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Master of Arts: Christian and Classical Studies



The Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) is an academic degree program designed for persons who intend to be teachers or headmasters in Christian schools, to pursue further graduate theological studies, or to become conversant on the dialogue between the Bible and the “Great Tradition” of literature. The coursework provides a solid foundation in two areas: the Bible and selected great texts of the classical Christian (Western) tradition.

Who is it for?

Everyone with a passion for the Bible and the Great Books that helped shape Western, Christian civilization and thought. This curriculum is indispensable for professionals and educators across the spectrum – attorneys, executives, private and public schools, Christian and Classical academies, home school instructors and professional tutors. You will engage in what scholars and philosophers have referred to as “The Great Conversation,” a dialogue among some of the sharpest minds and noblest ideas of the past 2,500 years.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNIT PROVIDER – Knox Theological Seminary is a member of the Association of Classical Christian Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International. Knox is an approved provider of college credit and continuing education (CEU) courses.

Academic Requirements for Admission

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or the educational equivalent is required.

Academic Requirements for Completion

The Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) program requires completion of a total of 48 credit hours and a comprehensive paper. To graduate, a student must earn at least a grade of C- (1.7) in each course, and must have a cumulative grade point average of at east 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). Upon successful completion, the student is awarded the Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) degree.

Topics covered include:

  • Education, Justice and Social order from Plato’s Republic
  • Ethics, Virtue and Community from Aristotle
  • God’s sovereign preparation of the Hellenized world to receive the Gospel as read by the Greeks, including Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles.
  • Natural law and apologetics from Thomas Aquinas
  • Worship and reflections on God from Augustine and Bernard of Clairvaux
  • The Christian imagination from Dante, Milton, and Shakespeare
  • And much, much more!

This program aims to equip you with:

Historical Perspective: drawing on the wisdom of the ages to address the needs of the present.

Philosophical Habit of Mind: distinguishing superficial from effective solutions to the problems we face.

Moral Imagination: not just to see the present, fallen condition of our world but also to see what it can become through the redemptive power of Christ.

Rhetorical Skill: to encourage the faithful to live courageous and sacrificial lives for the Kingdom of God.

Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the MACCS program will:

  • See Christ effectively in his suffering and glory throughout the entirety of Scripture.
  • Knowledgeably work with and understand the great literary and philosophical books that constitute the Western Tradition.
  • Articulate the development of Christian doctrinal reflection through the ancient, medieval, and modern periods.
  • Articulate the Christian and non-Christian worldviews and engage the culture both poetically and philosophically.

Works read in the Christian and Classical Studies program:

    • The Holy Bible
    • Hesiod Theogony, Works and Days
    • Virgil The Aeneid
    • Plato The Republic, Apology of Socrates, Symposium
    • Thucydides Peloponnesian War
    • Augustine City of God (selections), Confessions
    • Aristophanes Clouds, Frogs, Peace, Birds
    • Aeschylus Prometheus
    • Sophocles Oedipus the King
    • Euripides The Bacchae, Hippolytus
    • Aristotle Nichomachean Ethics, Politics, Rhetoric, Poetics
    • Bernard of Clairveaux On the Necessity of Loving God
    • Aquinas Summa Theologica (selections)
    • Machiavelli Mandragola, The Prince
    • Shakespeare Henry V, King Lear, Tempest, Merchant of Venice
    • Luther The Freedom of the Christian
    • Dante The Divine Comedy
    • Hobbes The Leviathan
    • Milton Paradise Lost
    • Bunyan The Pilgrim’s Progress
    • Tocqueville Democracy in America
    • Madison, Hamilton, and Jay The Federalist Papers
    • Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter
    • Lincoln Speeches and Writings
    • Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil, Genealogy of Morals, Twilight of the Idols
    • Dostoyevsky The Brothers Karamazov

Program Requirements


CC502 Plato and Augustine

3 Credit Hours

CC504 Aeschylus and Aristotle

3 Credit Hours

CC602 Aquinas and Machiavelli

3 Credit Hours

CC604 Dante and Milton

3 Credit Hours

CC702 Thucydides and Tocqueville

3 Credit Hours

CC704 Nietzsche and Dostoyevsky

3 Credit Hours


NT502 New Testament 1 — Gospels and Acts

3 Credit Hours

NT504 New Testament 2 — Epistles and Revelation

3 Credit Hours

NT712 Biblical Hermeneutics

3 Credit Hours

OT602 Old Testament Survey 1

3 Credit Hours

OT604 Old Testament Survey 2

3 Credit Hours


CH502 History of Christianity 1 — Ancient and Medieval Church History

3 Credit Hours

CH504 History of Christianity 2 — Reformation to Modern Era

3 Credit Hours



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Student Testimonials

“I just wanted to say that the first class is already having an impact on how I look at teaching.  I am thankful to God for allowing me to study at Knox.” –Doug Elliott

“Knox really is doing well in comparison to all the online options for a Christian education out there (which is why I chose it!) as well as the education it offers in general. I love the way it combines the best of both worlds, the new technological opportunities out there as well as the Christian and Western tradition of the ages.”  –Peter Belfry

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