The M.Div./M.A. in Religion is designed to enhance divinity students with advanced biblical language and research skills. 

Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy

Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Religion

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.

 

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).

 

Dual degree students must apply to the Graduate School as well as to the School of Divinity, following the admission requirements of the respective programs, and be accepted to each in order to pursue both degrees. Also, when academic policies and standards differ between the two schools (e.g., grades required for maintaining good academic standing and for graduation), the policies and standards of the appropriate school apply to the respective portion of the dual degree.

 

Admissions Requirements

This dual degree requires admission to both the M.A. in Religion program and the M.Div. program.  Students enter the program only in the fall semester of each academic year. For admissions requirements for the M.A. in Religion, see here, and for the M.Div., see here.

 

Purpose

The purpose of the program is the academic study of religion (rather than parish ministry) in order to prepare students for one or more of the following possibilities:

  1. Meeting Ph.D. entrance requirements
  2. College teaching on the freshman and sophomore levels
  3. Teaching in private schools

 

Goals

The Master of Arts in Religion program is designed to meet the following goals:

  1. Graduate students will develop the research and writing skills essential for scholars in the field of religious studies.
  2. Graduate students will become conversant on the philosophical assumptions, classical and modern theories, and current research in the field of religious studies.
  3. Graduate students will demonstrate proficiency in expressing scholarly ideas through either a written thesis or a supervised teaching experience.

 

Course Requirements

 

Master of Arts in Religion

Common Core (15 hours):

RELI 600: Research Seminar (3 hrs.)
RELI 605: Biblical Studies Seminar (3 hrs.)
RELI 640: Theological Studies Seminar (3 hrs.)
RELI 660: World Religions Seminar (3 hrs.)
RELI 680: Religion and Literature Seminar (3 hrs.)

 

Three (3) hours from the following course offerings:

RELI 630: Historical Studies Seminar (3 hrs.)

RELI 650: Philosophy of Religion Seminar (3 hrs.)
RELI 670: Psychology of Religion Seminar (3 hrs.)

 

Six (6) hours from the following course offerings:

REL 685:  Religious Instruction Seminar (3 hrs.)

REL 690:  Graduate Internship (3 hrs.)

REL 695:  Thesis (6 hrs.)

 

Twelve (12) hours from either of the following course offerings:

A. “Biblical Studies/Languages” Concentration within the Department consisting of the following four classes:

RELI 610: Advanced Hebrew Exegesis Seminar (3 hrs.)
RELI 620: Advanced Greek Exegesis Seminar (3 hrs.)
RELI 615: Old Testament Seminar (3 hrs.)
RELI 625: New Testament Seminar (3 hrs.)

 

B. Out–of-Department Concentration consists of 12 hours of approved classes taken in one of the following program areas: the Divinity School, the School of Education, the School of Psychology, or the English Department.

 

Total M. A. in Religion: 30 hours

 

*Students may choose a combination of courses from the Biblical Studies/Languages concentration along with out-of-department electives. However, students desiring to meet Ph.D. entrance requirements in the area of biblical studies/languages are strongly encouraged to follow the Biblical Studies/Languages concentration and to examine the requirements of the specific Ph.D. program to which they wish to apply.

 

Master of Divinity

A. Biblical Studies (18 hrs.)

DSOT 100: Old Testament I (3 hrs.)

DSOT 101: Old Testament II (3 hrs.)

DSNT 100: New Testament I (3 hrs.)

DSNT 101: New Testament II (3 hrs.)

DSGK 100: Greek I (3 hrs.)

DSHB 100: Hebrew I (3 hrs.)

 

B. Historical/Theological (12 hrs.)

DSHS 100: Christian History I (3 hrs.)

DSHS 101: Christian History II (3 hrs.)

DSTH 100: Christian Theology I (3 hrs.)

DSTH 101: Christian Theology II (3 hrs.)

 

C. Spiritual Formation (12 hrs.)

DSSF 100: Introduction to Theological Education for Ministry (3 hrs.)

DSSF 200: Spiritual Formation: The Christian Journey (3 hrs.)

DSSF 300: The Theory and Practice of Ministry (3 hrs.)

DSSF 301: Capstone Seminar (3 hrs.)

Chapel/Formations/Mentor Conferences

 

D. Ministry (18 hrs.)

DSCE 115: Administration and Leadership in the Church (3 hrs.)

DSPC 100: Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 hrs.)

DSMS 310: Missions and Evangelization (3 hrs.)

DSET 100: Christian Ethics (3 hrs.)

DSMN 201: Introduction to Preaching (3 hrs.)

DSMN 202: Introduction to Worship (3 hrs.)

 

Total: 60 semester hours

 

Other Courses Required

Biblical Studies Electives (6 hrs.)

The student will select two Biblical Studies electives from the School of Divinity catalog.

 

Historical/Theological Studies Electives (3 hrs.)

The student will select one Historical/Theological Studies electives from the School of Divinity catalog.

 

Practical Ministry Electives (3 hrs.)

The student will select one Practical Ministry Studies electives from the School of Divinity catalog.

 

 

TOTAL in the M.Div./M.A. in Religion 108 hrs.

 

Exit Criteria

In order to graduate, all students in the program must pass comprehensive written examinations on their coursework. Students in the thesis track must pass a successful oral defense of their thesis. Students in the teaching track must pass a successful written or oral defense of their internship.

Contact

M. Div.

Dr. Gerald Keown

Phone: (704) 406-4629

Email: gkeown@gardner-webb.edu

 

M.A.

Dr. Eddie Stepp

Phone: (704) 406-3269

Email: estepp@gardner-webb.edu