Master of Arts (60 Credit Hours)

Academic Fields of Study

Acadia’s Master of Arts degrees in Old Testament, New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, Theology, Christian History, or Baptist Studies are designed to equip students for advanced study at the doctoral level and thus all programs require a thesis. Acadia graduates have been accepted into major research universities across North America and in Europe and are teaching in Bible colleges, universities, and seminaries worldwide.

Applicants with no or little prior study in their intended field complete a 60 credit hour program (two years, if full-time) that contains foundational courses in Biblical Studies and Christian Thought as well as extensive study in their particular field of interest. Students will have the opportunity to take independent Guided Reading (“Great Books”) courses. Graduate Seminars in a student’s field provide an opportunity to develop skills in preparing and presenting scholarly work to peers.

Specializations Degree Requirements

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
Biblical Studies1
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
Old Testament Specialization2
BIBL 7613Guided Reading in Old Testament 13
BIBL 7623Guided Reading in Old Testament 23
HEBR 5013Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 13
HEBR 5023Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 23
HEBR 6013Intermediate Hebrew3
GREE 5013Foundations of New Testament Greek 13
GREE 5023Foundations of New Testament Greek 23
BIBL, GREE, HEBR, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies (Old Testament) or Biblical Languages elective3
BIBL, GREE, HEBR, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies (Old Testament) or Biblical Languages elective3
BIBL, GREE, HEBR, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies or Biblical Languages elective3
BIBL 7916, BIBL 7926Thesis6,6
Total Credit Hours60

 

1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required above 60 hours if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.

2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass/Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
Biblical Studies1
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
New Testament Specialization2
BIBL 7633Guided Reading in New Testament 13
BIBL 7643Guided Reading in New Testament 23
GREE 5013Foundations of New Testament Greek 13
GREE 5023Foundations of New Testament Greek 23
GREE 6013Intermediate Greek3
HEBR 5013Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 13
HEBR 5023Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 23
BIBL, GREE, HEBR, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies (New Testament) or Biblical Languages elective3
BIBL, GREE, HEBR, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies (New Testament) or Biblical Languages elective3
BIBL, GREE, HEBR, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies (New Testament) or Biblical Languages elective3
BIBL 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required above 60 hours if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
Biblical Studies1
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
Second Temple Judaism Specialization2
BIBL 7733Guided Reading in Second Temple Judaism 13
BIBL 7743Guided Reading in Second Temple Judaism 23
HEBR 5013Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 13
HEBR 5023Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 23
GREE 5013Foundations of New Testament Greek 13
GREE 5023Foundations of New Testament Greek 23
GREE 6013 or HEBR 6013Intermediate Greek or Intermediate Hebrew3
BIBL, GREE, HEBR, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies or Biblical Languages elective3
BIBL, GREE, HEBR, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies or Biblical Languages elective3
BIBL, GREE, HEBR, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies or Biblical Languages elective3
BIBL 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours 60

 

  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required above 60 hours if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
BIBL 5013 or BIBL (elective)Survey of the Bible1 or Biblical Studies elective3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
Theology Specialization²
THEO 7613Guided Reading in Theology 13
THEO 7623Guided Reading in Theology 23
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context3
THEO (elective)Theology elective3
THEO (elective)Theology elective3
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies elective3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
(elective)Elective3
THEO 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
BIBL 5013 or BIBL (elective)Survey of the Bible1 or Biblical Studies elective3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
Christian History Specialization²
CHUR 7613Guided Reading in Christian History 13
CHUR 7623Guided Reading in Christian History 23
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
THEO (elective)Theology elective3
THEO (elective)Theology elective3
(elective)Elective3
CHUR 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor of Arts (or equivalent)
  • 3.0 Grade Point Average
  • Recommendations demonstrating evidence of scholarly ability and promise
Program Director
Dr. Glenn Wooden
Payzant Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies: 1-902-585-2227: glenn.wooden@acadiau.ca
Contact
Catherine Cole
Manager of Recruitment and Admissions: (902) 585-2220: catherine.cole@acadiau.ca

Practical Fields of Study

Acadia’s Master of Arts degrees in Leadership and Spiritual Formation, Evangelism and Mission, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Discipleship, Pastoral Care and Counselling, Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care, or Prison Chaplaincy are designed to equip individuals for non-ordained leadership roles in church and society. These programs contain foundational study in the Biblical Studies and Christian Thought, a broad introduction to ministry, and an opportunity to specialize in an area of ministry interest.  All programs allow students to complete a major project or thesis applying what they have learned to their own ministry setting.

