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Graduate Studies Program

Master of Arts | Religion

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Chair: Gaspar Colón | 301-891-4038
gcolon@wau.edu

Mission Statement

Through example and rigorous preparation that is biblically based, theologically informed, historically and culturally mindful, morally astute and practically adept, we seek to form women and men who know and supremely delight in God, and competently declare Godís glory in Seventh-day Adventist congregations and the world at large.

The Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) degree is offered to provide an opportunity to develop advanced skills in pastoral and/or lay leadership. The M.A.R. degree is designed to prepare pastors, lay church workers and parachurch workers for more effective ministry by providing graduate-level training that will hone the skills needed for effective ministry leadership through masterís- level education in Christian ministry.

Applications and registrations for the Master of Arts in Religion degree are processed by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Admission, academic testing and graduation eligibility are determined by the universityís Admissions office and Office of the Registrar.

Admission

Admission to the M.A.R. program is based on:

  1. Completion of an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher. Note: If overall undergraduate GPA does not meet the 2.75 minimum requirements, GRE scores may be accepted in place of GPA. For specific GRE requirements, contact the program coordinator.
  2. Completed prerequisite courses with ìBî grades or better in:
    • RELT 250      Principles of Christian Faith......................................................... 3
    • RELT 299      Research Methods for Theology and Religion.............................. 3
    • RELB 307     Introduction to the Old Testament................................................ 3
    • RELB 345     Introduction to the New Testament.............................................. 3
  3. Written statement and possible interview.
  4. Two letters of reference, one of which should be from the ordained pastor of the church that the potential student attends.
  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if English is not the applicantís primary language.

All applications and transcripts must be sent directly to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Master of Arts in Religion

The following undergraduate courses are prerequisites:

RELT 250        Principles of Christian Faith......................................................... 3
RELT 299        Research Methods for Theology and Religion.............................. 3
RELB 307        Introduction to the Old Testament............................................... 3
RELB 345        Introduction to the New Testament............................................. 3

The Master of Arts in Religion curriculum consists of 39 hours of study and provides a solid foundation in major ministry functional areas. The student must complete the core curriculum and one area of concentration.

Master of Arts in Religion Core Curriculum

24 hours

RELP 505Expository Preaching2
RELP 591Church Leadership and Administration3
RELP 618The Foundations of Christian Spirituality3
RELP 685Principles of Hermeneutics3
RELT 611Theological Anthropology3
RELT 615The Doctrine of the Church3
RELT 636The Doctrine of Salvation3
RELT 674The Development of Seventh-day Adventist Theology3

Concentrations  – Choose one of the following:   

15 hours

Clinical Pastoral Education Concentration  

15 hours

RELP 535Advanced Lifespan Development3
RELP 555Pastoral Care and Counseling3
RELP 635Clinical Pastoral Training II3
RELT 591Theological and Ethical Issues in Death and Dying, and Crisis Counseling3
RELT 572Healer Representations in Contemporary Texts3

Ethical Leadership Concentration

15 hours

RELT 615Biblical Ethics3
RELT 622Developing Ethical Leadership3
RELT 671Ethics and Theology through Film3
RELT 672Readings in Feminist Ethics3
RELT 691Social Ethics and Christian Responsibility3

Metropolitan Ministry Concentration

15 hours

RELP 555Pastoral Care and Counseling3
RELP 611Church Growth in Metropolitan Setting: Survey and Practicum3
RELP 621Incarnational Mission among the World’s Urban Poor: Survey and Practicum3
RELP 631Creating Metropolitan/Urban Communities3
RELT 691Social Ethics and Christian Responsibility3

Total

39 hours

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