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Master of Arts in Theology

Dr. McCormack
Course Requirements

The following courses are required for the M.A. in Theology: 

INTRODUCTORY COURSES (2 courses)


TH601 Introduction to Theological Study, Research & Writing

Note: This course is normally a pre- or corequisite for other courses in the program; students with prior theological study may petition to waive this course and substitute a free elective.

BS600 Orientation to Biblical Studies (a two-credit course)
Note: This course is normally a pre- or corequisite for most other courses in biblical studies in the program; students with prior academic biblical study may petition to replace this course with a biblical elective.

BIBLICAL STUDIES (choice of 4 options; 3 or 4 courses)

Option 1 (2 survey courses, 1 elective)
BS621 Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Bible
BS622 Literature and Theology of the New Testament
One BS elective other than BS625 or BS635

Option 2 (4 focused courses)
BS625 The Pentateuch
BS630 The Prophetic Literature
BS635 The Gospels and Jesus
BS715 The Letters & Theology of Paul
(or approved substitute)

Option 3 (1 survey course, 2 focused courses)
BS621 Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Bible
BS635 The Gospels and Jesus
BS715 The Letters & Theology of Paul
(or approved substitute)

Option 4 (2 focused courses, 1 survey course)
BS625 The Pentateuch
BS630 The Prophetic Literature
BS622 Literature and Theology of the New Testament

 

ECUMENICAL AND INTERFAITH STUDIES (1 course)
One of the following nine courses:

  • ES605 Religions of the World
  • ES/H611 The American Religious Experience
  • ES/ST625 Judaism and Christianity: Two Types of Faith
  • ES701 Judaism & Christian Beginnings
  • ES703 Introduction to Judaism
  • ES710 Introduction to Islam
  • ES/PT718 Christian Worship: History, Principles, and Practice
  • ES740 Ecumenical Relations
  • ES745 Jesus Christ and World Religions

 

HISTORY (2 courses)

H601 The Early Christian Church

One of the following five courses:

  • H602 Medieval Church History
  • H603 Modern Church History
  • H/ST605 The History of Theological Systems
  • H/ES611 The American Religious Experience
  • H731 The Black Churches in America

 

MORAL THEOLOGY (2 courses)

MT600 Fundamentals of Theological Ethics
One MT elective

 

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY (2 courses)

ST601 Foundations of Systematic Theology
One ST elective

 

SPIRITUALITY (1 course)

One of the following seven courses:

  • SP601 Foundations of Christian Spirituality
  • SP605 Spiritual Disciplines
  • SP610 Spiritual Traditions for the Contemporary Church
  • SP612 African-American Spirituality
  • SP710 Word Beyond Words: The Arts and Christian Spirituality
  • SP715 The Theology and Practice of Prayer
  • PT/SP780 Health, Disease, and Spirituality

 

FREE ELECTIVES (4 courses)

Any courses for which the co- and/or prerequisites are met, including up to two 500-level courses taken before matriculation

Note: students who choose Biblical Studies Option 2 have only three free electives. Students with prior theological study who place out of TH601 have five free electives.