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Master of Arts in Religion
The Master of Arts in Religion or MAR degree is a two-year, graduate, academic degree program for laypersons who seek an interdisciplinary approach to theological reflection, religious experience and ethical action, or who wish to approach another field or profession from a perspective enriched by theological study. This degree is also for directors of religious education seeking certification in the Unitarian Universalist Association's certification program who would like to earn a master's degree while fulfilling those requirements.
The MAR requires a total of 48 credits.
12 credits are granted for a thesis written in consultation with a Faculty Advisor and the Director of the Master of Arts program. 3 of these credits are for a Research Methods course, which is required unless the student has previously completed significant graduate-level research work.
Of the remaining 36 credits, 18 must be taken at Meadville Lombard.
At least 4 courses must be taken from the area of concentration. The Area of Concentration can be chosen from the following areas:
The remaining courses for the degree must be taken in four of the following eight disciplines: Ethics, Theology, Faith Formation (Religious Education), Religion and the Arts, the Historical Context of Ministry, Ministry and the Church, and the Cultural Contexts of Ministry.
There is no internship option for the MARS.
All transfer credits must be pre-approved by the student’s academic advisor. Transferred credits will not appear on the Meadville Lombard transcript with a letter grade (only the credit is transferring) and the letter P, for Pass, will accompany all transferred credits.
Requirements for Applying
Requirements for Applying for Master of Arts
An on-campus interview is not required; however, an applicant or a member of the admissions committee may request one.
For the MARS degree program, Meadville Lombard Theological School utilizes a rolling admissions model. All applications are reviewed in chronological order according to the date they were completed and applicants are notified of their acceptance status within two to four weeks of the completion of the application.
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