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Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Gain vocational clarity as you learn to integrate faith into your everyday life and work, whether in the marketplace, academy, home, or church.

The Program Is

  • Foundational: Acquire a solid foundation in the Christian faith through core courses built on theological integration and personal formation.
  • Integrative: Learn to relate this foundational core to all areas of life and work.
  • Focused: Pursue focused study in an area of concentration that interests you.

Typical Students

  • are working/planning to work in the professions 
  • are preparing for certain types of church or parachurch work
  • are pursuing an academic career 

Graduates go on to a wide variety of pursuits, including resuming previous careers, following newly discovered interests, undertaking further education, or entering church or parachurch work—all with a new perspective and motivation for engaging in their vocation and ministry as mature people of God.

Credit Hours

60

Typical Completion Time

  • minimum 2–3 years full-time
  • up to 6 years part-time

Application Requirements

To apply to the program, you must EITHER:

  • have a bachelor’s degree OR
  • be at least 28 years of age and able to demonstrate that your life/vocational/ educational experience can be seen as equivalent to a university degree

The minimum grade point average normally considered in the admission selection process is 2.8 on a scale of 4.0 (or equivalent).

For required documents and to learn more about the application process, visit our Admission Requirements page.

Concentrations

One of the primary appeals of the MA in Theological Studies is that it allows you to focus your studies in one of these concentrations:

Scripture Christian History & Theology Christianity, Church & Culture
Biblical Languages History of Christianity Marketplace Theology
Old Testament Doctrinal Theology Interdisciplinary Studies
New Testament Spiritual Theology Christianity and the Arts
Biblical Studies   World Christianity
    Applied Theology 
   

Or you can choose the No Concentration option in Christian Studies.

Program Costs

The cost of tuition for the 2017–2018 academic year is $485 per credit hour.

The total tuition for the MA in Theological Studies program is $29,100 (60 credit hours at $485 per credit hour). 

For a breakdown of associated fees and costs of living, view our sample budget.

To help you offset the high costs of graduate education, we offer scholarships, financial aid, and work opportunities on campus.

Program Requirements

You will begin your studies with a foundational set of courses. You can then choose one area of concentration, or you can select the "no concentration" option. Towards the end of your program, you will complete a final project, which can take the form of a comprehensive exam, a thesis, or an integrative project, depending on your concentration. You will be awarded the MA in Theological Studies degree for the successful completion of 60 credit hours of study with a grade point average of 3.0 (= B) or better.

Foundational Core Courses Credit Hours
Old Testament Foundations BIBL 501 3
New Testament Foundations BIBL 502 3
Biblical Language course LANG 500 or LANG 510 or LANG 550 3
Biblical Exegesis and Interpretation BIBL 503 3
History of Christianity I HIST 501 or II HIST 502* 3
Christian Thought and Culture I INDS 501 3
Christian Thought and Culture II INDS 502 3
Theology Overview THEO 500, or Theology I THEO 601 and Theology II THEO 602** 3 or 6
One of the following: 3
Soul of Ministry APPL 500***
Gospel and Culture INDS 610****
Total 27 or 30

*Both History of Christianity I & II are required for the History of Christianity and the World Christianity concentrations.

**Both Theology I & II are required for the Doctrinal Theology and the Spiritual Theology concentrations.

***Soul of Ministry is required for the Applied Theology concentration.

****Gospel and Culture is required for the Marketplace Theology and Interdisciplinary Studies concentrations.

CONCENTRATION COURSES

Scripture

Biblical Languages

In the Biblical Languages concentration you will gain proficiency to translate from Old Testament Hebrew and from New Testament Greek into English and to explain issues involved in such translation. The concentration is particularly suitable for those who intend to pursue further studies in the Bible, or who desire to teach biblical languages. In this concentration, two years of both languages are required, and language study at the advanced level or within the context of advanced exegetical courses is recommended. While learning both biblical languages, you will have the opportunity to delve into one of them in greater depth. 

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Biblical Hebrew 12
New Testament Greek 12

One of the following:

  • Advanced Hebrew Readings LANG 721
  • Advanced Greek Readings LANG 720
  • Advanced Old Testament Exegesis BIBL 701
  • Advanced New Testament Exegesis BIBL 702
3
Comprehensive Examination 3
General Electives 6

Note that the 3 credits of biblical languages listed in the Foundational Core Courses above are incorporated in this list also so that the total credits required for the program is still 60.

The Advanced Hebrew and/or Greek Readings courses may not be offered every year. Biblical Languages students may take one of the Advanced Exegeses courses without having previously taken Biblical Criticism (BIBL 600).

Students also have the option of writing a proficiency exam to fulfill one or both terms of the Introductory Greek or Hebrew classes. The test fee is $100, non-refundable pass or fail. Students must register by August 12 for the Fall 2016 term and December 2 for Winter 2017, and will be scheduled to write the exam in the week before orientation. There is a $25 drop fee after these deadlines. You can download the Language Proficiency Exam Application here. For more information contact James Smoker at deansoffice@regent-college.edu.

Old Testament

In relating the story of God and his chosen people, Israel, the Old Testament lays the foundation for the faith of Christians. The Old Testament concentration equips you to interpret these ancient writings with sensitivity to the Hebrew language, the history of interpretation, and current scholarly debate. Complemented by elective courses in other disciplines, this concentration encourages you to draw on the rich resources of the Old Testament in expressing your Christian faith, in addition to providing a firm foundation for advanced studies in Old Testament. 

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Biblical Hebrew 12
Biblical Hermeneutics and Criticism 3
Advanced Old Testament Exegesis 3
Old Testament Seminar
3
One of the following: 9 or 12
Comprehensive Exam (3) + 600-level OT Electives (6)
Thesis (12)
General Electives 3 or 6

Note that the 3 credits of biblical languages listed in the Foundational Core Courses above are incorporated in this list also so that the total credits required for the program is still 60.

New Testament

In relating the story of Jesus Christ, and in reflecting on what God was doing through Jesus, the New Testament brings the story of the Old Testament to a climax. The New Testament concentration equips you to interpret these writings of early Christians with sensitivity to the Greek language, the history of interpretation, and current scholarly debate. Complemented by elective courses in other disciplines, this concentration encourages you to draw on the rich resources of the New Testament in expressing your Christian faith, in addition to providing a firm foundation for advanced studies in New Testament. 

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
New Testament Greek 12
Biblical Hermeneutics and Criticism 3
Advanced New Testament Exegesis 3
New Testament Seminar 3
One of the following: 9 or 12
Comprehensive Exam (3) + 600-level NT Electives (6)
Thesis (12)
General Electives 3 or 6

Note that the 3 credits of biblical languages listed in the Foundational Core Courses above are incorporated in this list also so that the total credits required for the program is still 60.

Biblical Studies

A concentration in Biblical Studies gives you a biblical perspective that involves both the Old and the New Testament. This is a combination of the two previous concentrations, culminating in both an Old and a New Testament comprehensive exam (no thesis option). If you plan to proceed to advanced study in either Testament, however, you are advised that additional language study will likely be necessary beyond what is required for this concentration.

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Biblical Hebrew 6
New Testament Greek 6
Biblical Hermeneutics & Criticism BIBL 600 3
Advanced Old Testament Exegesis BIBL 701 3
Advanced New Testament Exegesis BIBL 702
3
Old Testament Seminar
3
New Testament Seminar
3
Old Testament Comprehensive Exam 3
New Testament Comprehensive Exam 3
General Electives 3

Note that the 3 credits of biblical languages listed in the Foundational Core Courses above are incorporated in this list also so that the total credits required for the program is still 60.

Christian History and Theology

History of Christianity

The study of Christian history is an integral aspect of our identity as Christians. In a postmodern culture that disdains the past, appreciation of our roots becomes all the more important in Christian self-understanding. The Church History concentration equips you to describe the tradition of the Christian faith with sensitivity to the dynamic realities of historical situations and to various figures as they sought to express their faith. You will explore the significance of key people, events, and movements in the continuing story of God’s people—the church of Jesus Christ. 

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
History of Christianity I & II (3 credits included in the Foundation courses above) 3
600-level History of Christianity Elective 3
History Seminar 3
One of the following: 9 or 15
Comprehensive Exam (3) + History Electives (6)
Thesis (12) + History Elective (3)
General Electives (Exam versus thesis track) 15 or 9

Doctrinal Theology

Theology is the discipline in which we integrate various resources of God’s revelation and human inquiry into as clear an understanding as we can reach of God and his world. The Doctrinal Theology concentration helps you to synthesize biblical revelation and the development of Christian thought throughout history in order to articulate the Christian faith relevantly and faithfully in the context of the contemporary world. With theology we learn to connect all of our thinking as Christians, even as we serve the larger and higher purpose of loving God and serving the world he loves. 

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Languages 9
Perspectives on Biblical Languages LANG 500 (3) +
Biblical Language (6)
Hebrew (6) + Greek (3)
Greek (6) + Hebrew (3)
History of Doctrine 3
Theology Seminar 3
One of the following: 3 or 12
Comprehensive Exam (3)
Thesis (12)
General Electives 6 or 15

Note that the 3 credits of biblical languages listed in the Foundational Core Courses above are incorporated in this list also so that the total credits required for the program is still 60.

Note also: The Doctrinal Theology concentration requires Theology I & II from the core courses.

