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Science and Religion
The Master of Arts degree in Science and Religion is designed to provide individuals with the essential background in theology, history and philosophy necessary to integrate evangelical Christianity with modern science.
The curriculum is designed for students who already have some background in the sciences; consequently the course work emphasizes the critical tools from other disciplines that are necessary for providing the proper context and foundation for understanding and working comfortably with issues that relate to both Christianity and the sciences. Special seminars focus on current theological issues within specific scientific disciplines so that students will understand the contemporary dynamic and learn to integrate their thinking in a mentored setting. The program fosters in students a mature and informed Christian worldview from which to serve the Lord and to relate to secular colleagues in the sciences.
This program is available in a format that combines distance learning and on-campus learning in an academically robust manner. This is a proven method of education that is designed to make the M.A. in Science and Religion available to students who cannot relocate to Southern California for the course work. Some short-term campus visits are required during the summer, offering the opportunity to interact with faculty, fellow students and preeminent guest scholars and lecturers.
Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree, normally in a natural science (physics, chemistry, biology or related field), engineering, mathematics, computer science; or in anthropology, psychology or related fields. Students with a baccalaureate in any field will be considered if their career or ministry path involves a strong scientific interest (e.g., science journalism, campus ministry). The baccalaureate degree must be from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Applicants must submit a brief written statement outlining their vocational objectives and how the degree might relate to those objectives.
This program offers distance-learning courses. Courses, seminars, conferences and related learning experiences are generally scheduled in the evening and on weekends for the convenience of working adults.
Courses are usually four to eight weeks in length with classes meeting once per week in the evening. Alternative scheduling is often employed for enhanced instructional effectiveness.
Director: Craig J. Hazen, Ph.D.
Professors: J. Bloom, C. Hazen, S. Smith
Associate Professors: C. Jones, K. Lewis
Assistant Professors: S. McDowell