Master of Arts

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The Master of Arts (MA) is a two-year academic degree (51 credit) that prepares students for a variety of professional positions by providing a basic understanding of theological disciplines related to the interests of study. Students must specify an area of concentration as approved by the faculty advisor to the program.

Our Master of Arts program offers both full-time residential and part-time commuter options, all within an intellectually challenging, dynamic and justice-minded community. While the MA is a primarily academic degree that prepares students for advanced studies and teaching, it also prepares students for a variety of other professional positions in diverse academic and non-academic contexts.

Scholarship and Justice:

Union’s curriculum intentionally engages societal disparities based on gender, race, sexuality, religion, and other divisive or marginalizing forces. Studying in this environment is both a strength and a challenge. Union graduates emerge from the program equipped to respond to the claims of the world with intellectual excellence, social justice, and compassionate wisdom.

The program requires 51 credits over two years:

  • Foundational coursework in four fields of study: Bible/Sacred Text, History, Theology/Ethics, and Interreligious Engagement
  • Flexible electives in a variety of justice-oriented subjects
  • Six credit thesis relevant to one’s concentration/specific area of study

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