

Heythrop College - University Of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This degree, specifically for students who wish to continue to MPhil or PhD research, establishes critical and research skills. Faith and faith communities figure large in contemporary public discourse [+]

This degree, specifically for students who wish to continue to MPhil or PhD research, establishes critical and research skills. Faith and faith communities figure large 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. CORE MODULE Research Skills in Theology OPTIONAL 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 Biblical Studies

Heythrop College - University Of London
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Perform an advanced study of biblical texts from both the Old and New Testament, with an emphasis on current methodologies [+]

Masters in Christian Studies. Perform an advanced study of biblical texts from both the Old and New Testament, with an emphasis on current methodologies. The programme attracts teachers and people involved in church ministry, as well as anyone with a particular interest in the textual study of biblical literature. It provides a valuable ongoing education for ministers. CORE MODULES - Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (Old Testament) - Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (New Testament) OPTIONAL MODULE GROUP ONE Select between the two - Reading 1 Corinthians - A Critical Investigation of the Gospel of Mark OPTIONAL MODULE GROUP TWO Select between the three - The Bible in the life of the Church - Second Temple Judaism - Women in the Old Testament and Intertestamental Era OPTIONAL LANGUAGE MODULE Students may replace one optional module with a language module. - Biblical Hebrew - New Testament Greek Entry - An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject Interim awards - PGCert Biblical Studies - PGDip Biblical Studies Course length - 1 years full-time - 2 years part-time [-]