Trinity Evangelical Divinity School



Master of Arts / Church History

Rigorous, Gospel-centered study in the rich history of the Christian tradition.

The MA / CH provides focused study in the history of the Christian church, from the first days of the early church to recent movements and ongoing developments in the church worldwide. This program offers both breadth of perspective and focused depth that varies depending on the electives you choose and the focus of your Master’s thesis.

Master of Arts / Church History

Where can this degree take me?

If you’re interested in academic teaching and writing in the areas of church history or theology, this degree is excellent preparation for further graduate or doctoral work. Our alumni are regularly accepted into top-tier doctoral programs. The MA / CH also prepares you to teach church history or theology at Christian secondary schools and some Christian colleges. Finally, pastors may find that the MA / CH enriches their pastoral ministry, whether accompanied by an MDiv or not.

What will I study?

A theology foundation is coupled with core coursework in church history, which includes relevant course options in other departments (such as Missions and Systematic Theology). Courses include the following:

  • Bible and Theology Core - 9 hours

    ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
    ST 5201 Theology I: The God of the Gospel 3 hours
    ST 5202 Theology II: The Gospel of God 3 hours


  • Church History Core - 5 hours


    CH 8100 Classic Texts in the History of Christianity 3 hours
    CH 8911 & CH 8912 Colloquium in Historical Methodology I & II 2 hours

  • Electives in Church History - 16-18 hours

  • Field Education & Capstone - 2 hours

    Field Education (0 hours)

    Select one option from the following:

    PT 5090 Field Education (1 semesters) –or–
    ID 5080 Formation Group (2 semesters)

    MA/CH Capstone (1-3 hours)

    CH 7477 MA/CH Major Comprehensive Exam 1 hour
    Select from one of the following:
         Option 1:
    CH 7980 & 7980 MA Major Research Paper and MA Major Research Paper*
         Option 2:
    CH 7485 MA Thesis**
    TOTAL HOURS 36 hours

    *Option available for those not intending to pursue PhD studies in history. Letters of recommendation for PhD studies will not be provided by departmental faculty for those pursuing this option.

    ** Option expected for those intending to pursue PhD studies in history.

Field Education

All MA / CH students must complete a field education requirement. Learn more about field ed here.

Church History Faculty

You’ll have opportunities to take courses in other departments, but your true mentors will be our Church History faculty, along with several adjunct and visiting faculty who teach on varying schedules.

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What are the prerequisites for admission to this program?

In addition to the requirements for general admissions, you’ll need the following:

  • An undergraduate major or its equivalent in history (specifically, 18 hours of undergrad history courses).
  • An undergrad GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) required if less than 3.0.
  • A reading knowledge of languages required to complete your thesis. This varies according to your area of study, and your advisor will help you be aware of what you’ll need.