The hallmark of the Master or Arts (Theology) program is the flexibility offered within each individual student’s program. The general academic MA provides the theological background for those who wish to teach at the secondary or college level, or to develop greater academic expertise in theological studies. The research MA provides this same theological background and also serves as preparation for those who wish to pursue further studies in a doctoral program. It is possible to pursue both the MDiv and MA programs concurrently at CTU.

Master of Arts (Theology)

Critical Dates and Deadlines

February 1

Priority Scholarship Deadline

May 1

Application deadline for Internationally-based students

August 15

Application deadline for US-based students

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Tracks & Options
Goals & Outcomes

The research track is designed to prepare students and to provide them with some experience of what it is like to be a PhD student. Students in the research track need to demonstrate a proficiency in reading in one modern research language such as French or German before they graduate. Research track students also complete and MA thesis paper, and they prepare ten as opposed to eight comprehensive exam questions. Students on the general track do not complete an MA thesis paper nor have to demonstrate reading proficiency in a modern research language.



  • Biblical Studies
  • Ethics
  • Intercultural Studies and Ministries
  • Interreligious Dialogue
  • Liturgical Studies
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Spirituality
  • Systematic Theology
  • World Mission
  • Demonstrates proficiency in engaging in academic study and research for general educational purposes
  • Demonstrates survey knowledge of diverse theological disciplines
  • Evidences progress toward a coherent and personally integrated theological vision within the context of a communitarian spiritual formation
  • Demonstrates summative and integrative knowledge at the end of the academic program through the successful completion of the comprehensive oral examinations

The graduate of the Research MA program satisfies the learning outcomes of the General Academic MA degree plus the following Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrates focused knowledge in a specific discipline or interdisciplinary knowledge
  • Acquires and applies skills, including languages, required for the pursuit of doctoral studies

CTU offers a selection of courses in philosophy to help MDiv students meet the prerequisites in philosophy for this degree. Students may take CTU 3000 level theology courses to meet the prerequisites in theology or religious studies. Advanced standing rather than credit will be given in those theological areas.

  • Theology: 15 semester hours
  • Philosophy: 6 semester hours
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA

In addition to their course work, spiritual formation is required for all lay students who are pursuing a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity Degree. This formation helps them to integrate their theological coursework into their daily lives. Members of religious communities have formation provided by that community. For more information about formation programs for lay students at CTU, click HERE.