Master of Arts Program

Purpose: The Master of Arts program is designed to prepare women and men for advanced graduate study in a specific theological discipline, or alternatively, to educate the laity who want a general knowledge of theological disciplines.

Eligibility: Admission to the Master of Arts program requires a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0.

Curriculum: The M.A. degree requires the successful completion of 16 three-unit courses for a total of 48 credits.

Master of Arts with Thesis

Students preparing for advanced graduate study develop a thesis-focused curriculum in consultation with their advisor.

The 16 courses are allocated as follows:

  • 7 courses in the area of the thesis concentration
  • 1 course in Christian Scriptures
  • 1 course in Christian Faith (Theology, Church History or Ethics)
  • 1 course in Multicultural/MultiReligious Society
  • 1 course in the Practice of Ministry
  • 2 courses as thesis writing
  • 3 open electives

All students preparing for advanced study must also evidence competence in at least one theological language (usually Hebrew, Greek, Latin, German, French, or Spanish) and undertake research in this language as a constituent part of thesis writing.

General Master of Arts with Comprehensive Exam

For students who want a more general theological knowledge, the 16 course M.A. curriculum includes the following courses and a comprehensive exam:

  • 3 courses in Christian Scriptures (including at least 1 Old Testament and 1 New Testament course)
  • 1 course in Church History
  • 1 course in Theology
  • 1 course in Ethics)
  • 1 course in Black Church Studies
  • 1 course in Women & Gender Studies
  • 1 course in Interfaith Studies
  • 2 courses in Practical Theology
  • 5 open electives.

Application Deadlines: July 31 for Fall Term or December 1 for Spring Term

Applications received after these dates will be reviewed on a space available basis

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The current CRCDS Academic Catalogue may be viewed at this link.