Christian thought is about more than a worldview. It’s about integrating truth with life.
Our Master of Arts in Christian Thought is about exploring the intersection of Christian thought and contemporary culture and applying your knowledge to everyday issues. You’ll build a strong foundation in Bible, theology, and philosophy to face the pressing challenges of modern society. You’ll prepare for transformative engagement and gain confidence to make significant contributions to your church, your community, and our world.
In this program, you’ll gain a strong biblical foundation and deep understanding of theology that will allow you to engage meaningfully with your community as you apply the Christian faith to the cultural and social issues of the day.
Deliveries: Evening and Online with Intensives
Locations: San Diego and St. Paul
There are no upcoming events.
Engage and Transform Culture
The world needs leaders, in any profession, who have thought deeply about the Christian faith and the implications of the gospel for the 21st century. The church needs thought leaders who dynamically contextualize biblical truth and theology. Christians need men and women who create authentic Christian communities grounded on a vibrant and relevant theology. Skeptics need followers of Jesus who communicate truth with theological depth, compelling relevance, and relational authenticity. Deep learning about the rationality of this Christian faith and its connection with the contemporary world is essential across cultures and across professions.
Our professors have crafted a program that mines the integration of theology with the world’s religions, science, the media, and the arts (literature, film, or visual art). Studying with them, you’ll learn how to engage culture intellectually, express faith reasonably, and transform your context powerfully with the gospel.
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You’ll learn to integrate theology and current issues, preparing you to apply your understanding of Christianity in modern social and cultural contexts.
You’ll practice using your skills in offering a case for the Christian faith in the face of the challenges of modern society.
Grounded in Scripture
You’ll explore Christian thought and practice from a solid grounding in biblical authority and interpretation, giving you the foundation you need to be a thought leader in our ever-changing world.
Whole-life learningChristian thought is not simply about filling brains. It’s about educating whole persons. You’ll be challenged to mature spiritually through a greater understanding of how the Bible connects to real life. Growth as a whole person–toward spiritual, personal, and relational maturity–is essential to engaging and transforming your context.
Globalization, economics, secularization, poverty, media—culture is changing every day. The Christian thought program will prepare you to serve Christ on the edge of culture by practicing relational and missional reflection for a complex world.
I am so thankful to be a part of Bethel's nursing program. The program is preparing me to take my nursing career to a more comprehensive professional level, pushing me to drive best practices through research and leadership.Heather Jensen '15
I was constantly performing through departmental events such as: weekly "Music Hour Recitals," orchestra and band concerts, solo and chamber recitals, semi-annual solo competitions, and yearly ensemble tours. I fell in love with the intensity of practicing and performing.Lindsay Flowers '07
Oboe/English Horn in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Evansville Philharmonic; Citizen Musician Fellow under the mentorship of Yo-Yo Ma; Doctoral Candidate in Oboe Performance at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University.
The program changed my perspective on leadership. I was linked with scholars who pushed me forward in spiritual transformation and academic excellence. This program impacted my life, family, and ministry and continues to challenge my head, heart, and hands.Wilbur Winborne Sr. '14
Current job: 19th Street Baptist Church / Cornerstone Chrisitan Academy
The people at Bethel helped me determine the kind of person I wanted to be, before I knew what kind of doctor I would be. Bethel’s influence is essential to my work as a future physician and follower of Jesus.Brett Einerson '06
Current Job: Resident Physician at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
The philosophy department at Bethel exposed me not only to challenging intellectual ideas, but also to new ways of thinking and learning. The experience helped to prepare me for the rigorous academic requirements of both law school and legal practice.Eva Rodelius '10
Current job: Associate Attorney at Carson, Clelland & Schreder
Getting my master's at Bethel was convenient. All the classes were offered online, and I could choose a concentration. Also, I enjoyed the classes. They were a great study of best practices in education.Patty Boettcher '15
Current job: 4th Grade Teacher at International School in Genoa, Italy
Before coming to Bethel I was already driven to pursue certain ultimate questions about human existence. For instance, questions about the meaning of life, the nature of the human person, the nature and objectivity of ethics, the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, and so on. When I came to Bethel as a philosophy major I felt like I had found a home. I found a supportive and caring community of people, among both fellow students and the faculty, with whom I could engage in shared philosophical enquiry into questions that are of great significance for human life.David McPherson, Ph.D. '05
Current job: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Creighton University
Bethel's M.A. in Teaching program prepared me for teaching in today's challenging and ever-changing educational landscape. The instructors were caring and encouraging and the courses were very hands-on and engaging. I LOVE my job as a teacher. Thank you, Bethel!Theresa Anderson '13
Current job: Teacher
My graduate school experience has positioned me with a consulting career that is both strategic and futuristic. Every day I help senior care organizations navigate through health care reform. It's challenging but incredibly rewarding work.Kristine Betz '12
Current job: Consultant
The faculty encouraged and challenged me to not settle for good enough. They fostered strong personal character alongside becoming a strong social worker. Their approach to persevere through challenges impacted my work ethic in all levels of social work.Stephen Horn '10
Current job: Case Management Supervisor at Pinnacle Services
Bethel Seminary made all the difference. The professors believe in you, lead you and guide you through the process of academic prowess toward your degree in a clear and concise way. It was a fundamentally life changing experience for me!Mike Morawski '11
Current job: Adjunct Prof. Central CT. State Univ. Religious Studies
Bethel University and the instructors in the graduate school program are very supportive and give real world examples. I have been able to change my career and transition into a new industry because of the Masters in Teaching program.Lawton Burgstahler '15
Current job: Buffalo Lake Hector Stewart High School Business Teacher
Being able to focus on the big picture, while still knowing how the small details relate to that big picture, is a huge advantage in business, and something that studies in history can train one to do.Brandon Raatikka '03
Current job: Vice President of Risk Assessment, FactRight, LLC
Bethel's Doctor of Ministry in Servant Leadership was the perfect fit for me as someone who is an ordained clergy serving in a large non-profit organization. I loved integrating my studies with my work, and the cohort model encouraged building lasting relationships.Julie Berndt '12
Current job: Director of The Good Samaritan Society Way, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society
Bethel really prepared me...having a liberal arts education was beneficial because it made me well rounded. [Businesses] look for people with all sorts of different backgrounds and leadership experience. Bethel encourages people to get involved.Nicole (Nettleton) Willenbring '12
Current job: Business Analyst, Target Corporation
The Master of Arts in Christian Thought will prepare you to lead communities with vision, strength, and grace to engage culture and transform it with the gospel.
Learn how to:
- Construct a coherent Christian worldview and a compelling way of life that changes lives and communities
- Address deep, worldview questions such as the nature of truth, the nature and being of God, the authority of Scripture, the uniqueness of Christ, the origin and goal of creation, the problem of evil and suffering, and redemption in God’s kingdom
- Understand and articulate the Christian faith compellingly in a diverse, complex, always-changing world
- Integrate everything you learn into your own life, challenging you to grow emotionally, spiritually, and relationally
- Use biblical truth to inspire and personal wisdom to guide
Our graduates serve as:
- Pastors interested in engaging culture
- Teaching pastors
- Church planters
- Para-church and nonprofit leaders
- College ministry leaders
- Social and cultural entrepreneurs
- Christian school teachers
- Christians involved in law, education, business, media, politics, or the arts