of Arts Degree (M.A.)
Exemplifying its commitment to lay
theological education, United offers an M.A. degree designed for
people who want to study theology apart from preparation for any
specific professional role. See the Educational
Goals established for this degree.
Degree concentrations make it possible for students
to meet a variety of educational goals and interests, including
personal or professional enrichment and preparation for doctoral
studies. The first of these - Religion and Theology - is very broad
and allows students to pursue a wide range of interests. The other
three are also responsive to particular student interests, but are
focused in subjects where the United faculty has nationally recognized
expertise. Each concentration has specific educational goals.
Concentrations of the Degree
Requirements of the Degree
The M.A. requires 54 credit hours of study, normally taken as 18
3-credit courses. On a full-time basis, these courses are taken
over two years at a rate of nine courses per year. The degree can
be completed on a part-time basis. All work for the degree must
be completed within five years. The specific requirements are:
1. Satisfactory completion of 54 semester hours of credit. Of
these, 24 are courses required for the degree regardless of concentration.
The remaining 30 credits are allocated among required and elective
courses according to the requirements of the specific concentration
the student chooses.
Courses required for all forms of the M.A.:
2. Satisfactory completion of Unit I of vocational
testing and consultation. This consultation is provided by
the North Central
Ministry Development Center adjacent to the seminary campus.
This unit is to be completed during the first half of the student’s
3. Attendance at a one-day anti-racism workshop
in the fall of the matriculation year.
4 . Completion of an Integrative Notebook documenting the
student’s individual work in integrating the different elements
of the student’s course of study in a manner appropriate to
his or her identity and context. This notebook or portfolio contains
a variety of materials (e.g., course papers, sermon videotapes,
reflections papers, art projects) and is the basis for conversations
with the student’s advisor concerning his or her educational
progress. The Masters Student Handbook outlines the review
intervals and required contents of the Integrative Notebook for
the M.A. Program.
5. Recommendation by the faculty.