Master of Arts in Theology & Culture
Live out your vocation, rooted in theology and culture
2 years to complete
48 credit hours of coursework
5 residency gatherings
Your vocational calling matters in service to God and neighbor. We’ve designed a unique Master of Arts in Theology & Culture graduate program that trains leaders, artists, activists, and social entrepreneurs to make meaning and lead change at the intersection of theology and culture. Classes are held weekly within an relationally engaging online learning environment. In addition to weekly coursework, students take part in residency gatherings for on-campus learning and formative learning experiences.Begin your Application
Three Flexible Tracks
Theology, Imagination & the Arts
The Theology, Imagination & the Arts track prepares you for the prophetic role of the artist within the church and the broader culture.
Unlike fine arts programs that train in particular crafts, this rich educational experience prepares you to think prophetically and theologically in order to create transformational experiences through your work. Together, we will explore the intersection of theology, culture, and aesthetics to participate in the Christian imagination as artists and creatives made in the image of a creative God. You will develop relational mindfulness that orients you as an artist to the varied expressions of beauty in our complex reality.
Global & Social Partnership
The Global & Social Partnership track prepares you to become an informed and empathetic social entrepreneur who advocates for holistic justice and reconciliation in the context of community relationships.
You will learn to read culture and systems, while developing a relational intelligence that allows you to listen well to the narratives that have formed the realities and dynamics around you. You will be called to think imaginatively on behalf of God, humanity, and creation, seeking innovative solutions to provoke interpersonal, local, systemic, and global transformation.
The Interdisciplinary Studies track equips you to solve complex problems in the world by engaging multiple disciplines.
You will be prepared for your unique vocational path with a framework of theological, psychological, biblical, and cultural awareness. You will bridge multiple disciplines in an imaginative way for the kingdom of God while developing a deeper understanding of God, yourself, people, and cultures.
Become an embodied, adaptive leader
Upon graduating from our MA in Theology & Culture program, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to critically explore the complexity of human culture in context, utilizing a Christian theological perspective.
- Articulate how theology and culture interrelate as they shape our social practices and life in community.
- Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and implement an informed biblical, theological and psychological perspective as a vital function of Christian community and service to neighbor.
- Exhibit the ability to continue maturing one’s spiritual and psychological health within the context of community.
- Engage in a process of vocational discernment in light of God’s call to love God, neighbor, self, and world.
“There is something in this moment in American culture where we are riled up enough to take to the streets but we don't understand enough to have good dialogue. People in the MA in Theology & Culture program are invited to think well about what culture actually is and how to understand and engage theologically.”Chelle Stearns, PhD
Associate Professor of Theology Meet Our Core Faculty
The courses listed below reflect a common course of study for the Master of Arts in Theology & Culture program. Throughout the program, students participate in five residency gatherings: retreat-style curricular events with coursework, workshops, and co-curricular programming. Residencies are offered three times per academic year. For more detailed information about recommended course loads and rotations, browse our Course Rotations.
Year One: Personal Development in Context
The first year of the Theology & Culture program will help you develop personal awareness and reflection of the interpersonal patterns, giftedness, and hindrances that emerge from your own story. We’ll engage theological, philosophical, biblical, cultural, and psychological studies to imagine how your vocational calling intersects with these disciplines and the world.
Our Common Curriculum is a series of interdisciplinary courses integrating the study of theology, biblical studies, psychology, anthropology, and culture and informs the foundation of your studies. Here is a sampling of courses you will take in your first year.
- Intersections: Interdisciplinary Inquiry & Psychological Frameworks (2)
- Critical Reading Lab (1)
- Care of the Soul & Call to Sacred Activism (2)
- Frameworks & Intersections (0)
- Tell Me the Stories of Jesus: A New Testament Survey (3) (3)
- Listening Lab: Part I (1)
- Intersections: Biblical & Theological Foundations (2)
- Contextual Learning Lab (1)
- Intersections: Textual Integrations (1)
- Philosophy & Theological Thought (2)
- Listening Lab: Part II (1)
- Apprenticeship I (1)
Year Two: Vocational Integration
The second year of the Theology & Culture program is marked formatively by the Integrative Project. More than an academic thesis, the Integrative Project allows you to use the skills you have acquired during the Theology & Culture program to begin clarifying your vocational calling: the lifelong work of impacting the world through your story, skills, and passions.
Here is a sampling of courses you will take in your second year:
- Integrative Project (2)
- Advanced Seminar (1)
- Old Testament Genre (3)
- Apprenticeship II (1)
- Advanced Seminar (2)
- Word on the Street: Developing Intercultural Competency (2)
- Residencies are offered 3 times per academic year
- 5 residencies are required to complete program, including 1 domestic or international travel residency
- Domestic or international travel residencies offered each Spring term
“When Naomi Wachira entered The Seattle School she had many questions about her faith. What she found was a community that welcomed her questions and encouraged her to explore them more deeply through her greatest passion: music.”Naomi Wachira Explore MATC Voices