Graduate & Adult Studies

Religion, Graduate

The Master of Arts in Applied Theology program at Carson-Newman seeks to address the practical need for advanced theological training in the East Tennessee region. It will provide a unique opportunity to apply advanced theological concepts, perspective and knowledge to everyday life, while building on the various levels of experience and education of the participants. Designed to foster advanced philosophical and theological understanding and awareness, it also seeks to encourage the student’s consciousness of global issues with relevant personal applications.

The degree will target three specific groups of professionals:

1)  Professionals with no formal theological education
Multi-discipline, non-theologically trained professionals who seek to explore the practical yet sophisticated application of faith and doctrine to church, individual, and non-religious vocational life, within a rigorous academic and praxis-oriented context;

2)  Recent Religion graduates
Recent Religion graduates of Carson-Newman University and other undergraduate institutions, including denominationally-diverse theological graduates of other colleges and universities. This prospective student, while not planning to attend seminary, desires advanced religious training and perspective for probable use in varying religious ministry; and

3)  Experienced clergy
Clergy and other ministerial personnel, who may or may not hold advanced theological degrees but who are interested in further developing or updating their religious education and perspective, and who may be particularly drawn to the unique curriculum, instructors, opportunities, and international resources offered by the proposed degree program.

The courses will follow a class or seminar format with most of the seminars taught on the Carson-Newman campus. Some of the classes are expected to be co-taught by professors and/or qualified practitioners, which should create a didactic synergy and perspective enriched student learning experience. Two courses will be offered every fall, spring, and summer term. Several international seminars will be offered annually.

This program has been fully accredited by SACS.

For more information regarding the M. A. A. T. please contact Dr. David Crutchley at

Graduate and Adult Studies
1646 Russell Avenue
Jefferson City, TN 37760

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