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Master of Arts in Christian Studies Degree Program

The Master of Arts (Christian Studies) is a general degree which allows students to begin their theological education remotely and proceed accordingly on their own. The degrees offers the opportunity to take courses across the broad spectrum of the seminary curriculum – from Old and New Testament courses to Church History and Theology courses as well as a foundational course in Ministry studies. Of the 16 courses required for completion, only three (3) of the 16 courses are required to be taken on campus and are available as intensives or regular full-term courses. This academic program allows students to pursue a Gordon-Conwell degree without relocating to the Hamilton campus.

Hamilton Campus

Typical Student

  • Church staff members with little formal theological training who desire or are being encouraged to take a basic foundation of theological training.
  • Individuals who are not sure about pursuing full-time vocational ministry but who would like to “test” their call by receiving a basic foundation of theological training.
  • Lay leaders who would like to receive an introduction to the broad contours of theological study and a better understanding of the Bible and Theology.
  • Individuals preparing for a vocational change and considering the possibility of a new career in ministry.
  • Life-long learners with a deep interest to understand the Bible and Theology better.

Potential Careers

  • Church Service
  • Lay Ministry and Education
  • Non-profit ministry

Program Distinctives

  • Both residential and online models available
    • Up to 80% (13 courses) can be completed online
    • Offered as both an online or residential program
  • 48 total credits (16 total courses)
    • No practicum requirements
    • Intensive Courses fulfill residency requirement
    • Overall Curriculum Flexibility
      • 10 core course requirements
      • 5 elective courses
      • 1 independent study project (or elective)
      • Final Summative Evaluation at the conclusion of the degree program
      • Because Gordon-Conwell strongly values the spiritual formation that takes place as a result of the interaction between professors and other students, the remaining three (3) courses are to be completed on campus.
      • Full-time, residential students are eligible for Hamilton-based scholarships.

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