Master of Arts in Religious Education

The Master of Arts in Religious Education (MARE)

Number of Credits: 36

Offered Hybrid and Fully Online

The Master of Arts in Religious Education, both in our fully online and hybrid flex format, is designed to prepare students to serve as dynamic, relevant, and adaptive educational faith and thought leaders in a wide range of Christian ministries. Students identify their preferred format at the time they apply.  Graduates of the MARE are equipped with the training and skills necessary to lead, develop, and design educational programs within churches, schools, and other institutional settings. 

The MARE curriculum includes a common core of courses in the Bible, theology, and church history, as well as specialized courses in religious education. The program combines rigorous academic engagement with critical urban contextual reflection and exposes students to practical hands-on teaching and learning experiences that prepare them to serve as change agents within the educational ministry.

Career Pathways

  • Director of Christian Education/Spiritual Formation
  • Teacher in Primary, Secondary, or Post-secondary School
  • Director of Campus-Based Ministry

Program Chair

Dr. Tamara Henry, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Religious Education degree program is open to women and men who:

  • possess a BA, BS, or equivalent undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college (applicants holding degrees or diplomas from another country may be required to provide a translated copy and to provide further information to help the admissions committee determine equivalency).
  • demonstrate evidence of an ability to do graduate-level study, primarily assessed through the written answers to the application essay questions and through recommendations.
  • are able to articulate in a manner that is appropriate to their own experience and faith tradition an understanding of their call to serve in the specialized area of religious education.
  • currently belong to a community of faith that recognizes or expects the applicant to exercise his or her calling to religious education; or be willing to work within such a community of faith, exercising her or his calling to religious education.

Youth Ministry Concentration

Credits: 36

The Youth Ministry concentration offers students in the MARE the option of focusing their studies on youth ministry. Participants complete a common core of religious education and youth ministry courses during the first and second year of study, participate in a monthly mentoring seminar, and undertake a culminating capstone project in a youth ministry-related area within religious education


 Youth ministry courses address foundational competencies such as faith formation, adolescent development and sexuality, and pastoral care.  Students become competent in strategies to address the most pressing cultural and systemic realities affecting urban youth, and are equipped to engage in traditional youth ministry roles or lead innovative programs outside of religious institutions.

Curriculum Design

All Year Fall Winter Spring Summer
Year 1 First Testament (3)

Intro to Theological Education (2)

Introduction to RE (3) 

Second Testament (3)

Curriculum Design &

Development (3)

Exegesis (3) MARE elective


Year 2 Practicum with Capstone fall & spring (2 & 2) Intro to Theology (3) 

YM elective (3)

Modern Church History (3) YM elective (3)

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