The M.A. degree prepares students to undertake doctoral studies, to teach religion at elementary through junior college levels, or to integrate a theological perspective into the practice of another profession or ministry.
The M.A. program is offered by the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in cooperation with member schools including CDSP. Admission applications for the M.A. program are submitted to the GTU Admissions Office, and applications are considered by the Admissions Committees of both the GTU and the school of affiliation.
M.A. students may affiliate with CDSP in the following areas of concentration: Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament, Christian Spirituality, Comparative Religion, History of Christianity, New Religious Movements, Sociology of Religion, Christian Theology, Comparative Theology, Ethics, Liturgical Studies, Missiology, Practical Theology, or Religious Education. The B.A. or its equivalent is a prerequisite for this degree and two years of residence are required.
Complete information about the M.A. Program is contained in the GTU M.A. Handbook, available from the GTU Dean's Office, and on the GTU website.
Concurrent M.Div./M.A. Program
Students also may enroll in the M.Div. and M.A. programs concurrently. A separate admission process for each program is necessary, as is the completion of all requirements for each degree. Concurrent M.Div./M.A. programs can be completed in no less than four years.