MA/Church History

Deerfield, IL


Why study Church History at TEDS?

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.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

A theology foundation is coupled with core coursework in church history, which includes relevant course options in other disciplines such as Intercultural Studies and Systematic Theology.

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Check out our latest Church History webinar and hear from Dr. Scott Manetsch and Dr. John Woodbridge, as well as a few alumni talk about the benefits of the MA in Church History.

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Curriculum

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY CORE: 9 HOURS
Course Title Credits
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
CHURCH HISTORY CORE: 24-26 HOURS
Required:
Course Title Credits
CH 8100 Classic Texts in the History of Christianity 3 hours
CH 8911 &
CH 8912
Colloquium in Historical
Methodology I & II
2 hours
ELECTIVES IN CHURCH HISTORY 19–21 HOURS
FIELD EDUCATION AND CAPSTONE: 2 HOURS

All MA/CH students must complete a field education requirement. Learn more about Field Ed here.

Field Education (0 hours)

Select one option from the following:
Course Title Credits
PT 5090 Field Education (1 semesters) –or–
ID 5080 Formation Group (2 semesters) o hours

MA/CH Capstone (1-3 hours)

Course Title Credits
CH 7477 MA/CH Major Comprehensive Exam 1 hour
Select from one of the following:
Option 1:
CH 7980
& 7980
MA Major Research Paper and MA Major Research Paper*
Option 2:
CH 7485 MA Thesis**
TOTAL HOURS   36
HOURS

*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.

Learn From the Best

Trinity is a place where you will learn how to serve the church and how to academically engage the world around you. Throughout the year we host some of the brightest minds in modern academics allowing you to learn from experts in their field. Just check out the latest Richard A. Muller lecture on church history and you will see the kind of academic content that you will benefit from as a student at TEDS.

WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES FOR
ADMISSION TO THIS PROGRAM?

In addition to the requirements for general admissions, you’ll need the following:

  • An undergraduate major or its equivalent in history (specifically, 18 hours of undergrad history courses).
  • An undergrad GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) required if less than 3.0.
  • A reading knowledge of languages required to complete your thesis. This varies according to your area of study, and your advisor will help you be aware of what you’ll need.

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