An introductory course to the graduate program in Religion focused on the nature of graduate study and of this specific program, the student’s calling, and on the methodology and research that will be employed by the student throughout the program.
Course Hours: 3
A theological study of the doctrine, nature, and mission of the Church.
Course Hours: 3
A study of the nature and interpretation of the worlds behind, in, and in front of the text. Special attention will be given to theological interpretation, reading biblical texts with the vulnerable, and interpreting difficult issues within the biblical text.
Course Hours: 3
A study of the heritage, theology, and practices of Christian spiritual formation as means of grace from a Wesleyan perspective.
Course Hours: 3
A study of theological and historical methods within the context of a local ministry assignment. Emphasis will be placed upon exploring and writing local history, creating a ministry map of the local ministry context, and carrying out architectural assessments in the ministry setting.
Course Hours: 3
An engagement of significant theological themes and doctrinal emphases in relationship to the 21st century context of the Christian church. Special emphasis will be placed upon developing the theological life of the minister and the theological literacy of congregations and communities within diverse contexts.
Course Hours: 3
Biblical and Theological Studies
One of the most important components in effectively leading a church is knowing the theological implications of Biblical texts. Knowing the Word of God is the only way to teach the Word of God. Our Biblical and Theological Studies concentration will provide you with a comprehensive study of the influence of Biblical texts on modern society. Additionally, while studying under this concentration, you will learn more about the Bible, the church, and how Christianity functions in the 21st Century.
A study of the life, thought, and doctrinal commitments of John Wesley as well as the original source writings that informed John Wesley’s theology. Special attention will be given to the doctrine of Christian perfection.
An examination of the Good News of Jesus Christ as presented in the Gospels and the Epistles and the manner in which that Good News might both interface with contemporary realities and be proclaimed through preaching and teaching in diverse contexts.
A study of the relationship of the Old Testament to the broader Christian canon, the difficult issues raised by Old Testament texts and themes, and the diverse ways in which the Old Testament might continue to speak in various contexts today.
Designed to provide the opportunity for thorough study of selected topics in theology or particular theologians. An examination of the primary sources, methods, and practices contributing to the ethical formation of congregations and leaders. Special attention will be given to developing Christian ethics in the midst of diverse context within a global society. Students will explore specific issues pertaining to their local context and community (e.g., economics, immigration, poverty, environment, health care, etc.).
Designed to equip church leaders with knowledge and skills surrounding personal and relational conflicts. Learn the nature, function, challenges, and limitations of pastoral counseling as it applies to issues of family, relationships, and crises.
An analysis of marriage and the family as a system and the various contexts in which pastoral care and counseling might be provided, including pre-marital counseling, marriage counseling, and family counseling. Emphasis will be placed upon appropriate responses of pastoral counseling and referral.
An examination and application of the dynamics and practice of pastoral intervention and care skills in common human crises such as death, dying, terminal illness, divorce, loss and grief, and family and other relational conflicts.
A study of various issues emerging from human sexuality and sexual behavior such as sexual trauma, compulsive sexual behavior and other sexual disorders, marital sexual intimacy, and single sexuality. Attention given to appropriate responses to such issues through pastoral counseling provided to couples, families, and individuals and the appropriate role of the pastor-counselor in such issues.
An examination of the nature, recognition, and evaluation of various addictive disorders such as compulsive behavior, chemical dependency, eating disorders, addictive sexual behavior and other compulsive activities. Emphasis will be given to the role and practice of pastoral counseling and to essential elements necessary for recovery.
Capstone Core Course
All students will complete 3 hours of research project in relationship to their concentrated area of study. Generally, students will complete the research project in his/her concentration in direct relationship to a ministry setting in which the student is actively engaged.
As the capstone course of the graduate program, under the direction of the research project instructor, independent research of the student’s local ministry context or community in relationship to a specific subject within the student’s area of concentration.
- Complete the online application (it's free!)
