MA with a Major in Christian Studies

MA with a Major in Christian Studies

Are you looking for maximum flexibility in a seminary degree? With the master of arts with a major in Christian studies you get the same core of biblical and theological studies that you find in our other programs, but with the greatest number of open elective hours of any major we offer. That flexibility means you can sample a wide array of subjects—Old and New Testament studies, church history, systematic theology, and philosophy of religion, as well as leadership and evangelism courses—or focus in on just one or two fields of study. In your capstone experience, you will build on your coursework with either a major ministry research project or a thesis. Plus, you can pursue this fully online, residentially, or with a combination of the two!

Though it does not meet typical ordination requirements or lead to doctoral studies, the MA with a major in Christian Studies provides excellent preparation for many forms and contexts of ministry and is a great option for leaders already serving in ministry.

Faculty Highlight

Dr. Bradley J. Widstrom joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 1999 and is an associate professor of youth and family studies, as well as serving as chair of the youth and family studies department. He also directs the Christian studies and outdoor leadership programs and teaches courses in educational ministry. Dr. Widstrom is ordained in the Evangelical Free Church of America and has served on the ministerial staff of churches in Illinois and Washington.

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How can I use this degree?

  • Enrichment of preaching, teaching, and other forms of ministry
  • Campus Ministry
  • Ministry in many parachurch organizations
  • In some cases, when a thesis track is approved, the degree may lead to doctoral study, advanced research, and teaching

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Fully Online or Residential

Pursue this degree fully online, residentially, or with a combination of the two!

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