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Religious Education, M.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, NY,
The NYTS Master of Arts in Religious Education (MARE) is a 48-credit graduate degree designed to prepare men and women to administer and lead educational programs in churches, religious institutions, and other academic settings.


The program seeks to integrate several academic disciplines in a manner that contributes to the best educational practices in the field of religious education. It includes foundational work in Bible, history and theology designed to enable students to develop a deeper understanding of their own historical and theological identity; and introductory and advanced course work in religious education that teaches specific skills while allowing students to deepen their understanding of the educational, cultural, and religious context in which they will serve. Courses in religious education focus on the art of teaching; historic models and contemporary methodologies germane to religious education; and programmatic development. Graduates of the MARE can expect to have a thorough understanding of the foundations necessary to build and sustain an educational ministry within a congregation or other institutional setting and to be able to go on to do more advanced work in the field.

Students in the MARE are required to attend two overnight retreats each year along with others in other Master’s degree programs (attendance at the retreats is incorporated into the requirements for Introduction to Theological Education). They are also invited and encouraged to take part in other various activities organized and led by the Student Association throughout the course of the year. MARE students must complete a year-long practicum in which they will be placed in a supervised field setting under a qualified supervisor that is appropriate for their degree program. Students are normally not given a stipend from the site where their placement is located.

Classes in the MARE are held mostly in the evenings at The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive in New York. Students have access to the library system of Columbia University, which includes the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary. All students will be trained in online learning in order to make use of MOODLE, the NYTS online learning system.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Theological Education
  • First Testament
  • Intro to Religious Education
  • Exegesis Practicum
  • Second Testament

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

The MARE is open to women and men who:

  • possess a BA, BS, or equivalent undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college 
  • demonstrate evidence of an ability to do graduate level study, primarily assessed through the written answers to the application essay questions and through recommendations.
  • are able to articulate in a manner that is appropriate to their own experience and faith tradition an understanding of their call to serve in the specialized area of religious education.
  • currently belong to a community of faith that recognizes or expects the applicant to exercise his or her calling to religious education

Tuition Fee

  • International

    665 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 665 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    665 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 665 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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