Specializations Degree Requirements

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies elective¹3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
Evangelism and Mission Specialization
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation in Ministry Leaders3
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
LEDR (elective)Leadership elective3
NXGN (elective)Next Generation Ministry elective3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
DISP 5013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
EVAN 7613Guided Reading in Evangelism and Mission 13
EVAN 7623Guided Reading in Evangelism and Mission 23
EVAN (elective)Evangelism and Mission elective3
EVAN (elective)Evangelism and Mission elective3
EVAN 7913, 7923Project in Evangelism and Mission3,3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives2
(elective)Elective3
(elective)Elective3
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. Excluding Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013)
  2. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam not passed. Mentored Ministry, Prison Ministry Practicum, and Clinical Pastoral Education courses excluded.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass/Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
BIBL 5013 or  BIBL (elective)Survey of the Bible¹ or  Biblical Studies elective3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
Evangelism and Mission Specialization²
EVAN 7613Guided Reading in Evangelism and Mission 13
EVAN 7623Guided Reading in Evangelism and Mission 23
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
EVAN (elective)Evangelism and Mission elective3
EVAN (elective)Evangelism and Mission elective3
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation in Ministry Leaders3
DISP 5013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
EVAN 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives3
(elective)Elective3
 Total Credit Hours 60

 

  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam not passed.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
  3. Mentored Ministry, Prison Ministry Practicum, and Clinical Pastoral Education courses excluded.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH5010OrientationPass/Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies elective13
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
Next Generation Ministry Specialization
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation in Ministry Leaders3
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
EVAN (elective)Evangelism and Mission elective3
LEDR (elective)Leadership elective3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
DISP 5013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
NXGN 7613Guided Reading in Next Generation Ministry 13
NXGN 7623Guided Reading in Next Generation Ministry 23
NXGN (elective)Next Generation Ministry elective3
NXGN (elective)Next Generation Ministry elective3
NXGN 7913, 7923Project in Next Generation Ministry3,3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives2
Elective3
Elective3
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. Excluding Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013)
  2. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam not passed. Mentored Ministry, Prison Ministry Practicum, and Clinical Pastoral Education courses excluded.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
BIBL 5013 or BIBL (elective)Survey of the Bible¹ or Biblical Studies elective3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
Next Generation Ministry Specialization²
NXGN 7613Guided Reading in Next Generation Ministry 13
NXGN 7623Guided Reading in Next Generation Ministry 23
NXGN 5013Youth and Family Ministry3
NXGN 6063Children’s Ministry3
NXGN (elective)Next Generation Ministry elective3
NXGN (elective)Next Generation Ministry elective3
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation in Ministry Leaders3
DISP 5013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
NXGN 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours 60

 

  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam not passed.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor. 
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies elective13
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
Pastoral Care and Counselling Specialization
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation in Ministry Leaders3
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
EVAN (elective)Evangelism and Mission elective3
LEDR (elective)Leadership elective3
NXGN (elective)Next Generation Ministry elective3
PACC 7613Guided Reading in Pastoral Care and Counselling 13
PACC 7623Guided Reading in Pastoral Care and Counselling 23
PACC 5013Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
PACC 7913, 7923Project in Pastoral Care and Counselling3,3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives2
Elective3
Elective3
 Total Credit Hours 60

 

