Pedagogy, Format and Venue

This is what you can expect in terms of the delivery of the various modules.

  • Cohorts: We will teach the courses in cohorts of 12-16 students that remain together for four years.

  • Half-time pace: This is program is designed for leaders who are working full-time and often have families. This kind of leader cannot attend classes full-time. The only option for this M.A. is at a half-time pace. The degree will take four years to complete.

  • Seminars and cohort discussions: The courses will be a mixture of seminars with lectures and discussions.

  • Multiple professors: Most courses are taught by more than one professor. Theological unity is maintained and fragmentation avoided by having a theological director who is involved in all courses.

  • Flexible assignments: Our desire is in a variety of ways to connect the academic work with the local congregation. So we offer flexibility in assignments in connection with ministry in local church.

  • Location: Courses are taught in a comfortable home setting in Tempe.

  • Time investment: You will put in about 420 hours over the whole year which will include reading, assignments, and class meetings. In terms of class time the cohorts meet either early in the morning 6-9 a.m. or in the evening 6-9 p.m. so participants can work normal hours.