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Information on Master’s Degree Programs in Divinity Studies

Majors Overview November 19, 2015

This article talks about master’s degree programs in divinity studies and their education requirements, coursework, career choices, job and wage outlook, and continuing education choices.

Master’s Programs in Divinity Studies

Schools offer master’s programs in a branch of religious studies called divinity studies, usually associated with a religious denomination, such as Methodist Christians, or a particular faith, such as Judaism. Coursework in a master’s degree program in divinity studies covers diverse subject areas such as history, literature, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and evangelism. Students also learn about managing church finances, counseling, and enlarging a congregation. Traditional coursework apart, production of a research dissertation and performance of community service are necessary components of the program.

Education Requirements

All requirements for an accredited undergraduate degree must find completion before students can gain admission to a master’s program in divinity studies. Admission criteria typically require incoming students to hold a bachelor’s degree in religious studies, theology, or philosophy, apart from submitting Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores or other standardized tests.

Coursework

Diverse subject areas such as, business, archeology, and geography may be within master’s degree programs in divinity studies. Core coursework may cover topic areas such as:

•Moral philosophy
•Organizational management
•Counseling theories
•Jewish Studies
•Contemporary issues in religion

Career Choices

Graduates may seek careers with non-profit groups or religious organizations. They may choose from possible job positions such as:

•Missionary
•Charity director
•Religious representative
•Church administrator
•Fundraiser

Job and Wage Outlook

Over the 2012 – 2022 decade, directors of religious activity and education are expected to see an 8% job growth (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). In May 2013, these religious workers brought in an average annual wage of $38,160 while fundraisers earned $51,580.

Continuing Education Choices

Program graduates who seek continuing education may pursue a doctorate in a field related to theology and religious studies. They may also seek graduate degrees in non-related fields such as law or business administration that could lead to executive or managerial positions with non-profit organizations, such as charities, among others. Religious training with specific denominations may also be available to some program graduates.

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