Master of Arts in Christian Studies

Our Master of Arts in Christian Studies degree is designed to equip pastors, church and ministry leaders, and non-ministry professionals to serve with confidence and better understand how their faith integrates with their work, life, and ministry.
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courses in theology
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Program Design

Core Courses
  1. Bible Survey
  2. Principles of Biblical Interpretation
  3. Introduction to Apologetics
  4. Survey of Church History
  5. Theological Foundations
  6. Survey of Reformed Theology
  7. Old Testament Theology for Application
  8. New Testament Theology for Application

Customize your degree with a range of specialized studies. Available courses may include:

  1. Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution (Coming soon!)
  2. Biblical Theology of Worship (Coming soon!)
  3. Theology and Secular Psychology
  4. Human Personality
  5. Dynamics of Biblical Change
  6. Counseling in the Local Church
  7. Counseling and Physiology
  8. More coming soon!


Summative Evaluation

Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of theological disciplines and their understanding of their importance for matters of life and ministry through the completion of a summative evaluation. Students may complete one of the following to fulfill this requirement: Comprehensive Exam, Integrative Paper, Capstone Project

Online Student Course Reviews

487 reviews
5 Stars55.2%
4 Stars32.4%
3 Stars9.9%
2 Stars1%
1 Star1%
Elizabeth O.
Overall the course was wonderful, and I would highly recommend to anyone who is a student interested in ministry. Loved the diversity of meeting with people from around the world.
Juan D.
The Westminster Online Learning team has been the most excellent online help I have yet received in my education. I would like to have more little assignments throughout the term instead of the larger ones in some classes.
Peter L.
I love it! The small group experience is, for me, one of the highlights of this class. Our instructor was also personable, did research to answer our questions, and was quick to respond to email and other student concerns.
Etorré R.
Loved the video lectures. I do wish it were more like Netflix where it goes to the next lecture immediately.
Byron F.
My instructor was very encouraging throughout the course. It seemed he did everything in his power to help us succeed.

Theological Training for Every Calling

This degree combines online theology courses in biblical studies, church history, and defending the faith, with electives on topics such as science and faith and Christianity and culture. Core theology courses are taught by Westminster faculty and counseling electives are taught by the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation faculty.

This unique curriculum, along with practical application opportunities, will enable you to grow in your own faith and theological understanding, and be better equipped to teach or lead in your ministry or professional context. Whether you’re a pastor, missionary, lawyer, social worker, or non-profit administrator, this degree will provide deep theological grounding for your life and work.

Program Schedule

Intro Weeks
  • Meet your faculty and classmates through video introductions.
  • Connect with your small group for the first time online face-to-face.
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Program Schedule

Typical Weeks
  • Hear from faculty as they interact with your course’s last small group assignments.
  • Meet with your small group on your own schedule to process the upcoming week’s content and submit your next assignment.
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Program Schedule

Final Weeks
  • Submit your final projects, exams or papers.
  • Complete course feedback to help us keep improving your student experience!
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Who Will benefit from this degree?

Students complete the online Masters in Christian Studies degree to gain foundational theological training in biblical studies as they prepare for work and ministry in a variety of professional contexts. 

Examples of typical applicants include:

  • Christian businessmen and businesswomen wanting to grow their work and leadership in an understanding of Scripture and theology
  • K-12 teachers and school administrators who are looking to be grounded in a solid, Christian worldview
  • International leaders desiring to be better equipped to teach the Word
  • Deacons and ruling elders who want in-depth preparation for ministry
  • Pastors looking for continuing education
  • Missionaries who are called to stay in the field while gaining further training
"I am taking three online classes. They are fantastic... all tools are performing well and making education fun and accessible."
"This institution is an absolutely amazing reality. Thank you, Westminster, for your commitment to the Bible. Thank you for your Reformed theology—your solidity and symbolic presence."
John Piper
JOHN PIPER Founder and Leader of and Chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary
"Studying biblical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary was a life-shaping experience for me.”
PHILIP GRAHAM RYKEN President, Wheaton College
"I think Westminster and their emphasis on biblical theology and the emphasis on philosophical apologetics stand out, and most schools don’t go that deep.”
TIMOTHY KELLER Founder, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, NY
Frequent Questions
Will the MA in Christian Studies prepare me to become an ordained pastor?
This program is designed for Christians who are leaders within and outside of the church who want an introduction to the core aspects of their Christian faith and its relevance to their life and work. Those considering pastoral ordination should consider Westminster's MDiv degrees.
How long does it take to earn an MA in Christian Studies degree?
The degree timing is flexible, but most students finish in 1.5-3 years
Is the MA in Christian Studies an accredited program?
The MA in Christian Studies is accredited by both the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Association of Theological Schools.