Master's Program in Religious Studies in North America

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Religious Studies

A Masters degree is an academic degree awarded to individuals who successfully denote a higher level of expertise. There are two main types of Masters - taught and research.

Religious studies is an academic area that explores the history and modern issues of different religions. Most programs will focus on Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, and how they have been the foundation for traditions around the world.

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Master of Divinity – Leadership

Liberty University Online
Online Full time September 2017 USA Lynchburg

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is intended to prepare students for professional work in Christian ministry within local churches as well as para-church organizations. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies in North America 2017. Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is intended to prepare students for professional work in Christian ministry within local churches as well as para-church organizations. The M.Div. program provides an in-depth knowledge of biblical leadership principles and methods, and an in-depth study of Scripture and Christian principles. Coursework places emphasis on embracing the essential values, knowledge, and skills needed to serve in a variety of roles as a pastor. This online divinity program is also great for military students looking to fulfill service requirements as chaplains for certain branches of the armed services. Non-Discrimination Policy [-]

Master of Divinity in Buddhist Chaplaincy

University of the West
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 USA Rosemead + 1 more

The Buddhist Chaplaincy program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel as Buddhist practitioners working in the field of professional chaplaincy. The program is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to engage in spiritual care and counseling work and to become properly trained and certified professionals. [+]

The Buddhist Chaplaincy program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel as Buddhist practitioners working in the field of professional chaplaincy. The program is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to engage in spiritual care and counseling work and to become properly trained and certified professionals. The program incorporates the requirements of the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) by offering 72 semester hours covering the nine core educational areas specified by the APC. These nine core areas are: Ritual/Liturgy Comparative Religions Religious Education Pastoral Care and Counseling Spiritual Formation Religious History Institutional Organization and Administration Sacred Literature Theology/Philosophy This program requires regular attendance on campus for classes, group processes, and other events. It is designed to serve local students and is not a low-residency or online program. Applicants should be prepared for long hours spent on campus and intense interaction with fellow students. Living near or on campus is highly recommended. Although this program can be completed on a part-time basis, full-time attendance is strongly recommended to facilitate the student’s required spiritual formation. Courses are designed to be taken in a prescribed sequence and not on an ad hoc basis. Full-time students are expected to take four classes, or 12 units, per semester to graduate in the specified three-year time period. Full-time students taking three classes, or 9 units, and part-time students should not expect to graduate in three years. Program Requirements Buddhist Chaplaincy students may apply no more than 6 units (two courses)... [-]

Master of Divinity

New Brunswick Theological Seminary
Campus Full time Part time August 2017 USA New Brunswick Jamaica + 1 more

The Master of Divinity degree program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of Christian ministry. This program, required by many denominations for ordination, is offered at the New Brunswick campus through day and night classes and at the St. John’s site through night classes... [+]

Masters in Religious Studies in North America 2017. The Master of Divinity degree program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of Christian ministry. This program, required by many denominations for ordination, is offered at the New Brunswick campus through day and evening classes and at the St. John’s site through evening classes. Education for ministry is not a matter of simply accumulating certain knowledge and skills. It is the beginning of a process of personal transformation whereby the student appropriates the knowledge and skills pertinent to ministry in a way that shapes the student’s self-understanding and life within the church and the world. Thus, both the integration of the diverse fields of knowledge and skill, and the integration of these fields with the actual experience and practice of ministry, are essential to a theological education. The course of study for the M.Div. falls into three major categories. The first consists of the core academic courses, grouped into three fields: Biblical Studies; Historical, Theological and Ethical Studies; Ministry Studies. The second consists of the experience and practice of varieties of ministry. This is found principally in a student’s Field Education placements, but also in the various aspects of life in the seminary community. Those courses which seek to integrate the various academic fields, and academic learning with practical experience, form the final category. The Ministeriums and required integrative courses constitute this category. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS The application deadline for US students for a term is two months before the... [-]

Master of Divinity

Oral Roberts University
Campus Full time 6 semesters September 2017 USA Tulsa

The Master of Divinity is the basic professional degree for ministry and is the prerequisite degree for admission into the Doctor of Ministry program and military chaplaincy. [+]

Program Overview The Master of Divinity is the basic professional degree for ministry and is the prerequisite degree for admission into the Doctor of Ministry program and military chaplaincy. The six-semester, 88.5-hour program structured around field education and the three curricula areas of the seminary: biblical literature, theological/historical studies, and practices of ministry. Students are required to enroll in two semesters of field education after 50% of their coursework is complete. Twelve semester hours of open electives are provided to all students to bridge deficient areas or enhance areas of interest, including counseling, missions, biblical literature, and theological/historical studies. Because ORU has graduate schools in education and business, M.Div. students may also choose to use a limited number of these elective hours for cross-disciplinary training. Program Objectives The Master of Divinity degree program aims to: - Prepare candidates with a foundational knowledge of the historical/theological content of Scripture with a application to selected contemporary situations. - Prepare students to interpret biblical writings in the Greek and/or Hebrew languages, using critical exegetical tools and writing a hermeneutical and exegetical paper. - Provide a basic knowledge of the history of Christianity. - Provide a basic knowledge of theology and Christian doctrines. - Enable students to integrate biblical and theological understanding with practical ministry strategies. - Equip candidates with the biblical, theological and ethical understanding necessary to analyze and discuss contemporary social issues affecting the church and society. - Enable students to develop and articulate a theology and theory of ministry that is... [-]

Master of Divinity Degree (MDiv)

Maitripa College
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 USA Portland + 1 more

Maitripa College offers a robust, 72 credit minimum, three-to-four year Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree under the direction of Yangsi Rinpoche. The MDiv is a professional degree focused on a Buddhist approach to cultivating intellectual, spiritual, and professional skills in order to work as an agent of positive change in the world. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies in North America 2017. Maitripa College offers a robust, 72 credit minimum, three-to-four year Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree under the direction of Yangsi Rinpoche. The MDiv is a professional degree focused on a Buddhist approach to cultivating intellectual, spiritual, and professional skills in order to work as an agent of positive change in the world. Scholastic and contemplative training forms a stable foundation for skillfully enacting culturally- relevant wisdom and compassion. Candidates are prepared for a life of service and leadership in the non-profit sector and traditional chaplaincy roles within Buddhist, interfaith, or secular institutions and communities. At the core of the degree curriculum are the three pillars of higher education at Maitripa – Scholarship, Meditation, and Community Service. The Master of Divinity degree is designed for students seeking a practical, in-depth, and critical understanding of Buddhist thought, with a strong emphasis on real-life application, both internally and in service to the community. The program couples meditative training and active service in community partnerships with a core philosophical curriculum designed to ground the student in Buddhist principles, logic, philosophical arguments, meditative techniques, and methodologies of the academic study of religion. The synthesis of this training and study informs personal and professional applications of Buddhist orientations to concepts of self and other, the wish to alleviate suffering, and interdependence at local and global levels. In addition, the MDiv degree attends to the personal, scholarly, and pastoral competencies required for chaplaincy by offering a breadth of learning... [-]

Master of Practical Theology | Concentration in Messianic Jewish Studies

The King's University
Campus Full time 48 hours September 2017 USA Southlake

This concentration seeks to: Prepare men and women for Messianic Jewish ministry within the local congregation and in the wider movement; [+]

Program Objectives This concentration seeks to: Prepare men and women for Messianic Jewish ministry within the local congregation and in the wider movement; Equip students with the theories and practical skills necessary to serve effectively in Messianic Jewish ministry; Increase biblical and theological understanding from a Messianic Jewish perspective; Provide professional training that is informed by the ministry of the Ruach (Spirit); and Develop practical ministry skills through supervised Messianic Jewish ministry experiences. Learning Outcomes Upon completing this concentration, students will be able to: Demonstrate a knowledge of Scripture and the ability to use hermeneutical and exegetical principles to interpret and apply the Word of God in life and ministry; Demonstrate a knowledge of the heritage and traditions of Messianic Judaism; Articulate a biblical theology of Messianic Jewish ministry; Integrate biblical and theological knowledge with Messianic Jewish ministry; and Communicate the knowledge of who Yeshua is and what He has done in a way that is clear, accurate, authentically Jewish and with love and respect. [-]

Master of Practical Theology

The King's University
Campus Full time 48 hours September 2017 USA Southlake

The MPT degree program seeks to Prepare men and women for specialized ministry within the local church, church related agencies, and the community; [+]

Masters in Religious Studies in North America 2017. Program Objectives The MPT degree program seeks to: Prepare men and women for specialized ministry within the local church, church related agencies, and the community; Equip students with the theories and practical skills necessary to perform effectively the ministry to which they are called; Increase biblical and theological understanding necessary to undergird these specialized ministries; Provide professional training that is enjoined by the ministry of the Holy Spirit; and Provide supervised ministry training for those entering specialized ministries. Learning Outcomes Upon completion of The MPT, students will be able to: Demonstrate knowledge of Scripture and the ability to properly use hermeneutical and exegetical principles to interpret and apply the Word of God in life and ministry; Survey the heritage and traditions of the Church and the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movements; Articulate a biblical theology of ministry for the student’s focused area of ministry; Integrate biblical and theological knowledge in the specialized area of ministry studied; and Communicate the gospel clearly and effectively. [-]

Master of Divinity Program

Union University California
Campus Full time 4 - 6 years September 2017 USA Westminster

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is designed to empower and equip students to serve as transformational Christian leaders within today’s multicultural contexts. [+]

