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Master of Arts | Religion

 

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 505 Expository Preaching 2
RELP 591 Church Leadership and Administration 3
RELP 618 The Foundations of Christian Spirituality 3
RELP 685 Principles of Hermeneutics 3
RELT 611 Theological Anthropology 3
RELT 615 The Doctrine of the Church 3
RELT 636 The Doctrine of Salvation 3
RELT 674 The Development of Seventh-day Adventist Theology 3

Concentrations  – Choose one of the following:

15 hours

Clinical Pastoral Education Concentration

15 hours

RELP 535 Advanced Lifespan Development 3
RELP 555 Pastoral Care and Counseling 3
RELP 635 Clinical Pastoral Training II 3
RELT 591 Theological and Ethical Issues in Death and Dying, and Crisis Counseling 3
RELT 572 Healer Representations in Contemporary Texts 3

Ethical Leadership Concentration

15 hours

RELT 615 Biblical Ethics 3
RELT 622 Developing Ethical Leadership 3
RELT 671 Ethics and Theology through Film 3
RELT 672 Readings in Feminist Ethics 3
RELT 691 Social Ethics and Christian Responsibility 3

Metropolitan Ministry Concentration

15 hours

RELP 555 Pastoral Care and Counseling 3
RELP 611 Church Growth in Metropolitan Setting: Survey and Practicum 3
RELP 621 Incarnational Mission among the World’s Urban Poor: Survey and Practicum 3
RELP 631 Creating Metropolitan/Urban Communities 3
RELT 691 Social Ethics and Christian Responsibility 3

Total

39 hours

 
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