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Cumberlands to offer Master of Arts in Christian Studies


Dr. Bob Dunston, chair of University of the Cumberlands’ Department of Religion, explains the University’s new Master of Arts in Christian Studies degree to Robbie Floyd, a junior religion major from Williamsburg.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Officials at University of the Cumberlands have announced that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools recently approved the University’s establishment of a Master of Arts in Christian Studies degree. Classes for the thirty-hour degree will begin in the fall of 2010. Since the Master of Arts in Christian Studies will be offered entirely online, students anywhere in the world will be able to take the courses and complete the degree.

According to Dr. Bob Dunston, chair of the Religion Department at Cumberlands, "The Master of Arts in Christian Studies program is designed to blend both the academic study of the Bible and Christian theology with the practical application of Biblical faith and theology in ministry settings. Our program will challenge and encourage our students to think critically and creatively as they apply the gospel in the 21st century. Our courses will be taught not only by faculty members of University of the Cumberlands but also by outstanding ministers in the local church who can pass on to our students their invaluable experience and wisdom. We look forward to preparing Biblically-based ministers ready to meet the challenges of the present day and the future."

University of the Cumberlands has developed a strong reputation for producing outstanding ministers and Christian educators throughout its history. According to Dr. Jim Taylor, Cumberlands’ president, “We are proud of our graduates, so many of whom have gone on to fill vital ministry roles, from serving as local pastors or as missionaries to serving with the KBC or SBC. This outstanding new program will allow Cumberlands to do even more to educate leader servants to advance the Kingdom of God.

The core courses for the degree include two semesters of Old Testament Survey, two semesters of New Testament Survey, and two courses in Christian theology. These courses account for 18 hours of the degree program. Each student will then choose an emphasis in Biblical studies, Christian education, or church planting. The student will take two courses from the chosen emphasis and an additional course from one of the other two emphases. The final course for the degree is a capstone course in which the student will develop, implement and evaluate a project in a ministry setting that fits his or her God-given call and talents.

Courses will be taught in eight-week bi-terms. During the first bi-term of the fall 2010 semester, University of the Cumberlands will offer RELG 533 New Testament Survey I and RELG 537 Christian Education. The second bi-term will feature RELG 531 Old Testament Survey I and RELG 538 The Church and Contemporary Culture.

For further information concerning the program, contact Dr. Bob Dunston at 606-539-4227 or