Religious Education MA

Program Purpose


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.

Curricular Structure

Department Information

Graduate Catalog Listing of Courses

Learning Outcomes


Content Mastery

Demonstrate an increasing understanding of the scriptures, doctrine, and history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Courses that Contribute: REL C 351 REL C 510R REL C 540R REL C 695R REL E 500 REL E 501 REL E 610 REL E 611 REL E 621 REL E 624 REL E 625 REL E 630 REL E 631 REL E 640 REL E 645 REL E 650 REL E 699R
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Gospel knowledge
Teaching Skills

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.

Courses that Contribute: REL C 100 REL C 234 REL C 324 REL C 351 REL C 510R REL C 540R REL C 695R REL E 500 REL E 501 REL E 610 REL E 611 REL E 621 REL E 624 REL E 625 REL E 630 REL E 631 REL E 645 REL E 650 REL E 699R
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Communicate effectively
Study Skills

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.

Courses that Contribute: REL C 100 REL C 234 REL C 324 REL C 351 REL C 510R REL C 695R REL E 501 REL E 595 REL E 610 REL E 611 REL E 621 REL E 624 REL E 625 REL E 630 REL E 631 REL E 640 REL E 645 REL E 650 REL E 699R
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Lifelong learning
Research and Writing Skills

Demonstrate an increasing ability to research and write about the scriptures, doctrines, and history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Courses that Contribute: REL C 234 REL C 351 REL C 540R REL C 695R REL E 500 REL E 501 REL E 595 REL E 610 REL E 611 REL E 621 REL E 624 REL E 625 REL E 630 REL E 631 REL E 640 REL E 650 REL E 699R
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Communicate effectively
Evaluation Skills

Evaluate approaches, methods, and philosophies for teaching and researching religion; e.g., scriptural texts.

Courses that Contribute: REL E 500 REL E 595 REL E 610 REL E 611 REL E 621 REL E 624 REL E 640 REL E 650 REL E 699R
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Think soundly

Evidence of Learning


Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement