Purpose and Nature: Programs granting the Master of Arts are designed to qualify graduates for specialized ministry and to be effective communicators, and to lead them to the achievement of a graduate profile appropriate to this award.

Entrance Qualifications:

Successful completion of any Bachelor-level degree for entry into 60-credit M.A. programs, and a Bachelor of Theology (or equivalent) for entry into 30-credit M.A. programs

In special cases, mature candidates (30 and above) who have not completed a Bachelor degree may be admitted upon successful completion of a qualifying assessment at Bachelor level.

Graduation Requirements: The student passes an assessment of his or her achievement of the graduate profile for this award. The assessment includes the following:

Successful completion of 30 credit units for theological Bachelor degree holders or successful completion of 60 credit units for non-theological Bachelor degree holders,

Ministry involvement that meets set requirements, and

Character and spiritual development that meets set requirements/standards.

Library and Learning Resources: Adequate and relevant resources, including access to appropriate online resources and databases and to major periodicals, are available to all students to support each area of the curriculum, enabling students to achieve mastery in each of the subjects taught.

Areas of Study: This degree is comprised of 60% foundational courses and 40% specialization courses. A required thesis or field project may be required. Foundation courses in the following categories are common: Bible & Exegesis, Church History, Theology/Ethics, Practical Theology (Ministry related courses: Pastoral, Missions, Christian Education, etc.), Religions, and Culture.