With world-renowned teachers and alumni, CTS is the global leader in transformational religious studies. We offer several Masters and Doctoral degrees, including Masters in Divinity, Sacred Theology and Religious Leadership.

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts (Religious Studies) is a two-year graduate program that focuses on the study of religion traditions, theology and ethics.  Culminating with a Master’s Thesis, this program allows each student to focus theological study in an area of personal interest. This is an appropriate theological degree for those preparing for further study at the doctoral level; anyone desiring advanced theological study as a foundation for service in another field; active church members and lay-leaders working in non-ordained capacity or others who simply wish to study theology and religion without the aim of entering professional ministry.

M.A. Program Learning Goals

Degree designed to: Provide foundational graduate theological education.

Learning Goals

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of and the capacity to interpret and communicate theological/ethical and religious traditions.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to critically integrate the study of religion, theology and ethics with at least one of the following:
    a. the study of the humanities or social sciences, or
    b. significant contemporary social or political issues.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to complete graduate level academic research in religious studies.
  1st Year 2nd Year

Interpreting the Hebrew Bible
History of Christian Thought   

Global Sensitivity in Ministry OR Elective*
Interpreting the Gospels
Master’s Writing Seminar (1st half, non‐credit)


Systematic Theology
Christian Ethics OR Elective*

Master’s Writing Seminar (2nd half, for credit)

* Either Christian Ethics or Global Sensitivity must be taken.

Note: Of the ten electives listed, two must be in Religious Heritage (RH), and two must be in Theology, Ethics, and Culture (TEC).

M.A. Program Course of Study [pdf]

M.A. Program Handbook [pdf]

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