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)


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 concentrations can be completed entirely via distance learning

Program Guide Sheet

Formation 1 Intro to Spiritual and Personal Formation
Religious Texts 2 Hebrew Bible 1: Orientation

New Testament 1: Epistles, Acts, and Revelation

Theological Tradition 2 Religious and Theological Interpretation

Choose one:

  • History of Christian Theologies
  • History of Modern Theologies
Ethics/Justice 2 Choose two:

  • Christian Ethics
  • Comparative Religious Ethics
  • Theology for Social Transformation
Academic Contextualization 4 Constructive Theology

What is Religion?

Two Electives (as approved by advisor)

Academic Skills 1 MA Thesis

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