M.A. in Christian Studies

M.A. in Christian Studies

Back to the basics.

If you’re passionate about getting to the heart of your Christian faith, this degree is for you. The M.A. in Christian Studies will give you a solid introduction to the basics of biblical interpretation, doctrine, church history, and theology. Interacting in small classes with fellow students and devoted instructors will inspire you to apply these truths to your own life. You will leave with a better appreciation of what it means to follow Jesus, wherever He leads you.


Biblical Studies (15 hours)

BIB 505     Biblical Hermeneutics

NTS 501    New Testament Introduction I

NTS 502    New Testament Introduction II

OTS 501    Old Testament Introduction I

OTS 502    Old Testament Introduction II


Ministerial Studies (6 hours)

MIN 503    Personal Evangelism

MIN 715     Ministry Practicum


Theological and Philosophical Studies (18 hours)

PHI 502    Philosophy of Religion

THS 512    Prolegomena and Trinitarianism

THS 514    Anthropology, Hamartiology, and Soteriology

THS 516    Baptist Ecclesiology and Eschatology

THS 660    Patristic, Medieval, and Reformation Theology

THS 665    Modern and Postmodern Theology

One of the best experiences of my life. The wisdom they imparted to me so I could share the Gospel with the world is indescribable.

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Graduates with a M.A. in Christian Studies are prepared to step into the following roles:

  • Discipleship pastor
  • Leadership roles in the church
  • Student pastor
  • Church planter
  • Lead pastor
  • Leadership role in a parachurch organization

From 2018—2021, 67% of those who graduated with a M.A. in Christian Studies are either employed or continuing their education.

Criswell College admits students who are Christians of good character, without regard or reference to race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, or sex (except where regard to sex is required by the College’s religious tenets regarding gender and sexuality) to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these classifications in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.