M.A. in Christian Thought
The M.A. in Christian Thought degree offered by Bethel University is a program of study that is available to students in a hybrid format. This program aims to help students develop the skills and knowledge needed to practice relational and missional apologetics in response to globalization, economics, secularization, poverty, and media. A goal of this program is to help students to develop into ministers who can contextualize biblical truth and theology, who create authentic Christian communities grounded in theology, and who can communicate truth with philosophical rigor and theological coherence effectively. This program is an exploration of the intersection of Christian thought with contemporary culture. The curriculum of this program has a grounding in Bible and theology and the applications of Christian thought to major issues of contemporary society.
This program aims to prepare its graduates to enter the church or parachurch ministry vocations or to pursue doctoral work in theology and theology-related studies. Students can choose some of their courses according to their personal interests, career goals, and educational goals. The objective of this program is to help students gain a comprehensive understanding of biblical content, a discerning approach to biblical interpretation, and theological reflection informed by historical traditions. Students are offered the opportunity to acquire an in-depth comprehensions, analyses, and evaluations of the intersections of theology, philosophy, and culture with the goal of strengthening the witness of the church in society and the academy.
A student must take and complete a minimum of 54 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Master of Arts in Christian Thought degree. The core requirements include: Hermeneutics, Church History, New Testament Survey, and Old Testament Survey. The degree specific requirements include: Theology of Leadership and Vocation, Methods in Themes in Christian Thought, Integrative Hermeneutics or Theology and Science, Perspectives on Evil and Suffering, and Theology in Global Context.
Accreditation & Licensing
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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