M.A. Systematic Theology

The Master of Arts in Systematic Theology degree develops a student’s competencies in the study of systematic theology. Students may use this program as a foundation for advanced education or for Christian service.

Program Details

The 63-credit program consists of:

  • 9 Bible credits 
  • 12 general theology credits
  • 33 systematic theology credits
  • 9 credits of general elective

The program emphasizes a comprehensive review and critical analysis of systematic theology within the Christian tradition while also providing an introduction to the other disciplines of theology. The program curriculum contains a core of basic studies in Bible and theology and a systematic theology specialization, which includes the option of a thesis or general elective credits.

The tuition for the MA Systematic Theology is approximately $29,736. Learn more about Costs and Aid.

Degree Outcomes

  • Teaching Ministry
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Advanced theological education

Wittmer on Systematic Theology

Course Plan

Our program checklist breaks this program into modules and lists the courses required for each module.  Depending on how many classes you want to take each semester, the average MA Systematic Theology student completes the program in 2-4 years. The average full-time student takes 12 credits per semester; the average part-time student takes six credits per semester.

The following document is a sample of how you might arrange courses for the MA Systematic Theology degree program.  We encourage you to arrange your course plan in a way that will fit your own desired course loads, interests and available dates and times.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Arts in Systematic Theology curriculum will be able to:

Core Curriculum

  1. Conduct basic biblical interpretation and application with reference to the English Bible texts.
  2. State a basic understanding of the primary elements of Christian theology.
  3. Demonstrate basic knowledge, values and competencies associated with spiritual, worldview and leadership formation.

Systematic Theology Specialization

  1. State and explain the task of theology, including the nature of the theological encyclopedia and the appropriate method for doing theology.
  2. Critically analyze the development of major doctrines within the principal divisions of the Western theological tradition.
  3. Explain the principal ideas advanced by major contributors to the Western theological tradition.
  4. Critically analyze various theological problems and successfully argue for a position.
  5. Demonstrate research and writing skills in the area of systematic theology.

Graduates of this degree program have the option to receive their diploma from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary or Cornerstone University.