United Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Religion and Theology

The MA in Religion and Theology program will prepare you for doctoral work in religion and theology or to become a religious or theological educator and thought leader in a variety of contexts. The MA in Religion and Theology program is designed for people who are interested in a non-ordained, academic career. People who wish to combine the academic study of religion and theology with ordination or preparation for ministry should pursue the MDiv in Religion and Theology.

This program may be a good fit for you if you are interested in pursuing a career as a:

  • Professor in a seminary, divinity school or college
  • Religion or theology teacher in a private school or church
  • Public theologian (i.e., a theologian whose primary audience is the society or wider culture)



In addition to achieving the core MA degree learning outcomes, a graduate of the Religion and Theology program will be able to:

  • construct a theory of religion and articulate the ways in which it shapes their religious and theological commitments, as well as their vocational practice or academic study;
  • apply an appropriate critical interpretation of, analysis of, and reflection on religious and theological issues to their vocational context;
  • construct a theological perspective that is rooted in their particular context and faith tradition, is meaningfully engaged with other perspectives, and is creatively responsive to the contemporary situation; and
  • demonstrate a competent understanding of a selected topic within the academic study of religion and theology through the effective critical interpretation, analysis and synthesis of appropriate sources.


United’s MA at a Glance

  • 36 credits
  • Eleven 3-credit courses plus a 3-credit thesis, or ten 3-credit courses plus a 6-credit thesis
  • Can be completed in two years if you take a full-time course load (24 credits per year) and complete your thesis in approximately one trimester
  • All MA concentrations can be completed entirely via distance learning

Program Guide Sheet

Religious Texts 2
Hebrew Bible 1: Orientation
Choose one:
New Testament 1: Epistles, Acts, and Revelation
New Testament 2: Four Gospels
Theological Tradition 2
Religious and Theological Interpretation
Choose one:
History of Christian Theologies
History of Modern Theologies
Ethics/Justice 2
Choose one:
Christian Ethics
Comparative Religious Ethics
Choose one:
Queer and Trans Theologies
Black and Womanist Theologies
Academic Contextualization 5
Constructive Theology
What is Religion?
Three electives (as approved by advisor)
Academic Skills 1 MA Thesis

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