The M.Div./M.A. in Religion is designed to enhance divinity students with advanced biblical language and research skills. 

Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Religion

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The Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Religion dual degree program will offer you a broad and rich context from which to do ministry.

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The MDiv/MA in Religion degree is designed to enhance divinity students’ religious education and language abilities by permitting them to earn a second degree, the MA, instead of the usual MDiv concentration.

Your mastery of religious history, research skills and language proficiency will be enhanced, allowing you to reflect on life and the world within the framework of rigorous academic study from which to understand and interpret Scripture.

The MDiv/MA in Religion is housed in the School of Divinity. This unique dual degree requires completion of the 60-hour core, 6 hours of biblical studies electives, 3 hours of historical and theological studies electives, 3 hours of practical ministry electives of the MDiv degree, and the 36 hour MA in Religion for a total of 108 hours.

The MA in Religion program includes 18 hours taken from a common core offered by the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy. Students in the MA in Religion program select from one of three concentrations: Religious Studies Concentration, Biblical Studies/Languages Concentration, or Out-of-Department Concentration. Each concentration is comprised of twelve (12) credit hours. Students also select six hours from one of two tracks: the research track (thesis research and writing) or the teaching track (a pedagogy course and an internship in university teaching).

Additional information, including specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

Admissions Requirements: Master of Divinity

To initiate your application for the School of Divinity for the Master of Divinity Program, please be prepared to submit the following:

  1. Application for Admission with a $40 non-refundable application fee.

  2. Official transcripts of all previous baccalaureate and any graduate-level work be sent directly to the School of Divinity Admissions office;
  3. Three letters of recommendation (forms provided);
  4. Church Approval Form (form provided);
  5. Christian Pilgrimage Statement (1-2 page statement about your conversion, call to ministry, and vocational objectives in ministry); and
  6. Submission of proof of satisfactory criminal background record check for all states of residence for the past five (5) years with a residence verification statement.

Admissions Requirements: Master of Arts in Religion

In addition to the basic requirements for admission to the University’s Graduate School (a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning, transcripts, satisfactory scores on either the Graduate Record examination or the Miller Analogies Test, and three positive letters of recommendation), full admission is granted to students who have met the following requirements:

  1. A minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
  2. GRE or MAT scores.
  3. Submit a 15-20 page research paper with documented research on a topic in the field of Religious Studies. This essay can be something the applicant has written previously for an academic assignment. The essay must be submitted electronically in Rich Text Format by email to the Graduate School.
  4. A successful departmental interview to determine academic preparation and vocational appropriateness of the degree for the prospective student (students desiring to work in pastoral ministry are directed to a Master of Divinity program rather than the M.A. in Religion).

Applicants for admission to the Master of Arts in Religion Program with a concentration in Biblical Studies/Languages will be required to demonstrate proficiency in Greek and Hebrew.

Additional information and program requirements are available in the Academic Catalog.

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