Master of Arts in Religious Education

The Master of Arts in Religious Education (MARE) is a two-year professional degree that prepares students to serve as educational leaders in a wide range of Christian ministries. Whether you are called to teach in the church, in schools, or aspire to become an educational administrator, the MARE will provide you with the training and skills necessary to disciple others in their spiritual journey.

The MARE curriculum consists of a forty-eight-credit degree course of study designed to be completed in two years as a full-time student (# classes per semester). Students complete a common core of courses in Bible, theology, and church history in addition to specialized courses in education. Courses in religious education explore a variety of content areas, including historical foundations in the field, curriculum development, educational leadership, and administration and strategies for teaching. Our curriculum emphasizes the integration of theoretical and practical dimensions of learning. Beyond the classroom context, MARE students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on teaching and learning opportunities that integrate classroom learning with their lives and ministries. These include field placements, cohort mentorships, peer support groups, and designated spaces for reflection and formation with experienced mentors.

Apply to the MARE and become part of a vibrant community of spiritual educators.

MARE students are part of a vibrant community of teachers, scholars, and practitioners committed to supporting you throughout your academic journey. Our diverse and dynamic faculty is engaged in a wide range of ministerial and academic roles within a network of local and international ministries. Many serve as leaders in local churches while engaged in research and scholarship in religious education. Most important, they are committed to nurturing you in the discernment and development of your own vocational identity as a twenty-first-century spiritual leader.

Master Of Arts in Religious Education (MARE) Curriculum Design
All Year Fall Winterim Spring Summer

Year A ☆Introduction to Theological Education
☆First Testament

☆Introduction to Religious Education

☆Exegesis Practicum
☆Second Testament(4)

Philosophy & History of Religious Education


June (2/3)

July (3)

August (3)

Year B ☆Practicum & Capstone:
Fall & Spring
(2 & 2)
☆Introduction to Theology



☆Modern Church History


☆ indicates required course for M.A. degree for NYTS


Suggested schedule of classes for completing the MARE degree in 2 years

48 credits needed to graduate:

20 Required Credits – Theological Studies other than Religious Education

Introduction to Theological Education (2 credits)
First Testament (4 credits)
Exegesis (2 credits)
Second Testament (4 credits)
Introduction to Theology (4 credits)
Modern Church History (4 credits)

12 Required Credits – Religious Education

Introduction to Religious Education (4 credits)
History and Philosophy of Religious Education (4 credits)
Practicum with Capstone (2 cr each semester) (4 credits)

12 additional elective credits in Religious Education (12 credits)

4 free elective credits (4 credits)

Total for MARE degree: 48 credits


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