Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Religion

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.

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.


What You’ll Learn

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.

Master of Divinity Core 60
Master or Arts in Religion36
Biblical Studies Electives6
Historical and Theological Studies Electives3
Practical Ministry Electives3

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Master of Divinity/Master of Religion

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 descriptions of specific concentrations and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.


What You’ll Do

A student completing the dual-degree Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Religion will demonstrate:

  • Research and writing skills essential for scholars in the field of religious studies;
  • An understanding of the classical and modern theories, and current research in the field of religious studies; and
  • Proficiency in expressing scholarly ideas through a written thesis.

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