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:
Intercultural Studies with Orality
On the forefront of an emerging field of study, the MA in Intercultural Studies with Orality prepares learners to reach primarily oral cultures with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Scripture and theology provides the context in which learners analyze worldviews via anthropological tools, develop oral communication strategy, and assess effective storytelling. Learners will be at the cutting edge of orality studies, learning from professors who have served in majority world contexts.
In a globalized and information-driven world, Christians must develop key skills that will serve the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The MA in Intercultural Studies will equip the learner to reach the world, whether in majority world contexts or in one’s own back yard. Advanced skills that the learner gains include ethnographic research, intercultural communication, and church planting. These skills are founded and developed in Scripture and theology, providing a robust context for social scientific methods and contemporary missiology.
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!