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The Life of the Mind, the Passions of the Heart, and the Master of Arts

StudyingThe life of the mind is freely celebrated in Bethany's Master of Arts (MA) program, because the mind, like the heart, is also a passionate organ. All MA students participate in a research thesis progression of focused study on a topic of passionate academic interest. The MA program strives to foster growth of the whole person: spirit, mind and body.
Traditionally a two-year residential program, Bethany's MA consists of 18 three-credit-hour courses and is also offered as a distance education option via the MA Connections track.
Earning a MA from Bethany will prepare you for:
  • PhD programs across the country, in preparation for careers in teaching and writing
  • Work with faith-based agencies or organizations
  • Personal and professional enrichment

MA Areas of Concentration

Each student chooses an area of concentration that supports their thesis research from one of these broad categories.
Bethany Graduates
  • Biblical Studies
  • Historical Studies
  • Theological Studies
  • Brethren Studies
  • Ministry Studies
  • Peace Studies
Other areas can be considered upon petition to the Educational Policies and Assessment Committee.
Thesis work includes participation in the Research Seminar, which provides interaction with other MA students in a collegial style of learning. 
Recent M.A. thesis topics have included the following.
Blessed are the Peacemakers
  • Brethren History, studying 1968 as a cultural case study
  • Peace Studies
  • Theology
  • Biblical Studies
  • Theopoetics
  • Ecotheology
  • An Inclusive Church
  • Feminist Theology

MA Emphases

In addition to an area of concentration, MA students can add an emphasis. (See the Program Emphases page for more information.)
Student with YouthPeace Studies - includes two Peace Studies courses, two travel or conference experiences, two semesters of Peace Forum participation, and two papers on peace topics.
Ministry With Youth and Young Adults - includes a course in Christian Education, three courses in youth and young adult ministry, and a thesis related to youth and young adult ministry.

For more information about the Master of Arts program, refer to the Bethany Catalog, or contact: 

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                         admissions@bethanyseminary.edu      800-287-8822

Steven SchweitzerSteven Schweitzer, Academic Dean and Professor
     deansoffice@bethanyseminary.edu     765-983-1815


Monica Rice
Master of Arts

MonicaWhen my vocational calling led me to consider a seminary education, I visited Bethany out of a sense of Brethren obligation. Growing up in a Brethren family and congregation, attending a Brethren college, and then participating in several years of Brethren Volunteer Service, I felt a strong commitment to Brethren institutions. However, I felt ready to experience a different faith community for graduate study. I made plans to attend an urban Chicago seminary, but chose to visit Bethany to know that I had considered it as an option.