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Master of Arts in

Theological/Historical Studies

Graduate
Degree

Program Overview

As you embark on the next step of your higher education, if you are interested in teaching and research, then the Master of Arts in Theological/Historical Studies might be a great place for you to land. In this plan, you will be equipped to communicate the doctrines of faith and the history of Christianity. Additionally, you will understand and be ready to communicate the basic historical and theological heritage of the Christian faith. 

Another exciting facet to this program is the opportunity to have acquaintance with the people, creeds, liturgies, and systems of faith that make up the basic elements of their heritage. Your ability to understand and evaluate the issues and dynamics in the contemporary communities of faith and in contemporary theology will be enhanced, thereby strengthening your ability to defend your faith. 

Historical theology provides the conceptual framework for the Master of Arts Theological/Historical Studies program. Proficiency in either theological German or theological French is required for graduation. Another language, however, may be substituted with the approval of the area committee when such a language is especially relevant and clearly demonstrated for the successful completion of a course of study.

THE MASTER OF ARTS THEOLOGICAL/HISTORICAL STUDIES DEGREE PROGRAM AIMS TO:

  • Communicate the Christian faith in contemporary context.
  • Provide an account of the history and development of Christian tradition during specific time periods.
  • Provide a systematized overview of the history and theology of the Christian tradition.
  • Encourage research that demands critical thinking, historical integration and theological reflection on the part of the student.
  • Provide foundational linguistic preparation that enables translation of Scripture and historical documents in German or French for theological research.
  • Encourage awareness of the historical development of the Pentecostal/charismatic movement within church history.
  • Promote research and critical thinking skills needed to produce an academic thesis.
  • Promote a biblical/theological understanding of the person, work and ministry of the Holy Spirit. 
  • Enable you to articulate clearly their ministry/professional calling.
  • Enable you to integrate a specific area of research with a unified historical/theological perspective reflective of degree program courses.

ACCREDITATIONS:

THE ORU COLLEGE OF THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY IS ACCREDITED BY:

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).


THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY IS ALSO ACCREDITED BY:

The Graduate School of Theology and Ministry is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). The following degree programs are approved: 
     Master of Divinity
     M.A. Biblical Literature
     M.A. Theological/Historical Studies
     M.A. in Professional Counseling
     M.A. in Intercultural Studies
     M.A. in Practical Theology
     Doctor of Ministry
     PhD in Theology

The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA
Telephone: 412.788.6505
Fax: 412.788.6510

Are there scholarships available?

There are several scholarships available to students in the Graduate Program. To learn more about financial aid, click here.

Contact 

Michael Thomas, Graduate Theology Enrollment Counselor
Graduate School of Theology and Ministry
Phone:  918.495.6618   |   Toll free:  800.643.7976 x2
Fax:  918.495.6725
gradadmissions@oru.edu

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