Master of Arts in Religion

Master of Arts in Religion

The Master of Arts in Religion (31 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.

Program Admission

  1. Applicant must have earned a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale, or the equivalent from a non-U.S. institution. Students with a GPA below 3.0 will need to demonstrate the ability to do work at the graduate level.  Applicants who have not earned a baccalaureate degree from a recognized and U.S. regionally accredited institution or its educational equivalent will be considered individually.
  2. Applicant must complete the application from that is available on the seminary website.
  3. Applicant must provide official transcripts of all course work.
  4. Applicant should request references from three persons who can attest to the applicant's promise for graduate study.  References use the form at this link: Reference Form, and must be submitted to applicant in a sealed envelope.  Recommenders should be persons who have known the applicant for more than 1 year and who have knowledge of the intellectual and ministerial abilities of the applicant.
  5. Please have all transcripts and references sent to your address in sealed envelopes to be mailed together in one packet. Send your complete packet to: Graceland University, Independence Campus Attn: Seminary Admissions, 1401 West Truman Road, Independence, MO 64050.

Graceland University Community of Christ Seminary has a rolling admissions process; students may apply at any time during the year.  New MAR cohorts begin in the fall term each year.

Degree Requirements

  1. The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) is a 31 semester-hour graduate degree.  Students must satisfactorily complete all 10 courses of the curriculum with a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  2. Students must attend focus sessions in person when a course includes a focus session.  Focus sessions are scheduled during the fourth weeks of January and May of each year.
  3. A maximum of nine semester hours with a grade of "C" will apply toward the MAR degree.  Students who earn a "C" in more than the maximum allowed number of hours will be required to repeat excess courses in which a "C" was earned.  Students must repeat any course in which they earn a grade lower than a "C."
  4. Students will normally successfully complete requirements for the MAR degree in two years of part-time study; students are allowed up to four years to complete the program.

M.A.R. Degree - Religion

  • RELG5011 Christian Theology 3 s.h.
  • RELG5022 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible 3 s.h.
  • RELG5040 New Testament - Gospels and Acts 3 s.h.
  • RELG5050 New Testament - Letters and Apocalypse 3 s.h.
  • RELG5060 History of Christian Thought I 3 s.h.
  • RELG5070 History of Christian Thought II 3 s.h.
  • *RELG5330 Community of Christ I: 1820-1914, History-Scripture-Theology 3 s.h.
  • *RELG5340 Community of Christ II: 1914-Present, History-Scripture-Theology 3 s.h.
  • RELG6240 Contemporary Culture and Theologies 3 s.h.
  • RELG6500 Portfolio 1 s.h.
  • RELG6900 Advanced Topics in Practical Ministry  1-3 s.h.

*Students from other denominations may substitute approved denomination-specific course work.

Transfer of Credits

Students may request the transfer of a maximum of 9 semester hours of credit for the MAR, provided that the courses transferred approximate courses offered by Community of Christ Seminary, were taken at a regionally accredited institution or its non-US equivalent, and that the student earned at least a “B” in those courses. The request must be accompanied by an official transcript from the institution where the credit was earned.