Which Master of Religion Degree Is Right for Me?

Posted by Trevecca on Sep 28, 2020 2:22:46 PM

Master Religion

Deciding to earn a master’s degree in religion is often in response to a divine calling. You feel compelled to pursue an education that will equip you to love and serve others effectively as you live out your unique purpose, according to God’s plan. 

Doing God’s work, however, takes on all shapes and sizes—full-time and part-time, pastoral and outreach, preaching and teaching, urban and rural, in megachurches and small congregations—which means that there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all master’s degree in religion.

How do you choose the right master’s degree in religion for your particular passions, skills and circumstances? Foundational to your decision should be soul-searching and spiritual discernment through prayer and wise counsel. To determine your personal career path in ministry, consult family members and mentors who know you best for advice, and read and study from trusted sources about finding God’s will. 

Once you’re confident you’re moving in the direction the Lord is leading you and you can articulate how He wants to use you specifically, you’ll next need to discover which master’s degree is the best match for you. 

At Trevecca, we offer two religion programs to help students wherever God’s leading them. Covering a diverse and wide range of interests and callings, the Master of Arts in church and community and the Master of Arts in theology and biblical studies will help equip you to do excellent work for the Lord in a variety of settings. 

Called to Work for Change in Communities 

Do you picture yourself working in diverse communities to address their unique challenges, such as poverty, racism and immigration? 

The Master of Arts in church and community focuses on working within communities and congregations for positive change, especially in the context of diversity and intercultural challenges. It has an applied focus that results in a repertoire of skills for community ministry and for leading a congregation toward a new focus in community ministry.

Graduates of this program will work in positions such as: community leader, director of outreach ministry, executive director of a nonprofit organization or rural or urban church pastor. 

If you can answer “yes” to most of these questions, then you should consider pursuing the Master of Arts in church and community: 

  • Am I most interested in working with diverse populations toward community change? 
  • Do I feel called to work for a ministry or nonprofit devoted to issues such as racial reconciliation, immigration or poverty?
  • Do I have a special calling to minister to people in urban or rural settings? 

Called to Shepherding and Teaching

Do you picture yourself becoming steeped in theological truths and working as a full-time pastor, chaplain or teacher?

The Master of Arts in theology and biblical studies offers in-depth study of theological concepts throughout the Old and New Testaments, including covenantal faith, mercy, justice, law, community and discipleship. Students also examine theology across the history of the church, up to and including Wesleyan-holiness theology in a 21st century context. 

Graduates of this program may continue their education with a doctorate in ministry or missiology or may work in positions such as: pastor, chaplain, teacher or executive director of a nonprofit organization.

If you can answer “yes” to most of these questions, then you should consider pursuing the Master of Arts in theology and biblical studies: 

  • Am I most interested in deepening my knowledge and understanding of theology, biblical studies and church history? 
  • Do I feel called to work as a part-time or full-time pastor, chaplain or teacher, serving as a shepherd of God’s people? 
  • Do I want a stronger foundation in biblical and theological studies, to learn more about Scripture or to integrate a gospel lens into my specific nonministerial vocation?

Which program is right for me? 

We’ve created a side-by-side comparison to help you figure out which program is right for you: 

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Religion programs created with you in mind 

Life is busy, especially for those who are pursuing careers in ministry. We know you likely have a full plate already as you work and serve God wherever he has placed you. 

Our programs are ideal for those who are currently working in part- or full-time ministry positions. They can be completed 100 percent online on your schedule, when it’s convenient for you. 

What to expect from our programs: 

  • Established in Christian theology and biblical foundations 
  • Feature spiritual formation exercises woven into every course
  • Offered 100 percent online with optional face-to-face learning experiences
  • Graduates are prepared to assume part- or full-time positions 



We’re here to help 

If you’ve still got questions about choosing a master of religion degree, reach out to us. An enrollment counselor is ready to discuss the options Trevecca offers and help you decide which degree is the best fit to help you answer God’s call and reach your goals. 


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