  1. Excluding Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013)
  2. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam not passed. Mentored Ministry, Prison Ministry Practicum, and Clinical Pastoral Education courses excluded.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
BIBL 5013 or  BIBL (elective)Survey of the Bible¹ or Biblical Studies elective3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
Pastoral Care and Counselling Specialization²
PACC 7613Guided Reading in Pastoral Care and Counselling 13
PACC 7623Guided Reading in Pastoral Care and Counselling 23
PACC 5013Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling3
PACC 6013Professional and Personal Ethics3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation in Ministry Leaders3
Ministry (elective)EVAN, LEDR, or NXGN elective3
PACC 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives³
(elective)Elective3
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam not passed.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
  3. Mentored Ministry, Prison Ministry Practicum, and Clinical Pastoral Education courses excluded.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass/Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies elective13
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
Leadership ad Spiritual Formation Specialization
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation in Ministry Leaders3
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
EVAN (elective)Evangelism and Mission elective3
NXGN (elective)Next Generation Ministry elective3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
DISP 5013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
LEDR 7613Guided Reading in Leadership3
SPFM 7613Guided Reading in Spiritual Formation3
LEDR (elective)Leadership elective3
SPFM (elective)Spiritual Formation elective3
LEDR 7913, 7923 or SPFM 7913, 7923Project in Leadership or Project in Spiritual Formation3,3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives2
(elective)Elective3
(elective)Elective3
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. Excluding Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013)
  2. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam not passed. Mentored Ministry, Prison Ministry Practicum, and Clinical Pastoral Education courses excluded.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
BIBL 5013 or  BIBL (elective)Survey of the Bible¹ or Biblical Studies elective3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
Leadership and Spiritual Formation Specialization²
LEDR 7613Guided Reading in Leadership3
SPFM 7613Guided Reading in Spiritual Formation3
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation in Ministry Leaders3
SPFM (elective)Spiritual Formation elective3
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
LEDR 6063Leading Healthy and Effective Churches3
LEDR (elective)Leadership elective3
LEDR or SPFM (elective)Leadership or Spiritual Formation elective3
ElectiveElective3
LEDR 7916, 7926 or SPFM 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam not passed.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
  3. Mentored Ministry, Prison Ministry Practicum, and Clinical Pastoral Education courses excluded.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies elective13
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
Discipleship Specialization
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation in Ministry Leaders3
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
EVAN (elective)Evangelism and Mission elective3
LEDR (elective)Leadership elective3
NXGN (elective)Next Generation Ministry elective3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
DISP 7613Guided Reading in Discipleship 13
DISP 7623Guided Reading in Discipleship 23
DISP 5013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
DISP (elective)Discipleship elective3
DISP 7913, 7923Project in Discipleship3,3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives2
(elective)Elective3
(elective)Elective3
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. Excluding Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013)
  2. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam not passed. Mentored Ministry, Prison Ministry Practicum, and Clinical Pastoral Education courses excluded.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
BIBL 5013 or BIBL (elective)Survey of the Bible¹ or Biblical Studies elective3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
Discipleship Specialization²
DISP 7613Guided Reading in Discipleship 13
DISP 7623Guided Reading in Discipleship 23
DISP 5013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
DISP (elective)Discipleship elective3
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation in Ministry Leaders3
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
Ministry (elective) Ministry elective3
DISP 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives³
(elective)Elective3
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam  not passed.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
  3. Mentored Ministry, Prison Ministry Practicum, and Clinical Pastoral Education courses excluded.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies (New Testament) elective3
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies (Old Testament) elective3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context3
THEO 6013Christian Ethics3
Prison Chaplaincy Specialization
CHAP 5033Introduction to Prison Ministry3
CHAP 5023Introduction to Chaplaincy3
CHAP 6013Professional and Personal Ethics3
CHAP 7103Prison Ministry Practicum 13
CHAP 7113Prison Ministry Practicum 23
