Where can this degree take me?
Because the MA / CS is so flexible, who you are helps determine where this degree will take you. If you fit any of the following profiles, this degree may be for you:
- You’re passionate about the Church and deepening your knowledge of God, but you’re not in full-time vocational ministry (so you’re not interested in “professional” ministry credentials, like an MDiv). You might also live within commuting distance of an Extension Site.
- You’re already involved in ministry, you want to be a more faithful steward of that ministry through education, and you want to explore courses in your particular area of interest, but you don’t need the credentialing of an MDiv. Your ministry might also be within commuting distance of an Extension Site, and you love having the opportunity to get a solid education without having to leave your ministry context.
- You’re enrolled in another one of our Master’s programs and want to add a second, flexible degree that allows you to intently focus on a specific biblical-theological or ministry area.
- You think that you might want to complete an MDiv but aren’t sure about theological education – perhaps you wonder about the length of the MDiv, or whether an MDiv is what you need. An MA / CS is a great introduction to theological education. Furthermore, someone who completes the MA / Christian Studies may later apply all of those credits to an MDiv (this takes care of about 1/3 of the MDiv coursework), and this is true even if you earned your entire MA / CS at an Extension Site.
The MA / CS is a broad, flexible foundation for different sorts of future academic or ministry pursuits.
Certificate in Christian Studies
Interested in seminary coursework, but not ready to enroll or don’t qualify for admission? Our Certificate in Christian Studies is a flexible, non-degree program that may interest you.
What will I study?
The flexibility of this program means that your course options will vary widely according to your interests, what’s available at particular Extension Sites, and courses you can take by cross-registering with other seminaries in the Association of Theological Schools (ACTS) consortium. You’ll want to pay attention to the most recent version of the Academic Catalog as well as to the course schedules for your Extension Site. Courses you’ll take will include the following: