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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies1
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
Research Methodology
IDST 6013 Research Methodology & Design 3
Area of Specialization2
BIBL 7613 Guided Reading in Old Testament 1 3
BIBL 7623 Guided Reading in Old Testament 2 3
HEBR 5013 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 1 3
HEBR 5023 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 2 3
HEBR 6013 Intermediate Hebrew 3
GREE 5013 Foundations of New Testament Greek 1 3
GREE 5023 Foundations of New Testament Greek 2 3
BIBL (elective) or GREE (elective) or HEBR (elective) or ARAM (elective) Biblical Studies or
Biblical Language
3
BIBL (elective) or GREE (elective) or HEBR (elective) or ARAM (elective) Biblical Studies or
Biblical Language
3
BIBL 7813 Graduate Seminar in Biblical Studies 3
BIBL 7916, BIBL 7926 Thesis 6,6
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 Director of the MA (Theology) Program.

Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) 0
Biblical Studies1
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
Research Methodology
IDST 6013 Research Methodology and Design 3
Area of Specialization2
BIBL 7633 Guided Reading in New Testament 1 3
BIBL 7643 Guided Reading in New Testament 2  3
GREE 5013 Foundations of New Testament Greek 1 3
GREE 5023 Foundations of New Testament Greek 2 3
GREE 6013 Intermediate Greek 3
HEBR 5013 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 1 3
HEBR 5023 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 2 3
BIBL (elective) or GREE (elective) or HEBR (elective) or ARAM (elective) Biblical Studies or
Biblical Language
3
BIBL (elective) or GREE (elective) or HEBR (elective) or ARAM (elective) Biblical Studies or
Biblical Language
3
BIBL 7813 Graduate Seminar in Biblical Studies 3
BIBL 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
  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 Director of the MA (Theology) Program.
Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies1
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
Research Methodology
IDST 6013 Research Methodology and Design 3
Area of Specialization2
BIBL 7733 Guided Reading in Second Temple Judaism 1 3
BIBL 7743 Guided Reading in Second Temple Judaism 2 3
HEBR 5013 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 1 3
HEBR 5023 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 2 3
GREE 5013 Foundations of New Testament Greek 1 3
GREE 5023 Foundations of New Testament Greek 2 3
GREE 6013 or
HEBR 6013
Intermediate Greek or
Intermediate Hebrew
3
BIBL (elective) or GREE (elective) or HEBR (elective) or ARAM (elective) Biblical Studies or
Biblical Language elective
3
BIBL (elective) or GREE (elective) or HEBR (elective) or ARAM (elective) Biblical Studies or
Biblical Language elective
3
BIBL 7813 Graduate Seminar in Biblical Studies 3
BIBL 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
  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 Director of the MA (Theology) Program.
Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
BIBL 50131 or
BIBL (elective)
Survey of the Bible or
Biblical Studies elective
3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
Research Methodology
IDST 6013 Research Methodology and Design 3
Area of Specialization
THEO 7613 Guided Reading in Theology 1 3
THEO 7623 Guided Reading in Theology 2 3
THEO 7113 Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context 3
THEO (elective) Theology 3
THEO (elective) Theology 3
CHUR (elective) Christian History 3
CHUR (elective) Christian History 3
THEO 7813 Graduate Seminar – Christian Thought 1 3
THEO 7823 Graduate Seminar – Christian Thought 2 3
THEO 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
  Total Credit Hours 60

 

  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
BIBL 5013 or
BIBL (elective)
Survey of the Bible1 or
Biblical Studies elective
3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
Research Methodology
IDST 6013 Research Methodology and Design 3
Area of Specialization
CHUR 7613 Guided Reading in Christian History 1 3
CHUR 7623 Guided Reading in Christian History 2 3
CHUR (elective) Christian History elective 3
CHUR (elective) Christian History elective 3
CHUR (elective) Christian History elective 3
THEO (elective) Theology elective 3
THEO (elective) Theology elective 3
CHUR 7813 Graduate Seminar in Christian Thought 1 3
CHUR 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
  Total Credit Hours 60

 

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

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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective1 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
Specialization
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation in Ministry Leaders 3
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission in Contemporary Society 3
LEDR (elective) Leadership elective 3
YYAM (elective) Youth and Young Adult Ministry elective 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care and Counselling elective 3
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
EVAN 7613 Guided Reading in Evangelism & Mission 1 3
EVAN 7623 Guided Reading in Evangelism & Mission 2 3
EVAN (elective) Evangelism and Mission elective 3
EVAN (elective) Evangelism and Mission elective 3
EVAN 7913, 7923 Project in Evangelism and Mission 3,3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives2
Elective 3
Elective 3
  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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) 0
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective1 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
Specialization
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation – Ministry Leaders 3
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission – Contemporary Society 3
LEDR, YYAM, or PACC elective Elective 3
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
EVAN 7613 Guided Reading – Evangelism & Mission 1 3
EVAN 7623 Guided Reading – Evangelism & Mission 2 3
EVAN (elective) Evangelism and Mission elective 3
EVAN (elective) Evangelism and Mission elective 3
IDST 6013 Research Methodology and Design 3
EVAN 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives2
Elective 3
Elective 3
  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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) 0
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective1 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
Specialization
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation – Ministry Leaders 3
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission in Contemporary Society 3
EVAN (elective) Evangelism and Mission elective 3
LEDR (elective) Leadership elective 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care & Counselling elective 3
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
YYAM 7613 Guided Reading – Youth & Young Adult Ministry 1 3
YYAM 7623 Guided Reading – Youth & Young Adult Ministry 2 3
YYAM (elective) Youth & Young Adult Ministry elective 3
YYAM (elective) Youth & Young Adult Ministry elective 3
YYAM 7913, 7923 Project in Youth & Young Adult Ministry 3,3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives2
Elective 3
Elective 3
  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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective1 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
Specialization
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation – Ministry Leaders 3
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission in Contemporary Society 3
EVAN, LEDR, or PACC elective Elective 3
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
YYAM 7613 Guided Reading – Youth & Young Adult Ministry 1 3
YYAM 7623 Guided Reading – Youth & Young Adult Ministry 2 3
YYAM (elective) Youth & Young Adult Ministry elective 3
YYAM (elective) Youth & Young Adult Ministry elective 3
IDST 6013 Research Methodology & Design 3
YYAM 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives2
Elective 3
  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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective1 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
Specialization
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation – Ministry Leaders 3
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission – Contemporary Society 3
EVAN (elective) Evangelism and Mission elective 3
LEDR (elective) Leadership elective 3
YYAM (elective) Youth and Young Adult Ministry elective 3
PACC 7613 Guided Reading – Pastoral Care & Counselling 1 3
PACC 7623 Guided Reading – Pastoral Care & Counselling 2 3
PACC 5013 Understanding Pastoral Care & Counselling 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care & Counselling elective 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care & Counselling elective 3
PACC 7913, 7923 Project in Pastoral Care & Counselling 3,3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives2
Elective 3
Elective 3
  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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective1 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
Specialization
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation – Ministry Leaders 3
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission – Contemporary Society 3
EVAN, LEDR, or YYAM elective Elective 3
PACC 7613 Guided Reading – Pastoral Care & Counselling 1 3
PACC 7623 Guided Reading – Pastoral Care & Counselling 2 3
PACC 5013 Understanding Pastoral Care & Counselling 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care & Counselling elective 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care & Counselling elective 3
IDST 6013 Research Methodology & Design 3
PACC 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives2
Elective 3
  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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation (non-credit course) 0
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective1 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
Specialization
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation – Ministry Leaders 3
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission – Contemporary Society 3
EVAN (elective) Evangelism and Mission elective 3
YYAM (elective) Youth and Young Adult Ministry elective 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care and Counselling elective 3
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
LEDR 7613 Guided Reading in Leadership 3
SPFM 7613 Guided Reading in Spiritual Formation 3
LEDR (elective) Leadership elective 3
SPFM (elective) Spiritual Formation elective 3
LEDR 7913, 7923 or
SPFM 7913, 7923
Project in Leadership or
Project in Spiritual Formation
3,3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives2
Elective 3
Elective 3
  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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective1 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
Specialization
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation – Ministry Leaders 3
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission – Contemporary Society 3
EVAN, YYAM, or PACC elective Elective 3
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
LEDR 7613 Guided Reading in Leadership 3
SPFM 7613 Guided Reading in Spiritual Formation 3
LEDR (elective) Leadership elective 3
SPFM (elective) Spiritual Formation elective 3
IDST 6013 Research Methodology & Design 3
LEDR 7916, 7926 or
SPFM 7916, 7926
Thesis 6,6
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives2
Elective 3
  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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective1 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
Specialization
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation – Ministry Leaders 3
EVAN 5013 Evangelism & Mission – Contemporary Society 3
EVAN (elective) Evangelism and Mission elective 3
LEDR (elective) Leadership elective 3
YYAM (elective) Youth and Young Adult Ministry elective 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care and Counselling elective 3
DISP 7613 Guided Reading in Discipleship 1 3
DISP 7623 Guided Reading in Discipleship 2 3
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
DISP (elective) Discipleship elective 3
DISP 7913, 7923 Project in Discipleship 3,3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives2
Elective 3
Elective 3
  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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies elective1 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
Specialization
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation – Ministry Leaders 3
EVAN, LEDR, PACC, or YYAM elective Elective 3
EVAN, LEDR, PACC, or YYAM elective Elective 3
DISP 7613 Guided Reading in Discipleship 1 3
DISP 7623 Guided Reading in Discipleship 2 3
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
DISP (elective) Discipleship elective 3
IDST 6013 Research Methodology & Design 3
DISP 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives2
Elective 3
  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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies (New Testament) elective 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies (Old Testament) elective 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
THEO 7113 Christian Theology in a Pluralistic World 3
THEO 6013 Christian Ethics 3
Area of Specialization
CHAP 5033 Introduction to Prison Ministry 3
CHAP 5023 Introduction to Chaplaincy 3
CHAP 6013 Professional & Personal Ethics 3
CHAP 7103 Prison Ministry Practicum 1 3
CHAP 7113 Prison Ministry Practicum 2 3
CHAP 7019 Clinical Pastoral Education 1 9
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care & Counselling elective 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care & Counselling elective 3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Elective1
Elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 60

 

  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies (New Testament) elective 3
BIBL (elective) Biblical Studies (old Testament) elective 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
THEO 7113 Christian Theology in a Pluralistic World 3
THEO 6013 Christian Ethics 3
Specialization
CHAP 5023 Introduction to Chaplaincy 3
CHAP 6013 Professional & Personal Ethics 3
CHAP 7019 Clinical Pastoral Education 1 9
CHAP 7029 Clinical Pastoral Education 2 9
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care & Counselling elective 3
Ministry elective Elective 3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Elective1
Elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 60

 

  1. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
Course Completion Option 1 , 2, 3
Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5503 Hebrew Scripture Foundations 3
BIBL 5513 New Testament Foundations 3
BIBL 6503 Hebrew Scripture Community Models 3
BIBL 6513 New Testament Community Models 3
Theological Studies
THEO 5503 Theology of Community I 3
THEO 6503 Theology of Community II 3
THEO 6513 Ethics in Intercultural Context 3
THEO 6523 Creation and Transformation 3
Area of Specialization
INCD 5513 Cultures and Change 3
INCD 5503 Asset-based Development I 3
INCD 6503 Asset-based Development II 3
INCD 5523 Theory and Praxis in Development – History and Method 3
INCD 5533 Contextualized Leadership 3
INCD 65232 Family and Social Systems 3
INCD 6513 Community Field Placement I 3
INCD 7513 Community Field Placement II 3
Electives in Indigenous Community Development
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 60

 

  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.
Project Option 1 , 2, 3
Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5503 Hebrew Scripture Foundations 3
BIBL 5513 New Testament Foundations 3
BIBL 6503 Hebrew Scripture Community Models 3
BIBL 6513 New Testament Community Models 3
Theological Studies
THEO 5503 Theology of Community I 3
THEO 6503 Theology of Community II 3
THEO 6513 Ethics in Intercultural Context 3
THEO 6523 Creation and Transformation 3
Area of Specialization
INCD 5513 Cultures and Change 3
INCD 5503 Asset-based Development I 3
INCD 6503 Asset-based Development II 3
INCD 5523 Theory and Praxis in Development – History and Method 3
INCD 5533 Contextualized Leadership 3
INCD 65232 Family and Social Systems 3
INCD 6513 Community Field Placement I 3
INCD 7513 Community Field Placement II 3
INCD 7913, 7923 Project in Indigenous Community Development 3,3
Electives in Indigenous Community Development
Elective 3
Elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 60

 

  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.
Thesis Option 1 , 2, 3
Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5503 Hebrew Scripture Foundations 3
BIBL 5513 New Testament Foundations 3
BIBL 6503 Hebrew Scripture Community Models 3
BIBL 6513 New Testament Community Models 3
Theological Studies
THEO 5503 Theology of Community I 3
THEO 6503 Theology of Community II 3
THEO 6513 Ethics in Intercultural Context 3
THEO 6523 Creation and Transformation 3
Area of Specialization
INCD 5513 Cultures and Change 3
INCD 5503 Asset-based Development I 3
INCD 6503 Asset-based Development II 3
INCD 5523 Theory and Praxis in Development – History and Method 3
INCD 5533 Contextualized Leadership 3
INCD 65232 Family and Social Systems 3
INCD 6513 Community Field Placement I 3
INCD 7513 Community Field Placement II 3
INCD 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
  Total Credit Hours 60

 

  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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023  Interpreting the Old Testament 3
BIBL 5033  Interpreting the New Testament 3
BIBL (elective)  Biblical Studies (Old Testament) elective 3
BIBL (elective)  Biblical Studies (Old Testament) elective 3
BIBL (elective)  Biblical Studies (New Testament) elective 3
BIBL (elective)  Biblical Studies (New Testament) elective 3
BIBL 7613 or BIBL 7633 or BIBL 7743 Guided Reading in Old Testament 1 orGuided Reading in New Testament 1 orGuided Reading in Second Temple Judaism 1 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History 3
THEO 5013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 5023 Christian Theology 2 3
THEO (elective) or CHUR (elective) Theology elective or Christian History elective 3
THEO (elective) or CHUR (elective) Theology elective or Christian History elective 3
THEO (elective) or CHUR (elective) Theology elective or Christian History elective 3
THEO 7613 or CHUR 7613 Guided Reading in Theology 1 or Guided Reading in Christian History 1 3
Ministry Electives
Elective Ministry elective 3
Elective Ministry elective 3
Elective Ministry elective 3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives 1,2
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 60

 

  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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
BIBL 7613 Guided Reading in Old Testament 1 3
BIBL 7623 Guided Reading in Old Testament 2 3
BIBL (elective) or HEBR (elective) or ARAM (elective) Biblical Studies (Old Testament ) or Hebrew or Aramaic 32
BIBL (elective) or HEBR (elective) or ARAM (elective) Biblical Studies (Old Testament ) or Hebrew or Aramaic 3
BIBL 7813 Graduate Seminar in Biblical Studies 3
IDST 6013 Research Methodology and Design 3
BIBL 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

  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. Students wishing to substitute a Septuagint Greek course may request permission from the instructor.
Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
BIBL 7633 Guided Reading in New Testament1 3
BIBL 7643 Guided Reading in New Testament 2 3
BIBL (elective) or
GREE (elective)
Bib Studies (New Testament) or
Greek
3
BIBL (elective) or
GREE (elective)
Bib Studies (New Testament) or
Greek
3
BIBL 7813 Graduate Seminar in Biblical Studies 3
IDST 6013 Research Methodology & Design 3
BIBL 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

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.

Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
BIBL 7733 Guided Reading in Second Temple Judaism 1 3
BIBL 7743 Guided Reading in Second Temple Judaism 2 3
BIBL (elective) or GREE (elective) or HEBR (elective) or ARAM (elective) Bib Studies or Greek or Hebrew or Aramaic elective 3
BIBL (elective) or GREE (elective) or HEBR (elective) or ARAM (elective) Bil Studies or Greek or Hebrew or Aramaic elective 3
BIBL 7813 Graduate Seminar in Biblical Studies 3
IDST 6013 Research Methodology & Design 3
BIBL 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

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.

Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
THEO 7613 Guided Reading in Theology 1 3
THEO 7623 Guided Reading in Theology 2 3
THEO (elective) Theology elective 3
THEO (elective) Theology elective 3
THEO 7813 Graduate Seminar in Christian Thought 3
IDST 6013 Research Methodology and Design 3
THEO 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

For those with a Masters in a theological discipline those holding an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related discipline

Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
CHUR 7613 Guided Reading in Christian History 1 3
CHUR 7623 Guided Reading in Christian History 2 3
CHUR (elective) Christian History elective 3
CHUR (elective) Christian History elective 3
CHUR 7813 Graduate Seminar in Christian Thought 3
IDST 6013 Research Methodology & Design 3
CHUR 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

For those with a Masters in a theological discipline those holding an honours undergraduate degree in the same or related discipline

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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
EVAN 7613 Guided Reading in Evangelism & Mission 1 3
EVAN 7623 Guided Reading in Evangelism & Mission 2 3
EVAN 7913, 7923 Project in Evangelism & Mission 3,3
EVAN (elective) Evangelism & Mission 3
EVAN (elective) Evangelism & Mission 3
Ministry elective 3
Ministry elective 3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry elective 3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
EVAN 7613 Guided Reading in Evangelism & Mission 1 3
EVAN 7623 Guided Reading in Evangelism & Mission 2 3
EVAN 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
EVAN (elective) Evangelism & Mission elective 3
EVAN (elective) Evangelism & Mission elective 3
IDST 6013 Research Methodology & Design 3
Ministry elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
YYAM 7613 Guided Reading – Youth & Young Adult Ministry 1 3
YYAM 7623 Guided Reading – Youth & Young Adult Ministry 2 3
YYAM 7913, 7923 Project – Youth & Young Adult Ministry 3,3
YYAM (elective) Youth & Young Adult Ministry elective 3
YYAM (elective) Youth & Young Adult Ministry elective 3
Ministry elective 3
Ministry elective 3
Biblical Studies/Christian Thought/Ministry elective 3
Biblical Studies/Christian Thought/Ministry elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
YYAM 7613 Guided Reading – Youth & Young Adult Ministry 1 3
YYAM 7623 Guided Reading – Youth & Young Adult Ministry 2 3
YYAM 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
YYAM (elective) Youth & Young Adult Ministry elective 3
YYAM (elective) Youth & Young Adult Ministry elective 3
IDST 6013 Research Methodology & Design 3
Ministry elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
PACC 7613 Guided Reading – Pastoral Care & Counselling 1 3
PACC 7623 Guided Reading – Pastoral Care & Counselling 2 3
PACC 7913, 7923 Project – Pastoral Care & Counselling 3,3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care & Counselling elective 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care & Counselling elective 3
Ministry elective 3
Ministry elective 3
Biblical Studies/Christian Thought/Ministry elective 3
Biblical Studies/Christian Thought/Ministry elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
PACC 7613 Guided Reading – Pastoral Care & Counselling 1 3
PACC 7623 Guided Reading – Pastoral Care & Counselling 2 3
PACC 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care & Counselling elective 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care & Counselling elective 3
IDST 6013 Research Methodology & Design 3
Ministry elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
LEDR 7613 Guided Reading – Leadership 3
SPFM 7613 Guided Reading – Spiritual Formation 3
LEDR (elective) Leadership elective 3
SPFM (elective) Spiritual Formation elective 3
Ministry elective 3
Ministry elective elective 3
Biblical Studies / Christian Thought / Ministry 3
Biblical Studies / Christian Thought / Ministry 3
LEDR 7913, 7923 or SPFM 7913, 7923 Project in Leadership or Project in Spiritual Formation 3,3
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
LEDR 7613 Guided Reading – Leadership 3
SPFM 7613 Guided Reading – Spiritual Formation 3
LEDR 7916 & 7926 or SPFM 7916 & 7926 Thesis 6,6
LEDR (elective) Leadership elective 3
SPFM (elective) Spiritual Formation elective 3
IDST 6013 Research Methodology and Design 3
Ministry elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
DISP 7613 Guided Reading – Discipleship 1 3
DISP 7623 Guided Reading – Discipleship 2 3
DISP 7913, 7923 Project in Discipleship 3,3
DISP (elective) Discipleship elective 3
DISP (elective) Discipleship elective 3
Ministry elective 3
Ministry elective 3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought or Ministry elective 3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought or Ministry elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
DISP 7613 Guided Reading – Discipleship 1 3
DISP 7623 Guided Reading – Discipleship 2 3
DISP 7916, 7926 Thesis 6,6
DISP (elective) Discipleship elective 3
DISP (elective) Discipleship elective 3
IDST 6013 Research Methodology & Design 3
Ministry Elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

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 Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
CHAP 5023 Introduction to Chaplaincy 3
CHAP 5033 Introduction to Prison Ministry 3
CHAP 6013 Professional & Personal Ethics 3
CHAP 7103 Prison Ministry Practicum 1 3
CHAP 7113 Prison Ministry Practicum 2 3
CHAP 7019 Clinical Pastoral Education 1 9
THEO 7113 Christian Theology in a Pluralistic World3 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care & Counselling 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

Students who have completed this course will take a Biblical Studies or Christian Thought elective in its place.

Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
CHAP 5023 Introduction to Chaplaincy 3
CHAP 6013 Professional & Personal Ethics 3
CHAP 7019 Clinical Pastoral Education 1 9
CHAP 7029 Clinical Pastoral Education 2 9
THEO 7113 Christian Theology in a Pluralistic World3 3
PACC (elective) Pastoral Care & Counselling 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

Students who have completed this course will take a Biblical Studies or Christian Thought elective in its place.

Course Number Course Title Cr Hrs
IDST 5010 Orientation Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL elective Elective 3
BIBL elective Elective 3
Christian Thought
THEO, CHUR Elective 3
THEO, CHUR Elective 3
Ministry Electives
Elective Ministry elective 3
Elective Ministry elective 3
Elective Ministry elective 3
Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry Electives
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

 

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. Anna Robbins

Dr. Millard R. Cherry Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture

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Dr. Dorothy Hunse

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care

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Dr. Daniel Zacharias

Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies

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Dr. Matthew Walsh

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

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Dr. Glenn Wooden

Payzant Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies

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Dr. Robert Wilson

Thomas James Armstrong Memorial Senior Professor of Church History

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Rev. Dr. Stuart Blythe

John Gladstone Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship

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Current Adjunct Faculty

Jeanine LeBlanc

Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Native Studies

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Dr. John McNeill

Associate Academic Dean, Student oordinator, NAIITS

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Dr. Ken Neilson

Certified Canadian Counsellor

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Rev. Kirby Spivey III

Senior Pastor, New Beginnings Ministires

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Dr. Marv Penner

Executive Director, All About Youth

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Rev. Scott Kohler

Pastor, Gentle Shepherd Community Church, Fredericton, NB

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