As a student in this program, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of Christian history and theology across the centuries. You’ll learn how the Pax Romana helped Christianity thrive, and you’ll see how John Winthrop continues to influence the political rhetoric of America today. The conceptual tools and skills you’ll learn as a student in this program will enable you to engage Scripture and apply it with discernment to your life.
Whether you’re interested in pursuing doctoral work or you simply want to serve the Church, this degree will work for you. We’ve designed the curriculum with an optional master’s thesis. If the MA (Church History/Historical Theology) is the last degree you’ll seek, you can skip the thesis and take a series of comprehensive exams instead. If you’re wanting to get a PhD, your professors will lean into that thesis with you, so that you’ll be prepared and energized for further study. And if you majored in Bible or a related field as an undergraduate, you can apply for advanced standing—which can cut as many as 18 hours out of your classwork.
At LCU, our goal is that you would graduate with a deeper and deepening understanding of all that God has done for us. We want you to look back and see that you made friends, mastered some amazing lessons, and found your passion. But, most importantly, we want to see that you learned to live on mission.