Religious Education MA
The purpose of the Master of Arts in Religious Education is to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life (BYU Mission Statement) through educational experiences that are spiritually strengthening, intellectuality enlarging, and character building (BYU Aims Document). Specifically this degree program is designed to help full-time teachers in the LDS Church Educational System (CES) better serve the Lord in carrying out His work of bringing eternal life to His children by providing them with advanced training and preparation for teaching in the Church Educational System. Emphasis is placed primarily on five areas of study: Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Church History.
Demonstrate an increasing understanding of the scriptures, doctrine, and history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Teach students the doctrine and principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, as found in the scriptures and the words of the modern prophets.
Demonstrate and teach how to study a scriptural, doctrinal, or historical text, and be able to critically evaluate source material in the search for answers and resolutions that build faith in the teachings, doctrines, practices, and history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Demonstrate an increasing ability to research and write about the scriptures, doctrines, and history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Evaluate approaches, methods, and philosophies for teaching and researching religion; e.g., scriptural texts.