The Master of Arts in Religion (30 graduate semester hours) provides a strong academic foundation in biblical studies, Christian history, and theology. These subjects offer essential preparation for Christian ministry and/or doctoral study in religion.
The Master of Arts in Religion provides a unique blend of religious theory and practical studies that can meet the needs of students with a variety of learning objectives. The classes in the program will be offered either totally online or online with a face-to-face session at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri during the fourth week. The faculty is composed of scholars and professionals in the field of religion with the academic and applied backgrounds to make the study of religion stimulating and worthwhile.
*Students from other denominations may substitute approved denomination-specific course work.
Students transferring from other graduate institutions may request the transfer of a maximum of nine hours of credit, provided that the courses transferred have equivalents in the Master of Arts in Religion curriculum and the grades in those courses are “B” or above. The request must be accompanied by an official transcript from the institution where the credit was earned.
RELG5011 Christian Theology 3 s.h.
This course is an initial exploration of the discipline and methods of theology. The foundational topics of Christian theology are covered including the nature and necessity of the theological task and contemporary understandings of the doctrine of God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, humanity, the church, and Christian hope.
RELG5022 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible 3 s.h.
A review of the sacred literature of ancient Israel, centered on its covenantal themes and Ancient Near Eastern contexts.
RELG5040 New Testament I 3 s.h.
A review of the New Testament literature focusing on the gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, centered around its christological themes as they relate to other primary doctrines. Attention will be given to techniques of exegesis based on various methods of biblical criticism.
RELG5050 New Testament II 3 s.h.
A review of the New Testament literature focusing on Paul and the General Epistles, centered around its christological themes as they relate to other primary doctrines. Attention will be given to techniques of exegesis based on various methods of biblical criticism.
RELG5060 History of Christian Thought I 3 s.h.
This course traces the theological and doctrinal development of the Christian church from the biblical period to the period immediately preceding the Reformation. Attention will be given to the historical context in which this development occurred.
RELG5070 History of Christian Thought II 3 s.h.
This course traces the theological and doctrinal development of the Christian church from the Reformation into the 21st century. Attention will be given to the historical context in which this development occurred.
RELG5330 Community of Christ I: 1820-1914, History-Scripture-Theology 3 s.h.
An interdisciplinary exploration of the history, scripture and theology of the Community of Christ from its early nineteenth-century beginnings until the start of the First World War. Special attention will be given to the Church’s origins within the context of revivalism and democratization on the American frontier, its reinterpretation of important classical Christian themes, and the developing identity and theology of the Reorganization up to the death of Joseph Smith III.
RELG5340 Community of Christ II: 1914-Present, History-Scripture-Theology 3 s.h.
An interdisciplinary exploration of the history, scripture, and theology of the Community of Christ from the First World War to the present. Special attention will be given to how the Community of Christ’s identity and theology have continuously developed in response to the encounter with the intellectual, social, and cultural challenges of modernity and postmodernity.
RELG6115 Ministry Practicum 3 s.h.
An opportunity for students to gain experience in the practice of ministry in their chosen area of specialization. Students will experience ministry in a supervised setting where they will benefit from feedback by a more experienced person in the chosen area of specialized ministry. Students design their practicum in consultation with their faculty advisor. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)
RELG6240 Contemporary Culture and Theologies 3 s.h.
An examination of the nature and implications of current issues and practices found in major world cultures with emphasis on their impact on Christian ministry, particularly ecumenical and intercultural ministry.
RELG6500 Portfolio 0 s.h.
A summative project that encourages students to reflect on their experience and the directions it may take them as a disciple or minister. The Seminary Graduate Portfolio consists of a beginning paper, comprehensive gathering of graduate work,and self-assessment; the student will review her/his portfolio with a committee as a “finale” of her/his graduate work. (Evaluated on a pass/fail basis.)