MASTER OF DIVINITY PROGRAM Languages offered: English, Vietnamese DESCRIPTION The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is designed to empower and equip students to serve as transformational Christian leaders within today’s multicultural contexts. UUC offers the traditional ministerial skills of biblical and theological competence, effective communication, spiritual sensitivity and maturity, passion for evangelism and pastoral care. In addition, our program offers courses in global interconnection of the contemporary world, the importance of understanding urbanization, principles of effective leadership, organizational development skills, and social transformation. Graduates of the program will be competently equipped to serve effectively and at a professional level as ordained pastors and leaders within the contexts of churches or other Christian organizations and/or ministries. LEARNING OUTCOMES After successfully completing the Master of Divinity program, graduates will be able to: 1. Articulate effectively a sound biblical and historical theology 2. Develop practices of personal and spiritual maturity 3. Have capacity to do church planting and church renewal 4. Mobilize the church for social transformation, conflict, reconciliation, and global mission 5. Lead competently and organize and manage skillfully and to mentor laity for their ministries in families, churches, and the public sector. ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS An applicant must complete an online admission application andsubmit the following materials to the Director of Admissions to be considered for admission: 1. Two passport-sized photos 2. Copy of government-issued photo identification 3. Bachelor of Arts or Sciences Degree or international equivalent from an accredited/ recognized college or university 4. Official transcripts from all previous colleges or... [-]

Master of Divinity

Naropa University
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 USA Boulder + 1 more

The Master of Divinity degree at Naropa University is the professional applied Religious Studies degree designed to prepare you for pastoral work, chaplaincy, social service professions, and community engagement, using wisdom gleaned from Buddhist traditions. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies in North America 2017. What if you could prepare your heart and soul to minister to others in a Buddhist-inspired environment? The Master of Divinity degree at Naropa University is the professional applied Religious Studies degree designed to prepare you for pastoral work, chaplaincy, social service professions, and community engagement, using wisdom gleaned from Buddhist traditions. Taught in Naropa's Buddhist-inspired context, the MDiv program will expose you to Buddhist teachings and contemplative practices while also emphasizing an interfaith approach to pastoral practice. (You don't need to be a practicing Buddhist to flourish in the program, but we encourage a strong interest and curiosity in Buddhism.) Applied learning in the program connects our students to professional disciplines and contexts. Students may elect to complete either a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) internship in healthcare settings, or to do Field Education in a variety of ministry, social service, and prison settings. These opportunities, based on your interests will give you the opportunity to integrate the intellectual, contemplative, and pastoral skills you have acquired in the program in a real-world context. By asking you to participate in the contemplative work of Tibetan Buddhism, you will ready yourself to be of service in the world, developing the awareness, courage, and compassion necessary to serve others, whether they need a celebrant or someone to ease their sorrow. After Naropa The Master of Divinity degree from Naropa allows you to serve as leaders, ministers, and teachers in a variety of pastoral contexts. We... [-]

Master of Divinity

North Park University
Campus or Online Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

As you respond to God’s call to vocational ministry, a master of divinity (MDiv) is the foundation you need to seek ordination to Christian service. [+]

Master of Divinity Earn Your Master of Divinity As you respond to God’s call to vocational ministry, a master of divinity (MDiv) is the foundation you need to seek ordination to Christian service. While historically the degree is focused on training individuals for congregational ministry, North Park’s MDiv is also excellent preparation for leadership in specialized ministries, including parachurch and nonprofit organizations. The flexibility within the degree, the Seminary’s centrality in the Evangelical Covenant Church community, and the academic and community resources at North Park allow you to explore topics unique to your current and future ministries while you develop the theological and formational foundation you need for your vocational life. Why North Park? As the seminary of the Evangelical Covenant Church and as a school committed to our home in Chicago, North Park Theological Seminary draws men and women from diverse backgrounds to work together as they explore their calls to ministry. You’ll learn alongside individuals from many Christian traditions; this rich academic culture is made distinctive by the close relationships fostered among students and faculty. North Park’s program can be tailored for students of all ages and calls, and is committed to developing leaders who are missionary competent—women and men who can serve with compassion and confidence across many cultures and locations. Study In-Person and Online An MDiv can be completed in three years of full-time study and internship, although many of our students choose to complete the program over a longer period of time and through a... [-]

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Missouri Baptist University
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Saint Louis Illinois Missouri + 2 more

his course of study has been designed in an effort to emphasize applicability to life, orientation toward the church, and fidelity to the biblical revelation. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies in North America 2017. Master of Arts in Christian Ministry The Religion faculty of Missouri Baptist University desires to assist churches in developing leaders with Christ-like characteristics so that they can extend Christ-like influence, by providing a master’s degree which is foundational and practical. This course of study has been designed in an effort to emphasize applicability to life, orientation toward the church, and fidelity to the biblical revelation. FAITHFUL TO CHRISTIAN FOUNDATIONS At Missouri Baptist University the core of a common Christian theology is taught as the expression of divinely-revealed truth, valid for all people, and having life-impact upon all people. The Master of Christian Ministries at MBU provides individualized degree options with five core areas of emphasis: Pastoral Ministries Urban Ministries Apologetic Studies Biblical Counseling Biblical Languages Low Tuition Rates ORIENTED TO THE LOCAL CHURCH The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry focuses theological studies on the life of the church with the goal of preparing students for service in local churches and throughout the world. GREAT PROGRAM + FACULTY In 24 months, earn a theological degree that is both practical and foundational. Our qualified professors desire to develop Christ-like leaders that seek to impact contemporary society. The degree program is built for both lay leaders and ministers alike. From the class times to flexible subject programs, the degree allows you to focus on your current role or your next position. The program may also serve as a “bridge” program for future seminary study.... [-]