The Revised MA Program

The revised MA degrees offer specialized training in a ministry discipline or an academic discipline. Each MA includes elements of foundational, classical theological training and applied, practical ministry. The MAs focusing on academic disciplines prepare students of further study in a research doctoral program like the PhD. The ministry-focused MAs are designed to prepare students for practical ministry.

Master of Arts (Biblical Studies): 54-55 hours

  • Theological and Historical Studies: 12 hours
  • Biblical Studies: 15 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Concentration: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours
  • Summative Evaluation: 3-4 hours

Master of Arts (Biblical Archaeology): 45-46 hours

  • Theological and Historical Studies: 6 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Biblical Languages: 6 hours
  • Geographical, Anthropological, and Cultural Studies: 9 hours
  • Archeology: 15 hours
  • Summative Evaluation: 3-4 hours

Master of Theological Studies 49 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 18 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 9 hours
  • Controlled Electives: 6 hours
  • Free Electives: 3 hours
  • Summative Assessment: 1 hour

Master of Arts in Church and Community Ministries: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Church and Community Ministries: 18 hours

Master of Arts in Worship Ministry: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Worship Ministry Core: 12 hours
  • Church Music/Worship Component: 6 hours

Master of Music in Church Music: 49 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 6 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 6 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 3 hours
  • Worship Ministry Competency: 18 hours
  • Musicianship Competency: 16 hours

Master of Arts in Christian Education: 63 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Christian Education Core: 21 hours
  • Christian Education Electives: 9 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Arts in Discipleship: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Discipleship Core: 12 hours
  • Christian Education Electives: 6 hours

Master of Arts in Ministry to Women: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Ministry to Women Competency Component: 12 hours

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Pastoral Ministry Core: 18 hours

Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Ministry Leadership Core: 18 hours

Master of Arts in Missiology: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Missiology Core: 15 hours
  • Free Electives: 3 hours

Master of Arts in Church Planting: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Church Planting Core: 6 hours
  • Church Planting Electives: 6 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Studies: 39 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Cross-Cultural Core: 12 hours

Master of Arts in Counseling (Specialization in Clinical Mental Health): 84 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 9 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 6 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 3 hours
  • Core Counseling Courses: 18 hours
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 21 hours
  • Contextual Dimensions: 15 hours
  • Clinical Practice: 9 hours
  • Counseling Electives: 3 hours

Master of Arts in Counseling (Specialization in Marriage and Family): 84 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 9 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 6 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 3 hours
  • Core Counseling Courses: 18 hours
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling: 21 hours
  • Contextual Dimensions: 15 hours
  • Clinical Practice: 9 hours
  • Counseling Electives: 3 hours

Master of Arts (Theology): 54-55 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 18 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 12 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Theology Concentration: 9 hours
  • Electives: 6 hours
  • Summative Component: 3-4 hours

Master of Arts (Philosophy): 51-52 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 15 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 12 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Philosophy Core: 12 hours
  • Philosophy Electives: 3 hours
  • Summative Component: 3-4 hours

Master of Arts (Apologetics): 51-52 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 15 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 12 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Apologetics Core: 9 hours
  • Apologetics Electives: 6 hours
  • Summative Component: 3-4 hours

Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Christian Apologetics Core: 9 hours
  • Christian Apologetics Electives: 9 hours

From the Dean

“The newly revised MA degrees at New Orleans are designed to provide you with the tools needed to serve effectively in the 21st Century. Our goal is to build the kingdom of God through mature, capable, and compassionate ministers. If you need additional information regarding a specific program, contact the Academic Counselor in the Registrar’s Office. May God continue to bless and lead as you remain faithful to prepare and serve.”
Dr. Bo Rice

Dr. Bo Rice

Dean of Graduate Studies