CHAP 7016Clinical Pastoral Education 16
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Elective1
(elective)Elective3
(elective)Elective3
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies (New Testament) elective3
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies (Old Testament) elective3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
THEO 6013Christian Ethics3
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context3
Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Specialization
CHAP 5023Introduction to Chaplaincy3
CHAP 6013Professional and Personal Ethics3
CHAP 7016Clinical Pastoral Education 16
CHAP 7026Clinical Pastoral Education 26
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
Ministry (elective)Elective3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Elective1
(elective)Elective3
(elective)Elective3
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
Course Completion Option 1 , 2, 3
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5503Hebrew Scripture Foundations3
BIBL 5513New Testament Foundations3
BIBL 6503Community Models in Scripture3
Christian Thought
THEO 5503Theology 1: Indigenous Perspectives3
THEO 6503Theology 2: Theology and Ethic of the Land3
THEO 6513  OR  THEO 6523Ethics in Intercultural Context  OR  Creation and Transformation3
Research Methodology
IDTH 7813Indigenous Research and Writing3
Indigenous Community Development Specialization
INCD 5503Asset-based Development3
INCD 5513Cultures and Systems Change3
INCD 5523Theory and Praxis in Development – History and Method3
INCD 5533Indigenous Leadership Development3
INCD 6513Community Field Placement3
INCD 6523Family and Social Systems3
INCD 7623Colonization and Decolonization3
INCD 7723Indigenous Spirituality and Formation3
INCD 7823Indigenous Symposium Seminars3
Electives4
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. This specialization is offered in partnership with the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS) to offer an almost entirely Indigenously-taught program.
  2. Applicants to this specialization will meet the admission requirements of both Acadia Divinity College and NAIITS.
  3. The Statute of Limitations is seven years.
  4. Normally a course offered by NAIITS. When appropriate, other ADC courses may be taken with permission.
Project Option 1 , 2, 3
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5503Hebrew Scripture Foundations3
BIBL 5513New Testament Foundations3
BIBL 6503Community Models in Scripture3
Christian Thought
THEO 5503Theology 1: Indigenous Perspectives3
THEO 6503Theology 2: Theology and Ethic of the Land3
THEO 6513  OR  THEO 6523Ethics in Intercultural Context  OR  Creation and Transformation3
Research Methodology
IDTH 7813Indigenous Research and Writing3
Indigenous Community Development Specialization
INCD 5503Asset-based Development3
INCD 5513Cultures and Systems Change3
INCD 5523Theory and Praxis in Development – History and Method3
INCD 5533Indigenous Leadership Development3
INCD 6513Community Field Placement3
INCD 6523Family and Social Systems3
INCD 7623Colonization and Decolonization3
INCD 7723Indigenous Spirituality and Formation3
INCD 7823Indigenous Symposium Seminars3
Electives4
Elective3
Elective3
Project
INCD 7913, INCD 7923Project3,3
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. This specialization is offered in partnership with the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS) to offer an almost entirely Indigenously-taught program.
  2. Applicants to this specialization will meet the admission requirements of both Acadia Divinity College and NAIITS.
  3. The Statute of Limitations is seven years.
  4. Normally a course offered by NAIITS. When appropriate, other ADC courses may be taken with permission.
Thesis Option 1 , 2, 3
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5503Hebrew Scripture Foundations3
BIBL 5513New Testament Foundations3
BIBL 6503Community Models in Scripture3
Christian Thought
THEO 5503Theology 1: Indigenous Perspectives3
THEO 6503Theology 2: Theology and Ethic of the Land3
THEO 6513  OR  THEO 6523Ethics in Intercultural Context  OR  Creation and Transformation3
Research Methodology
IDTH 7813Indigenous Research and Writing3
Indigenous Community Development Specialization
INCD 5503Asset-based Development3
INCD 5513Cultures and Systems Change3
INCD 5523Theory and Praxis in Development – History and Method3
INCD 5533Indigenous Leadership Development3
INCD 6513Community Field Placement3
INCD 6523Family and Social Systems3
INCD 7623Colonization and Decolonization3
INCD 7723Indigenous Spirituality and Formation3
INCD 7823Indigenous Symposium Seminars3
Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. This specialization is offered in partnership with the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS) to offer an almost entirely Indigenously-taught program.
  2. Applicants to this specialization will meet the admission requirements of both Acadia Divinity College and NAIITS.
  3. The Statute of Limitations is seven years.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies (Old Testament) elective3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies (Old Testament) elective3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies (New Testament) elective3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies (New Testament) elective3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context3
THEO 6013Christian Ethics3
THEO or CHUR (elective)Theology or Christian History elective3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
Ministry Electives
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives 1,2
(elective)Elective3
(elective)Elective3
(elective)Elective3
(elective)Elective3
 Total Credit Hours60