- Fill out FAFSA to be considered for financial aid
- Request official transcripts from your undergraduate institution
- Have a reference complete Trevecca's MAR Reference form
- A regionally accredited bachelor’s degree
- 2.7 cumulative GPA for all prior coursework
- One letter of recommendation
- Provide photocopy of government-issued identification (e.g., driver's license, state ID, military ID, passport). This requirement ensures that Trevecca complies with the U.S. Department of Education expectations for student verification. (This is only required for students enrolled in an online program.)
- Some proficiency with computer technology and reliable access to technology throughout the program
If you feel you may not meet these requirements, please fill out the form on the right to be connected with an enrollment specialist.
How am I going to pay for it?
- Federal loans and grants are available to all eligible students who complete a FAFSA
- Employer tuition reimbursement opportunities
- Monthly payments through Trevecca make fulfilling tuition requirements more manageable
- Military benefits such as Yellow Ribbon and GI Bills are accepted by Trevecca University
How do I qualify?
- Fill out your FAFSA. Based on your income, you will know how much federal financial aid you are eligible to receive.
- Talk to your employer about tuition reimbursement opportunities
- For military benefits, contact the Academic Records Office at 1.615.248.1268
|Tuition||Credit Hours||Program Length||Tuition Costs|
|$350/Credit Hour||33||18 Months||$11,550|
Why choose Trevecca?
Since 1901, Trevecca Nazarene University has been dedicated to bringing Nashville students an unmatched education through exceptional teaching. Now the same education is available any time, anywhere through Trevecca Online, allowing you to receive the education you want with the flexibility you need.
Trevecca's cohort model of instruction provides you with a close-knit group of fellow students who will be on the same educational journey from the first day of classes until graduation. All classwork is completed through Blackboard, an interactive and innovative online learning system that allows you to communicate quickly with fellow students and your professors.
At Trevecca, we want to support you in your pursuit of God's calling for your life. Your involvement in the life and ministry of the local church is important to us. That's why our online format is designed to be accessible and convenient to work around your schedule without detracting from your time in the church.
When you choose Trevecca, you choose a university that is committed to fostering an environment of Christian fellowship and community. As a Christian University, Trevecca's programs are intentionally closely to the church. While working toward your Master of Arts in Religion, you will be surrounded by a community of other students and professors who are commited to close relationships with Jesus Christ.
At Trevecca, we want to help you acquire the necessary skills to become the best of what you want to be. With Trevecca Online, you have the opportunity to receive an exceptional, personalized education completely online.
Can I use this to go into a M. Divinity program?
Trevecca partners with Nazarene Theological Seminary to complete your MAR degree at Trevecca and then in your final semester switch to Nazarene Theological Seminary to complete your M. Divinity degree.
How does this lead to ordination in the Nazarene church?
Each district is different within the Nazarene Church, so you’ll need to check with your district’s board or direct supervisor.
Can I use this to become a licensed pastor/chaplain outside the Nazarene church?
It will depend on what church you attend and what their thoughts are, so you’ll want to check with your current church to best determine their thoughts. However, for most programs or churches you need a Master’s degree with at least 72 credit hours of graduate work.
How do most people use this degree?
This is a very diverse degree program! We have students that are pastors, youth ministers, church staff or leadership, those in the missions’ field, people coming from completely unrelated fields to change their careers, people that just want more Biblical knowledge, and those in the public sector looking to be better prepared to help those with which they’re currently working.
What if I’m from a different denomination, is that accepted?
Absolutely, we have students from all walks of life! We teach from a Wesleyan background, but have a very diverse student body.
Can I obtain this degree if I don’t have a Bible background?
Absolutely! We have so many students that are going into the Religion field for the first time in their life, and it’s a great experience for them. God is for everyone!
What kinds of scholarships are available?
Trevecca was fortunate to be able to drop their tuition across the board, to be accessible for every student, so in place of our scholarships we dropped our pricing so more people could attend. Therefore, unfortunately, we do not offer any scholarships at this time, but we’ll accept some scholarships you personally may have, so just ask and we’ll see what we can do to help you!