Master of Arts (Religion) Curriculum Overview
The Master of Arts (Religion) degree involves 36 total hours of academic work along with spiritual formation activities. The curriculum is structured in the following manner.
Concentration – 21 hours
The student will engage a concentration in one of these two areas:
1. Biblical Studies (with courses in BIBL/HEBR/GREK)
For a Biblical Studies concentration the student will take 21 hours in the areas of Bible, Hebrew, and/or Greek, while meeting these criteria:
- Take at least 3 hours in Old Testament and at least 3 hours in New Testament
- The faculty recommends that students in this concentration also take the following:
- 3 hours of additional study in the biblical language the student chose as his or her prerequisite language
- 6 hours in the other biblical language if student has no previous coursework in that language.
2. Theological Studies (with courses in THEO/CHST)
For a Theological Studies concentration the student will take 21 hours in the areas of Theology and Church History, while meeting this criteria:
- The student will take at least 3 hours in Systematic Theology and 3 hours in Church History.
Supporting Coursework – 6 hours
1.For students with a Biblical Studies concentration:
- Take at least 3 hours in Systematic Theology and 3 hours in Church History
2. For students with a Theological Studies concentration:
- Take at least 3 hours in Old Testament and 3 hours in New Testament.
Free Elective – 3 hours
Students will take 3 hours of any graduate course in Logsdon or in another discipline outside Logsdon with the permission of the program director.
Thesis – 6 hours
Students will complete a thesis that involves 6 hours of credit, with a focus in the same area as the chosen concentration (biblical studies or theological studies). Students may enroll in additional hours of thesis renewal in the Fall or Spring semester, involving 1-hour credit each semester, if necessary and approved by the program director.
Total Hours = 36 hours