At SSU, we believe in the current need for the intersection of theology and culture, where education becomes the meeting place of research and practice. In our small, interactive module classes, people’s real questions and life issues are faced in a caring way, so that students gradually become the message they want to convey. We dip into many fountains, both ancient and contemporary, from many parts of the Christian Church, to prepare healthy and authentic leaders for the future. We have designed this new MA in Culture and Theology as a preparation for further study.
The successful completion of the MA Theology and Culture requires a total of 45 credit hours composed of:
- Three classroom modules (Two week intensive on-site or over a semester online) (10 credit hours per module or 30 credit hours total)
- One study abroad module (six credit hours), locations vary. Our next travel module will be in March 2023 to Israel/Palestine.
- Research methods/guided thesis research course (thesis proposal phase – 3 credit hours)
- Research-based thesis (60–100 pages – 6 credit hours)
Note: Students may use IRPJ Peace modules (online) to fulfill module requirements.
Note: MMin graduates have the option of upgrading to an MA with the addition of the research methods course and a thesis. Consult the Dean for details.
Modules include courses in church history, theology, Biblical studies, Christian counselling, Ignatian spirituality, and philosophy. Students are normally required to read about 2000 pages before each module with written assignments to complete before and after each module.
Students may complete the modules at a slower pace and in any order. Sufficient time must be allotted to complete the necessary readings in advance.