M.A. in Theology Curriculum


This is an example. Please note that the most current and official curriculum information is found in our Course Catalog. The M.A. in Theology (44 credit hours) provides students with a course of graduate theological study within an interdisciplinary, liberal arts context.

Master of Arts in Theology Curriculum (44 Credit Hours)

Core Courses (28 Credits)

  1. BITH 533. Exploring the Old Testament (4 credits)
  2. BITH 555. Exploring the New Testament (4)
  3. BITH 565. Christian Theology (4)
  4. BITH 566. Foundations for Biblical Interpretation (4)
  5. BITH 578. Global Church History (4)
  6. BITH 657. Historical Theology: Patristic & Medieval (4)
  7. BITH 658. Historical Theology: Reformation and Modern (4)

Concentrations (12 Credits)

Students may choose from one of the following concentrations and take twelve credits in the specialized area.

Systematic Theology

  • BITH 675. Advanced Systematic Theology (4)
  • Open seminar (4)
  • Open elective (4)

Ecclesial Theology 

Offered in partnership with the Center for Pastor Theologians.

  • BITH 675. Advanced Systematic Theology (4)
  • Open seminar (4)
  • Open elective (4)

Historical Theology

  • BITH 679. Seminar in Historical Theology (4)
  • Open seminar (4)
  • Open elective (4)

Capstone Requirements (4)

  • BITH 694. Capstone Course (4)
  • BITH 692. Comprehensive Examination (0)

Interested in pursuing a Ph.D.?

Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology or a related field are strongly encouraged to take the following for elective credit:

  • BITH 684. Methods in Scholarship (0)
  • BITH 505. Language Study (4). French or German.

In addition, here is valuable input from our faculty on pursuing Ph.D. studies and crafting a strong research proposal.

Theology Comprehensive Exam Study Guide

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

Theology Comprehensive Exam Study Guide