Union Theological Seminary Academics


Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Seminary offers a two-year program for the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in which candidates concentrate their graduate theological study in one area of the Seminary's curriculum. The Master of Arts (M.A.) is a two-year academic degree undertaken in preparation for a variety of professional positions, although it is not intended to prepare a candidate for any professional certification.  Many Master of Arts (M.A.) students progress to or aspire towards Ph.D. study after graduation. Others choose the Master of Arts (M.A.) in order to focus their theological studies in a particular area. A Master of Arts (M.A.) candidate must specify an area of concentration, as approved by the faculty advisor to the program. This concentration should be specified at the time of application. In addition to completing specific requirements common to all students in the program, the Master of Arts (M.A.) candidate pursues studies in an area of concentration, as approved by the faculty advisor to the program.

Learn more about admission to the Master of Arts (M.A.) program.

Examples of concentrations are:

  • Bible Old Testament or New Testament
  • History
  • Theology
  • Christian Ethics
  • Interreligious Engagement
  • Practical Theology

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