The quality of the educational experience at Western Covenant University is fostered by the close human and intellectual relationships between students and faculty and by the open exchange of ideas. The University is committed to creating a learning community in which people from diverse backgrounds and cultures are valued for the breath of their perspectives and are encouraged in their intellectual pursuits.
The university’s instructional programs are designed to challenge students not only to acquire knowledge but also to develop the skills of critical analysis, careful reasoning, creativity and self-expression. Equally important, students learn to understand and evaluate the sources and methods from which knowledge derives. Thereby, they come to appreciate the contingency of all knowledge and to realize that education is a life-long process.
Western Covenant University’s special character emerges from its relatively small size, and its commitment to effective teaching, high standards of scholarship, ongoing professional development; and to its policy of promoting diversity in the faculty, staff, administration, and student population.
Master of Arts in Theology
The M.A. program is dedicated to the integration of religion, faith and learning and consequently Endeavour to promote a balanced commitment to God’s revelation and to academic excellence in the pursuit of knowledge. The program is academic /professional programs designed to prepare men and women for a variety of purposes both within and outside the church. The program provide academic study and training for participants to reflect theologically on the role of religion, Christian life, and the church in contemporary society, and to develop the skills for effective ministry within local churches, mission agencies and para-church ministries.
The M.A.T.S. program fosters development of theological understanding as part of educational, professional, and spiritual growth. The M.A.T.S. is an academic/professional degree designed to give balanced exposure to the theological disciplines, while allowing students to focus on area of interest. It is desirable for persons not seeking ordination but wishing to work in a church setting, and for those already ordained but needing further academic work in theological studies. It is also appropriate for those who wish to enhance their understanding of theological perspectives and religious practices for their own growth or to relate to another professional field.
The program allows for concentration in a field of study, for example, lay persons who work in church settings in non- ordained or volunteer positions may use the program to develop their understanding of the church by concentrating in a field such as biblical studies, history of religion, theology, or the history and theory of worship and homiletics. International students may create an interdisciplinary emphasis in Asian theological studies, spirituality, musicology, or pastoral counseling.
The M.A. program require a minimum of 90 credit hours/units, and are normally completed in three years of full-time study; you may, however, take up to six (6) years of part-time study. Students must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 to stay in the program.
The M.A program consist of a focus of study of five (5) Common-Core-Curriculum Courses, 20 credit hours/units, that are required of all M.A. programs. Each program then requires 42 credit hours beyond the core courses that consists of restricted electives for each M.A. program and an exit option of one of the following: (a)the Integrative Seminar, (b)the Field Education Course, (c) the Thesis Option and (d) the Project Option. With each Exit Option students must take a Research Methodology course for a total of six (6) credit hours/units for each Exit Option.