Program Overview

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.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    In 1871, John Alexis Edgren began Baptist Union Theological Seminary in Chicago to prepare pastors for the ministry of Swedish Baptist immigrants. After the turn of the century, the school relocated to St. Paul and expanded to offer four-year degrees, becoming Bethel College and Seminary. As the school progressed forward, new programs and campus locations were established. In 2004, the school transitioned into Bethel University. Today, retaining its Christian-based vision, the private, not-for-profit Bethel University main campus is located in St. Paul, Minnesota, with additional facilities at San Diego and along the East Coast.

    Bethel University supports goals of adult students seeking associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to certificate programs. In order to accommodate the busy lifestyles of adult students, accelerated programs are offered online, in the evenings, or on weekends. The Graduate School at Bethel University awards master’s and doctorate degrees, along with certificate and license programs. Students progress through accelerated formats that incorporate faith values. Classes are taught in the evenings and/or on weekends in addition to other campus locations and online. 

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