Master of Arts in Religion

Many people are called to ministries or vocations that challenge them to become skilled researchers and effective scholarly writers. Others are led to teach at Quaker or other parochial secondary schools. And some choose to follow an academic course that leads to doctoral programs in religious studies. The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is a terminal degree or steppingstone for each of these paths.

ESR’s M.A. is the scholarly companion to the practitioner-oriented M.Div./M.Min program. While both degrees involve academic rigor and attention to spiritual growth, the M.A. is geared toward the development and completion of a thesis to be presented at the conclusion of the program. Graduates of ESR’s M.A. program have built upon the research begun in our program to publish books and/or pursue further study in doctoral programs.

This two-year full time academic program is available to students who elect to reside in the Richmond, Indiana area, or who choose to pursue the degree through ESR Access, our distance learning option.

ESR’s M.A. program helps students build a solid academic foundation in Biblical, theological and historical studies, and pursue advanced studies in one of four areas of concentration: Biblical Studies, Christian Theology, Quaker Studies, or Peace and Justice Studies. M.A. students may also elect to take courses in practical theology and spirituality in order to deepen those areas.

Interested in learning more? You can see an overview of the M.A. program objectives here, requirements here, and a full listing of completed student M.A. theses here.

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