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Ancient and Oriental Christianity (MA)

Explore the roots of religion.

If you have a knack for languages, enjoy reading ancient texts and wish to enrich your theological foundations for ministry, teaching or further study, the Master of Arts track in Ancient and Oriental Christianity might be the graduate degree for you.

Primarily suited for students preparing to pursue doctoral study, this program will equip you with advanced academic foundations in historical research and integration, with an emphasis on the languages needed to conduct such research. You will sharpen your research and writing skills as you take part in intensive reading of primary historical and theological works.

Ready to be a part of a program that explores the past to prepare you for your future? Apply now or contact us for more information today.

Program Overview

Credit hours 48
Degree Master of Arts Ancient and Oriental Christianity (MA)
Program length 2 years
Tracks N/A


You will take courses such as:

  • History of Christianity I: Early and Medieval
  • Theological Explorations
  • Christian Mission in Global Context
  • Explorations in the Christian East
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What outcomes can you expect?

  • Spiritual Director
  • Minister
  • Youth Leader
  • Religious Education Teacher
  • Music Minister
  • Chaplain
  • Bible Translator

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Admissions Requirements

  • A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA; 
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application);   
  • A reflective essay, three to five pages in length (typed, double-spaced).

See full ACU graduate admission requirements here.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.