Master of Arts Religion
The M.A.R. program offers the opportunity to pursue graduate level religious studies apart from preparation for a career in ordained ministry. Students may choose to earn an M.A. in Religion as a preliminary to pursuing a doctoral degree, as a terminal degree for teaching at the elementary, secondary or community college level, or as theological preparation for counseling or community service, or to cultivate a personal interest in religious studies.
Master of Theology
The M.A.T.S. program fosters development of theological understanding as part of educational, professional, and spiritual growth. The M.A.T.S. is an academic/professional degree designed to give balanced exposure to the theological disciplines, while allowing students to focus on area of interest. It is desirable for persons 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, lay persons who work 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 homiletics. International students may create an interdisciplinary emphasis in Asian theological studies, spirituality, missiology, or pastoral counseling.
Master of Christian Counceling
The goal of the M.A.C.C. program is to produce men and women who understand God’s word as it applies to the exercise of the spiritual gift of counseling under the oversight of a local church. The graduate should be able to exegete individual passages of scripture accurately, to systematize these data into a coherent, and comprehensive theology, and to understand how this theology applies to particular persons and the life contexts of counselees desiring greater conformity to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is not the purpose of this program to prepare candidates for ordination to the Ministry of the Word. The program is also not designed to meet education requirements for state licensure in counseling. Students who desire to develop skills in biblical counseling to be used in the context of the Church are encouraged to carefully select their courses to complement their course work in Christian Counseling.
Master of Religious Education
The M.A.R.E program is intended to prepare students to function as competent educators within settings where religious and moral growth is primary concerns. Educational planning, organizational design, communication, and human development skills are emphasized. The program educates students for a wide variety of professional opportunities in religious education and for certification as religious educators by denominations