Within the life and thought of the Trevecca Community, the Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry provides occasion for reflection upon the foundations, formation and the Wesleyan vision of the historic Christian faith for living a reflective life of Christian service within the Church and society.

Mission Statement, Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry

Master of Arts in Religion

Trevecca's Graduate Religion Program is designed to provide exceptional academic quality, emphasizing practical applications of course work. The format makes the program accessible to those involved in the ongoing life and ministry of the local church.

The program is tied closely to the Church intentionally. The program works to support the church even as the church supports the University. The faculty are committed to a close relationship with Jesus Christ as well as to academic excellence. The program equips those who have answered the call to service in the Kingdom of God. Apply today!

About Trevecca

Founded in 1901, Trevecca Nazarene University is a denominational University in the Wesleyan tradition and a Christian community providing education for leadership and service. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Trevecca is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees. Trevecca’s purpose is to prepare individuals for positions of leadership and service in their chosen careers.


Master of Arts in Religious Studies

Trevecca's Graduate Religion Program is designed to provide exceptional academic quality, emphasizing practical applications of course work. The format makes the program accessible to those involved in the ongoing life and ministry of the local church. Students may focus in one of four areas: Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Pastoral Arts, or Preaching.

Program Design

Two types of instruction are available in the M.A. program.

First, the primary course structure for the M.A. program is offered in the form of a concentrated seminar consisting of three days per session with at least two sessions required per semester.  These sessions will be preceded and followed by extensive preparation and research on the part of the students in order to maximize the time with the instructor. This special course structure is provided to allow ministers as well as others who are actively engaged in their professions to be involved in the program without seriously interfering with their normal responsibilities.

Second, certain courses in the undergraduate curriculum are designated as available to graduate students. A clear distinction will be made between undergraduate and graduate work in these classes, and provision will be made for personal guidance to the graduate student who will normally be involved in a research project related to the subject area of the class, one which will go significantly beyond the normal undergraduate requirements. No more than 9 hours may be taken from the undergraduate curriculum to apply towards the M.A. degree.

Typical master of arts seminar schedule

Monday 2:00– 5:00                                          Class Session I

Tuesday 8:00– 12:00 and 1:00 – 5:00                Class Session I

Wednesday 8:00– 11:00                                   Class Session I

Wednesday 2:00– 5:00                                     Class Session II

Thursday 8:00– 12:00 and 1:00 – 5:00               Class Session II

Friday 8:00– 11:00                                           Class Session II



Four areas of study are available for students to choose from for their major.

    Biblical Studies
    Theological Studies
    Pastoral Arts

Academic load

Six (6) semester hours is considered a full load per term with a recommended maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.


M.A. in religion degree requirements

To receive the master of arts degree in religion a student must earn thirty-six semester hours of credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a four-point scale in total work attempted while he or she is registered in the program, including any work transferred into the program. No more than three (3) grades below a B will be counted towards the degree (but will be counted towards the GPA). No grade below C- will count toward the degree.

Course hour requirements

The requirements for completing the M.A. in religion are the following:

Major:  18 hours - either Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Pastoral Arts, or Preaching*

Electives: 18 hours

Total 36 hours

*Preaching majors must take 6 hours in theology and 6 hours in Bible.




Course Descriptions

See the Graduate Catalog for course descriptions.


Admission procedures and policies

When applying for admission, each applicant must submit the following materials:

·        Undergraduate transcripts

·        TOEFL scores (International students/students who speak

English as a second language)

·        2 letters of recommendations

·        Application

·        Philosophy of ministry statement

Admission decisions are based on the total picture prescribed by the applicants. No one item will necessarily lead to a denial of admission.


(1) Undergraduate degree

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution evidenced by an official transcript which should be mailed directly from the institution to Trevecca Nazarene University, School of Theology and Christian Ministry.  All non-English transcripts must have an accompanying English translation. Student copies are not considered official.  Please have your academic institution mail your transcript directly to the address below:

Trevecca Nazarene University

Graduate Religion Program

333 Murfreesboro Road

Nashville, TN  37210

(2) Letters of recommendation

Two recommendations must be provided by each applicant. These should be from former teachers, with one being from a teacher in the field of religious studies, if possible. Forms will be provided to the applicant.


(3) Acceptance of application

All credentials must be accepted by the director of the Graduate Religion Program. A review of the application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other relevant data will be conducted. Final approval for admission or denial is determined by the Graduate Advisory Committee, and applicants will be notified in writing prior to the beginning of classes. Students may not take courses beyond the first semester until all admission requirements have been met.

Admission status

Students will be classified in the following ways.


1. Regular admission

Admission file is complete and acceptable with no restrictions.

2. Admission with academic restriction

Prospective students who do not meet all requirements for Regular Admission may be granted Admission with Academic Restriction. The Admission with Academic Restriction status may become Regular Admission when the applicant completes nine (9) semester hours in the M.A. graduate program at Trevecca Nazarene University with a GPA of 3.0 or better.  Failure to meet all requirements for regular admission during the first nine (9) consecutive semester hours may result in disenrollment. Appeals may be made to the Graduate Religion Advisory Committee.


3. Candidacy status

Students who have earned 24 hours of credit with a 3.0 GPA or better will be considered as candidates for the M.A. degree.

4. Graduate transfer students

An applicant who has earned graduate credit from another accredited institution may transfer a maximum of 9 semester hours into the student's approved degree program. Transfer credits must carry a grade of B or higher in order to apply directly to the M.A. in religion program at Trevecca.


5. Dual admission

Undergraduate students may begin their graduate work if they are within twelve hours of receiving their B.A. and are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in religion. Students in this category will be admitted with “academic restriction.”

6. Academic probation

Any graduate student in religion will be placed on academic probation when his or her cumulative GPA falls below 3.0. The student will be informed in writing of the probation by the director and given no more than two semesters to raise the cumulative GPA to at least a 3.0. If the student does not raise the GPA within two semesters, he or she will be dismissed from the program.


Faculty Members


Graduate Catalog

Interactive Graduate Catalog      2013-2014


Graduate Catalog pdf                    2013-2014

Contact Information

Questions? Contact Brent Tallman

Phone 615-248-1217


Mailing Address
Graduate Religion Program
Trevecca Nazarene University
333 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, TN 37210-2877