Educational Philosophy

 

The quality of the educational experience at Western Covenant University is fostered by the close human and intellectual relationships between students and faculty and by the open exchange of ideas. The University is committed to creating a learning environment in which students from diverse backgrounds and cultures are valued for their perspectives and are encouraged in their intellectual pursuits.

 

The university’s instructional programs are designed to challenge students not only to acquire knowledge but also to develop the skills of critical analysis, careful reasoning, creativity, and self-expression. We are committed to effective teaching, promoting diversity, and ongoing educational development.

 

 

Master of Arts in Religion

 

The M.A. program is dedicated to the integration of religion, faith, and learning. WCU is dedicated to a balanced commitment to God’s revelation and to academic excellence in the pursuit of knowledge. The program is academic/professional programs designed to prepare men and women for a variety of purposes both within and outside the church. The program provides academic study and training for students to reflect theologically on the role of religion, Christian life, and the church in contemporary society. Our goal is to help students develop the skills for effective ministry within local churches and mission agencies.

 

The M.A.R. program fosters the development of theological understanding as part of educational, professional, and spiritual growth. The M.A.R. is an academic/professional degree designed to give balanced exposure to the theological disciplines while allowing students to focus on an area of interest. It is suitable for students not seeking ordination but wishing to work in a church setting, and for those already ordained but needing further academic work in theological studies. It is also appropriate for those who wish to enhance their understanding of theological perspectives and religious practices for their own growth or to relate to another professional field.

 

The program allows for concentration in a field of study. For example, a layperson who works in church settings in non-ordained or volunteer positions may use the program to develop their understanding of the church by concentrating in a field such as biblical studies, history of religion, theology, or the history and theory of worship and preaching. International students may create an interdisciplinary emphasis in Asian theological studies, spirituality, musicology, or pastoral counseling.

 

Program Requirements

 

The M.A. program requires a minimum of 90 credit hours/units, and are normally completed in 3 years of full-time study. However, students may take up to 6 years of part-time study. Students must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 to stay in the program.

 

The M.A program consists of a focus of a study of five 5 Common-Core-Curriculum Courses, 20 credit hours/units, that are required for all M.A. programs. Each program then requires 42 credit hours beyond the core courses that consists of restricted electives for each M.A. program and an exit option of one of the following: (a) the Integrative Seminar, (b) the Field Education Course, (c) the Thesis Option and (d) the Project Option. With each Exit Option, students must take a Research Methodology course for a total of 6 credit hours/units for each Exit Option.