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Master of Arts — Religion

Program Overview

Looking for a flexible degree tailored to your unique academic and ministry interests? The Master of Arts (Religion) will give you the most flexibility and allow you to custom-build a program around your specific goals.



Hamilton Campus

Program Distinctives

  • Access to other top-tier institutions, including Harvard Divinity School and Boston University School of Theology, through the Boston Theological Institute
  • Development of a firm biblical foundation to equip you for effective ministry
  • World-renowned faculty members researching and authoring in their field
  • Ability to custom design a program relevant to your specific ministry goals

Typical Student

Students in the Master of Arts — Religion program are typically interested in creatively integrating different disciplines. If you’re looking to sharpen your ministry skills and acquire the tools needed for your particular ministry goals, this degree is designed for you. Because of its flexibility and diversity, the MAR is also a great option if you’re still exploring your calling.


Program Overview

Looking for a flexible degree tailored to your unique academic and ministry interests? The Master of Arts — Religion will give you the most flexibility and allow you to custom-build a program around your specific goals.


Full-time study (may span longer if pursued part-time)


Charlotte Campus

Program Distinctives

  • Ability to custom design a program relevant to your specific ministry goals
  • Rigorous courses offered in various formats (evenings, weekends, week intensives and online/hybrid) to accommodate your schedule
  • Convenient, economical and innovative adult education system
  • Renowned, highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Enhanced library services with capability to access theological databases from your home
  • Access to research and annual lectureship series through The Robert C. Cooley Center for the Study of Early Christianity
  • Access to library resources and classes at other top-tier institutions through the Carolina Theological Consortium

Typical Student

Students in the Master of Arts (Religion) program are typically interested in creatively integrating different disciplines. If you’re looking to sharpen your ministry skills and acquire the tools needed for your particular ministry goals, this degree is designed for you. Because of its flexibility and diversity, the MAR is also a great option if you’re still exploring your call.

Special Tracks

Lutheran Anglican Pastoral Care & Counseling


Potential Careers

  • Doctoral studies
  • Missions
  • Broad range of ministry
  • Christian education
  • Para-church ministry

Degree Goals

  • To understand the basic content and themes of the Old and New Testaments in their historical and cultural settings as well as the historical and theological dimensions of the Christian faith
  • To be exposed to a rigorous study and practice of theology in its various disciplines through diverse faculty voices
  • To demonstrate integration through a cumulative educational experience that embraces both academic preparation and life experiences
  • To foster passionate commitment to ministry through individualized and flexible course of study and faculty involvement
  • To foster love for God and his Word and therefore to cultivate the practices of spiritual maturity and Christ-like character, and to understand the Christian’s ethical responsibility in church and society
  • To acquire a biblical perspective and Christian worldview on the forces in our culture and to learn to engage those as they are at work both outside and inside the life of the church
  • To develop a global vision for the Christian church.

Spotlight Alum

After beginning [the M.Div.], I realized that I was not going in the right direction. … It became apparent that the MAR was the best course of study for me. The MAR gave me the flexibility to pursue my area of interest in ministry, while at the same time allowing me to focus on the biblical and theological aspect of ministry.”

Moreen Hughes, MAR ‘04
Associate Pastor and Minister to Women, Concord Baptist Church | Milton, MA

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