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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.

42 Total Hours
10 Areas of Concentration

Requirements

The MA program consists of 42 hours of courses, with students selecting from week-long intensive classes and 10-week evening classes during each academic term. Classes may be taken in person in Bozeman or live online. Additional course requirements include reading, assignments, projects and interacting with the program’s professors.

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 ten 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.

Students will also choose three (3) courses from ADV 531, ADV 532, ADV 533, and ADV 534.

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.

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 ministries to children, youth and senior adults. 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.

Students will also choose three (3) courses from COM 531, LED 531, MIN 531, and MIN 630.

Christian Studies

The Christian Studies concentration provides maximum flexibility in designing a personalized master’s program. Along with courses covering the Old and New Testaments, Theology, and Spirituality, students have the option to select four (4) electives from Biblical Studies, Theology, World Religions and Culture, Spirituality, Leadership, Arts, and Adventure courses. The concentration allows for an educational experience tailored to the student’s own interests and ministry objectives.

Christian Studies students may choose from one of two plans. Under Plan A, students select either THEO 533 Theological Reflection or WCT 537 Imagination & Theology in addition to other concentration requirements and electives.

Under Plan B, students select either SPR 533 Christian Spiritual Theology or an additional Theology elective, select a Theology elective in place of THEO 532 Christian Doctrines, and may substitute an additional BIB, THEO, WCT, MIN, SPR, LED, ART, or ADV course in place of MIN 631.

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.

Students will select remaining courses (in addition to requirements listed here) in conjunction with their advisor.

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.

Students will also choose three (3) courses from LED 531, LED 532, LED 533, LED 534, and LED 630.

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 bypass 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 concentration 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, students will select 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.

Students will select remaining courses (in addition to requirements listed here) in conjunction with their advisor.

Theology and the Arts

Similar in effect to — 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 be 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.

Students will also choose three (3) courses from ART 532, ART 533, ART 534, and ART 630 and may substitute WCT 537 for THEO 532.

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 know 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.

Students will also choose three (3) courses from WCT 532, WCT 533, WCT 534, WCT 535, WCT 536, WCT 538, WCT 539, and WCT 630 and may substitute WCT 537 for THEO 532.

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

-Dr. Wayne Dyer

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