• Master of Arts: Religion

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    The Master of Arts (Religion) is a 30-hour thesis program offering advanced academic study in religion as well as preparation for further graduate study. A minor in Religion is available for students majoring in other disciplines.

    ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

    Applicants for admission to the Master of Arts program in Religion must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.

    Full Admission may be granted to applicants who satisfy all of the academic standards and prerequisites listed below and receive the endorsement of the Program Director.

    Provisional Admission may be granted to applicants who satisfy any two of the three academic standards listed below plus all of the listed prerequisites and receive the endorsement of the Program Director. NOTE: Students granted Provisional Admission must maintain a 3.00 GPA during their first 12 hours of graduate work to be eligible to receive Full Admission and continue their graduate study.

    The required endorsement may be granted following a review of all relevant factors, including - but not limited to - the level of performance in any previous graduate course work and the dates of completion of previous academic work, when in the judgement of the Program Director there is sufficient evidence to clearly suggest the potential for success in a graduate level program. An interview may be required at the discretion of the Program Director.

    ACADEMIC STANDARDS

    1. A grade point average of 3.00 in all upper level (junior and senior) course work OR an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.70.

    2. A grade point average of 3.00 in all undergraduate course work in religion (which must include a minimum of 18 upper level (junior and senior) hours.

    3. A Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score at or above the 50th percentile on the verbal sub-test.

    PREREQUISITES

    Eighteen approved upper-level hours in religious studies from a regionally-accredited institution. Hours lacking may be made up by leveling. Substitution and/or equivalency decisions for prerequisite courses or transfer of any graduate hours must receive the approval of the Program Director and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

    In addition, a student pursuing an MA (Religion) with a concentration in Biblical Studies must possess a reading proficiency in Greek or Hebrew. This proficiency, which may be developed concurrently with graduate work, may be established by the satisfactory completion of 12 or more semester hours of undergraduate language credit or its equivalent.

    ADVISORY COMMITTEE

    A student will be assigned an advisory committee composed of three faculty members recommended by the Program Director and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. The committee will monitor the student's progress, direct and evaluate the thesis, and administer the comprehensive examination. One of the committee members will be designated as the thesis supervisor.

    CURRICULUM

    Concentration:
     

     
    Biblical Studies (approved courses in BIBL) or Theological Studies (approved courses in CHST and/or THEO)
     

    15

    Supporting Course Work:
     

     
    Approved courses outside the concentration (may include up to
    six hours of course work offered by other schools/departments)

     

    9

    Thesis (RELI 6391 and 6392)
     

    6

    Total


     

    30

    ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY

    A student’s Advisory Committee will review a student’s progress after at least 12 hours of graduate work has been successfully completed (3.00 GPA is required).

    THESIS

    A student will work closely with his or her supervisor and advisory committee in preparing the thesis. The first step is the preparation of a written thesis proposal which must be approved by the advisory committee and then submitted to the Logsdon university programs faculty for approval. Following approval by the faculty a student will write the thesis in Turabian style following the advisory committee’s guidance. After beginning work on the thesis, a student must be continuously enrolled for either Thesis or Thesis Renewal for all fall and spring semesters until completion of the thesis. Summer enrollment is required if a student anticipates working on the thesis or completing his/her degree during either summer term. NOTE: A thesis processing fee will be assessed.

    COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

    The comprehensive exam is determined and administered by a student’s advisory committee. Students must have the thesis largely completed before taking the comprehensive exam.

    TIME LIMIT

    A student must complete the MA (Religion) within a period of five years from date of admission.

    MINOR

    Students majoring in other disciplines may select a minor in Religion. The Religion minor requires 12 hours of approved course work distributed as follows:

    1. Six hours from either Biblical Studies (BIBL) or Theological Studies (CHST and/or THEO).

    2. Six additional Logsdon hours.

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
    MASTER OF ARTS IN RELIGION

    In order to graduate with a Master of Arts (Religion) a student must successfully complete the curriculum described above (24 hours), the thesis (6 hours), and the comprehensive examination.

     

     


     

    For more information about the Master of Arts in Religion, contact:

    Dr. Travis L. Frampton
    Logsdon School of Theology
    HSU Box 16235
    Abilene, Texas 79698-6235.
    TEL: 325-670-1270
    FAX: 325-670-1406
    E-mail: frampton@hsutx.edu

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