Master of Arts in Religious Education

The Master of Arts in Religious Education (MARE)

Number of Credits: 48 

The Master of Arts in Religious Education (MARE) is a two-year professional degree that prepares students to serve as dynamic educational leaders in a wide range of Christian ministries within churches, schools, and other institutional settings. The MARE is especially designed to prepare those who view teaching as their primary vocational calling and provides individuals with the training and skills necessary to lead, develop, and design effective educational programs that can form, renew, and transform individuals and communities. The program especially emphasizes the development of theoretical and practical frameworks for educational ministry through critical reflection on urban contextual realities. MARE students also have opportunities to participate in hands-on teaching and learning experiences, including field placements, cohort mentorships, peer support groups, and designated spaces for reflection and connection with experienced mentors, that integrate classroom content with their lives and ministries.

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.


PLEASE NOTE:In response to COVID-19, the NYTS office is currently closed. The staff is working remotely during this time and can still be reached via email. Click HERE for our faculty and staff directory.

Due to Covid-19,

all NYTS classes will be held online for the Spring semester of 2021

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