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Ancient and Oriental Christianity (MA)

Explore the roots of religion.

If you have a knack for languages, enjoy reading ancient texts and wish to enrich your theological foundations for ministry, teaching or further study, the Master of Arts track in Ancient and Oriental Christianity might be the graduate degree for you. Though the program has a broad focus, it offers special opportunities in learning about the Christian East. 

Primarily suited for students preparing to pursue doctoral study, this program will equip you with advanced academic foundations in historical research and integration, with an emphasis on the languages needed to conduct such research. You will sharpen your research and writing skills as you take part in intensive reading of primary historical and theological works. Students in this program may have special opportunities to participate in CSART projects.

This program can also prepare you to engage the growing fascination with the theology and spirituality of eastern Christian communities, and equip you to function better as a class teacher in congregational contexts, or as a missionary and church planter in non-western contexts. 

Ready to be a part of a program that explores the past to prepare you for your future? Apply now or contact us for more information today.

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Program Overview

Credit hours 48
Tuition per credit hour $656
Degree Master of Arts Ancient and Oriental Christianity (MA) 
Program length 2 years
Tracks N/A
Application deadline for Fall 2018   August 10, 2018


You will take 27 hours of core courses and the following:

  • History of Christianity I: Early and Medieval
  • Theological Explorations
  • Christian Mission in Global Contexts
  • Explorations in the Christian East
  • Syriac Language and Literature
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What outcomes can you expect?

Research Sources: Graduates will have critical facility with the most important primary sources and issues of scholarly discussion in biblical studies, theology, or church history

Research Methods: Graduates will have ability to use the best current methods of research in one of the following disciplines: biblical studies, theology, or church history

Original Research: Graduates will demonstrate ability to produce scholarly contributions in their field of study

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application and application fee;
  • An official transcript of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application);
  • A writing sample following these guidelines.
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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.