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12 Masters Programs in Religious Education

A master’s program could take any number of forms, but there are some common elements. In general, these programs last from one to four years, contain some measure of research or practical studies and are available only to advanced students. For those who experience a calling to teach within the context of a religious discipline, dedication and faith alone are often not enough to support goa… Read more

A master’s program could take any number of forms, but there are some common elements. In general, these programs last from one to four years, contain some measure of research or practical studies and are available only to advanced students.

For those who experience a calling to teach within the context of a religious discipline, dedication and faith alone are often not enough to support goals of a worthy career. Religious education is a complex process, requiring knowledge of both theology and pedagogy. What is a Master in Religious Education? Simply put, it is a course of study that seeks to impart an understanding of the educational principles and practices of a given religion. Common courses include leadership, interpretation of religious texts, theology and human development. Students typically also take classes specific to their religion, such as ministry for Christianity.

Graduates often gain a better understanding of their own faith by learning to communicate its principles to others. Additionally, the educational theories learned in these courses might help scholars teach other subjects of personal interest. Graduates also often leave these programs with a cohort of fellow teachers and siblings in faith.

These courses vary in cost based on religion, location and scholarship assistance. Candidates should inquire with the institution before planning their education.

As one might expect, education is the most common career pursued by graduates of religious teaching master's programs. In particular, religious institutions tend to view these degrees favorably when reviewing applicants, as faith is often a foundational aspect of these schools' curricula and cultures. For those with some teaching experience, a master’s degree might be the credential necessary to advance to an administrative position. Other applicants might pursue the ministry, preferring to use their educational skills to help communities of the faithful in a less academic setting.

Religious education master's programs are available from various faiths in multiple countries. 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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University of San Francisco - School of Education
San Francisco, USA

The master's program in Catholic Educational Leadership prepares graduates for effective leadership as administrators in Catholic elementary and secondary schools and for dioc ... +

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. -
MA
Part-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Protestant Theological University
Amsterdam, Netherlands +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 ... +

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). -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Driestar Christian University for Teacher Education
Gouda, Netherlands

In 2018 we will offer an international Master’s course in Christian Education which will fully focus on the backgrounds and practices of education inspired and informed by the ... +

In 2018 we will offer an international Master’s course in Christian Education which will fully focus on the backgrounds and practices of education inspired and informed by the Christian faith. -
Master
Full-time
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 

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Aquinas Institute Of Theology
St. Louis, USA

The Good Shepherd's Catechesis is a Montessori–based religious formation program for children aged three to twelve years. It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, hands-on ... +

The Good Shepherd's Catechesis is a Montessori–based religious formation program for children aged three to twelve years. It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, hands-on space called an "atrium" in which both children and catechists hear, ponder, and celebrate the essential mysteries of the Christian faith revealed in Scripture and liturgy. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 5 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Hellenic College Holy Cross
Brookline, USA

The ThM program is particularly designed for those who desire to enhance a scholarly dimension in their priestly or ministerial vocations. It is especially appropriate for tho ... +

The ThM program is particularly designed for those who desire to enhance a scholarly dimension in their priestly or ministerial vocations. It is especially appropriate for those preparing to teach, those interested in furthering their theological knowledge and spiritual life, or those intending to pursue doctoral work. -
Master
English
 
Newburgh Theological Seminary & College Of The Bible
Evansville, USA

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree program will provide an opportunity for the student to pursue courses that will broaden Biblical understanding and perspective at ... +

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree program will provide an opportunity for the student to pursue courses that will broaden Biblical understanding and perspective at the Master’s level. The program consists of eight courses which are the equivalent of forty hours of study. -
Master
English
Online
 
Leo Baeck College, Centre for Jewish Education
Finchley, United Kingdom

The MA in Applied Rabbinic Theology provides those studying for Rabbinic Ordination with the opportunity to combine the study of biblical and rabbinic texts at MA level with c ... +

The MA in Applied Rabbinic Theology provides those studying for Rabbinic Ordination with the opportunity to combine the study of biblical and rabbinic texts at MA level with commensurate congregational and pastoral work and analysis, thus heightening the synergy between them. In addition, students will have the opportunity to study creative and comparative liturgy, Jewish responses to theodicy and readings in modern Jewish thought. -
MA
Campus
 
Canada Christian College
Whitby, Canada

The Masters level degree program for Christian Counselling will prepare students to begin working as professionals in the Counselling field.

The Masters level degree program for Christian Counselling will prepare students to begin working as professionals in the Counselling field. -
Master
English
 
Newbold College Of Higher Education
Popeswood, United Kingdom

The Master of Arts in Theology prepares you for ministry within the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The Master of Arts in Theology prepares you for ministry within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. -
MA
English
Campus
 
Covenant College
Lookout Mountain, USA

The Master of Education (MEd), a 30 credit hour program, has two specializations: Educational Leadership (EL) and Integrated Curriculum and Instruction (ICI).

The Master of Education (MEd), a 30 credit hour program, has two specializations: Educational Leadership (EL) and Integrated Curriculum and Instruction (ICI). -
Master
English
 
Pillar College
Newark, USA

The MA in Ministry Leadership Program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in a variety of settings including but not limited to: Churches (pastors, educational leader ... +

The MA in Ministry Leadership Program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in a variety of settings including but not limited to: Churches (pastors, educational leaders, para-church professionals, missionaries, youth leaders, teachers, worship leaders, and chaplains) Chaplaincies in various communities and venues -
MA
English
Campus
 
Mater Dei Institute of Education
Dublin, Ireland

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 ... +

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. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus