Christian Studies MA

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Online Master of Arts in Christian Studies

Christian Studies M.A.

Whether your goal is  pastoral ministry, foreign missionary service, theological education, or service within other faith-based organizations, the online Masters in Christian Studies degree is designed to equip you with the theological understanding and practical skills that will help you in ministry.  In many ways, this degree functions like a mini-Master of Divinity degree.

The core of the program is a newly intensified curriculum  that emphasizes the skills of interpreting Scripture while also interpreting the social and cultural elements of one’s ministry context.  The program has also added four tracks for individualized study: Spiritual Formation, Theological Studies, Ministry Training and Intercultural Ministries. A distinctive of this program is that our  graduates are prepared for licensing and ordination/consecration with the Christian and Ministry Alliance.  We seek to train leaders who are able to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to spiritual formation as a lifelong journey.
  • Evaluate contemporary theological discussions using a grid of biblical and systematic approaches.
  • Identify the major doctrines and emphases of the Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • Articulate and apply a biblical theology of discipleship and the mission of God to one’s ministry context.
  • Analyze one’s social and cultural context in order to develop strategies for local ministry and global outreach

Faculty with the highest academic degrees, and significant ministry and mission experience, lead the online courses. Students investigate, analyze and demonstrate an understanding of cultural influences in postmodern America and in diverse environments around the globe. The coursework also includes collaborative activities that mirror real-life situations. By constructing knowledge with peers within Crown’s digital environment, students acquire life skills in collaboration that are critical to professional success.

The M.A. in Christian Studies provides a high-quality, online degree program as reflected in top rankings by both MONEY Magazine and Christian Universities Online. Crown’s easy-to-use online learning environment allows you the freedom and flexibility to complete coursework at your convenience. You will  graduate with real-world skills that have immediate application in your current and future professional endeavors.

Crown’s tuition is priced competitively lower than similar accredited institutions. In fact, 98 percent of Crown’s students receive student loans, scholarships or financial aid for graduate students.

Christian Studies (M.A.) Courses

Required Courses

Total - 36 Credits

Core + General Electives (12 Credits) with option of an Emphasis


* If Systematic Theology I & II have been taken at the undergraduate level, another theology course may be substituted here. For students in the BSCM/MACS (4+1) program, Systematic Theology I & II will be replaced with the graduate course entitled Theology of Christ and the Church (CST5235). This course will fulfill the Christian Theology (CST 5223) requirement in the MACS.

** If Church History has been taken at the undergraduate level, another CST course may be substituted here.

Note: For C&MA Ordination purposes, students must take Contemporary Issues in Missions as one of their electives.

Two-Year Program Plan

Block A (Fall Semester)

Block B (Spring Semester)

Block C (Fall Semester)

Block D (Spring Semester)

Block Sequence:

Students starting in the Fall: A, B, C, D
Students starting in the Spring: B, A, C, D

To view these courses in our online catalog system, click here.
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  • Career Outcomes

    Crown College has designed  the online M.A. in Christian Studies program to provide graduates with a concrete understanding of the Christian faith and theology, and how to integrate this understanding into service on foreign mission fields or in other areas of ministry. Graduates of Crown College are serving Christ in every time zone around the world. Graduates are working in the following private and public sectors:

    • Pastoral leadership
    • Administrative leadership
    • Health and welfare ministries
    • Parachurch leadership
    • Overseas missions
    • Biblical education
    • Youth and family ministries
    • Children’s ministries
    • Bi-vocational ministry
    • Youth With a Mission (YWAM)
  • Tuition

    An Affordable Online College Education.

    Earning your degree online makes sense. It’s convenient and provides an invaluable advantage to your future success. And at Crown College, it’s affordable. Crown is one of the 10 most affordable Christian colleges in the Midwest. With 98 percent of our students receiving some form of financial aid, we will work with you to figure out the best financial aid package available.

    Financial aid is funding made available by the federal government, state government, private entities and Crown. Crown College’s School of Online Studies and Graduate School programs participate in the Federal Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant and Federal Direct Stafford Loans to help finance your education.

    Most financial aid is awarded on the basis of need. The first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is the government form used to help assess a family’s financial strength. Crown’s school code for FAFSA is: 002383. Students must apply for financial aid each year to be considered for funding.

    School of Online Studies & Graduate School Tuition and Fees

     Tuition (per credit)2014-15 Tuition
    Graduate, except MBA Program$460
    MBA Program$495
    Other Fees
    Application Fees$20.00
    Technology Fee$100 per semester
     Tuition (per credit)2015-16 Tuition
    Graduate, except MBA Program$480
    MBA Program$495
    Other Fees
    Application Fees$20.00
    Technology Fee$100 per semester