Master of Arts in Religion.


Master of Arts in Religion

Follow your Curiosity

How does religion make and remake the world?

This is one of the most urgent questions of our time—and a complicated one with no easy answers. For those ready to tackle it, the Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) degree invites you to study the world as it is shaped by religious inheritances, ideas, passions and ways of life.

The MAR is for:

  • Those preparing for doctoral studies
  • Professionals seeking to develop subject credentials for fields including education, administration, journalism or librarianship
  • People in a variety of vocations who want to follow their curiosity about the big questions of meaning, values and the world

MAR students pursue specialized study in a field or more broadly in Theological Studies. Because the real world is not divided according to academic disciplines, MAR students also choose a transdisciplinary emphasis.

University in The Forest

Students at the Theological School can take advantage of the resources and opportunities in the University at large. Study education, conflict resolution, humanities, and, yes, even religion with faculty in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Do research at the United Methodist Archives and History Center or an internship in the Drew University Library. MAR students often join the experiential or off-campus learning of the Theological School Community Garden, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Civic Engagement, or the Partnership for Religious Education in Prisons.

Program of study: Disciplinary depth. Transdisciplinary breadth.

Master of Arts in Religion coursework consists of 43 credits of disciplinary and transdisciplinary study, the development of effective research and communication skills and specialized capstone experiences.

Area of study (21-27 credits)

  • Bible and Cultures
  • Theology and Philosophy
  • Religion and Society
  • General Theological Studies
  • Self-designed concentration

Transdisciplinary emphasis (12-15 credits)

  • Ecology and Religion
  • African-American and Africana Studies and Religion
  • Wesleyan/Methodist Studies
  • Religion and Social Justice
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Teacher Education (with Caspersen School)
  • Self-designed emphasis

Online seminars on contemporary scholars and scholarship (4 credits)

  • Studying Religion and Theology
  • Research Methods in a Digital Age
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Public Writing and Media Communication

Capstone experience (3 or 6 credits)

  • Problem-solving learning labs
  • Thesis or extended paper
  • Internship in teaching, librarianship, archival research or journalism