M.Min. or M.A. Theology & Culture: Online Peace Studies

At SSU, we are committed to the direct engagement of our onsite module classes. However, students may begin with a 1-year ONLINE certificate in Religion, Peace & Justice through IRPJ.org  and transfer these credits to complete their M.Min. or M.A. degree in Theology & Culture.

IRPJ’s 1-year Certificate in Religion, Peace and Justice is comprised of 6 courses (18 credit hours), delivered by the core faculty—Dr. Andrew Klager and Dr. Brad Jersak—and an array of expert guest lecturers, including online conferences so students have direct access to the teachers and their cohort.

The successful completion of the Online Peace Track requires:
M.Min. (44 or 48 credit hours)
  • 1-year IRPJ Certificate in Peace Studies (18 credit hours).
  • any two of the three classroom modules at St. Stephen’s university
    (10 credit hours per module or 20 credit hours total).
    Check out the Ministry Module Course List
  • one study abroad module involving travel to Italy, Greece/Turkey (six credit hours) OR a third module (10 credit hours) at SSU.
M.A. (47 credit hours)
  • 1-year IRPJ Certificate in Peace Studies (18 credit hours).
  • any two of the three classroom modules at St. Stephen’s university (10 credit hours per module or 20 credit hours total).
    Check out the Ministry Module Course List
  • Research methods/guided thesis research course (thesis proposal phase – 3 credit hours)
  • Research-based thesis (60–100 pages – 6 credit hours).
  • Note: the study abroad module involving travel to Italy, Greece/Turkey (six credit hours) is not required but available for audit.
Diploma for undergrads (38 credit hours)
    • Students without an undergraduate degree may apply their IRPJ certificate toward the Diploma in Theology & Culture. While the diploma itself is not a grad studies degree, the module courses themselves are awarded grad level credits.
    • 1-year undergrad IRPJ Certificate in Peace Studies (18 credit hours).
    • any two of the three classroom modules at St. Stephen’s university
      (10 credit hours per module or 20 credit hours total).
SSU students can do christian ministry studies

Modules

Modules are two-week intensive study periods that include courses in church history and theology, Biblical studies, Christian counselling and spiritual formation,  philosophy & culture. Students are generally required to read about 3,500 pages before each module and will have written assignments to complete before and after each module.

 

Students may start with any module and may choose to complete the modules at a slower pace and in any order. Sufficient time must be allotted to complete the necessary readings in advance.

The first three modules, taken in classroom seminars, give an overview of church history and introduce students to important classical Christian writings from three different periods. For the fourth module, students participate in a two-week study abroad module in Greece and Turkey OR in Israel. The study–abroad module is designed to familiarize students with the historical and cultural context of the Biblical world, as well as to create a rich experience of community around shared learning experiences.

  • Module 1—Acts to Benedict’s Rule (1st – 6th cent.)
  • Module 2—Gregory the Great to Thomas à Kempis (7th – 15th cent.)
  • Module 3—Reformation to Today (16th – 21st cent.)
  • Module 4—Study Abroad Module