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Embarking on Intensive Training in Theological Studies

Our Master of Arts (MA) program has been carefully created to give students the education, resources and means to grow and thrive in a variety of roles. With courses available on campus or online, the two-year program’s curriculum has been thoughtfully designed to combine biblical studies, theology, spirituality, history, philosophy, literature, adventure and religion, as well as ministry training.

Choose YTI for Your Theology Studies

At YTI, our MA program is made up of a 42-hour curriculum that gives students the means to change the conversations about God in the community. As part of their studies, with tuition at $6,000 annually, attendees learn from professors who have years of ministry experience and share real-world teachings to help students learn to lead in an evolving world and diverse society.

MA Degree

MA Degree

The Master of Arts will serve graduates in many career roles, including ministry, church leadership, teaching, social work, writing, counseling and historiography.

24 Core Hours
18 Concentration Hours
9 Areas of Concentration

Requirements

The MA program has 24 hours of core courses, with students selecting from week-long intensive classes and 10-week evening classes during each academic term. Additional course requirements include reading, assignments, projects and interacting with the program’s professors. Classes may be taken in person in Bozeman or live online.

Engaging Course Offerings

There are a variety of classes offered for students pursuing an MA degree, including the Old Testament, Spiritual Practice, Historical Theology, World Religions and New Testament. Coursework is capped off with a mentored ministry project or thesis depending on the concentration you choose. ​

Concentrations

The MA program provides students with the ability to identify and focus
on an area of concentration, with the nine options included below.

Adventure Studies

YTI seeks to create culture where “Faith Meets Adventure and the Arts.” “Adventure” is one of the areas of human experience which enriches human life and growth. Adventure studies and outdoor leadership are growth areas for today’s churches. The ability to utilize our natural surroundings as a means of communicating the gospel, the Christian faith, and, bringing a depth of meaning to life, as well as leading others in this quest is at the heart of the adventure studies program.

In addition to the concentration requirements, you will choose any BIB course.

Biblical Studies

The Biblical Studies concentration in the MA program is designed for the student who is currently in vocational ministry, but wants a deeper understanding of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. This concentration allows the student to study not only the overall trajectory of scripture, but also develop advanced historical, linguistic, theological, and contextual insights into the texts. The Biblical Studies concentration for the Diploma program exposes the student to these same insights, with a lighter work responsibility.

In addition to the concentration requirements, you will choose any three (3) BIB courses.

Christian Ministries

“Ministry,” in its most basic form, is service done for the sake of the “other” - “Other” in this sense includes, God, neighbor, family and even enemy. In Christian circles - including the church proper, as well as para-church ministries, ministry includes pastoral ministry, worship ministry, family ministries, as well as children, youth and senior adult ministries. In the Christian Ministry concentration, a student can prepare for traditional church ministry, including pastoral care, preaching, teaching, administration and leadership. The student can take specialty courses in the focus they wish to pursue.

Christian Theology

The Theological Studies concentration in the MA program is designed for the student who wants to gain a deeper understanding of how human beings understand God, and specifically how Christians have constructed their theological positions over the last 2000 years. Additionally, the theological studies concentration gives the student the tools through which to construct faithful theological systems for the contemporary context in which he or she finds themselves.

In addition to the concentration requirements, you will choose any three (3) THEO courses.

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Today’s church often suffers from a lack of visionary leadership. The church, caught between long held assumptions about ministry and mission and a rapidly changing culture, often finds itself in steep numerical decline with a lack of both vision and the means by which to implement a new vision. The MA concentration in Entrepreneurial Leadership gives the ministry student an advanced education in contemporary leadership models and trends, as well as a method by which to create church “transition” models for the “turnaround” congregation that seeks to be relevant to the changing culture.

In addition to the concentration requirements, you will choose any three (3) LED courses.

Peace & Justice Ministries

As the role of the church in culture becomes contested, the need for convicted people of faith to form movements, and communities focused on cultivating peace and justice becomes crucial. Today, men and women called to ministry often by-pass the church proper in order to more quickly engage in ministry that serves the poor, the marginalized, the immigrant, the persecuted and the wounded. The Peace and Justice Ministries gives the student the biblical and theological background, the community formations and communication methods to create and sustain effective peace and justice ministries.

In addition to the concentration requirements, you will choose any one (1) elective
from BIB, THEO, WCT or SPR courses.

Spirituality

We live at a time in Western history, where the fastest growing categories of religious practice are the categories called “Nones” and “Spiritual but Not Religious.” The former represents people who have no religious affiliation, and the latter represents those who affirm a form of “spirituality” but do not adhere to specific religious practice. The MA concentration in Spirituality is for the student who desires to develop an informed approach towards the history of spirituality, spiritual practice, spiritual formation, natural spirituality and Christian spiritual theology.

In addition to the concentration requirements, you will choose any three (3) SPR courses.

Theology and the Arts

Similar in effect, yet different in process from adventure, the fine and performing arts “feed the soul.” Music, art (painting, ceramics, sculpture), theatre, dance, film, literature and poetry serve the creative side of the human soul. They provide an outlet for expression where words often fall short. The early church used the arts extensively to communicate the messages of scripture, as well as the life and teachings of Jesus. The MA student who chooses a “theology and the arts” concentration will equipped to lead arts ministries in the church, as well as develop a deeper understanding of the important relationship between the arts and our Creator.

In addition to the concentration requirements, you will choose one ART course.

World Religions & Culture

The 21st century in Western culture has seen a level of religious pluralism that is unmatched in previous generations. The student who desires to go on the “mission field” will find study in World Religions and Culture absolutely necessary. In addition to studies in world religions, cultures, and cultural exegesis, this concentration also has courses in imagination, worldview and apologetics. The student who wants to more about his or her world, world religions, and how we ‘create’ a worldview will find the World Religions and Culture concentration exactly what he or she needs.

In addition to the concentration requirements, you will choose any three (3) WCT courses.

“Change the way you see
things and the things
you see will change.

-Dr. Wayne Dyer

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