Theology

The M.A. in Theology trains students to engage theological ideas in the world today through a strong biblical, evangelical foundation, mastery of our diverse theological heritage, and familiarity with contemporary, global developments in theology.

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Program Description

The M.A. in Theology (48 credit hours) provides students with a course of graduate theological study in an interdisciplinary, liberal arts context. The concentration seeks to equip students to become responsible interpreters of Scripture and faithful stewards of Christian thought through critical graduate study leading to church service and teaching or an advanced Ph.D. program. Students choosing this degree concentration must select one of two available degree emphases: Systematic or Historical Theology.

Students from the M.A. in Theology enjoy rewarding careers in teaching, ministry, publishing, and more. Some Wheaton College graduates pursue Ph.D. degrees in Theology or Religious Studies. Others serve through active church ministry or work in parachurch organizations.

*Students who select the concentration in Historical theology are eligible to apply for the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies Research Fellowship.

Degree Requirements

  • 8 hours in Biblical Theology
    • All students must complete:
      • BITH 638—Old Testament Theology (4)
      • BITH 648—New Testament Theology (4)

  • 8 hours in Historical Theology
    • All students must complete:
      • BITH 653—Historical Theology: Patristic (2)
      • BITH 654—Historical Theology: Medieval (2)
      • BITH 655—Historical Theology: Reformation (2)
      • BITH 656—Historical Theology: Modern (2)

  • 8 hours in Systematic Theology
    • All students must complete or fulfill in the first year of study:
      • BITH 565—Christian Theology (prerequisite to degree)
    • All students must complete in the first year of study:
      • BITH 573—Scripture and Theology (4)
      • BITH 675—Advanced Systematic Theology (4)

  • 8 hours in Interdisciplinary and Global Christian Thought
    • All students must complete:
      • BITH 674—Theology and the Liberal Arts (4)
      • BITH 577—Modern World Christianity (4)

  • Students enrolled with an emphasis in Systematic Theology
    • 16hours of electives in the field of systematic or related studies
      • Including minimum of 4 credits in BITH 676 (Seminar in Systematic Theology)
      • BITH 698 - Thesis (4) can be used to fulfill 4 credits of electives, if approved. Advisor and GAAC approval required before student can register for Thesis and begin writing. Oral defense required. Students permitted to write a thesis must also complete the comprehensive exam.

  • Students enrolled with an emphasis in Historical Theology
    • 16hours of electives in the field of historical or related studies
      • Including minimum of 4 credits in BITH 677 (Topics in History of Christianity)
      • Including minimum of 4 credits in BITH 679 (Seminar in Historical Theology)
      • BITH 698 - Thesis (4) can be used to fulfill 4 credits of electives, if approved. Advisor and GAAC approval required before student can register for Thesis and begin writing. Oral defense required. Students permitted to write a thesis must also complete the comprehensive exam.

  • All students in the M.A. in Theology are required to take
    • BITH 692—Comprehensive Exam (0) (offered in Fall and Spring semesters and may be retaken only once)

  • All students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology or a related field are strongly encouraged to take the following for elective credit:
    • BITH 684—Methods in Scholarship (0)
    • BITH 505—Language Study (4) (French or German)

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