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Master of Arts in Christian Studies

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Master of Arts in Christian Studies

Total cost: $12,600
Cost per credit hour: $350
Credit hours: 36

The OBU Master of Arts degrees combine uncompromising academic rigor with unparalleled ministry relevance, providing learners and practitioners with foundational knowledge and specialized skills for ministry. Students may select an MA in Christian Studies in one of three tracks: Leadership, Apologetics or Biblical and Theological Studies.

MA in Christian Studies: Biblical and Theological Studies

This degree trains students to study the Bible and to understand Christian theology to equip them for ministry effectiveness and personal spiritual growth. Designed for current and future ministry leaders, Bible study teachers, and anyone who desires a deepened understanding of Scripture and doctrine, this emphasis offers courses both online and in person.

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MA in Christian Studies: Leadership

Students learn foundational biblical and theological knowledge, equipping them to lead effectively in ministry. Courses prepare students for contemporary, biblical leadership in the face of challenges involving staff, congregations and volunteers. Whether you are a pastor; an associate pastor; a minister of music, education, or missions; or even an active layperson, this track will equip you to lead the church or support those who do.

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MA in Christian Studies: Apologetics

Students learn to defend the faith from some of the best scholars and practitioners of apologetics in the nation. This degree prepares learners to defend the Christian faith in a winsome and compelling manner. Students learn how to study scripture; analyze culture; and apply biblical, theological, and philosophical understanding to develop a reasonable defense of the Christian faith.

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Integrated MA

Through an integrated program, OBU provides the opportunity for undergraduate students from all disciplines to begin work toward a Master of Arts in Christian studies or Master of Arts in intercultural studies while completing a bachelor's degree at OBU. Through the program, students from any academic discipline can pursue completion of both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree within approximately six years.

Why get your MA in Christian Studies?

Quality – OBU’s Master of Arts includes a common set of classes designed around understanding the essentials of the Christian faith, Christian worldview and Christian life. As a student, you will build on these core competencies as you pursue focused training centered on leading the church, defending the faith and reaching the world.

Convenience – Each course is offered in a fully online, eight-week format and may be completed from anywhere in the world.

Faculty Experts – Our professors have earned the highest degrees and have years of practical experience in their specific field. In other words, the graduate faculty practices what they teach.

Value – You can complete your 36-hour master’s degree for only $350 per hour.

Start Dates

Fall 2023

  • October 16–December 10 (8 week)

Spring 2024

  • January 22–March 17 (8 week)
  • March 18–May 12 (8 week)

Summer 2024

  • June 3