 

  1. Electives to be chosen in consultation with Academic Dean. Mentored Ministry, Prison Ministry Practicum, and Clinical Pastoral Education courses excluded.
  2. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor of Arts (or equivalent)
  • 3.0 Grade Point Average
  • Recommendations demonstrating evidence of ministry passion and ability

Master of Arts (30 Credit Hours)

Academic Fields of Study

Acadia’s Master of Arts degrees in Old Testament, New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, Christian History, Theology, or Baptist Studies are designed to equip students for advanced study at the doctoral level and thus all programs require a thesis. Acadia graduates have been accepted into major research universities across North America and in Europe and are teaching in Bible colleges, universities, and seminaries worldwide.

Applicants who already possess a graduate theological degree or an honours undergraduate degree in the subject they wish to specialize in can ask the ADC Registrar about the possibility of applying to complete an MA in only 30 credit hours (one year, if full-time).

Specializations Degree Requirements

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
Old Testament Specialization¹,², 3
BIBL 7613Guided Reading in Old Testament 13
BIBL 7623Guided Reading in Old Testament 23
BIBL, HEBR, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies (Old Testament) or Hebrew or Aramaic elective3
BIBL, HEBR, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies (Old Testament) or Hebrew or Aramaic elective3
BIBL, HEBR, GREE, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies (Old Testament) or Hebrew or  Aramaic or Greek elective3
BIBL 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours30

 

  1. For those with a master’s degree in a theological discipline or an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related discipline who have at least six credit hours of Hebrew.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
  3. Students wishing to substitute a Septuagint Greek course may request permission from the instructor.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
New Testament Specialization¹,²
BIBL 7633Guided Reading in New Testament13
BIBL 7643Guided Reading in New Testament 23
BIBL or GREE (elective)Biblical Studies (New Testament) or Greek elective3
BIBL or GREE (elective)Biblical Studies (New Testament) or Greek elective3
BIBL, GREE, HEBR, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies or Biblical Languages elective3
BIBL 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours30

 

  1. For those with a Masters in a theological discipline or those holding an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related discipline and who have at least six credit hours of Greek.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
Second Temple Judaism Specialization1,2
BIBL 7733Guided Reading in Second Temple Judaism 13
BIBL 7743Guided Reading in Second Temple Judaism 23
BIBL, GREE, HEBR, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies or Biblical Languages elective3
BIBL, GREE, HEBR, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies or Biblical Languages elective3
BIBL, GREE, HEBR, or ARAM (elective)Biblical Studies or Biblical Languages elective3
BIBL 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours30

 

  1. For those with a Masters in a theological discipline or those holding an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related discipline and who have at least six credit hours of Greek or Hebrew.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
Theology Specialization1,2
THEO 7613Guided Reading in Theology 13
THEO 7623Guided Reading in Theology 23
THEO (elective)Theology elective3
THEO (elective)Theology elective3
THEO or CHUR (elective)Theology or Christian History elective3
THEO 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours30

 

  1. For those with a Masters in a theological discipline those holding an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related discipline.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
Christian History Specialization1,2
CHUR 7613Guided Reading in Christian History 13
CHUR 7623Guided Reading in Christian History 23
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
CHUR or THEO (elective)Christian History or Theology elective3
CHUR 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours30

 

  1. For those with a Masters in a theological discipline those holding an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related discipline
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor of Arts (or equivalent)
  • Graduate theological degree from a recognized school
  • 3.0 Grade Point Average
  • Recommendations demonstrating evidence of scholarly ability and promise

Practical Fields of Study

Acadia’s Master of Arts degrees in Leadership and Spiritual Formation, Evangelism and Mission, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Discipleship, Pastoral Care and Counselling, Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care, or Prison Chaplaincy are designed to equip individuals for non-ordained ministry leadership roles in church and society. These programs contain foundational study in the Biblical Studies and Christian Thought, a broad introduction to ministry, and an opportunity to specialize in an area of ministry interest.  All programs allow students to complete a major project or thesis applying what they have learned to their own ministry setting.

