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Master of Arts in Theology

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The MA in Theology enhances a students’ understanding of biblically-informed faith by providing a firm foundation in systematic theology, biblical studies, and applied theology. This degree prepares students for ministry in the Church and can serve as a strong academic platform for post-graduate studies.  

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Learn how to:

  • Engage in theological reflection by examining classical topics in light of their historical developments and contextual challenges.
  • Interpret Scripture and develop a strong biblical theology.
  • Apply theology through the study of ethics, leadership and ministry in various contexts.

Formats & Schedules

The Master of Arts in Theology program is year-round with courses offered during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Vanguard University offers this world-class MA in two formats. Both are taught by the same top-ranked faculty using the same core curriculum, and both are designed for working adults. Students can choose from the following:

1. Traditional Format (classes on campus). Students enroll in two 8-week classes (3 units each) one night a week throughout the semester with one Saturday session per course.

2. Online Format (live-online). Students enroll in two 8-week classes (3 units each) one night a week throughout the semester with one Saturday session per course. Students engage in a variety of online learning activities, including extensive reading and reflection, a live online format with faculty and other students, threaded discussions, and independent research.

Quick Facts

TOTAL UNITS

48-51

COST PER UNIT

$585*

LENGTH OF PROGRAM

2.5 years

START TERMS

Fall, Spring & Summer

*Tuition is based on the 2022/2023 academic year and is subject to change.

*Ministerial and affiliate partner tuition-discounts available

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Meet Our Faculty

Greg Austring, PhD

Greg Austring, PhD

Professor of Intercultural Studies and Religion
Tommy Casarez PhD

Tommy Casarez PhD

Associate Dean of the Division of Theology, Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology
Willem Dogterom, DMin

Willem Dogterom, DMin

Professor of Pastoral Ministries and Spiritual Formation
Rodolfo Estrada, PhD

Rodolfo Estrada, PhD

Assistant Professor of New Testament
Roger Heuser, PhD

Roger Heuser, PhD

Professor of Leadership Studies
Alicia Jackson, PhD

Alicia Jackson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Old Testament
Frank Macchia, D.Theo.

Frank Macchia, D.Theo.

Professor of Systematic Theology
Sandra Morgan, PhD, RN

Sandra Morgan, PhD, RN

Professor of Women and Justice Studies, Director of Global Center for Women and Justice
Richard Park DPhil

Richard Park DPhil

Associate Professor of Theology, Chair of Professional Studies Theology
Doug Petersen, PhD

Doug Petersen, PhD

Margaret S. Smith Professor of World Mission and Intercultural Studies, Co-Director of Graduate Studies Theology and Leadership
John Mark Robeck, PhD

John Mark Robeck, PhD

Associate Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture, Chair of Undergraduate Theology (TUG), Co-Director of Graduate Studies Theology & Leadership
Gary Tyra, DMin

Gary Tyra, DMin

Professor of Biblical and Practical Theology
April Westbrook, PhD

April Westbrook, PhD

Professor of Old Testament

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