Master of Arts in Theology

About The Program

Challenge yourself to earn your Whitworth Master of Arts in Theology and answer your Christian call to serve humanity. The M.A. in Theology Program is designed for lifelong learners seeking to deepen their faith and enrich their Christian vocation by inspiring students both intellectually and spiritually. Courses focus on integrating classical, theological education, practical application and spiritual formation to equip men and women to serve the church and society. Throughout the program, you’ll learn from faculty members who are dedicated to your success and who have years of teaching experience grounded in foundational Christian tenets. While most students complete the program in 27 to 36 months, you have room to set a pace for completion that is comfortable for you.



  • What: Earn your M.A. in Theology in just 36 credits.
  • Where: Take your M.A. in Theology classes at Whitworth’s campus in north Spokane.
  • Why: Only Whitworth offers the unique blend of theological study and practical application for those interested in spiritual and vocational growth.
  • When: Courses are offered in a format that allows for those outside the Spokane area to attend. Most classes are offered in a blended-semester format that meets monthly and engages online between class sessions. See course schedule for more details.

The program is structured for individuals who are energized by learning with peers and scholars and who are prepared to grow in their Christian vocation. You’ll have the opportunity to integrate community and spiritual enrichment by building relationships and networking with colleagues in the program. As you learn together, you’ll also spend a great deal of time sharing meals, worshipping, praying together, and reinforcing Whitworth’s Christian call to serve humanity within our own community.

Whitworth’s M.A. in Theology Program is designed with select time each month on campus, so that those from areas outside the Spokane region and those who have work obligations can pursue theological education. As an M.A. in Theology student, you can maintain your own pace, although most students choose to complete the program in two to three years by attending part time. It is possible to complete the degree more quickly by attending full time.

Much of the coursework and communication with instructors and fellow students takes place via e-mail and web-based course management and is designed to enhance each student’s learning while building and enriching community. This design allows for optimal learning and community engagement.

Fall and Spring

Classes meet once each month, on Friday evening and all day Saturday, for three months.

January

An elective course is offered during the month of January, and classes meet on campus Thursday evenings and all day Friday and Saturday, twice during the month.

Summer

During the summer, classes are six weeks in length and meet either Thursday evening and all day Friday and Saturday, twice during the session, or two of the required program courses are offered in a week-long community experience, Sunday-Saturday, with housing available. The full-week sessions enable a more intensive study and community learning time.

See the class schedule for specific dates and times.

The Whitworth M.A. in Theology Program focuses on the classical disciplines of biblical studies, church history and Christian theology, and addresses contemporary ministry challenges you face every day. As you move through the curriculum, you will be challenged to discern God’s call on your life and to apply what you’re learning to your individual calling and the ministries in which you are engaged.

The program requires completion of 36 semester credits of study, including eight required courses and 12 credits of approved electives.

Required Courses (24 credits)
THG 510 History of Christianity I: The Great Tradition 3 credits
THG 515 Christian Theology 3 credits
THG 520 History of Christianity II: Reform & Renewal 3 credits
THG 525 Leadership in the Christian Community 3 credits
THG 530 Christian Spirituality 3 credits
THG 540 Life of Jesus & the Early Church 3 credits
THG 550 New Testament Letters 3 credits
THG 560 Old Testament Theology 3 credits
Elective Courses (12 credits)

Whitworth’s M.A. in Theology Program will give you the opportunity to explore and focus your elective credits on specific topics that interest you, including ministry areas in pastoral care and counseling, missions, and Christian culture. Please see the course catalog for a complete list of the elective courses offered; courses must be approved by an academic advisor.

How will I know if the M.A. in Theology Program is right for me?

Whitworth’s M.A. in Theology Program is designed for students who are preparing to grow in their Christian vocation and who are energized by learning with peers and scholars. We encourage you to visit the Whitworth campus and preview an M.A. in Theology class to gain a better understanding of program expectations and determine if Whitworth is the right fit.
 

Is the M.A. in Theology Program offered online?

The program is not offered online, although classroom time on campus is clustered for your convenience and extensive online interaction takes place through web-based course management. Due to the intentional community-building aspect to the degree, on-campus attendance is required.
 

Is financial aid available to graduate students?

Yes. Financial aid is available to graduate students.
 

How long will it take to complete my M.A. in Theology at Whitworth?

Whitworth’s M.A. in Theology Program can be completed in as little as 24 months, but most students finish the program in two to three years. You set your own pace.
 

How do I begin the application process?

Contact the admissions team at 509.777.3222 or graduateandcsadmissions@whitworth.edu. We will be happy to walk you through the process and clarify any questions you may have. You may also visit the admissions page for detailed instructions on how to get started.
 

What if I don’t have extensive experience in a Christian organization?

Experience is not limited to a paid position. We welcome those with volunteer work, church membership, and other expressions of living out Christian faith in community.