Applicants who already possess a graduate theological degree or an honours undergraduate degree in the subject they wish to specialize in can ask the ADC Registrar about the possibility of applying to complete an MA in only 30 credit hours (one year, if full-time).

Specializations Degree Requirements

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
EVAN 7613Guided Reading in Evangelism and Mission 13
EVAN 7623Guided Reading in Evangelism and Mission 23
EVAN 7913, 7923Project in Evangelism and Mission3,3
EVAN (elective)Evangelism and Mission3
EVAN (elective)Evangelism and Mission3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
BIBL, CHUR, THEO, or Ministry (elective)Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry elective3
BIBL, CHUR, THEO, or Ministry (elective)Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry elective3
 Total Credit Hours30

 

For those with a Masters in a theological discipline or those who hold an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related field of study.

Course Number¹Course TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
EVAN 7613Guided Reading in Evangelism and Mission 13
EVAN 7623Guided Reading in Evangelism and Mission 23
EVAN (elective)Evangelism and Mission elective3
EVAN (elective)Evangelism and Mission elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective²3
EVAN 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours30

 

  1. For those with a Masters in a theological discipline or those who hold an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related field of study. 
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
NXGN 7613Guided Reading in Next Generation Ministry 13
NXGN 7623Guided Reading in Next Generation Ministry 23
NXGN 7913, 7923Project in Next Generation Ministry3,3
NXGN (elective)Next Generation Ministry elective3
NXGN (elective)Next Generation Ministry elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
BIBL, CHUR, THEO, or Ministry (elective)Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry elective3
BIBL, CHUR, THEO, or Ministry (elective)Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry elective3
 Total Credit Hours30

 

For those with a Masters in a theological discipline or those who hold an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related field of study.

Course Number¹Course TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
NXGN 7613Guided Reading in Next Generation Ministry 13
NXGN 7623Guided Reading in Next Generation Ministry 23
NXGN (elective)Next Generation Ministry elective²3
NXGN (elective)Next Generation Ministry elective3
NXGN (elective)Next Generation Ministry elective3
NXGN 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours30

 

  1. For those with a Masters in a theological discipline or those who hold an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related field of study.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
PACC 7613Guided Reading in Pastoral Care and Counselling 13
PACC 7623Guided Reading in Pastoral Care and Counselling 23
PACC 7913, 7923Project in Pastoral Care and Counselling3,3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
BIBL, CHUR, THEO, or Ministry (elective)Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry elective3
BIBL, CHUR, THEO, or Ministry (elective)Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry elective3
 Total Credit Hours30

 

For those with a Masters in a theological discipline or those who hold an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related field of study. 

Course Number¹Course TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
PACC 7613Guided Reading in Pastoral Care and Counselling 13
PACC 7623Guided Reading in Pastoral Care and Counselling 23
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective²3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
PACC 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours30

 

  1. For those with a Masters in a theological discipline or those who hold an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related field of study.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
LEDR 7613Guided Reading in Leadership3
SPFM 7613Guided Reading in Spiritual Formation3
LEDR (elective)Leadership elective3
SPFM (elective)Spiritual Formation elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
BIBL, CHUR, THEO, or Ministry (elective)Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry elective3
BIBL, CHUR, THEO, or Ministry (elective)Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry elective3
LEDR 7913, 7923 or SPFM 7913, 7923Project in Leadership or Project in Spiritual Formation3,3
 Total Credit Hours30

 

For those with a Masters in a theological discipline or those who hold an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related field of study. 

