United offers an academic M.A. degree designed for people who want to study theology apart from preparation for any specific professional role. M.A. students are required to select a concentration area in their 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.
- Narrative Theology
- Public and Missional Theology
- Religion and Theology
- Social Justice and Reconciliation
- Social Transformation
- Theology and the Arts
- Women’s Studies: Religion, Theology, Ministry
The M.A. requires 48 credit hours of study. The degree can be completed full time in two years or part time within five years. The specific requirements are:
1. Pass a writing sample within the first year of study.
2. Completion of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) in the first semester of enrollment after matriculation.
3. Satisfactory completion of 48 semester hours of credit (cr) as follows (A-I):
A. Introduction to Theology TR110 or What is Religion?/Approaches to the Study of Religion TR771 (chose one, 3 cr)
B. Orientation to the Older Testament CH161 or One scripture elective (choose one, 3 cr)
C. Introduction to the New Testament CH261 or One scripture elective (choose one, 3 cr)
D. Introduction to Historical Theology CH461 or Two TR (theological & religious interpretation) electives (chose one, 3 cr each – if ‘Two TR electives’ is chosen, one course replaces CH461, one replaces an elective)
E. Constructive Theology TR105 (3 cr)
F. Hermeneutics TR175 (3 cr)
H. Thesis (6 cr)
I. Free electives (18-23 cr)
4. Recommendation by the faculty.
- Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution
- Grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
- Strong analytical and reflective thinking and writing skills
- Vocational and academic goals compatible with vision and mission of United
How to Apply
- Submit Application. You will need:
- A list of all post-secondary schools, universities and seminaries you have attended
- A list of any committees, positions of leadership or offices held in your congregation or denomination
- An up-to-date resume with your employment background, including part-time work, as well as community, volunteer and/or family experience, indicating positions of leadership, offices held, and awards or recognition received
- A one- or two-page vocational statement describing the vocational direction or goals that led you to student at United
- Three references (see #3)
- Submit Immunization Record
- Supply three reference letters:
- one pastor or spiritual mentor reference, attesting to your call and/or spiritual discernment
- one employer or professional reference, attesting to your work ethic
- one personal reference (non-relative)
- REFERENCE FORM
- Provide official academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended Download a Transcript Request Form (one per institution)
- Contact the admissions office, 651.633.4311, to complete a writing sample
Application deadline: The recommended application due date is September 1. However, United will accept applications up until the second Friday of the start of the term. Keep in mind that financial aid application due dates fall much earlier.