Contact Us

Department Chair

Dr. Peter Slade
Chair, Department of Religion
pslade@ashland.edu
419.289.5237
15 Rinehart 
Ashland, OH 44805

Administrative Assistant

Lindsay Brandon-Smith
lbrando2@ashland.edu
419.289.5110
203 Bixler Hall
Ashland, OH 44805

Curriculum

Current Academic Year
Religion Four-Year Guide

Accelerated BA/MA

Accelerated BA and MA in Christian Ministries

Excellent preparation to serve God and the Church while saving time and money!

Get a head start on a seminary degree. Look into AU’s accelerated BA in religion and MA in Christian Ministry.

We are introducing a new way to complete your Bachelor of Arts in Religion along with a Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) in only five years.

How does it work?

The accelerated BA/MACM is designed for helping traditional undergraduate students like you to move on to seminary after you complete a BA in Religion at Ashland University.

Twelve credits from religion classes in the BA are applied to the MACM as advanced standing.  Also, up to 15 additional hours of electives in the BA degree are classes taken at the Seminary. This means you can get started on your MACM while doing your BA in Religion from AU! One year after graduating with a BA you can successfully complete the MACM from ATS!

Ministry experience while still an undergraduate

You don’t have to wait until seminary to gain experience. Working with the Office of Christian Ministry at AU, there are opportunities for summer internships with churches and ministry experience during the semester.

What you'll learn:

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) is designed to equip graduates for effective ministry and competent leadership primarily in congregational settings. The degree provides a foundation in ministerial theory and practice that will assist students to pursue ministry.

Once you complete your accelerated MACM you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical and faithful interpretation and responsible use of Scripture in appropriate ministry and professional settings.
  • Establish communal and personal disciplines that nourish Christian spiritual and moral formation.
  • Form a missional vision of kingdom ministry with multi-cultural and multi-faith contexts.
  • Demonstrate critical theological reflection that is biblically faithful, historically grounded, contextually relevant and integrated with life and ministry.
  • Develop ongoing practices of justice that bear witness to the full scope of the kingdom of God.
  • Exhibit effective ministry skills related to your areas of service.

Application Process

Since students taking courses at ATS as part of the accelerated BA/MACM cannot be formally admitted into the seminary until they have completed the BA in Religion, the following standards will be used to enroll those university students in classes at ATS as part of the accelerated degree.

  1. Interested students will submit a letter to the chair of the AU Religion Department indicating a desire to enroll in the Accelerated BA/MACM Degree.
  2. The student will provide a one to two page essay outlining their sense of calling to ministry and how the BA/MACM degree will help them prepare for that calling.
  3. The AU Religion chair will send the letter and the essay to the ATS registrar and dean along with a letter of recommendation from the chair.
  4. The ATS registrar will evaluate the AU student transcripts to determine compatibility based on GPA (3.0) and courses taken thus far.
  5. The student will attend an interview with the ATS admissions staff. The ATS dean may opt to interview the student as well.
  6. If all of the above steps are completed and ATS determines the student satisfies the necessary requirements, the admissions staff and/or dean will give the student a letter of acknowledgement indicating that the student can begin taking courses at ATS as part of the accelerated degree. The letter will indicate that ATS will accept 12 hours advanced standing from the AU Religion department as per the agreement between ATS and AU. Once the student has successfully completed the BA in religion at AU, he or she will be enrolled at ATS to complete any outstanding requirements for the MACM.
  7. Before the student can enroll in ATS in year five she/he will need to complete the MACM application. However, acceptance will be assumed based on numbers five and six above.

Contact Us

Department Chair

Dr. Peter Slade
Chair, Department of Religion
pslade@ashland.edu
419.289.5237
15 Rinehart 
Ashland, OH 44805

Administrative Assistant

Lindsay Brandon-Smith
lbrando2@ashland.edu
419.289.5110
203 Bixler Hall
Ashland, OH 44805

Curriculum

Current Academic Year
Religion Four-Year Guide

Accelerated BA/MA

Deepen and broaden your understanding of Christianity and World Religions.

When you study Religion at Ashland University, you will explore the fields of:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Theology
  • History of Christianity
  • Practical Theology
  • Christian Ethics
  • World Religions

As a Religion major, with the direction and guidance of your professors, you will write a thesis in your chosen area of concentration. This experience, coupled with deeply thoughtful classroom explorations, will prepare you for Christian service, seminary or graduate school.

What you will love about our religion program:

  • You’ll enjoy the close interaction with professors in our small classroom environment.
  • You'll learn from your fellow students who come from a wide range of traditions and denominations, and make your own unique contribution in our seminar-style discussions.
  • You’ll build expertise for graduate school, seminary or your next career step by completing a Majors Thesis exploring a topic of your choice from your area of concentration.
  • You'll have the opportunity to travel outside the classroom with faculty led tours to such places as Israel, Greece, Italy or Germany. 
  • You may be interested in getting a headstart on your seminary degree at Ashland Theological Seminary. The accelerated Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Arts in Practical Theology (BA/MAPT) will save you time and money.  
  • Recent graduates have gone on to attend graduate school at Princeton, Duke, Emory, Fuller, Gordon-Conwell and Ashland Theological Seminary.
  • You can undertake internships or service learning projects that integrate your studies, serving others in such places as churches, nursing homes, social agencies and non-profit organizations.
  • You can take the class in Short Term Missions that combines with a spring break mission trip for credit in the university's core curriculum.

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