Master of Arts in
Black Church Studies

A journey of compassion, mercy, justice and love

Purpose

The Master of Arts in Black Church Studies (MABCS) degree is designed to equip men and women to be scholars, church practitioners, and competent leaders in congregations and other settings within African American culture.

Degree Learning Outcomes

Having completed the MA in Black Church Studies, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical and responsible interpretation and use of Scripture in the Black Church context informed by different interpretive strategies in the Black Church tradition.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding and relevant application of the history of the Black religious experience in various contemporary settings.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding and relevant use of the theology of the Black religious experience in various contemporary settings.
  • Exhibit the skills necessary to engage in ministries of justice, mercy, compassion and love in Black communities of faith.
  • Form a vision of ministry in the Black Church that seeks to address individual and systemic injustice in local and global contexts.

Requirements for Graduation

Students earning the Master of Arts in Black Church Studies must complete 55 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. All Black Church Studies (BCS) courses are offered at the McCreary Center for African American Religious Studies, 1508 East 71st Street, Cleveland, Ohio. More than 50% of the degree must be completed at the Cleveland Center.

Degree Design

Class Name Credit Hours
Preliminary and Summative Coursework
Step One Platform (required online, 5-wk non-credit bearing)
BCS 7700 Internship in Black Church 1 1 hours
BCS 7705 Internship in Black Church 2 2 hours
Spiritual Formation Courses
Choose any 2 of the following 4 courses:
BCS 5520 Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Readings and Reflections 2 hours
BCS 5521 Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Readings and Reflections 2 hours
BCS 5522 Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Workshops/Retreat 2 hours
BCS 5523 Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Workshops/Retreat 2 hours
Core Courses
BSG 5501 Engaging Texts and Contexts 3 hours
CHS 5500 Story of the Christian Faith 3 hours
CTH 5520 Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God 3 hours
ETH 5530 Christian Ethics 3 hours
MSS 5501 Kingdom Mission in a Global Community 3 hours
NTS 5511 Introduction to the New Testament 3 hours
OTS 5511 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1) 3 hours
OTS 5512 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2) 3 hours
Black Church Studies Courses
BCS 5500 Introduction to Black Church Studies 3 hours
BCS 5505 History of the Black Church 3 hours
BCS 5511 Black Theology 3 hours
Choose 1 of the following courses:
BCS 5515 African American Biblical Interpretation 3 hours
BCS 5530 Womanist Hermeneutics and Literature 3 hours
BCS 5527 Dynamics of the Black Church, Black Family & Black Minister 3 hours
Elective Courses
Open Electives 9 hours
Total Hours 55 hours

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Who to Contact

Miles Larson mlarson1@ashland.edu 419-207-6977