Spiritual Theology

In the Spiritual Theology concentration, you explore the relationship of your life in the world with your real life in God. In contrast to the humanistic search for personal transcendence that passes for “spirituality” today, Christian spirituality is theological: it is founded on and inspired by the triune God revealed in Scripture and in Christ; it cultivates responsiveness to the seeking Father; it fully engages the mind, heart, and body; and it is not only a personal quest, but it involves active engagement with the world and the needs of others through mission, work, ministry, and prayer. With this concentration you will gain the ability to understand and critique various forms of Christian spirituality by drawing on the full range of the Christian tradition, and by studying the Bible and theology in a way that is both intellectually disciplined and prayerfully devotional.

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
History of Christianity I & II (3 credits included in the Foundation courses above) 3
The Christian Spirit SPIR 500 3
Classics of Christian Spirituality SPIR 670 or SPIR 672 3
Spiritual Theology Seminar 3
One of the following: 9 or 12
Comprehensive Exam (3) + Spiritual Theology Electives (6)
Thesis (12)
General Electives 6 or 9

Note: The Spiritual Theology concentration requires Theology I & II from the core courses.

Christianity, Church, and Culture

Marketplace Theology

Regent College is an international centre for vocational integration and spiritual formation. The focus of Marketplace Theology is the expression of the Christian faith within the context of the public arena of ideas, values, and institutions. This concentration will equip you to identify, interpret, and critique dominant cultural forces and propose effective ways of expressing the Christian faith within one’s vocation. Regular Regent faculty are complemented by faculty who have expertise in various societal careers.

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Marketplace Field Immersion APPL 692* 3
Marketplace Theology Electives 9
Marketplace Theology Seminar 3
Comprehensive Exam 3
General Electives 15

*APPL 692 is an eight-month field education experience, normally running from September to April. You will need to arrange with the Marketplace Theology concentration coordinator as to how you will fulfill the field immersion and seminar requirements.

Note: The Marketplace Theology concentration requires Gospel and Culture from the core courses.

Interdisciplinary Studies

The mission of Regent College involves the recognition that God calls his people to claim the whole of human life for Jesus Christ. The Interdisciplinary Studies concentration fosters this by learning to think Christianly in the context of exploring topics that normally lie outside the theological curriculum. In Interdisciplinary Studies courses, you will be challenged to reflect, from a Christian perspective, on topics such as philosophy, politics, economics, psychology, art, literature, and more. 

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Christian Faith and Practice in a (Post)Modern World INDS 581 3
Interdisciplinary Studies Elective 3
Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar 3
One of the Following: 9 or 12
Comprehensive Exam (3) + Interdisciplinary Studies Electives (6)
Integrative Project (6) + Interdisciplinary Studies Electives (3)
Thesis (12)
General Electives 12 or 15

Note: The Interdisciplinary Studies concentration requires Gospel and Culture from the core courses.

Christianity and the Arts

Regent College recognizes the importance of the arts as an expression of human creativity. The Christianity and the Arts concentration offers you the opportunity to engage theologically with artistic expression and to explain or demonstrate the way the Christian faith can be integrated with artistic expression effectively and authentically.  

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
The Christian Imagination INDS 560 3
One of the following: 18
Arts-related Seminar (3) + Comprehensive Exam (3)
+ Christianity & the Arts Electives (12)
Vocation of the Artist Seminar INDS 785 (3)
+ Integrative Project (6)
+ Christianity & the Arts Electives (9)
Vocation of the Artist Seminar INDS 785 (3)
+ Integrative Project (12)
+ Christianity & the Arts Electives (3)
General Electives 12

Arts Internships

In February 2015, Regent College launched an Arts Internship program for emerging artists. The goal of the Arts Internship is to enable emerging artists at Regent College to learn to integrate their faith with their art.

The course is designed to give an opportunity tailored to the individual student, to implement the tools they have acquired, as they are immersed in a creative work environment. The interns will take part in integrated readings and group discussions that will help them to reflect biblically and theologically throughout the internship experience.

Internships are currently available with the following organizations: 

Vancouver:

Internationally:

For more information, contact Ali Cumming at acumming@regent-college.edu

World Christianity

The emerging field of World Christianity seeks to understand Christian thought and practice around the globe through integrated studies in history, theology and mission. In this concentration you will become familiar with the changing face of global Christianity in the world today, and to assess key issues in global theology and mission such as gospel and culture, indigenous expressions of Christianity, globalization, inter-faith relations, and renewal movements. You will have the opportunity to focus on selected regional studies of Christianity, particularly those in the Majority World where the gospel is expanding most rapidly (e.g., Africa, Asia, and Latin America) as well as those among marginalized peoples of North America (e.g., First Nations and Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics and other immigrant populations). 