Course Number¹Course TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
LEDR 7613Guided Reading in Leadership3
SPFM 7613Guided Reading in Spiritual Formation3
LEDR (elective)Leadership elective3
SPFM (elective)Spiritual Formation elective²3
LEDR or SPFM (elective)Leadership or Spiritual Formation elective3
LEDR 7916 & 7926 or SPFM 7916 & 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours30

 

  1. For those with a Masters in a theological discipline or those who hold an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related field of study. 
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
DISP 7613Guided Reading in Discipleship 13
DISP 7623Guided Reading in Discipleship 23
DISP 7913, 7923Project in Discipleship3,3
DISP (elective)Discipleship elective3
DISP (elective)Discipleship elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
BIBL, CHUR, THEO, or Ministry (elective)Biblical Studies, Christian Thought or Ministry elective3
BIBL, CHUR, THEO, or Ministry (elective)Biblical Studies, Christian Thought or Ministry elective3
 Total Credit Hours30

 

For those with a Masters in a theological discipline or those who hold an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related field of study.

Course Number¹Course TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
IDTH 7813Graduate Seminar3
DISP 7613Guided Reading in Discipleship 13
DISP 7623Guided Reading in Discipleship 23
DISP (elective)Discipleship elective²3
DISP (elective)Discipleship elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry Elective3
DISP 7916, 7926Thesis6,6
 Total Credit Hours30

 

  1. For those with a Masters in a theological discipline or those who hold an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related field of study.
  2. Electives to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor.
Course Number1,2Course TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
CHAP 5023Introduction to Chaplaincy3
CHAP 5033Introduction to Prison Ministry3
CHAP 6013Professional and Personal Ethics3
CHAP 7103Prison Ministry Practicum 13
CHAP 7113Prison Ministry Practicum 23
CHAP 7016Clinical Pastoral Education 16
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context³3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
(elective)Elective3
 Total Credit Hours30

 

  1. For those with a master’s degree in a theological discipline or those who hold an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related field of study.
  2. Due to the rotation of courses and the time required to complete the practicums, many students complete this program part-time, rather than in one year.
  3. Students who have completed this course will take a Biblical Studies or Christian Thought elective in its place.
Course Number1,2Course TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
CHAP 5023Introduction to Chaplaincy3
CHAP 6013Professional and Personal Ethics3
CHAP 7016Clinical Pastoral Education 16
CHAP 7026Clinical Pastoral Education 26
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context³3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
PACC (elective)Pastoral Care and Counselling elective3
(elective)Elective3
 Total Credit Hours30

 

  1. For those with a master’s degree in a theological discipline or those who hold an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related field of study.
  2. Due to the rotation of courses and the time required to complete the practicums, many students complete this program part-time, rather than in one year.
  3. Students who have completed this course will take a Biblical Studies or Christian Thought elective in its place.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies elective3
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies elective3
Christian Thought
CHUR or THEO (elective)Christian History or Theology elective3
CHUR or THEO (elective)Christian History or Theology elective3
Ministry Electives
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
Ministry (elective)Ministry elective3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives
BIBL, CHUR, THEO, or Ministry (elective)Elective3
BIBL, CHUR, THEO, or Ministry (elective)Elective3
BIBL, CHUR, THEO, or Ministry (elective)Elective3
 Total Credit Hours30

 

For those with a master’s degree in a theological discipline.

Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor of Arts (or equivalent)
  • Graduate theological degree from a recognized school
  • 3.0 Grade Point Average
  • Recommendations demonstrating evidence of ministry passion and ability

Program Faculty

Dr. Dorothy Hunse

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care

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Dr. Daniel Zacharias

Associate Professor of New Testament Studies

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Dr. Matthew Walsh

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

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Dr. Melody Maxwell

Associate Professor of Church History

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Dr. Glenn Wooden

Payzant Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies

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Rev. Dr. Stuart Blythe

John Gladstone Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship

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Current Adjunct Faculty

Wade White

Adjunct Faculty

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