The Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) program provides a broad-based, foundational course of study for college graduates who want to pursue graduate level studies in theology, but are not preparing for ordained ministry. The M.A.R. program prepares students for more advanced study in a theological discipline, as well as providing a broad-based exposure to theological studies for persons in other fields. It requires a total of 33 credits and can be completed in about one and a half years of full-time study or else extended over a longer period.

Master of Arts in
Religion
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The Program

Courses 


Biblical Theology (9 credits)

  • BT 301 Elements of Greek

  • BT 304 Lutheran Biblical Interpretation


    And two of the following: 

 

  • BT 311 Pentateuch and The Histories

  • BT 330 Wisdom and the Prophets

  • BT 361 The Gospels (requires BT 301)

  • BT 366 Paul and His Legacy (requires BT 301)


History and Systematic Theology (12 credits) 

  • HST 301 History of Christian Thought I: Origins to 1500

  • HST 302 History of Christian Thought II: The Reformation (requires HST 301)

  • HST 413 History of Christian Thought III: 1700-1900 (requires HST 302)


    And one of the following: 

 

  • HST 414 Twentieth Century Theology (requires HST 413)

  • HST 443 The Theology of Martin Luther (requires HST 301)

  • HST 454 The Lutheran Confessions (requires HST 302)


Ethics and Philosophy of Religion (12 credits) 

  • EPR 301 Faith, Knowledge and Reason

  • EPR 310 Ethics in Lutheran Perspective

  • EPR 402 Critical Reasoning for the Theologian (requires EPR 301)


    And one of the following: 

 

  • EPR 320 Theology and World Religions

  • EPR 403 Philosophy of Religion (requires EPR 402)

  • EPR 481 Theology and Science


Total: 33 credits 

 

 


Master of Arts in Religion with a Concentration in Biblical Theology (M.A.R.-B.T.)

 

The Master of Arts in Religion with a Concentration in Biblical Theology provides a sound foundation for advanced biblical studies or a program of intensive study of the Scriptures in preparation for non-ordained ministry.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

 

After completing this program, students will be able to:

 

 

  • Know how to draw the ministry of Word  and Sacrament  from the Holy Scriptures as centered in Jesus Christ.

  • Know how to analyze and assess the context of ministry in the world in order to aptly communicate he gospel inproclamation, teaching, and pastoral care.

  • Be able to analyze and appraise theological formulations in a spirit of openness and mutual respect.

 

Admission Requirements

(See Master of Arts in Religion.)

 

Courses

The Master of Arts in Religion with a Concentration in Biblical Theology requires 33 credits, 
including:

 

Core Course (3 credits)

  • EPR 301: Faith, Reason and Knowledge

 

Language and Method Courses (9 credits)

  • BT 300: Introduction to Greek

  • BT 302: Readings in New Testament Greek (requires BT 300) BT 303: Lutheran Exegetical Method (requires BT 300)

  • BT 308: Biblical Hebrew

 

Biblical Theology Courses

  • 21 credits in Biblical Theology

 

Total: 33 Credits

 

 

Master of Arts in Religion with a Concentration in Theology (M.A.R.-T.)
 

The Master of Arts in Religion with a Concentration in Theology focuses on the history of Christian thought, systematic theology and crucial philosophical questions related to theology. It provides a foundation for advanced study in any of these areas or simply an in-depth understanding of theology for anyone who is interested.


Program Learning Outcomes


After completing this program, students will:

 

  • Learn, analyze, and assess the doctrine and history of the church and its, proclamation teaches in order to distinguish God’s law and gospel in teaching, and pastoral care.

  • Know how to analyze and assess the context of ministry in the world in order to aptly communicate the gospel in proclamation, teaching, and pastoral care.

  • Be able to analyze and appraise theological formulations in a spirit of openness and mutual respect.


Admission Requirements


(See above for Master of Arts in Religion.)


Courses


The Master of Arts in Religion with a Concentration in Theology requires 33 credits, including:


Core Courses (6 credits)

  • BT 304: Lutheran Biblical Interpretation

  • EPR 301: Faith, Knowledge and Reason

Required Courses (27 credits)

  • EPR 402: Critical Reasoning for the Theologian (requires EPR 301)

  • EPR 403: Philosophy of Religion (requires EPR 402)

  • HST 301: History of Christian Thought I: Origin-1500

  • HST 302: History of Christian Thought II: The Reformation (requires HST 301)

  • HST 401: Creation and the Triune God (requires HST 413)

  • HST 402: Christology (requires HST 401)

  • HST 403: Church, Spirit and the Two Kingdoms (requires HST 402)

  • HST 413: History of Christian Thought III: 1700-1900 (requires HST 302)

  • HST 414: Twentieth Century Theology (requires HST 413)

Total: 33 Credits

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