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Introduction to World Christianity APPL 533 3
History of Christianity I & II (3 credits included in the Foundation courses above) 3
Missional Church 3
One of the following:
  • Supervised Ministry A APPL 693
  • Supervised Ministry B APPL 694
  • World Christianity Field Immersion APPL 690*
3
World Christianity Elective 3
World Christianity Seminar 3
One of the following: 3, 6, or 12
Comprehensive Exam (3)
Integrative Project (6)
Thesis (12)
General Electives 3, 9, or 12

*APPL 690 is an eight-month field education experience, normally running from September to April. You will need to arrange with the World Christianity concentration coordinator as to how you will fulfill the field immersion and seminar requirements.

Applied Theology

The Applied Theology concentration is concerned with the personal application of faith as lived experience. Here you will learn to identify, interpret, and critique aspects of contemporary church and para-church ministry, and demonstrate the knowledge, skill, and character necessary to engage in ministry with integrity and competence. Under the guidance of faculty members who have spent significant portions of their lives immersed in the practice of ministry, this concentration provides opportunity for the integration of theory and practice relevant to Christian service in the church, parachurch, mission, or society at large. 

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Missional Church 3
One of the following:
  • Supervised Ministry A APPL 693
  • Supervised Ministry B APPL 694
  • World Christianity Field Immersion APPL 690
  • Marketplace Theology Field Immersion APPL 692
3
Applied Theology Seminar 3
One of the following: 9 or 12
Comprehensive Exam (3) + Applied Theology Electives (6)
Integrative Project (6) + Applied Theology Electives (3)
Thesis (12)
General Electives 12 or 15

Note: The Applied Theology concentration requires Soul of Ministry from the core courses.

No concentration

Christian Studies

The Christian Studies track provides a way of completing the MA in Theological Studies program without following a concentration. The intention is to allow students to draw from a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives in order to present a clear and integrated articulation of the Christian faith.

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Biblical Book Study 3
Any Seminar
3
Integrative Examination 3
General Electives 24

NOTES ON THE REQUIREMENTS

Core courses

The 27 or 30 credit hours of core courses are required by all MA in Theological Studies tracks and by the MDiv program. Since these courses provide a foundation for both programs, we recommend that you complete most of these courses within your first year or within your first 30 credit hours. (Note: Students taking Gospel and Culture or Community, Formation, and Leadership may delay taking these courses until later in their program.)

Biblical language requirement

We recommend that you begin your biblical language requirement in your first year. You can fulfil this requirement by taking the regular Hebrew and/or Greek language courses (depending on your concentration). If you are pursuing a concentration outside of the Scripture area, you may wish to take Perspectives on Biblical Languages LANG 500 to fulfil your language requirement (Doctrinal Theology students will normally take this course plus 6 credits of Hebrew or Greek). LANG 500 provides an overview of both Hebrew and Greek, and prepares you for Biblical Exegesis BIBL 503. Note that if you are taking the regular Hebrew or Greek courses, there is an opportunity to audit half of LANG 500 in order to get an orientation to the other biblical language.

Final projects

Towards the end of your program, you will complete a final project which can take the form of (i) a comprehensive exam, (ii) a thesis, or, in some concentrations (iii) an integrative project, or (iv) and integrative exam. With the approval of your supervisor, the comprehensive exam may take the form of a major paper. We offer a non-credit orientation seminar in both Fall and Winter terms for the thesis (GENR 301) and the integrative project for students in the Christianity and the Arts concentration (GENR 313). Visit the Final Projects page for more information.

Choosing a concentration

We advise you to choose a concentration early in your studies so that you can plan your courses wisely. Our Academic Advising page has helpful information on how to choose your concentration and select courses in your first year. The Program Requirements page has worksheets for each concentration.

Concentration requirements are revised from time to time. You have the option to complete the concentration according to the requirements as published when you were admitted, or according to the current requirements.

Pursuing doctoral studies

If you intend to go on to complete a PhD, we advise that you acquire reading knowledge of at least one more relevant language during your master's work: normally Latin, French, or German. You can take courses through UBC or private language institutes in Vancouver such as the Alliance Française or Goethe Institut.


Distance Education Component

When completing the MA in Theological Studies degree, you can take up to 20 credits of courses through Distance Education, although no more than 6 credits of the Foundational Core courses listed above.

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Eight core courses will equip you with biblical, historical, and theological tools; introduce you to critical cultural issues; and lead you in your own spiritual formation and vocation.

One of the primary appeals of the MA in Theological Studies is that it allows you to focus your studies in one of these concentrations:

Scripture

  • Biblical Languages
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Biblical Studies

Christian History & Theology

  • History of Christianity
  • Doctrinal Theology
  • Spiritual Theology

Christianity, Church, & Culture

  • Marketplace Theology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Christianity and the Arts
  • World Christianity
  • Applied Theology

You must have a bachelor’s degree 

or 

be at least 28 years of age and able to demonstrate how your life / vocational / educational experience can be seen as equivalent to a university degree.

You can take up to 20 credits through Distance Education.

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