The MA degree at OBU is an advanced degree that develops learners and practitioners with foundational knowledge and specialized skills for ministry. It blends uncompromising academic rigor with unparalleled ministry relevance.
Students can focus in two major areas: Christian Studies or Intercultural Studies. From these major areas, the learner can specialize further into four major tracks: MA in Christian Studies with Leadership or Apologetics; MA in Intercultural Studies or Intercultural Studies with Orality. Details are listed below:
Christian Studies in Leadership
This degree prepares learners in foundational biblical and theological knowledge in order to lead effectively in ministry. Courses prepare learners in contemporary, biblical leadership in the face of various challenges involving staff, congregation, or volunteers. Additionally, learners will be equipped with preaching, discipleship and training tools at an advanced level. 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 to support those who do.
Christian Studies in Apologetics
Learn to defend the faith from some of the best scholars and practitioners of apologetics offered by any institution in the nation. This degree prepares learners to face the challenges that arise in defending the Christian faith in a winsome and compelling manner. Moreover, this degree empowers students to read Scripture and culture to provide biblical, theological, philosophical, and cultural analysis which helps train the learner to develop reasonable and humane defense of the hope that arrives in Christianity.
Why get your MA in Christian Studies?
OBU’s MA degree 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.
Faculty—You will find that every professor who teaches you not only has earned the highest degrees, but has years of practical experience in their specific field. In other words, the graduate faculty practices what they teach.
Convenience—Each course is offered in a fully online, 8-week format and can be completed in as little as one year from anywhere in the world!