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 philosophy, science, social issues, and other aspects of contemporary culture in conversation with other religions 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:
A comprehensive understanding of biblical content, a discerning approach to biblical interpretation, and theological reflection informed by historical traditions.
- Growth in emotional, spiritual, and relational health resulting in observable love for God and neighbor.
- An in-depth comprehension, analysis, and evaluation of the intersections of theology, philosophy, and culture with the goal of strengthening the active witness of the church in society and the academy.
- Intercultural competence for the purpose of advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Intentional integration of faith, learning, life, and practice.
Campus and Delivery
St. Paul: InMinistry
Master of Arts (Christian Thought) - St. Paul
|HS510||Church History Survey||3|
|NT516||New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation||3|
|OT516||Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings||3|
|NT518||New Testament: Exegetical Explorations||3|
|or OT518||Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations|
|TS512||Systematic Theology I: God the Creator||3|
|TS513||Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer||3|
|TS516||Christian Social Ethics||3|
|Degree Specific Requirements|
|TS530||Faith and Public Life||3|
|TS605DE||Theology and Contemporary Culture||3|
|TS733DE||Theology and Science||1.5|
|TS739DE||Theology in Global Context||3|
|TS781||Faith and Vocation||3|
|GS001||Graduate Research Seminar||0|
A minimum of 42 semester credits is required for graduation from the M.A.(C.T.) program. The student is responsible for meeting all graduation deadlines and requirements.
The academic plan listed below serves as an example of what an academic plan for completing the Master of Arts (Christian Thought) could look like and should not be considered the final authority for determining when to take courses. Since paths toward completion may change due to course availability, courses and corresponding terms may vary from the examples below.
2.5 Year Completion
|BT510 Hermeneutics||3||TS632DE World Religions||1.5||NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation||3||TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator||3|
|TS530 Faith and Public Life||3||HS510 Church History Survey||3|
|SP001 Formation Assessments||0||TS634DE Religious Pluralism||1.5|
|GS001 Graduate Research Seminar||0|
|TS513 Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer||3||TS640DE Biblical Justice||1.5||OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings||3||TS739DE Theology in Global Context||3|
|TS733DE Theology and Science||1.5||TS605DE Theology and Contemporary Culture||3|
|NT518 New Testament: Exegetical Explorations||3|
|TS516 Christian Social Ethics||3|
|TS781 Faith and Vocation||3|
|Total Credits: 42|