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A two-year academic degree program

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) degree program is a graduate-level academic program for laypeople seeking 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.

The MAR program offers you a chance to experience a low-residency theological school that centers a multifaith sensibility and infuses a social justice grounding into everything that we do. MAR students from all religious and spiritual backgrounds benefit from rigorous coursework that honors and draws on the many philosophical, ethical, scientific, and religious traditions concerned with love, justice, and peace, as well as being part of a vibrant learning community of faculty, peers, and mentors.

MAR students tailor their learning to their needs and purposes by choosing from one of four concentrations: Ethics, Theology, Religious Education, or History.

Degree Requirements

The MAR degree program requires 48 completed credits. The program can be completed in two years by full-time students, but is flexible to accommodate students who plan to study part time.

Twelve credits are granted for a thesis written in consultation with a faculty advisor. Three 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 four courses must be taken in the area of concentration (Ethics, Theology, Religious Education, or History).

The remaining credits 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 program.

Transfer Credits

Transfer credits must be pre-approved by a student’s academic advisor, and are marked with a P (pass) on student transcripts in lieu of a letter grade.