CU’s affordable online master of theology teaches the advanced skills for biblical and theological studies, ministry and leadership.
Master of Theology Overview
Campbellsville University’s Master of Theology online provides you with the opportunity to pursue a career in ministry, religious research, teaching, policymaking, social care or counseling. There are three emphasis areas available for the degree: biblical studies, pastoral leadership and theology, each consisting of 18 of the total 30 credit hours. As a student, you then broaden your knowledge while selecting elective courses in the other two areas of study.
Within the biblical studies emphasis area, you will explore the history and interpretation of both the Old Testament and the New Testament. You’ll also examine the prophetic literature of the Old Testament prophets and the letters within the New Testament as they apply to pastoral leadership and the contemporary church. This area is perfect if you wish to later pursue a doctoral program.
The pastoral leadership courses in the online master’s of theology explore the ministry of proclamation and worship, pastoral ministries and evangelism and leadership development. You will study the teaching and practice of spiritual formation, pastoral care and counseling and the establishment and maintenance of a healthy church, as well as innovative ministries and trends. You will also learn how to accomplish things within a church or ministry setting while gaining mentoring and leadership skills.
Finally, the theological studies emphasis is a combination of church history and contemporary theological discussion. The courses explore the ethics of the Baptist history and heritage, Christian faith and the history of the church before and after the Reformation. It also examines the Christian moral ideal and Christian principles of judgment and action as they apply to ministry.
Campbellsville’s dedicated theology faculty members complement their teachings with their real-world experience. The program is offered in a convenient and flexible format, which is ideal for the working adult student with busy personal and professional schedules.
Campbellsville University’s online ministry and theology programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
The online master of theology is made up of 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours. Students can choose one of three concentrations:
- Biblical studies
- Pastoral leadership
- Theological studies
The student then takes 6 hours in each of the two areas that are no the student’s 18-hour emphasis.
- CHS 510: Old Testament History and Interpretation I
- CHS 511: Old Testament History and Interpretation II
- CHS 513: Old Testament Prophets
- CHS 520: New Testament History and Interpretation I
- CHS 521: New Testament History and Interpretation II
- CHS 525: General Letters
- CHS 526: Pastoral Letters, Pastoral Leadership
- CHS 551: Journey into Christ-likeness
- CHS 552: Pastoral Ministries
- CHS 553: Ministry of Proclamation and Worship
- CHS 555: Pastoral Care and Counseling
- CHS 556: Christian Evangelism and the Church
- CHS 557: Church Planting
- CHS 567: Leadership Development
- CHS 562: Intergenerational Ministries
- CHS 661: Innovations in the Contemporary Church
- CHS 531: Christian Theology
- CHS 543: Ethics of the Christian Faith
- CHS 571: Pre-Reformation History of the Church
- CHS 572: Post-Reformation History of the Church
- CHS 576: Baptist History and Heritage
- CHS 634: Gospel and Postmodernism
To apply to Campbellsville’s online Master of Theology program, prospective students must submit or complete the following:
- Online application.
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- 18 undergraduate hours in Christian studies, a master’s degree or applicable graduate courses.
- If the student’s overall undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, they must complete either the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or the MAT (Miller Analogy Test).
- Submit a philosophy of ministry essay, two to three pages in length.
- Submit two reference letters, one from an academician and one from a ministry mentor.
- Complete an interview with the dean of the School of Theology.
Costs & Financial Aid
The master of theology online costs $299 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.
There are several academic, performance and diversity scholarships available for master of theology students.
A maximum of 12 credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university can be transferred into this program.
Campbellsville University is a military-friendly school and a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon program. Students who are currently serving at home or abroad or are veterans can further their education in a conducive online environment.
Careers in Theology
Those who graduate from Campbellsville University’s online master’s of theology can advance their career. As 5 to 10 percent of churches require candidates to have a graduate degree for a leadership position, this master’s degree is ideal for those wishing to climb the ladder. Some potential career outcomes include:
Why CU Online?
Focused on Your Growth
Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.
Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.
Affordable and Convenient
Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format so you can study whenever and wherever you want.
Campbellsville University is traditionally fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Benefits of Learning Online
Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.
Frequently Asked Questions
Still have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
Yes, you can transfer up to 72 credits for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. You can view more information on transferring credits on the transfer credits page.
Yes. You will have to complete the FAFSA form, and we will then determine your eligibility for any financial aid. Visit our financial aid page to learn more about your options, which include scholarships and grants.
You can apply to our online degree programs through the online application form. Remember to submit official copies of your high school and/or college transcripts, along with any other required documentation that is specific to your degree program. You can visit the admissions process page to learn more about what to expect throughout the process.