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Christian Studies

Whether your goal is pastoral ministry, foreign missionary service, theological education, or service within other faith-based organizations, Crown’s online Masters in Christian Studies online 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.

A distinctive feature of this Christian Studies online program is that our graduates are prepared for licensing and ordination/consecration with the Christian and Ministry Alliance. In addition, all of the courses in this program regardless of one’s emphasis track apply toward Crown’s Master of Divinity degree, so students can elect to graduate with their M.A. and continue on for the M.Div.

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 collaborating which are critical to professional success.

Why choose Christian Studies at Crown?

  • 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.


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Limitless options. Extreme flexibility. Future-proofed career skills. Christian Studies majors have boundless opportunities.


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“This program balanced flexibility of life with seriously developing me as a person. I loved that I was able to dive deeper into my passion for theology by choosing the theological studies concentration. Not only did my courses prepare me for ministry, but it also challenged me to grow as a life-long learner.”


Thomas Clapper



Your virtual campus. Open all hours.

Anytime, anywhere, you can complete your coursework. Simply log into your classroom. Whether taking part in discussions with classmates or turning in your latest assignment, your virtual classroom doesn’t just run during office hours. Canvas is open 24-7.


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  • Find your course quickly by selecting the course from the Dashboard.

  • Find weekly overviews, assignments, updates, discussion boards, and quizzes in the Courses tab.

  • Dynamic discussions allow students to connect with fellow thinkers to grow together and go deeper.

  • The integrated Quizzes feature allows students to prove they have got the course material down.

  • See textbooks needed, course guidelines, and an overview of the module.


Personalize your experience at Crown. You can add any of the following emphasis without adding more credits. Graduate on time while studying what interests you most.


For leaders who want to encourage freedom over addiction.


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For leaders who want to dive into Biblical research.


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For leaders who want a deeper understanding of Christianity.


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For leaders who want to build a stronger church.


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For leaders who want to pour into their communities

Crown’s online Community Development is for students who want to empower members of their communities to bring about positive social change.  Students will be introduced to a holistic approach to community development that uses asset-based participatory strategies for change.  They will also learn to evaluate outcomes to make sure that community goals are being met.


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For leaders who want to prepare thoroughly and respond effectively to crisis.

Crown’s online Disaster and Emergency Management emphasis addresses the management principles, public policies and best practices that are essential for any emergency management professional, but it also adds the faith components that often go hand-in-hand with this critically important work.


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For leaders who want to make an impact in the business world.


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For leaders who want to prepare the next generation of collegiate learners.


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For leaders who want to dive deeper into Hmong culture.


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For leaders who have a heart for missions.


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For leaders who want to take their skills overseas.


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Grow your leadership skills. Learn how to coach others to make a difference in your ministry or workplace.


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For leaders who are passionate about bringing arts to the Church.


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For leaders who want to build something that serves others effectively.


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For leaders who want to dive deeper into pastoral care.


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For leaders desire to strengthen their church.


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For leaders who are relentlessly curious about the social world.

Crown’s online Social Science Research emphasis provides students with the practical skills they need to do basic social science and evaluation research.  This program is perfect for those who plan to pursue advanced degrees in the social sciences and for those who will be regularly engaged in evaluation and assessment research for non-profits.

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For leaders who care about cultivating deeper relationships with Christ.


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For leaders who want to go deeper into theology.


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For leaders who want to bring revival to our cities.


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Custom-built for your life.

We know you’re busy. Whether its family, work, or church, we created a program that fits with your priorities. Our online programs are flexible and designed for those working full-time, so you can do your coursework anywhere, anytime. Most coursework is due Thursday and Sunday by midnight, giving you the freedom to complete your coursework in your own schedule.

What Will I Study?

  • The Book of Luke
  • Alliance Distinctives
  • Church History
  • Theology from Multiple Perspectives
  • Theological Research
  • Spiritual Formation
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