Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R)
Deaconess Studies

For those seeking to be set apart as a deaconess, the two-year Master of Arts in Religion (Deaconess Studies) requires a minimum of 73 credit hours, inclusive of 12 hours of elective coursework. The required courses are listed in the column at right, and their descriptions are found at the links for each department. Worship and spiritual formation is also required for those pursuing the M.A.R. to be set apart as a deaconess.

For more information on the duties and requirements of a deaconess, as well as the history of deaconesses in the Church, visit the following websites:


Course Requirements

Courses required for the Deaconess Studies program are as follows:

Biblical StudiesView Course Descriptions

Old Testament Biblical Studies
OT Introduction Biblical Covenant
New Testament English Bible Survey 1 OT
NT Introduction English Bible Survey 2 NT




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Patristic Reformation and Modern

Dogmatic Theology & Liturgics
View Course Descriptions

Dogmatic Theology Liturgical Studies
Thirty-Nine Articles Liturgics
  Philosophy of Religion

Pastoral Theology - View Course Descriptions

Spirituality Cure of Souls
Marriage & Family Evangelism & Mission
Deaconess Studies Canon Law/Parish Administration
Biblical Womanhood
Office/Work of Deaconess  

Elective Courses (minimum of 12 credits)

Pentateuch Eschatology & Book of
Historical Books Revelation
OT Poets Medieval Church History
OT Prophets Doctrine God & Christ
Exod/Lev/Heb Doc. Man, Sin, Salvation
Gospels Doc. Church/Sacraments
Acts & Pauline Epistles Greek 1-3
Catholic Epistles Hebrew 1-3