Master of Arts in Kairos Studies Program

Kairos (καιρός), a Greek word for “time,” refers to “God’s time” as opposed to chronas (Χρόνος) or chronological time by which we most often order our day-to-day lives. Kairos represents God’s “in-breaking” into the times in which we live, providing an essential lens through which we must view, understand and ultimately respond to the realities of our present lives.

Purpose: The Master of Arts in Kairos Studies program is designed to engage the Global Kairos Movement while continuing the CRCDS legacy of social justice. Through the exploration of kairos, students will learn how to live out the foundational values of justice and love as they are applied to global and local contexts, while engaging this growing, transformative movement.

Graduates of the program will be equipped for careers in community activism, advocacy, social justice ministry, or NGO work.

Eligibility: Admission to the Master of Arts program requires a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0.

Curriculum: The M.A. degree requires the successful completion of 16 three-unit courses for a total of 48 credits.

12 Required Courses:

  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Christian Belief Today
  • Black Church Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Faith & Christian Response to Pluralism
  • American Religious History
  • Organizing for Change
  • Introduction to Kairos Studies
  • Kairos Immersion Experience – Career preparation includes a three-month immersion experience giving students opportunity for the practice of kairos in accompaniment groups, border ministry, peace & justice work, or community organizing.
  • Final Project (2 course equivalence)

4 Elective Courses (students may choose from the following):

  • Ministry on the Margins
  • Small Christian Communities
  • Abrahamic Faiths & the Making of War and Peace
  • Global Reading of the Bible
  • Preaching Difficult Texts
  • Feminist/Womanist Preaching

Application Deadlines: July 31 for Fall Term or December 1 for Spring Term

Applications received after these dates will be reviewed on a space available basis

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The current CRCDS Academic Catalogue may be viewed at this link.