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.  Further, they 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. A 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
BT 510Hermeneutics3
HS 510Church History Survey3
NT 516New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
OT 516Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3
TS 512Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3
TS 513Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3
TS 516Christian Social Ethics3
Degree Specific Requirements
SP 510Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3
TS 605Theology and Contemporary Culture3
or TS 739 Theology in a Global Context
PH 780Senior Integrative Seminar: Missional Apologetics3
or GS 780 Senior Integrative Seminar
Other Requirements
GS 001Graduate Research Seminar0
SP 001Formation 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.