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M.A. in Theology
M.A. in Theology

Why Pursue an M.A. in Theology?

The 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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Jennifer McNuttJennifer Powell McNutt, Ph.D. - Degree Coordinator

Dr. McNutt is the Degree Coordinator of the M.A. in History of Christianity and M.A. in Theology programs. As Associate Professor of Theology and History of Christianity, she specializes in the history of Christianity from the Reformation through Enlightenment.

"It's a privilege to teach and mentor graduate students at Wheaton as they pursue advanced study in Theology and Christian History, discern their various vocational callings, and continue to grow in their commitment to Christ."

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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 Study 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.

Calvin Meets Voltaire

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.

Theology Comprehensive Exam Study Guide

Comprehensive Exams are offered twice each academic year. Students must register for BITH 692, Comprehensive Exam, in the semester in which they plan to take the exam.

Theology Comprehensive Exam Study Guide

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

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.