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Religious Studies

Designed as a flexible program for those whose calling does not fit neatly into another degree, or those who have a variety of interests, this interdisciplinary degree offers the most flexibility of all of our graduate programs. Designed around a core of 15 semester hours in Bible/Theology, this degree also includes 15 semester hours of Elective credit which allows students to custom-tailor their Graduate School experience. Students can choose courses from our Graduate course offerings, such as Counseling, Christian Leadership, Intercultural Studies, or Pastoral Ministries, in order to create a program that best suits their calling. All students in this program also complete a Research Methods course and a Culminating Experience thesis.  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can I “do” with a Master’s in Religious Studies (MARS)?

    The MARS is arguably the most flexible graduate degree offered at Manna U. Not only does the degree serve as a degree completion program for those who’ve already earned graduate credit, it also functions as an interdisciplinary degree built on a Bible and theology core. The MARS can be used in a variety of fields such as: 

    • Ministry = Lead pastors, executive/staff pastors, church planters, Christian counseling, international missions, non-profit administration 
    • Marketplace = Office administration, higher education (teaching and administrative), secondary education, small business operations 
    • Military = Religious Affairs Specialist/Chaplain Assistant, professional development
  • Who is this degree for?

    This degree is for anyone who wants a flexible graduate degree that focuses on bible and theology. The MARS prepares Christian leaders by focusing on their unique goals and interests, for the purpose of training for ministry, within the local church, and within the marketplace. 

  • What types of courses would I take in the MARS program?

    In the MARS program you’ll take courses in Old and New Testament survey, theology, hermeneutics, exegesis, biblical languages, and biblical leadership. Plus, you’ll choose from a wide variety of leadership, counseling, and ministry electives.