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Theological Studies MA

Admission Requirements

  • Solid undergraduate preparation with a range of competence similar to that demanded of Major students at Concordia, and a minimum B average in their undergraduate studies.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
  • Language Requirements. Thesis proposals which depend on special linguistic skills will be accepted only from students competent in the appropriate languages.

Qualified applicants requiring prerequisite courses may be required to take up to 12 undergraduate credits in addition to and as a part of the regular graduate program. Admission into the program is on recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Option A: MA with Thesis

15 credits – Required courses

THEO 603 - Method in Theology (3 credits)
THEO 604 - Theological Hermeneutics (3 credits)
THEO 605 - Methods in Biblical Studies (3 credits)
THEO 690 - Annotated Bibilography and Thesis Proposal (6 credits)

9 credits – Elective Courses

Chosen from THEO 620-675

21 credits – Thesis

THEO 697 - Thesis (21 credits)

Option B: MA with Applied Project in Theology

9 credits – Required courses

THEO 603 - Method in Theology (3 credits)
THEO 604 - Theological Hermeneutics (3 credits)
THEO 605 - Methods in Biblical Studies (3 credits)

18 credits – Elective Courses

Chosen from THEO 620-675

18 credits – Research

THEO 691 Research Paper (9 credits)
THEO 692 Applied Project in Theology (9 credits)

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is one year (3 terms) of full-time graduate study, or the equivalent in part-time study.
  3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation page for further details regarding the Time Limit requirements.
  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.


The required THEO 603 and THEO 605 will be offered in alternate years. THEO 604 will be offered every two years or as needed.

The courses offered are one-term, 3-credit courses unless otherwise indicated. A list designating which specific courses are to be offered in any given year, with description of content, will be compiled and distributed prior to registration.

Topic Courses

Topics in Scripture

THEO 621 Old Testament I
THEO 623 Old Testament II
THEO 627 Questions in Old Testament Research
THEO 629 Intertestament Studies
THEO 631 New Testament I
THEO 633 New Testament II
THEO 635 New Testament III
THEO 637 Questions in New Testament Research

THEO 639 Biblical Studies

Topics in Church History

THEO 641 History I
THEO 643 History II
THEO 645 History III
THEO 647 Research in History of Christian Thought
THEO 649 Questions in Christian Worship

Topics in Theology

THEO 651 Theology I
THEO 653 Theology II
THEO 655 Theology III
THEO 657 Questions in Theological Research
THEO 661 Ecclesiology I
THEO 663 Ecclesiology II
THEO 664 Ecclesiology III
THEO 667 Research In Ecclesiology
THEO 669 Theology & World Religions

Topics in Christian Ethics

THEO 671 Ethics I
THEO 673 Ethics II
THEO 675 Issues in Ethical Research

THEO 603 Method in Theology (3 credits)
This course introduces students to theological method: the questions, insights, and philosophical presuppositions that determine theological frameworks with some attention to modern systematic theology and Christian ethics. Students acquire a differentiated appreciation for the types of theology, the scope of distinct theological fields, and their research horizons.

THEO 604 Theological Hermeneutics (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the notion of church as interpretative community, and to experience diverse ways of utilizing this notion. Students develop an understanding of the basic principles of theological hermeneutics (the science or theory of interpretation), including a survey of the history of the disciple from early times up to present day.

THEO 605 Methods in Biblical Studies (3 credits)
This course focuses on tools and methods employed in biblical studies and ancient literature related to the Bible (up to 600 CE). Synchronic and diachronic approaches are discussed but the course focuses primarily on diachronic methods (form and genre criticism, comparative method, etc.) Students are trained to develop skills in analyzing texts using biblical methods.

THEO 690 Annotated Bibliography and Thesis Proposal (6 credits)
The annotated bibliography and thesis proposal constitute preliminary phases necessary for the writing of the MA thesis. The annotated bibliography and thesis proposal are supervised by the supervisor of the thesis and are assessed on a pass/fail basis.
Note: Students who have received credit for THEO 685 or 695 may not take this course for credit.

THEO 691 Research Paper (9 credits)
The guided research project involves the preparation of a substantial research paper. It may be prepared in conjunction with any seminar course but will be separate from the basic course requirements.

THEO 692 Applied Project in Theology (9 credits)
The aim of this course is to give the student the opportunity to engage in critical theological reflection by frequenting a milieu where theological interpretation occurs on a regular basis (e.g. a local parish, a confessional school, a religious formation program like the Christian Training Program, religious programming in the media, etc.) in order to assess the theological models presupposed in the activity studied. The practicum will include a 3 credit reading component related to the field of study.

THEO 697 Thesis (21 credits)
The thesis shall consist in the presentation of the research results. Each thesis shall be examined by a committee consisting of the student’s supervisor and by at least two other scholars from the Department. The remaining regulations concerning the thesis examination are in accordance with the School of Graduate Studies (See Thesis Regulations).

Cognate Courses

With permission of the Graduate Program Director up to 6 credits may be chosen from graduate offerings in other Departments at Concordia or other universities. Permission of the graduate director of the respective program must also be granted.

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