Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Religion (Dual-Degree)
The M.Div. /M.A. in Religion is designed to enhance divinity students with advanced biblical language and research skills by permitting them to earn a second degree, the M.A. in Religion, instead of the usual M.Div. concentration. This degree provides students with a broadened and deepened context in the biblical languages, the academic study of religion, and opportunities in either thesis writing or teaching internship. The breadth of this type of study would enhance the understanding, interpretation, and application of the Scriptures as well as increase understanding of working with diverse persons within and outside parish ministry.
The M.Div. /M.A. in Religion is housed in the School of Divinity. Students wishing to pursue the dual degree of Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Religion must have the concentration in biblical studies/languages within the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy. The M.Div. /M.A. in Religion requires completion of the 60 hour core, 6 hours of biblical studies electives, 3 hours of historical and theological studies electives, 3 hours of practical ministry electives of the M.Div. degree, and the 36 hour M.A. in Religion for a total of 108 hours. Students must also meet all requirements established by the departments/schools involved for taking courses outside of the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy. Students also select six hours from one of two tracks: the research track (thesis research and writing) or the teaching track (a pedagogy course and an internship in university teaching).
The Master of Arts in Religion program is designed to meet the following goals:
-Graduate students will develop the research and writing skills essential for scholars in the field of religious studies.
-Graduate students will become conversant on the philosophical assumptions, classical and modern theories, and current
research in the field or religious studies.
-Graduate students will demonstrate proficiency in expressing scholarly ideas through either a written thesis or a supervised
The School of Divinity is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada.
International Student Requirements:
1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 500-paper based test, 173 min.-computer based, or 61 min.-internet based.
2. WES - (Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials) - All Transcripts from institutions outside U.S. must be submitted to WES
3. VISA/ PASSPORT - F1 student visa or H1B work/employment visa.
-Permanent Residents need to supply a copy of their permanent residency card
International applicants planning to immigrate to the U.S.A., submit the following:
4. Documents to Support Sponsor Financial Responsibility-Copy of most recent Bank Statement and one of the following: Recent
tax return OR copies of the Last 3 pay stubs.
5. I-20 Request Form
6. International Student Transfer Form (if coming from another U.S. institution, a copy of your I-94 and I-20 are required)