Choosing a Program
One of the most important parts of applying to Redeemer is selecting a degree program that best suits your desires for ministry. Whether you plan to be a full-time vocational minister or better educate yourself to serve in the life of your church we offer programs that can address those needs. The first step in the process is to decide what your future plans will require and to move forward from there. If you are not sure there is no need to worry. If you start with the M.A.R. and want to get an M.Div. it is simply adding more credit hours. If you start the M.Div. and decide it’s not for you and only want an M.A.R. the transition is simple. However, we hope that once you start classes the work becomes a labor of love as you build relationships and grow in your love for the Lord Jesus.
The Master of Divinity Program (M.Div.) is an ordination degree designed to educate candidates for full-time ministry. You are educated in biblical languages, theology, counseling, apologetics, and church history with additional electives to best prepare you for the many challenges of a lifetime of ministry.
The Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) is a degree that is similar to the M.Div. but is about half the credit hours. It is still a degree that is accepted for most ordination requirements because you are still educated in both Greek and Hebrew.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree program is to provide a basic understanding of theological disciplines for general educational purposes and is designed to train men and women preparing to serve Christ in occupations other than the ordained Gospel ministry. This program builds on basic biblical, theological, and historical foundations. These are integrated and sharpened through active involvement in an area of concentration chosen by the student, such as Biblical Counseling, Historical Theological Studies, or World and Urban Missions.
The Certificate of Christian Studies (CERT.) program is offered for men and women who desire graduate-level courses from Redeemer but do not desire to enter a degree program.