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Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) Degree Program

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

Hamilton Campus

Typical Student

Students in the M.A. in 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 M.A. in Religion is also a great option if you?re still exploring your calling.

Potential Careers

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

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

Program Details

Sample Courses

Recent student-designed concentrations include:

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Charlotte Campus

Special Tracks

Typical Student

Students in the M.A. in 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 M.A. in Religion is also a great option if you?re still exploring your call.

Potential Careers

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

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

Program Details

  • Degree requirements
  • Completion time: 2 years of full-time study (may span longer if pursued part-time)

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Spotlight Alum

“The MAR gave me a well-rounded foundation for service and ministry, and the final project allowed me to channel all that I had learned into a comprehensive set of tools that fit my passions and gifts. The professors at Gordon-Conwell encouraged me to delight in God and enjoy him through studying his Word in the context to which he has called me. I'm thankful that Gordon-Conwell fostered an environment of contemplation and spiritual formation that allowed me to focus on being molded by him during my years there.”

Jennifer Botzet, MAR ‘11
Kids' Discipleship Coordinator, Bethel Church | Crown Point, IN