Common Master of Arts (GTU M.A.)

In affiliation with the Graduate Theological Union, this two-year intensive program focuses on one theological discipline and draws on a close working relationship with a faculty advisor in a specific area of study. The master of arts program offers the opportunity to pursue graduate-level theological studies apart from preparation for a career in ordained ministry. This degree is designed for students who plan to pursue doctoral studies or wish to fine-tune scholarship in a specific area. A substantial, research-based thesis is required, as is basic competency in a modern foreign language for research purposes.

Students in this program can specialize in the following disciplines: 

  • Bible
  • Biblical languages
  • Historical studies
  • Systematic and philosophical theology
  • Religion and personality sciences
  • Christian spirituality
  • Interreligious studies

Through other schools and centers of the Graduate Theological Union, students can also pursue a master of arts in art and religion, cultural and historical studies of religions, Jewish studies, and Buddhist studies.

Helpful Links at the GTU

Program Overview


How to Apply