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Master of Arts in Christian Studies

Gain a biblical, theological, and historical foundation for comprehensive integration of faith and life. Deepen your faith and broaden your perspective in our rich and diverse academic community.

The Master of Arts in Christian Studies Is ...

Foundational: Lay a firm foundation for thoughtful, robust, and authentic faith with our Foundational Core courses.

Transformative: Join a rich community of people from a wide variety of Christian traditions as you deepen your faith and broaden your perspectives.

Integrative: Learn to bring your faith to bear on all aspects of life and work, building a more integrated understanding of vocation and identity.

Students who take this program typically ...

  • are seeking vocational discernment, spiritual formation, or renewed vision for a current career;
  • are preparing for certain types of church or parachurch work; or
  • are pursuing greater integration between faith and all of life.

Graduates follow a wide variety of paths: Some return with a reinvigorated vision for a previous career. Some enter church or parachurch work. Some follow newly discovered passions. Whatever the path, MA in Christian Studies graduates leave Regent grounded in the great story of God's work in the world, and motivated to engage God's call on their life.

This new program is a fresh expression of Regent's central purpose: to provide excellent, graduate-level theological education to the whole people of God. We’re thrilled to offer this new opportunity.
Dr. Paul Spilsbury
Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament

Application Requirements

Your application must show us that you have the experience and the skills necessary to complete graduate-level academic work.

This usually means that you have completed a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.8 (out of 4). However, we will consider your application if you are at least 28 years old and you can show that your life experience (including work and education) is equivalent to a university degree.

For documents and more information about the application process, visit our Admission Requirements page.

Program Structure

Credit Hours Completion Time Program Costs Distance Education
42 Full course load:
4 terms

4 years max

A full course load is equivalent to 12 credits per term.

The cost of tuition for the 2020–2021 academic year is $505 per credit hour.

The total tuition for the MA in Christian Studies program is $21,210 (42 credit hours at $505 per credit hour).

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

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

You can take up to 15 credits of courses through Distance Education while you are completing the MA in Christian Studies, but no more than 6 of those credits may be Foundational Core courses.

Program Requirements

You will be awarded the MA in Christian Studies degree when you have successfully completed 42 credit hours of study, including your final project (see Additional Requirements below), with a GPA of at least 3.0 (B).

All students are required to take 30 credits of Foundational Core Courses listed below, as well as 12 credits of Additional Requirements.

Foundational Core Courses

These ten carefully curated courses equip you with biblical, historical, and theological tools; introduce you to critical cultural issues; and lead you in your own spiritual formation and vocation.

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 and II INDS 502 6
One of the following:
Theology Overview THEO 500
Theology I THEO 601,
Theology II THEO 602,
or History of Christian Doctrine THEO 608
Total 24

Additional Requirements

Two of the following (6 credit hours):
Soul of Ministry APPL 500,
Gospel and Culture INDS 610,
Vocation, Work & Career APPL/INDS 573,
The Christian Spirit SPIR/HIST 500,
The Christian Imagination INDS 560,
Christian Faith and Practice in a (Post)Modern World INDS 581, or
Introduction to World Christianity APPL 533

In addition to the above 30 credits of courses, MACS students must complete nine credits of free electives as well as a three-credit Capstone Project. The Capstone Project is an integrative take-home exam based on a set list of readings that range across our concentrations. Students will be able to take the exam at the end of Fall, Winter, or Summer terms.

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