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Choose your program

Choosing a graduate program is an important decision. It will require careful thought, research, prayer, and consultation with those who will be affected by your choices. 

You many need to speak to your pastor, or to the organization you hope to work for. When making this life-changing decision, here are some things to consider.

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I want to explore theological studies, but I’m not sure about committing to a master’s program.

The Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies offers you that opportunity.

I want to integrate my Christian faith with my current career.

Consider the Master of Arts in Theological Studies.

I’m thinking about a career change. I want to pursue work that’s more meaningful to me, but I haven’t figured out what that work could be.

The Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies or the Master of Arts in Theological Studies will provide a context for gaining vocational clarity.

I want to pursue an academic career.

We recommend the Master of Arts in Theological Studies, with the thesis or comprehensive exam option. Research the school where you plan to do your doctorate to find out their requirements for admission.

I want to become a pastor.

We recommend the Master of Divinity, although some denominations will accept the Master of Arts in Theological Studies as the basis of ordination.

I want to work as a missionary.

Consult the church or agency you intend to work with. Some denominations will require the Master of Divinity, while others may accept the Master of Arts in Theological Studies.

I want to work in a church or parachurch organization.

Consult the church or agency you intend to work with. Some denominations will require the Master of Divinity, while others may accept the Master of Arts in Theological Studies.

I already have a master’s degree in theology, but I need to complete a thesis.

The Master of Theology will deepen your theological understanding and improve your research skills, which is likely to facilitate admission into a doctoral program.

I already have an MDiv, but I’d like some additional academic training in theology.

The Master of Theology is a strong academic complement to a vocational degree such as the MDiv.

Estimating the length of your program

Many factors influence how long it actually takes to complete a program. The completion times we have indicated for each program will be affected by some of the following factors:

  • Your previous experience in higher education
  • Your desired outcomes
  • Whether you choose to study full-time or part-time
  • How well you adjust to theological studies
  • Whether you have all the necessary prerequisites (specifically for the ThM program)
  • Whether you already have courses that can count towards your degree
  • Your other commitments during your studies at Regent