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Master of Arts in Christian Studies

Graduate coursework is progressively more advanced in academic content than any of the undergraduate programs offered at The Baptist College of Florida. Graduate programs focus on higher-level learning and research in the major issues and significant scholarly literature of the respective fields. All graduate students (MACS and MAMWL) will be required to take GR 501. Introduction to Graduate Research in their first semester of graduate study. This course will assist them in further developing research methodology, in learning to conduct research in primary sources, and in upper-level writing skills and techniques. Each successive course will also require graduate-level research and writing. As students near the end of the program, various evaluations will be required that will expect the student to analyze, synthesize, and integrate graduate-level concepts. Specifically, the MACS program will conclude with either the writing of a Graduate Thesis (thesis option), or the completion of a Comprehensive Examination (non-thesis option).

The Master of Arts in Christian Studies is designed as a research degree to equip pastors, church staff members, educators, missionaries, and other Christian workers who desire to develop advanced skills in academic research and understanding, knowledge of the literature of the discipline, interpreting and delivering the Christian message, leading churches, and conducting various Christian ministries. The MA in Christian Studies will require the student to complete thirty semester hours of study organized in the following structure:

M.A. in Christian Studies, Thesis Option Course Requirements | 30 Total Hours

Core Requirements (9 hours)

  • GR 501. Introduction to Graduate Research (3 hours)
  • GR 681. Thesis Preparation (0 hours)
  • GR 690. Graduate Thesis (6 hours)
  • GR 691-694. Thesis Continuation (0 hours)

Area of Concentration (12 hours)

  • Biblical Studies (BS) Concentration OR
  • Christian Ministry (CM) Concentration

Electives (9 hours)


  • Thesis-option MACS students must maintain continuous enrollment after completing the 24th hour.
  • Continuous enrollment prior to registration for GR 690 is acheived by registration in GR 681. Completion of a satisfactory thesis prospectus must be completed during this semester in order to remain in the thesis-writing track.
  • Continuous enrollment following the GR 690 semester is acheived by registration in GR 691, 692, 693 and 694 as needed.
  • Thesis-option MACS students must complete and defend their thesis within four semesters following registration for GR 690. Students who cannot complete the thesis during this timeframe may complete the degree by taking an additional six hours of coursework.


M.A. in Christian Studies, Non-Thesis Option Course Requirements | 30 Total Hours

Core Requirements (3 hours)

  • GR 501. Introduction to Graduate Research (3 hours)
  • GR 680. Comprehensive Examination (0 hours)

Area of Concentration (15 hours)

  • Biblical Studies (BS) Concentration OR
  • Christian Ministry (CM) Concentration

Electives (12 hours)



  • Non-Thesis option students may take GR 680 during their last semester of substantive coursework or in the semester immediately following.

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