Master of Arts
Theological/Historical Studies

Program Overview

The Master of Arts Theological/Historical Studies is designed to prepare students for teaching and research in historical and theological studies, the communication of the doctrines of the faith and the history of Christianity. The program enables students to understand and communicate the basic historical and theological heritage of the Christian faith and to increase their appreciation of the historical roots of the doctrinal emphases within their particular communities of faith.  It provides students with a firsthand acquaintance with the people, creeds, liturgies and systems of faith and order that comprise the basic elements of their heritage.  A cognate is required to provide students with a biblical foundation and context for their studies.  The students' abilities to understand and evaluate the issues and dynamics in the contemporary communities of faith and in contemporary theology are enhanced, thus strengthening their abilities to defend their faith.

Historical theology provides the conceptual framework for the Master of Arts Theological/Historical Studies program.  Proficiency in either theological German or theological French is required for graduation.  Another language, however, may be substituted with the approval of the area committee when such a language is especially relevant and clearly demonstrated for the successful completion of a course of study.

M.A. Theological/Historical Studies Fact Sheet


 Program Objectives

I choose the MA in historical/theological studies because only through a historical understanding can I interpret the Word of God properly. God has chosen all of history to reveal certain aspects of his unique language, and only with a historical perspective can I interpret God's Word for me today.

I enjoy seeing the different interpretations and ideas that have developed through history. It never ceases to amaze me that the same problems in history and theology appear over and over in new and different ways. The same issues Augustine dealt with can speak to us today.

ORU is unique in that it does not have a denominational affiliation. This gives me the opportunity to learn under many different theological views. This is a totally different experience than attending a denominational seminary where there is only one view and students are expected to study under the doctrinal assumptions of that denomination. ORU provides a unique opportunity to interact with many different views and encourages the student to think critically and form their own theological positions (within orthodox beliefs).

Student: Eric
Master of Arts in Theological and Historical Studies
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Master of Arts Theological/Historical Studies degree program aims to:

  • Communicate the Christian faith in contemporary context.
  • Provide an account of the history and development of Christian tradition during specific time periods.
  • Provide a systematized overview of the history and theology of the Christian tradition.
  • Encourage research that demands critical thinking, historical integration and theological reflection on the part of the student.
  • Provide foundational linguistic preparation that enables translation of Scripture and historical documents in German or French for theological research.
  • Encourage awareness of the historical development of the Pentecostal/charismatic movement within church history.
  • Promote research and critical thinking skills needed to produce an academic thesis.
  • Promote a biblical/theological understanding of the person, work and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  • Enable students to articulate clearly their ministry/professional calling.
  • Enable students to integrate a specific area of research with a unified historical/theological perspective reflective of degree program courses.

Degree Plan


Michael Thomas, Graduate Theology Enrollment Counselor
Graduate School of Theology and Ministry
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