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M.A. in Theology

M.A. in Theology

Why Pursue a Theology MA?

An M.A. in Theology trains students to engage theological ideas in the world today through a strong biblical, evangelical foundation, mastery of our diverse theological heritage, and familiarity with contemporary, global developments in theology.

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I am deeply grateful for this outstanding training and can only wish that I had more training. — Dr. David M. Howard M.A., 1952, Former International Director of the World Evangelical Alliance and Former President of Latin America Mission

Why Pursue a Masters in Theology at Wheaton?

You will gain the academic skills necessary for advanced study and service in the church and society through formation in three interrelated areas: biblical and theological knowledge; academic skills and critical reflection; and Christian life and service. Our graduate programs are committed to stimulating learning that bears fruit in lives of faithful thinking and witness for Christ and His kingdom.

You will discuss key positions within the evangelical global church in a community that values charitable conversation. Together you and your peers will wrestle through the hard questions of faith with faculty willing to walk alongside you to find answers in evangelical theology and exegesis.

The M.A. in Theology degree seeks to equip students to become responsible interpreters of Scripture and faithful stewards of Christian thought.

Students will select one of two emphases: Systematic or Historical Theology.

Explore the life and thought of the Christian church in its first seven centuries through the teaching, research, and publications of the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies.

Find detailed information such as course requirements, course descriptions, faculty information, and program overview for the M.A. in Theology.

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BITH Grad Women's Fellowship

The BITH Grad Women’s Fellowship was started over a decade ago to provide a space for female graduate students in the department to meet together regularly throughout the year with female faculty, build relationships, provide support, and enjoy each other’s company. The group was started by Dr. Karen Jobes (Emeritus) and is led today by Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt. Food, fellowship, and prayer are the focus of our time together. If you are a female BITH student in an MA or Ph.D. program, please join us!

Faculty Books

The People's Book - Jennifer Powell McNutt

Calvin Meets Voltaire

Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt provides the first comprehensive monograph devoted to Geneva’s Enlightenment clergy. Examination of the social, political, theological, and cultural encounter of the Reformation with the Enlightenment in the figurative meeting of Calvin and Voltaire brings to light the life, work, and thought of Geneva’s eighteenth-century clergy.

The People's Book - Jennifer Powell McNutt

The People's Book - The Reformation and the Bible

This collection of essays, edited by Dr. Jenniffer Powell McNutt and Dr. David Lauber, brings together the reflections of church historians and theologians on the nature of the Bible as "the people's book." With care and insight, they explore the complex role of the Bible in the Reformation.

Theological Anthropology

Theological Anthropology: A Guide for the Perplexed

Dr. Marc Cortez guides the reader through the most challenging issues that face anyone attempting to deal with the subject of theological anthropology.

Theological Interpretation of Scripture book

Theological Interpretation of Scripture

Dr. Daniel J. Treier surveys the history, themes, advocates, and positions of Theological Interpretation of Scripture and seeks to bring coherence to its various elements.

Marks of His Wounds: Gender Politics and Bodily Resurrection book

Marks of His Wounds: Gender Politics and Bodily Resurrection

Dr. Beth Felker Jones articulates a theology of human embodiment in light of resurrection doctrine and feminist political concerns.


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Possible Careers for M.A. in Theology Students

In partnership with our Center for Vocation and Career, many of our majors find employment in church and parachurch agencies.

  • Churches
  • Colleges and universities
  • Junior colleges
  • Parachurch agencies
  • Religious organizations
  • Seminaries

Alumni from the program have gone on to complete doctoral degrees at the following universities:

  • Baylor University
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Drew University
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Marquette University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Trinity International University
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Oxford
  • University of St. Andrews
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wheaton College Graduate School

Alumni of the M.A. in Theology have been able to use their experience to transition effectively into the wider academic and ecclesial community. Many have gone on to careers in missions and missions administration, ministry, publishing, higher education, and many more.