The Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) is a graduate-level degree program designed for professional and volunteer Christian workers and lay leaders. With courses in theology and discipleship, this program enhances your ministry competencies and broadens your biblical and theological foundation for effective leadership.
At Asia Biblical Theological Seminary (ABTS), our M.R.E. program is an 11-course U.S. degree program accredited through Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A. All courses are offered in a modular format, allowing you to continue working while pursuing your degree.
Degree Program Overview
Our M.R.E. program requires 31 credit hours, including a core set of required courses and classes related to a specified area of ministry concentration. We offer concentrations in pastoral ministries, educational ministries, intercultural ministries and marketplace ministries.
To encourage your growth in biblical character, knowledge and leadership, this degree program requires you to:
- Complete a minimum of three years of ministry experience or educational experience prior to graduation. Or, engage in a marketplace context with evidence of a commitment to Christ and moral character and conduct.
- Take 18 credit hours in approved residence seminars. The remaining 13 hours may be taken by extension. A maximum of 12 applicable hours taken from an accredited institution within the last five years may be transferred toward your M.R.E. degree.
- Submit a portfolio demonstrating growth in spiritual development, ministry skills and ability in the Word as a result of your educational experience in this degree program.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the M.R.E. program, you can pursue your career and ministry role with knowledge and skills in five distinct areas. These learning domains prepare you to uniquely influence our world for Christ.
- Specialized Knowledge: ABTS students will demonstrate knowledge of, and proficiency in, the terminology, theories, concepts, practices and skills specific to the field of ministry leadership.
- Applied Knowledge and Collaborative Learning: ABTS students will exhibit competency in applying their knowledge to address real-life problems through both individual and group effort.
- Intellectual Skills: ABTS students will demonstrate their ability to integrate both traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, including analytical inquiry, information literacy, quantitative fluency and communicative fluency.
- Global and Civic Engagement: ABTS students will demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues. This will include issues related to understanding diversity and developing cultural awareness in ministry leadership.
- Biblical Worldview Integration and Action: ABTS students will be able to articulate a Christ-centered worldview and its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues. In particular, students will demonstrate an understanding of the integration of Christian worldview and culture from a ministry leadership perspective.
Contact a Country Coordinator
To learn more about the M.R.E. program and join a student cohort, contact the ABTS or one of our country coordinators.