United Theological Seminary

MA Degree Learning Outcomes

A graduate of United’s Master of Arts degree program will be able to:

  • critically interpret and reflect on Hebrew Bible texts, primarily from Genesis to Kings, from multiple historical and contemporary perspectives;
  • apply to their academic study the critical interpretation of and reflection on New Testament texts, primarily from the Gospels OR the Epistles, Acts and Revelation, from multiple historical and contemporary perspectives;
  • critically interpret, analyze and reflect on 1st–17th Century OR 18th–20th Century theological texts and perspectives in their historical context as well as through the lens of modern questions and challenges;
  • apply to their vocational context an appropriate analysis of and reflection on moral dilemmas from a variety of Christian OR interreligious ethical perspectives;
  • critically analyze and reflect on the religious history and theological perspectives of populations traditionally marginalized by the dominant voices of their religious traditions (this outcome not addressed in the MA in Baha’i Studies concentration);
  • demonstrate a competent understanding of a selected topic within their chosen degree concentration through the effective critical interpretation, analysis and synthesis of appropriate sources; and
  • demonstrate effective academic theological research and writing skills.