The M.A. (Christian Thought) degree prepares students for vocations located at the intersection of faith and culture. Graduates work in church, parachurch, academic, nonprofit, and marketplace contexts, with vocations ranging from pastors, teachers, and evangelists to scholars, activists, and business professionals. This program enables students to explore the intersection of Christian thought with social issues and other aspects of contemporary culture in the context of an expanding global Christian church. Students receive a rigorous grounding in Bible, theology, and history and learn to apply Christian thought in strategic and missional ways appropriate to their vocational context.

The objectives of the program are as follows:

  1. A comprehensive understanding of biblical content, a discerning approach to biblical interpretation, and theological reflection informed by historical traditions.
  2. Growth in emotional, spiritual, and relational health resulting in observable love for God and neighbor.
  3. An in-depth comprehension, analysis, and evaluation of the intersections of theology and culture with the goal of strengthening the active witness of the church in society and the academy.
  4. Intercultural competence for the purpose of advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  5. Intentional integration of faith, learning, life, and practice.

Campus and Delivery

  • St. Paul Face to Face
  • San Diego Face to Face
  • Fully Online

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (Christian Thought)

Core Requirements
HS510Church History Survey3
NT516New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
OT516Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3
TS512Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3
TS513Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3
TS516Christian Social Ethics3
Degree Specific Requirements
SP510Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3
TS605DETheology and Contemporary Culture3
or TS739DE Theology in Global Context
PH780Senior Integrative Seminar: Missional Apologetics3
or GS780 Senior Integrative Seminar
Other Requirements
GS001Graduate Research Seminar0
SP001Formation Assessments0
Total Credits36

A minimum of 36 semester credits is required for graduation from the M.A.(C.T.) program. The student is responsible for meeting all graduation deadlines and requirements. 

Academic Plans

The academic plan listed below serves as an example of what completing the Master of Arts (Christian Thought) could look like. This plan is for illustrative purposes only. Variations in course availability may occur due to differences in delivery system, starting term, and other factors. Individual students will consult their academic advisers to create a custom plan based on start term, length of completion, language options, and student preference.

2 Year Completion

First Year
BT510 Hermeneutics3Elective 1.5NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3Elective 1.5TS513 Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3
SP510 Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3 HS510 Church History Survey3  
SP001 Formation Assessments0 TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3  
GS001 Graduate Research Seminar0    
 6 1.5 9 1.5 3
Second Year
OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3Elective 1.5TS605DE or 739 Theology and Contemporary Culture or Theology in a Global Context3  
TS516 Christian Social Ethics3 PH780 Senior Integrative Seminar: Missional Apologetics3  
Elective 1.5    
 7.5 1.5 6  
Total Credits: 36