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
| M.A.R.

The Program

Courses 


Biblical Theology (9 credits)

  • BT 504: Lutheran Biblical Interpretation


    And two of the following: 

 

  • BT 500: Introduction to New Testament Greek

  • BT 511: Pentateuch and The Histories

  • BT 530: Wisdom and the Prophets

  • BT 561: The Gospels (requires BT 500)

  • BT 566: Paul and His Legacy (requires BT 500)


History and Systematic Theology (12 credits) 

  • HST 501: History of Christian Thought I: Origins to 1500

  • HST 502: History of Christian Thought II: The Reformation (requires HST 501)

  • HST 613: History of Christian Thought III: 1700-1900 (requires HST 502)


    And one of the following: 

 

  • HST 614: Twentieth Century Theology (requires HST 613)

  • HST 643: The Theology of Martin Luther (requires HST 501)

  • HST 655: The Lutheran Confessions (requires HST 502)


Ethics and Philosophy of Religion (12 credits) 

  • EPR 501: Faith, Knowledge and Reason

  • EPR 510: Ethics in Lutheran Perspective

  • EPR 602: Critical Reasoning for the Theologian (requires EPR 501)


    And one of the following: 

 

  • EPR 520: Theology and World Religions

  • EPR 603: Philosophy of Religion (requires EPR 602)

  • EPR 681: 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 501: Faith, Reason and Knowledge

 

Language and Method Courses (9 credits)

  • BT 500: Introduction to New Testament Greek

  • BT 503: Lutheran Exegetical Method (requires BT 500)

  • BT 505: Readings Koine Greek (requires BT 500)

  • BT 508: 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 503: Lutheran Exegetical Method (requires BT 500)

  • EPR 501: Faith, Knowledge and Reason

Required Courses (27 credits)

  • EPR 602: Critical Reasoning for the Theologian (requires EPR 501)

  • EPR 603: Philosophy of Religion (requires EPR 602)

  • HST 501: History of Christian Thought I: Origin-1500

  • HST 502: History of Christian Thought II: The Reformation (requires HST 301)

  • HST 613: History of Christian Thought III: 1700-1900 (requires HST 502)

  • HST 614: Twentieth Century Theology (requires HST 613)

  • HST 601: Creation and the Triune God (requires HST 613)

  • HST 602: Christology (requires HST 601)

  • HST 603: Church, Spirit and the Two Kingdoms (requires HST 602

Total: 33 Credits

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