Master of Arts in Ethics and Public Theology

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Program Snapshot

62 Credit Hours 21 Classes
2 Years to Complete
$310 Per Credit Hour Learn more
On Campus
Next Start Date June 3

Engage the culture with a compelling Christian understanding of the world.

The Master of Arts in Ethics and Public Theology is an academic degree which prepares students for doctoral studies and equips students with the capacity to engage issues related to ethics and public theology from a biblical and theological foundation.

Serve the church. Engage the culture.

Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Number Description Credit Hours
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
25100 Introduction to Church History I 3
25120 Introduction to Church History II 3
27060 Systematic Theology I: Theological Prolegomena, and the Nature and Works of God 3
27070 Systematic Theology II: Christ, Salvation, and the Holy Spirit 3
27080 Systematic Theology III: Baptist Theology of Scripture and the Church, and Eschatology 3
Total 30
Ethics and Public Theology
Course Number Description Credit Hours
28700 Christian Apologetics 3
28984 Augustine and the Political Order 3
28999 Thesis Research and Writing 2
29250 Survey of Christian Ethics 3
29370 Moral Theory 3
29477 Studies in Ethics 3
29700 Public Theology 3
29860 Sexual Ethics 3
32100 Personal Evangelism & Devotion 3
29350 History of Christian Ethics 3
Total 29
Course Number Description Credit Hours
Unrestricted Elective 3
Total 3

Total Master of Arts in Ethics and Public Theology: 62

  1. Continuing students should consult the Academic Catalog for the year in which they started for course requirements as the current requirements may have changed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The M.A. in Ethics and Public Theology will prepare students for local church ministry, as well as advanced studies in theology.

Students who are serving (or plan to serve) in full-time ministry are encouraged to consider the Master of Divinity program, as it contains a more robust core of bible, theology, and ministry training.

Students with an accredited bachelor’s degree (in any field/major) are eligible to apply for this concentration. It is not required that applicants have an academic background in biblical or ministry studies.

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Yes. Students with previous divinity credit may be able to transfer their credit into programs at Southern Seminary. See our Transfer Credit page for more information.

Ethics and Public Theology Faculty include:

Timothy Paul Jones

C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Family Ministry

Andrew T. Walker

Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Public Theology

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Academic Support

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Flexible Course Options

With multiple course delivery options you’ll find classes that fit around your schedule.

  • 100% online degrees
  • Main campus courses
  • Hybrid campus intensive options

Financial Aid

We are committed to making your education affordable. Our Financial Aid office can connect you with institutional & outside sources of aid.

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