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Educational Goals of the M.A. Degree

The excellent graduate of the United Master of Arts program:

  • has a broad, basic acquaintance with significant portions of the biblical origins and subsequent major lines of development of the Christian tradition up to modern times;
  • has a broad, basic acquaintance with the present global diversity of Christian theological expression;
  • is able, at a basic level, to analyze and evaluate these faith traditions in relation to their contexts and the graduate’s own context(s);
  • is able, out of the integration of religious traditions, contexts, and self, to construct a theology or worldview that is meaningful for the student’s faith community or community of meaning; and
  • has mastered the tools of academic research and writing assumed at the graduate level of theological inquiry and gained a high level of knowledge in a particular area of theological study as defined by one of the four concentrations within the degree program.


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