In the summer of 2021, Gordon-Conwell formally transitioned to new degree programs. Learn More. The program below remains active for students who entered before that time who have not yet graduated. No new students are being accepted into this specific program.

New Degrees



Master of Arts — Christian Thought

Quick Facts

Credit hours: 61
Completion time: 2 years (full-time study)
Degree requirements »

Quick Facts

Credit hours: 61
Completion time: 2 years (full-time study)
Degree requirements »

Program Overview

How does theology intersect with today’s culture and society? Through the Master of Arts —Christian Thought, you’ll explore theology and the history of Christianity, probing tough questions and engaging in thoughtful discussion about the relationship between the Gospel and surrounding culture. As you prepare for service and leadership, you’ll learn to better articulate the Christian faith in your context, understand the implications of Scripture in today’s world, and integrate theological reflection into everyday life.

Program Distinctives

  • Quality contextualized theological education and hands-on training
  • Rigorous courses offered during evenings and weekends to accommodate your schedule
  • Convenient, economical and innovative adult education system
  • Renowned, highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Access to library resources and classes at other top-tier institutions through the Carolina Theological Consortium and the Boston Theological Institute

Typical Student

Master of Arts — Christian Thought students are typically interested in teaching ministries in the church, Christian schools, colleges or seminaries. Some intend to pursue doctoral work, for which this degree is excellent preparation. Others are full-time pastors, bi-vocational pastors or non-ordained staff seeking to increase their ministry effectiveness in the church, workplace or other vocations.

Potential Careers

  • Doctoral studies
  • Campus ministry
  • Para-church ministry
  • Church ministry
  • Teaching in Christian education

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 develop competence in a biblical or research language in order to develop exegetical skills
  • To develop skills of theological analysis and argument appropriate to the breadth of theological claims of Christianity
  • To understand important periods of theological reflection and confession in church history, including the contemporary setting
  • To develop aptitudes for living and speaking the gospel in the context of the Christian community so that individually and corporately the depth of Christian conviction can be applied in the ordinary practices of life
  • 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 understand the ethical and missiological dimensions of the Christian faith in its global context

Spotlight Alum

“My initial attraction to Gordon-Conwell was its excellent reputation and uncompromising adherence to high academic standards. However, as a student, I was even more impressed by the diversity of students and sense of community. Studying at Gordon-Conwell thoroughly challenged and equipped me both academically and spiritually. I am more confident, competent and enthusiastic about going forth in my divine assignment.”


Zeppora Roberts McClain, MACT  ’11
Ordained Minister & Overseer of Christian Education Department, Friendship Christian Church; Assistant Director, Cleveland County Partnership for Children; Dean of Administration, Kingdom Covenant Leadership Institute | Gastonia, N.C.

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