Religion—MA

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Religion program is to provide specialized training within the broader setting of the various disciplines of the Seminary.

Emphases

  • Archaeology and History of Antiquity
  • Biblical-Theological Studies (Affiliation and Extension Programs)
  • Biblical and Cognate Languages
  • Church History
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Intertestamental (Jewish) Studies
  • Jewish and Muslim Faiths
  • Mission Studies
  • New Testament Studies
  • Old Testament Studies
  • Theological Studies 

Program length

This 48-credit program can typically be completed in two years.

Application deadlines

Prospective students must submit their applications by the dates listed below.

  • Fall (August - December): July 30
  • Spring (January - May): November 15
  • Summer (May - August): June 1

International Prospective Students are advised to complete and submit all the application requirements at least 3 months before the deadlines listed above to allow enough time for processing the immigration documents.

Academic requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree: A four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 3.00 (or 2.75 on the last half of undergraduate courses). The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply.

Prerequisites

Emphasis Language Requirement
Archaeology and History of Antiquity Intermediate Greek or Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical and Cognate Languages Intermediate Greek or Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical and Theological Studies Intermediate Greek or Biblical Hebrew II
Church History Intermediate Greek and Intermediate Latin
Intercultural Studies Intermediate Arabic
Intertestamental (Jewish) Studies Intermediate Greek or Biblical Hebrew II  
Jewish and Muslim Faith Biblical Hebrew II
Mission Studies Intermediate Greek or Biblical Hebrew II
or a reading knowledge of a modern foreign language)
New Testament Studies Intermediate Greek
Students who choose a major or minor in New Testament Studies must demonstrate proficiency in intermediate Greek by passing the language proficiency exam or by taking the intermediate Greek course at Andrews University and earning a grade of B or above
Old Testament Studies Biblical Hebrew II
Theological Studies Intermediate Greek or Biblical Hebrew II
Students who choose a major or minor in Old Testament Studies must demonstrate proficiency in intermediate Greek by passing the language proficiency exam or by taking the intermediate Greek course at Andrews University and earning a grade of B or above.)

Admission requirements

  • Transcripts:  Your application will be processed based on Unofficial Transcripts and you will be able to upload a copy of your Unofficial Transcripts directly in your Graduate application. If the admission decision is to accept you into the program Official Final Transcripts will be required.

    Domestic and International Prospective students who graduated from an educational institution outside the U.S. are recommended to have transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES or ECE.
  • Recommendations: Three recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors, and employers—excluding relatives. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume or professional history: Information about your employment, research, or special projects.
  • GRE score: The exam must be taken within five years prior to admission. 
  • Statement of Purpose: A 500-word essay explaining your objectives in seeking a graduate degree at Andrews University. Include a description of your personal, professional, and academic goals; your philosophical perspective; and what you hope to accomplish professionally in ten years following the completion of your degree.
  • Personality questionnaire: Complete and return the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire as directed.
  • English proficiency: English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores. To learn more please visit our entrance exams page.

Additional requirements for international students

  • In addition to fulfilling the regular admission requirements, International students with academic acceptance who are coming to Andrews University need to submit additional documents in order to process a student visa. For more information please visit the International Students page.

    If you will be pursuing an Online program that requires you to come to campus for an orientation or class please contact the International Student Services for more specific information.

Finances

To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

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