“We are starting the MA-TEC because, as a college of the church, we are driven to provide a local option for those who want to deepen their understanding of the Christian tradition, deepen their faith, and grapple with how that faith might be expressed in their lives day by day.”
~ Daniel Malotky, Dean of the School of Humanities, Lucy H. Robertson Professor of Religion and Philosophy, and chair, Department of Religion, Ethics and Philosophy.
If you are:
… then the Master of Arts in Theology, Ethics and Culture could be for you. This program, new for 2018-2019, will require completion of 18 credit hours of core courses in Biblical Studies, theology, ethics, and church history, plus 18 credit hours of elective courses, spread over the fields of ethics, Biblical studies and theology.
You will need to have or supply:
The coursework includes:
18.0 credit hours of core classes are required for all candidates, which are drawn from the list below:
Core Requirements (18 credit hours)
(BIB = Bible; THL = Theology; ETH = Ethics; CHH = Church History)
Students should complete at least 12.0 credit hours of core work, or be in the final stage of completing 12.0 credit hours of core work, before taking elective classes.
The program also requires the successful completion of 18.0 credit hours of elective courses chosen from the list of courses below. 12.0 of the credit hours must be at the 6000 level, and 5000 level courses listed can only satisfy an elective requirement if the core requirement for that area has been completed already with a different class. Students must take at least one course from each category: Ethics, Biblical Studies, and Theology. Students pursuing the M.A. thesis degree option must take RES 6900 during their final semester in the program, which will replace one of the six elective courses required of the non-thesis students.
Biblical Studies Electives
Non-thesis degree seeking students must pass a comprehensive exam to graduate.
Thesis Research Project
Students are allowed to pursue the thesis research project by demonstrating the necessary facility with the writing process in their first year of study. Preparation for writing the thesis, such as attention to research methods, will be built into the elective courses. Each student is required to write a thesis research paper that centers on a topic of the individual student’s interest, within the confines of subjects that at least broadly address theology, ethics and culture. The paper will be submitted during the final semester of study, fulfilling the thesis research portion requirement of the degree program. The bibliographical research and thesis project is counted as a four hour credit course that is required for graduation.
For more information, contact Dan Malotky, Dean of the School of the Humanities, at 336-272-7102, ext. 5280, or email [email protected]. To apply, contact Graduate Admissions at 336-272-7102, ext. 5210, or email [email protected].
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