Master of Arts in Religion

The Master of Arts in Religion degree is designed for the liberal arts college graduate who does not have a strong background in Bible and theology. This degree gives students a better understanding of the Scripture to aid them in their service for Christ as lay leaders in their churches.

The Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) degree allows students to personalize their own program by choosing several elective classes from ministry courses as well as Bible and theology courses.

Program Goals
Upon successful completion of the M.A.R. degree, students should be able to
• demonstrate a foundational knowledge of Biblical and theological studies at the graduate level;
• display an awareness of contemporary research on Biblical and theological studies;
• exercise specialized ministry skills for communicating and ministering the Word of God;
• manifest a greater commitment to the Lord;
• hold Biblical, theological, and practical convictions that reflect FBTS’s values and position; and
• accomplish research at the graduate level.

Admission Requirements
An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree is required for admission to the M.A.R. program. Students are permitted to transfer a maximum of 6 acceptable graduate credits into the M.A.R. program.

Graduation Requirements
A candidate in the M.A.R. program must have completed 32 hours of graduate study (including all requirements pertaining to the degree) with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. In addition to completing all classroom work and degree program requirements, the candidate must have evidenced solidarity of Christian character to the satisfaction of the faculty.

M.A.R. by Module and Online Courses
Students may complete the M.A.R. degree in residence, or they may complete the degree without relocating to the Ankeny area by taking a combination of module and online courses. After completing 9 credits, module/online students must apply to a degree program and be assigned a resident faculty advisor. Students who fail to apply to the degree program will not be allowed to put any additional credits toward the degree. Therefore, students should apply to the degree program when or before they reach the nine-credit limit.


B-RE 811 Old Testament Seminar

3 hrs.

B-RE 812 New Testament Seminar

3 hrs.

B-RE 841 Intro to Biblical Exegesis*

3 hrs.

T-HI 831 History of Fundamentalism

2 hrs.

T-HI 856 Contemporary Christianity

2 hrs.

T-SY 841 Theology Seminar

3 hrs.

T-SY 882 Theological Research

1 hr. 


15 hrs.


32 hrs.

*Students may substitute Hermeneutics if they have completed one year of Greek or Hebrew grammar in college or seminary.


Faith Pulpit Day

March 30

This year's Faith Pulpit Day will focus on exposition in theology, preaching, and counseling.

Faith Missions Conference

March 30-April 3

Finish My Work is the theme of this year's Missions Conference.

Spring Instrumental Concert

April 10

Join us for a concert of sacred and classical music presented by the Faith Community Orchestra and Handbells.

Student Leadership Summit

April 16-18

Evangelist Will Galkin and Dr. Paul Hartog will help teens confront their culture rather than conform to it.

Chorale Concert at IRBC

April 18

The Chorale will present a special concert at the Iowa Regular Baptist Camp for people in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.

Commencement Weekend

May 7, 8

Find a full schedule of the 2015 commencement weekend events.