MA/CH Concentration Purpose

The Master of Arts concentration in Church History (MA/CH) provides specialized study in the discipline of the history of the Christian church.  The MA/CH is academic rather than professional in focus, preparing participants in knowledge and practice for teaching or researching in Christian secondary schools, or higher education where a doctorate may not be needed; or as an intermediate step toward doctoral study in a related area.

MA/CH Program Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will acquire a foundational understanding of the history of the Christian Church in the western and non-western world from the first century to the present.
  2. Students will develop skills in historical research and writing necessary for academic ministry or service to the local church.
  3. Students will gain confidence in using the Christian tradition in their ministries of preaching and teaching to help other Christians with issues of spiritual, doctrinal, and ecclesial identity, and to make more faithful disciples of those whom God calls them to serve.
  4. Students will grow in their understanding of and appreciation for the rich diversity of faith traditions within the Christian churches.

MA/CH Prerequisites

  1. 6 semester hours of Bible including Old and New Testament surveys; or TEDS OT 5000 and NT 5000
  2. an undergraduate major in history or its equivalent that includes a minimum of 18 hours in history
  3. a reading knowledge of languages required to complete the thesis, depending on the area of study
Theology Core
ID 5000Biblical Theology and Interpretation3
Systematic Theology elective (ST prefix)3
Concentration Core
CH 8100Classic Texts in the History of Christianity3
CH 8911
CH 8912
Colloquium in Historical Methodology I
and Colloquium in Historical Methodology II
Electives in Church History 112-14
The following courses in other departments may be completed in the Concentration Core:
History of Christianity in China
Backgrounds Early Christianity
Theology of Augustine
Karl Barth
Theology in Contemporary Literature
Elective Courses
Select 5-7 hours of elective courses5-7
Field Education
Select one option from the following:0
Option 1:
Field Education (1 semester)
Option 2:
Formation Group (2 semesters)
MA/CH Capstone
MA/CH Major Comprehensive Exam
Select one option from the following:0-2
Option 1:
Two -- 7980 MA Major Research Paper 1
Option 2:
MA Thesis
Total Hours32

12 hours if Thesis option; 14 hours if Two Major Papers option


CH 7980 option available for those not intending to pursue PhD studies in history. Letters of recommendation for PhD studies will not be provided by departmental faculty for those pursuing this option.


CH 7485 option expected for those intending to pursue PhD studies in history.