The Master of Arts in Religious Education program is an interdisciplinary academic program that prepares individuals for leadership roles as scholars and pastor-teachers in settings where religious, moral and spiritual nurture and growth are primary concerns. The curriculum is designed with core courses, electives and a selected area of emphasis. Emphases include campus spiritual leadership, children’s ministry, Christian formation and discipleship, family life education, youth and young adult ministry, and other options customized by the student in consultation with an advisor.
Students electing to obtain a graduate certificate in family life education or campus spiritual leadership may continue their studies to complete requirements for the MA: Religious Education. The master’s program generally requires attendance during the regular academic year, but a number of classes are taught over the summers as intensives with post-campus academic and fieldwork assignments.
This 48-credit program can typically be completed in two to three years. Up to 16 credits of course work may be accepted for credit based on prior learning in religion, education, or religious education.
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.
- 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 2.60 (or 2.75 on the last half of undergraduate courses). The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process.
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— an advisor or major professor, a church pastor, and a church official or recent employer – excluding relatives and friends. 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.
The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.
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.
To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.
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