The Master of Arts in Religion Program: A Brief Overview

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) provides 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 skill in theological research
The MAR degree program requires completion of a Bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited institution of higher learning and may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis and students may either live on campus or community.

Overall Degree Requirements
The MAR degree normally requires two or three full years of study.  The degree requires a total of 51 credits which include:
  • 37.5 credits of course work, including:
    • 19 credits in an area of concentration
    • 9 credits in a secondary area
    • 10.5 credits as free electives
  • 1.5 credits of 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 that is 50-75 pages in length 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. 

Requirements for Admission and Application Process

Application Materials

Cost of Attendance

Financial Aid