51 Credit Hours ~ 2 years ~ Full-time enrollment, 12 hours or more per semester
5 years ~ Part-time enrollment, 11 hours or less per semester
The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) is an academic degree designed to combine a foundational theological education with sufficient flexibility to allow students to pursue particular interests. It may be the highest degree a student plans to pursue, and so be used for personal enrichment or appropriate vocational training; one may also pursue the MAR as a transitional degree in preparation for further advanced studies.
Students who enroll in the MAR are seeking formation in the life of Christian theological scholarship. The program regularly attracts students from a wide variety of denominations, and these students work together throughout their time here as they develop research plans. Each student works with a common program advisor in the initial stages of her or his studies, and then is assigned to a field-specific faculty member in their second semester. All MAR students are invited, though not required, to participate in chapel worship and other community events on campus.
In the MAR program students will:
- Develop the scholarly disciplines that accompany and support a curious and charitable intellect;
- Acquire a broad knowledge of the content and methods of biblical studies, church history, theology, and Christian ethics;
- Display skills for sharing theological knowledge and engaging in theological argument in both written and oral form.
Two tracks are offered: a General Studies Track and Concentration Track. All students complete a thesis or comprehensive exams as part of the degree requirements. Students may take courses from the MDiv, MACMHC, MCPC, and MSF sequences as well as classes from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Additionally, full-time enrollment (12 credits or more) is required during the two consecutive semesters immediately preceding graduation.
The General Studies Track
Course requirements include Biblical, Historical, Theological, and Theological Ethics studies.
The Concentration Track
Students may take a concentration in one of the following areas: Biblical Studies, History, Theology, Ethics, Liturgics, or Latino/Hispanic Studies. Concentrations are normally decided after the first semester of study.
Prior to being awarded the degree, each candidate must fully discharge all financial obligations to the seminary and all requirements for this degree must be completed within five years from the date of entry into the program.
Beth Jordan, Enrollment Manager