Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.)
This degree program is designed to provide students the opportunity to pursue a concentration in an area of theological interest while also providing a broad foundation for further graduate study or for general educational use.
The MAR degree program prepares students to:
• Demonstrate competency in a selected area of theological study
• Engage selected areas of theological studies with attention to their breadth and depth
• Develop skills in theological research, writing, and critical thinking
The degree is requires a total of 51 credits:
37.5 credits of course work, including 18 credits in an area of concentration, 9 credits in a secondary area, and 10.5 credits as free electives
1.5 credits Practicum in Theological Research Independent Study (prerequisite for thesis)
12 credits Thesis research and writing, with successful oral examination
Concentrations are offered in: Biblical Studies, Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics, Church in Society, Pastoral Theology, Christian Education, Liturgics, Preaching and Communication. Students are expected to gain competence in the tools appropriate to their area of concentration. Students are expected to declare the area of concentration no later than following successful completion of 24 credits.
During the second year students prepare a thesis in the major area of concentration. A preliminary draft of the thesis is presented to the student’s advisor by March 15 and the final draft by April 15. An oral examination on the thesis is then arranged by the Dean. The total program should normally be completed within three academic years. Further information is available in the policy manual on the Master of Arts in Religion degree.