Religious Education (RE) is a field of study that seeks to integrate biblical foundations and educational research in order to understand and facilitate the process of discipleship, the life-long journey of learning to follow Jesus and become more like Him. The mission of the Discipleship and Religious Education programs is to equip scholars and professionals with the skills to fulfill the teaching and discipling mandates of the gospel commission.
The MA (Religious Education) program equips individuals for discipling ministries in settings where faith formation and spiritual growth across the lifespan are primary concerns. The PhD (Religious Education) equips individuals for research, practice, and teaching in these discipling ministries.
MA: This 48-credit program can typically be completed by fulltime students in two years. Prior undergraduate and graduate studies in religion and education may allow for up to 12 credits of advanced standing.
PhD: This 64-credit program can typically be completed by fulltime students in five years.
Prospective students must submit their applications by the dates listed below.
Fall (August - December): July 15
Spring (January - May): November 15
Summer Session 1 (May - June): April 1
Summer Session 2 (June - July): May 1
Summer Session 3 (July - August): June 1
POINTS OF DISTINCTION
Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and by the Adventist Accrediting Association.
Beyond core courses, our degree requirements are flexible, allowing a customized academic emphasis.
Small classes and favorable student–professor ratio.
The MA requires a bachelors degree (or non-U.S. equivalent) from an accredited institution and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
The PhD requires a master’s degree (or non-US equivalent) in education, religious education, religion, divinity, or a related discipline. A minimum graduate GPA of 3.50 is also required.
Three Recommendations: two from professors and one from a church official or recent employer.
Resume describing employment, research or special projects.
GRE General Test scores from exam taken within five years.
Statement of Purpose reflecting your philosophical perspective, personal, professional and academic goals, and reasons for seeking the graduate program.
TOEFL, IELTS or PTE (academic): Students whose language of education is not English must submit English proficiency test scores.
Writing sample (term paper, thesis, or research report) giving evidence of the applicant’s ability to carry out and present research- required only for PhD applicants.