The Master of Arts in Religion degree helps prepare you for doctoral studies by developing your skills in research, writing, and independent thinking. Graduates are equipped with 36 credits and a master's degree in religion as a basis for applying for a doctoral program.
The MA in Religion program is designed to accommodate the schedule of a full-time pastor and involves a combination of both online classes and summer intensives.
Applications can be accepted year-round. Due to the reading requirements for summer intensives, which must be completed in advance, students need to apply at least six weeks before the start of the summer semester to apply for a summer intensive. Online courses follow the university application deadlines. With School of Religion approval, students may take up to 12 hours of coursework on non-degree or provisional status.
The MA in Religion and MMin degrees don't offer enough year-round, in-person classes to qualify international students for an F1 student visa.
Select an emphasis:
The emphasis in New Testament Studies is specifically designed to prepare students for entering an academic doctoral program in biblical or theological studies.
The emphasis in Old Testament Studies is specifically designed to prepare students for entering an academic doctoral program in biblical or theological studies.
Thank you for considering Southern Adventist University for your graduate studies in Religion. We have attempted here to explain our programs and their rationale and delivery method. If after careful reading of this material you still have questions, please call or e-mail me, and I will be happy to try to answer your questions more fully. We look forward to being able to help you with your graduate studies if our programs fit your needs and situation.