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Master of Arts – Religion (MAR)


Master of Arts – Religion (MAR)

Master of Arts – Religion (MAR)

The Master of Arts – Religion degree (MAR) imparts a sound knowledge of theology to prepare students for lay ministry or further study.  Some students use this degree to prepare for further graduate study, and others use it to provide a Christian foundation for the work they do in the marketplace and in their places of worship.  Along with 24 credits in core theological disciplines, students may choose to declare an “emphasis” through the selection of their general electives (possibilities include Biblical Languages, Biblical Studies, Church History, Theology, Practical Theology, etc.).

The MAR is 49 credits.  The MAR can be completed entirely in residence at our Ambridge campus, online, or a hybrid of both; many MAR electives can be completed at our January and June intensives.  There is no residency requirement for the MAR.

Residential students generally take 4-5 courses per term in Fall and Spring, supplementing as desired with January & June intensives.  Most residential students graduate after 2 years of full-time study.  Distance students generally take 1-2 courses per term in Fall, Spring, and Summer, supplementing with January & June intensives.  Most distance students graduate after 3-5 years of part-time study.

A Lutheran track in partnership with the North American Lutheran Seminary (NALS) and a Presbyterian track in partnership with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) are also available.  Please see Our Programs Additional Tracks section for more information.  More information about the NALS and EPC Partnerships is available here.


Application Deadlines

Fall Start: July 1
Spring Start: December 1


The Curriculum


Core Requirements (24 credits)
BI500 Biblical Interpretation
OT500 Introduction to Old Testament*
NT500 Introduction to New Testament*
CH645 Anglican & Episcopal Church History**
ST770 The Anglican Way of Theology**
ME500 Introduction to World Missions
PT600 Conducting Worship in the Prayer Book Tradition**
PT700 Spiritual Formation: Catechesis & Discipleship
General Electives (24 credits)
  • Choose 8 additional courses
  • An “emphasis” indicates 6 of the 8 electives are in one discipline
  • Two electives may be used for those who wish to write a thesis
Capstone (1 credit)
  • Portfolio of artifacts demonstrating the student has met Trinity’s learning outcomes
  • Final integrative paper written during the student’s last semester

*Students may substitute an addition OT/NT elective based on Bible Knowledge Entrance Exam

** Lutheran and Presbyterian track students will substitute these courses as appropriate