Program Overview:

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) capitalizes on the rich Lutheran confession of Concordia University Chicago (CUC). It is an ideal way for church workers and laypersons to enrich their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology in an online format designed for people who work full time.

The program is taught in cohort groups who move through the 11 courses together. Each course is eight weeks in length; one course is taken at a time. Students may begin study in the fall or spring semester. No courses are taught in the summer.

Program Highlights & Benefits:

  • 2 year completion time
  • One course completed every 8 weeks
  • Online format

Who benefits from the Master of Arts in Religion?

Lutheran educators, deaconesses, Directors of Christian Education, missionaries, church workers and laypersons. Holding an advanced degree may help LCMS church workers receive increased benefits from their employers.

Informed Christian lay persons from any denomination who desire faithful, Confessional study of theology from professors who believe the Bible to be inerrant and authoritative.

Retirees who wish to study God’s Word and Lutheran doctrine.

Spouses of Lutheran church workers may utilize this education for effective service in their congregation.

Areas of Study:

Biblical Theology

  • Psalms
  • Messianic Prophecies
  • Parables of Jesus
  • General Epistles

Historical Theology

  • Early Christian Fathers
  • Topics in the History of Christianity

Confessional Theology

  • Lutheran Confessional Theology
  • Baptism and Eucharist

Practical Theology

  • The Christian in Society
  • Moral, Ethical and Spiritual Development of the Child

Research and Writing in area of Student Interest

Applied Research in Theology (16-week capstone)

This culminating capstone highlights the candidate’s mastery of content throughout his or her studies and focuses it on a particular area of interest. The topic is chosen by the student and may be from any area of theology and/or practice. The mentor guides and directs the student through the process of research, writing and presentation.

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.