If you’re interested in academic teaching and writing in the areas of church history or theology, this degree is excellent preparation for further graduate or doctoral work. Our alumni are regularly accepted into top-tier doctoral programs. The MA/CH also prepares you to teach church history or theology at Christian secondary schools and some Christian colleges. Finally, pastors may find that the MA/CH enriches their pastoral ministry, whether accompanied by an MDiv or not.
In addition to the requirements for general admissions, you’ll need the following:
A theology foundation is coupled with core coursework in church history, which includes relevant course options in other departments (such as Missions and Systematic Theology). Courses include the following:
|ID 5000||Biblical Theology and Interpretation||3 hours|
|ST 5201||Theology I: The God of the Gospel||3 hours|
|ST 5202||Theology II: The Gospel of God||3 hours|
|CH 8100||Classic Texts in the History of Christianity||3 hours|
|CH 8911 &
|Colloquium in Historical
Methodology I & II
Field Education (0 hours)
|Select one option from the following:|
|PT 5090||Field Education (1 semesters)||–or–|
|ID 5080||Formation Group (2 semesters)||o hours|
MA/CH Capstone (1-3 hours)
|CH 7477||MA/CH Major Comprehensive Exam||1 hour|
|Select from one of the following:|
|MA Major Research Paper and MA Major Research Paper*|
|CH 7485||MA Thesis**|
*Option available for those not intending to pursue PhD studies in history. Letters of recommendation for PhD studies will not be provided by departmental faculty for those pursuing this option.
** Option expected for those intending to pursue PhD studies in history.
All MA/CH students must complete a field education requirement. Learn more about field ed here.
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