MA in Christian Studies

MA 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 MA 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.


THS 504     Spiritual Foundations

OTS 501     Old Testament Introduction I

OTS 601     Old Testament Introduction II

BIB 505      Biblical Hermeneutics

EMS 501     Personal Evangelism

NTS 501     New Testament Introduction I

NTS 601     New Testament Introduction II

THS 603    Church History

PHI 502      Philosophy of Religion

THS 512     Prolegomena and Trinitarianism

THS 514     Anthropology, Hamartiology, and Soteriology

THS 516     Baptist Ecclesiology and Eschatology

AMP  500    Applied Ministry Project

(Required each semester for full-time students)

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.

Two laughing housing students sitting on the floor.


Graduates with a MA 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


Dr. Scott Shiffer, Senior Director of Information, Adjunct Professor of Theology, Director of Distance Education, and Program Director of M.A. in Christian Studies and M.A. in Christian Leadership

Scott Shiffer

Adjunct Professor of Theology; Director of Distance Education; Program Director of M.A. in Christian Studies & M.A. in Christian Leadership

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.