Master of Arts in Religion(M.A.R.)

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 Arts Major Requirements: 96 units

The M.A. Committee and Students’ Advisors
When a student is admitted to a M.A. degree program, the School Dean selects a M.A. Committee composed of three (3) School of RTMS faculty members to direct the student’s progress through the degree program and to administer and evaluate his/her exit option, including the M.A. thesis option, if the student selects this exit option. Additional RTMS faculty may join the M.A. Committee as deemed appropriate and desirable by the student and his/her committee members.

Common-Core-Curriculum Courses for all M.A. Degree: 20 units (Required Courses)
Students who have previously completed some of the required courses in the Common-Core-Curriculum may select courses from their major’s restricted electives to satisfy the M.A. degree unit requirement.

BST 540 Old Testament Interpretation (4)
BST 560 New Testament Theology (4)
CE 600 Christian Ethics (4)
HS 580 History of Christianity I (4)
TP 580 Systematic Theology (4)

Master of Arts in Religion Program
Restricted Electives: 42 units

I. Biblical Studies, Old Testament and New Testament
Electives Two (2) courses, 8 units from:
BST 523 Old Testament Backgrounds (4)
B ST 530 Moral Issues in the Old Testament (4)
BST 533 Old Testament Ethics (4)
BST 537 Old Testament in Global Perspective (4)
BST 558 New Testament Ethics (4)
BST 608 The Church in the New Testament (4)
BST 620 Eschatology and the New Testament (4)
BST 710 Special Study: Old and/or New Testament (4)

II. Historical Studies Electives
Two (2) Courses, 8 units from:
HS 581 History of Christianity II(4)
HS 610 History of the Reformation (4)
HS 635 Anabaptist Reformation (4)
HS 640 American Church History (4)
HS 647 Korean Church History (4)
HS 650 History of Theology and Revival (4)
HS 670 Concepts and Methods of Religious Thought (4)
HS 710 Special Study: History of Christianity (4)

III. Systematic Theology and Philosophy Electives
Two (2) Courses, 8 units from:
TP 530 Modern and Contemporary Christian Thought (4)
TP 655 Philosophical Theology (4)
TP 660 Study in Asian Religious and Philosophical Thoughts (4)
TP 665 Theology of Christian Spirituality (4)
TP 670 The Cultural Context of Theology and Ministry (4)

IV. Christian Ethics Electives
Two (2) Courses, 8 units from:
CE 635 Methods of Ethical Analysis (4)
CE 650 Advanced Christian Ethics (4)
CE 655 Religious Ethics in a Secular World (4)
CE 667 Formative Figures in Christian Ethics (4)
CE 669 Protestant Ethics (4)
CE 675 Contemporary Theological Ethics (4)
CE 677 Contemporary Ethical Issues (4)
CE 710 Special Study: Christian Ethics (4)

V. Biblical Languages Electives
One (1) Course, 4 units from,
BST 410 Greek I (4)
BST 412 Greek II (4)
BST 414 Hebrew I (4)
BST 416 Hebrew II (4)

VI. Students must select and complete one of the options listed in 1-4 below: (All courses are graded on a Credit/No. Credit basis)
1. RM 710, Research Methodology (2) and EO 715, Field Education (4), Total: 6 units
2. RM 710, Research Methodology (2) and EO 716, Integrative Seminal (4), Total: 6 units
3. RM 710, Research Methodology (2) and EO 717, Project Option (4), Total: 6 units
4. RM 710, Research Methodology (2) and EO 718, Thesis Option (4),
5. EO 796, Continuous Registration Master’s Project/Thesis (1) [fee equivalent to one (1) unit of tuition. Credit hours do not count toward Master’s degree requirements.] Students who have taken EO 717 or EO 718 but have not completed their Master’s thesis/project must sign up for EO 796 to maintain their student status and graduate privileges.