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Master of Arts in Theological Studies

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The Master of Arts in Theological Studies focuses on man’s response to God’s Word. This degree examines various approaches in understanding the Bible with a balance between theology and God’s Story through the Old and New Testament. This graduate degree prepares individuals in Christian ministry with knowledge and skills that strengthen their Biblical understanding from a theological perspective. This graduate degree may also appeal to students desiring personal enrichment and a deeper understanding of God’s Word.

Objectives of the Master of Arts in Theological Studies Degree

The Master of Arts: Theological Studies degree attempts to explore God’s Story in the Bible through Biblical, Systematic, Historical and Dogmatic Theological lenses.  The student will research God’s Story through the Biblical Covenants, the Gospels and the Epistles. As a result of their studies at Colorado Christian University, the Master of Theological Studies graduate will be equipped with the biblical and theological training to minister effectively in the church, parachurch organizations, and workplace or in an academic setting.

 Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Theological Studies, the student will be able to:

  • Utilize the various theological approaches towards understanding God and His relationship with man.Theology in its simplest form is “the study of God”.But the approaches to that study are many, so the student will analyze and determine which approach benefits him/her best.
  • Secondly, the student will formulate a Biblical/Theological Worldview by which he/she will interpret the world around him/her.Looking at the world through a theological lens sharpens one’s focus and offers a more realistic perception of what he/she sees.
  • Furthermore, since there exists so many different denominations and we come from diverse doctrinal backgrounds, the student will have the privilege of identifying the reasons and assumptions that have birthed the doctrinal positions and conflicts found throughout the Christian world.
  • Though we all hold to certain beliefs about God and the Bible, we all don’t know why we believe it.This M.A. Program will answer the questions, “What do you believe and why do you believe it?”
  • Finally, the student will be able to distinguish between the essentials and the non-essentials of the Christian faith and practice the principle: “In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity”.

Admission to the Master of Arts in Theological Studies Degree Program

Admission Requirements:

  • Submit a completed application form.
  • Submit an official transcript that reflects a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution.
  • Submit a professional letter of recommendation.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The grade point average minimum may be waived based on exceptional, related professional experience.
  • The GRE will be required for a GPA lower than 3.0. The GRE test must have been taken within 2 years of application. The GRE score requirement may also be waived based on professional experience.

Transfer of Courses

Students may transfer up to nine semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the M.A. in Theological Studies Degree requirements.

Time Limitation

The M.A. in Theological Studies is a 39 credit-hour degree designed to be completed within two years of intensive study by persons who work or are otherwise occupied by the equivalent of a full time job.  Theological Studies courses may be taken online or in the classroom.

All work applied toward a master’s degree must be completed within a four-year period from the date of enrollment. After the four-year period, an M.A. in Theological Studies student who has not completed the requirements to graduate will be withdrawn from the program. Students who go beyond the four-year period and wish to complete their M.A. in Theological Studies degree will be required to apply for reconsideration by completing a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. Readmitted students will be required to adhere to the degree plans and academic policies in place at the time they are readmitted.

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Arts in Theological Studies

The faculty recommends students in the Master of Arts in Theological Studies to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

1. Completion of 39 credit hours required for the degree within four years of program admission and enrollment.

2. A letter grade of C or better and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 grade scale in all CCU course work.

3. Successful completion of the final capstone course (THE 699 ) requiring research competence with a B- or higher.

4. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.

5. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

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