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:
- 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 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 Face to Face
- San Diego Face to Face
- Fully Online
Master of Arts (Christian Thought)
|HS510||Church History Survey||3|
|NT516||New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation||3|
|OT516||Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings||3|
|TS512||Systematic Theology I: God the Creator||3|
|TS513||Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer||3|
|TS516||Christian Social Ethics||3|
|Degree Specific Requirements|
|SP510||Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation||3|
|TS605DE||Theology and Contemporary Culture||3|
|or TS739DE||Theology in Global Context|
|PH780||Senior Integrative Seminar: Missional Apologetics||3|
|or GS780||Senior Integrative Seminar|
|GS001||Graduate Research Seminar||0|
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.
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
|BT510 Hermeneutics||3||Elective||1.5||NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation||3||Elective||1.5||TS513 Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer||3|
|SP510 Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation||3||HS510 Church History Survey||3|
|SP001 Formation Assessments||0||TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator||3|
|GS001 Graduate Research Seminar||0|
|OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings||3||Elective||1.5||TS605DE or 739 Theology and Contemporary Culture or Theology in a Global Context||3|
|TS516 Christian Social Ethics||3||PH780 Senior Integrative Seminar: Missional Apologetics||3|
|Total Credits: 36|