Master of Arts in Religion

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 or vocational purposes.

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 3 credits in the Keynote course, 15 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
12 credits in a Capstone experience which could be either:
Thesis research and writing (which would include a final, oral defense of the thesis
A project or internship (which would include a final assessment of work completed as
pertains to the degree and concentration outcomes
An internship (which would include a final assessment of work completed as pertains to the
degree and concentration outcomes

Concentrations are offered in: Biblical Studies, History and Theology, Religion and Media, and Practical Theology.  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: Master of Arts in Religion degree.