Master of Arts (M.A.) in
Theology & Culture
EARN A MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THEOLOGY AND CULTURE THROUGH AN ANCIENT-FUTURE PARADIGM THAT ADDRESSES THE MOST RELEVANT CULTURAL ISSUES TODAY.
PROGRAMS / THEOLOGY & CULTURE
Meeting at the intersection of theology and culture.
At St. Stephen's University, we recognize the critical need for the intersection of theology and culture, where education becomes the meeting place of research and practice. In our small, interactive cohorts, students and professors engage in pressing questions and real-life issues in a caring way, inviting students to become the message they hope to convey.
We dip into many fountains, both ancient and contemporary, from Christianity and beyond, to prepare healthy and authentic leaders for the future. We have designed our M.A. in Theology & Culture to prepare for further study and professional development.
Semester and Course Sequencing
The successful completion of the M.A. in Theology & Culture requires a total of 45 credit hours. The default course sequencing and requirements of the program are provided below.
Semesters are 11-credit hours and include courses in church history & theology, biblical studies, Christian counselling & spiritual formation, and philosophy & culture. The three semesters rotate between the fall and spring during the academic year. The fall semester is offered through a hybrid-distance delivery method, wherein courses run online throughout the semester (Sept. – Dec.), with a short 7-day in-person residency and retreat on-site at SSU to give students the opportunity for face-to-face interactions with their fellow students and professors. The spring semester is offered as online courses that don't require any travel and run from January to April. The Guided Thesis Research course and thesis write-up are completed by distance.
Students may start with any semester and may choose to complete the courses of each semester at a slower pace and in any order. Click on the tabs below to view all components of the program.
11 CREDIT HOURS
Interpretation of Sacred Texts (3 c/h)
DR. BRADLEY JERSAK
Justice for All: Race and Gender Issues Today (2 c/h)
DR. DAVID MOORE & DR. L.A. HENRY
Contemplative Spiritual Formation I (1 c/h)
Ancient Insights for Today I (4 c/h)
DR. PETER FITCH
Beyond Spectrum Ideology and the Culture Wars (1 c/h)
LAURENS VAN ESCH
THE MATC AT A GLANCE
DURATION — 2 YEARS (FULL TIME)
CREDIT HOURS — 45
DELIVERY MODE — ONLINE COURSES, SHORT 7-DAY RESIDENCY, 2-WEEK STUDY ABROAD TRIP, ONLINE RESEARCH METHODS COURSE, THESIS
EMPHASES — THEOLOGY & CULTURE, SPIRITUAL FORMATION, COUNSELLING, HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY, MINISTRY PREPARATION
While the tabs above show the default course sequencing and requirements of the program, students have the option of replacing one semester with any combination of directed studies, Open Table online courses, Abbotsford Cohort courses, or Jim Forest Institute online courses with the permission of the Director of the School of Theology & Culture, but these must total at least 11 c/h.
UPCOMING ROTATION OF SEMESTERS
PEACE & JUSTICE STUDIES
Peace Studies Track
M.A. in Theology & Culture students have the opportunity to complete a Peace Studies Track as part of their degree program by replacing one Theology & Culture semester with four of the online courses that form part of the Certificate in Religion, Peace and Justice.