m.a. global theology

program purpose

MA Global Theology

the globalization of the christian faith has resulted in many new voices contributing to theological discussion. many of the perspectives that these new, global voices share are forged in cultural and social milieus very different to the western worldview which was, to some extent, the outcome of christian theology in the first place.

the master of arts (global theology) is designed to enable a reflective and critical evaluation of the context in which contemporary theological thought is generated. examining the writings of contemporary christian scholars within their own context sheds new light on modern christian theology. central to this three-year degree are four continental learning experiences supported by annual on-campus sessions.

program objectives

upon completing the ma(gt), the student should be able to:

  • apply biblical principles to contemporary ministry contexts
  • evaluate and respond to cultural phenomena in light of scriptural values
  • evaluate and respond to historical events and their aftermath in light of scriptural values
  • formulate relevant ministry strategies for the globalized world
  • model biblical principles appropriately in a cross-cultural context
  • develop personal habits of lifelong learning

program distinctives

the ma (gt) program with trinity has two unique features that set it apart from the many programs nationwide.

  1. the cohort basis of the program specifically designed to accommodate those in full time ministry. this provides the benefit of face-to-face interaction with the professor and with classmates, while making it possible to continue to minister or work full time.
  2. the emphasis placed on direct contact with locations that influenced theological development such as:
    • europe - christian theology and secular thought
    • eurasia - christian theology and global islam: a christ-centered response
    • africa - christian theology in a post-colonial context
    • asia - christian theology and religious pluralism

typical student

there are two categories of students. the first are mature students who are currently in pastoral, missionary or other ministry vocations. the second are students completing their undergraduate studies and wishing to continue directly into postgraduate studies.

program structure

the ma (global theology) is a 48 credit program and you can complete in as little as three years.

complete the program in up to three years

  • year one: take four courses in the fall and the first learning experience trip to europe.
  • year two: take the second learning experience trip in the fall and third learning experience trip in the spring.
  • year three: take the fourth learning experience trip in the fall and work on thesis and elective class.

what is a residential session?

the residential sessions of the ma(gt) at trinity are four sessions of four days each per semester. typically, they will begin on a monday evening with a shared supper and a forum. the program will run full day tuesday - thursday and finish by lunchtime on friday. the dates for the sessions are scheduled at least two years in advance for your long-term planning.

access to the internet is required for participation in the program.

magt session dates

dates course location cohort
august 24-28 research methods 1
global scholar 1
october 23-30 collapse of empire amsterdam 1
online theology 1
march 15-22 religious pluralism india 1
august 23-27 research methods 2
august 23-27 global scholar 1, 2
october 25-nov. 2 Post-Colonialism & Christian Theology south africa 1, 2
october 25-nov. 2 intro to theo thought 2
march 14-21 global islam jordan 1, 2
august 22-26 thesis 1
august 22-26 research methods 3
august 22-26 global scholar 2, 3
october 26-nov 3 collapse of an empire london 2, 3
october 26-nov 3 intro to theology thought online 3
march 13-20 thesis 1
march 13-20 thesis proposal 2
march graduation spring 2023 1
may 13-20 religious pluralism india 2, 3