Master of Arts

A transformational journey of discipleship focused on helping you develop vocational excellence in your current or desired context – all on your time and from wherever you are.


Gain a deeper understanding of the Christian faith while developing expertise in your chosen area of specialization.


Some commonly chosen areas of focus include leadership, innovation, intercultural studies, biblical studies, PhD preparation, theology, spiritual formation and direction, and more. By starting with the classic theological disciplines, students work with their mentor teams to craft a program of study that helps them understand what God is doing in the world and then develop vocational expertise informed by that understanding.



Only $300/month




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Why pursue a Master of Arts with Kairos?

By inviting Kairos to walk with you on this journey, you are taking hold of a unique opportunity to deepen your faith while simultaneously developing the knowledge to flourish in your vocation. We do this helping you develop a mentor team that walks with you throughout the entire program. Then, we invite you to integrate discipleship, vocational excellence, and proficiency learning.


Program Breakdown

The Master of Arts is 48 credit hours and consists of the following outcome-level courses:

Starting Well (3)

Areas of focus: journey preparation, mentor team development

Christian Spirituality (6)

Areas of focus: spiritual formation, life in Christ, fruit of the spirit

Biblical Literacy (6)

Areas of focus: Old and New Testaments, Bible interpretation

Contextual Project (6)

Areas of focus: ethnohermeneutics, project research, project/thesis, doing theology in context, cross-cultural immersion

Reflection in Community I (6)

Areas of focus: high-level integration, diversity of perspectives, empathetic listening

Christian Theology (6)

Areas of focus: God, Christ, humanity, creation, Spirit, church, global theology

Culture and History (6)

Areas of focus: early church history, the reformation, modern church history, historical theology

Mentored Life (6)

Areas of focus: Christian discipleship, walking with fellow Christians, vocational resilience

Continuing Well (3)

Areas of focus: program reflection, building a community of support, and lifelong learning preparation


The Mentor Team

Mentors commit themselves to the student’s full educational process. Beyond evaluators and supporters, mentors commit themselves to being co-learners with students. Such effort takes a considerable investment of time and energy and they make this commitment in order to steward your journey of discipleship and to help you flourish in your vocation.

Faculty Mentor

Faculty mentors are approved members of the Kairos faculty. Obviously, all faculty mentors are acquainted with academic standards and scholarly research. More importantly, they are skilled integrationists who have a desire to help students deepen their faith and flourish in their chosen vocations. Kairos assigns a faculty mentor to serve on each team.

Vocational Mentor

Vocational mentors are aware of and often active in the student’s current context and/or role. In most cases, this means that vocational mentors are supervisors, leaders, experienced colleagues, or others familiar with or connected to the context and its requirements. Students are empowered to identify and invite the vocational mentor who will serve on their team.

Personal Mentor

Personal mentors are confidants or individuals from whom students wish to learn. They must have, or be willing to develop, a close relationship with the student. The personal mentor is able to provide spiritual companionship because he or she is rooted in faith and understands the Christian life. Students are empowered to identify and invite the personal mentor who will serve on their team.

Program Overview

While engaged in this program, you will walk with a mentor team through the following:

Program Outcomes

With a focus on formation, biblical study, vocational discernment, theological reflection, and integrated practice, the Master of Arts invites you to develop and demonstrate proficiency in its nine integrated outcomes: Starting Well, Christian Spirituality, Biblical Literacy, Contextual Project, Reflection in Community I, Christian Theology, Church History, Mentored Life, and Continuing Well. If you find yourself wondering, “What is an outcome?” then read our blog post about it here.

Customized Learning Experiences

Learning experiences in Kairos are built around an invitation for you to explore some aspect of your vocation, Christian thought and practice, or the human experience. You have the opportunity to progress through these learning experiences in the way that is most helpful to you in your context and vocation. You also have the opportunity to work with faculty members to create entirely new or customized learning experiences that help you develop vocational excellence and expertise. Learn more about customized learning here.

Contextual Project in a Unique Areas of Focus

As part of your Master of Arts program, you will complete a contextual project in which you integrate your learning, theology, and practice. In some cases, students complete a research-oriented thesis in preparation for future doctoral work while in other cases, students complete a project related to their vocational context after conducting research on that context. You will work with your mentor team to customize or concentrate in any area of interest. This means you can dive deep into missional theology, systems design and thinking, pastoral care, Clinical Pastoral Education, biblical languages, spiritual formation and direction, chaplaincy, finances, strategic leadership and much more. The choice is yours!


Contextual Learning

Throughout the program, you have the opportunity to work with your mentor team to design learning experiences that are entirely shaped by what you are doing (or will do) in your current or desired vocational context. Are you planting a church? Building a youth ministry program? Developing curriculum? Then use that in your program! Are you managing finances? Writing code? Building homes? Developing software? Leading teams? Then use that in your program! If an experience or project is connected to what it means to flourish in your vocation, then use it to make progress in your program!


Get Started

We’d love to help you discern if this is the next best step for you. Start a conversation with us today or check out our “Discerning Your Calling” step-by-step guide.

Ready to move forward? Here are a few things you’ll need to get started (more details in the catalog).

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (and high school diploma for bachelor’s students) for all bachelor’s, graduate certificate in theological studies, master’s, and doctoral students.
  • On a case-by-case basis, certificate of completion for Training in Spiritual Direction students may be asked to provide official transcripts.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (or 3.0 for PhD, ThD, DPC, DMin, MACO, & MAMFT applicants).
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials.