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Master of Arts (Theology)

Master of Arts (Theology)
(36 credit-hours)

There are two types of Master of Arts (Theology) degrees offered at CTU – the general academic MA and the research MA. The general academic MA provides the theological background for those who wish to teach at the secondary or college level, or to develop greater academic expertise in theological studies. The research MA provides this same theological background and also serves as preparation for those who wish to pursue further studies in a doctoral program. It is possible to pursue both the MDiv and MA programs concurrently at CTU.

The hallmark of the MA program is the flexibility offered within each individual student’s program, negotiated between the student, academic advisor, and the MA director.

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Biblical Studies, Intercultural Studies and Ministries, Ethics, Interreligious Dialogue*, Liturgical Studies, Old Testament, New Testament, Spirituality, Systematic Theology, and World Mission

* The MA with a concentration in Interreligious Dialogue has a program of study that is structured differently. Please click for specific information on the General MA in Theology with a Concentration in Interreligious Dialogue (both General and Research). Click for information on the Research MA in Theology with a Concentration in Interreligious Dialogue.


  • Theology – 15 semester-hours
  • Philosophy – 6 semester-hours
  • MA Research Skills course – 2 semester-hours

Credits can be at undergraduate or graduate level and can be completed before attending CTU or while at CTU. CTU offers a selection of philosophy courses to help meet the philosophy prerequisites for this degree. Students may take CTU Foundational theology courses to meet the prerequisites in theology.

Course of Study

MA (Theology) with Major and Minor:

  • General Academic MA: 24 credit-hours in major area; twelve credit-hours in minor area
  • Research MA: 24 credit-hours in major area; nine credit-hours in minor area, thesis, and languages (one, two, or three, depending on major)

Multidisciplinary MA:

  • General Academic MA: One course in each of eight areas for a total of 24 credit-hours; one additional course in four of those areas for a total of 12 credit-hours

Additional Program Requirements

All MA (Theology) programs require oral comprehensive examinations at the end of the course of study. The Research MA requires a thesis of approximately 80-120 pages and a Modern Research Language. Some majors also require one or two additional languages, such as Latin, Greek, Arabic, or Hebrew. The General MA -- those concentrating in Biblical Studies, for example -- are encouraged to develop a proficiency in Hebrew or Greek, and those concentrating in Systematic Theology, Ethics, or Liturgy must become proficient in Latin.

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, applicants for the MA (Theology) program should submit:

  1. Three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant’s character and suitability for graduate study. Note: Applicants from participating religious communities are required to submit one letter from a person who can attest to the applicant’s academic ability.
  2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended by the applicant. Transcripts are to be sent by the Registrars of these schools directly to the Admissions Office.


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