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Master of Arts (Theology)

Master of Arts (Theology)
(36 credit-hours)

There are two types of Master of Arts (Theology) degrees offered at CTU – the general academic M.A. and the research M.A. The general academic M.A. provides the theological background for those who wish to teach at the secondary or college level, or to develop greater academic expertise in theological studies. The research M.A. provides this same theological background and also serves as preparation for those who wish to pursue further studies in a doctoral program. It is possible to pursue both the M.Div. and M.A. programs concurrently at CTU.

The hallmark of the M.A. program is the flexibility offered within each individual student’s program, negotiated between the student, academic advisor, and the M.A. director.

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Biblical Studies, Church History, Intercultural Studies and Ministries, Ethics, Interreligious Dialogue*, Liturgical Studies, Old Testament, New Testament, Spirituality, Systematic Theology, and World Mission

* The M.A. with a concentration in Interreligious Dialogue has a program of study that is structured differently. Please contact the program director for specific information.


  • Theology – fifteen semester-hours
  • Philosophy – six semester-hours
  • M.A. Research Skills course – two semester-hours

Credits can be at undergraduate or graduate level and can be completed before attending CTU or while at CTU. CTU offers a selection of philosophy courses to help meet the philosophy prerequisites for this degree. Students may take CTU Foundational theology courses to meet the prerequisites in theology.

Course of Study

M.A. (Theology) with Major and Minor:

  • General Academic M.A.: twenty-four credit-hours in major area; twelve credit-hours in minor area
  • Research M.A.: twenty-four credit-hours in major area; nine credit-hours in minor area, thesis, and languages (one, two, or three, depending on major)

Multidisciplinary M.A.:

  • General Academic M.A.: One course in each of eight areas for a total of twenty-four credit-hours; one additional course in four of those areas for a total of twelve credit-hours
  • Research MA: One course in each of eight areas for a total of twenty-four credit-hours; one additional course in three of those areas for a total of nine credits, thesis, and Modern Research Language

Additional Program Requirements

All M.A. (Theology) programs require oral comprehensive examinations at the end of the course of study. The Research M.A. requires a thesis of approximately 80-120 pages and a Modern Research Language. Some majors also require one or two additional languages, such as Latin, Greek, Arabic, or Hebrew. For example, those concentrating in Biblical Studies must develop a proficiency in Hebrew and Greek, and those concentrating in Systematic Theology, Church History, Ethics, or Liturgy must become proficient in Latin.

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, applicants for the M.A. (Theology) program should submit:

  1. Three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant’s character and suitability for graduate study. Note: Applicants from participating religious communities are required to submit one letter from a person who can attest to the applicant’s academic ability.
  2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended by the applicant. Transcripts are to be sent by the Registrars of these schools directly to the Admissions Office.


For more information contact:

Nan Onest
Director of Recruitment
Ph: 773.371.5450
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