Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies)

Total credit hours
elective hours
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Tuition per credit hour
Years to completion
2 - 3

Program Description

The Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) is an academic degree program designed for Christian, classical, and home educators and teachers, lay leaders, and pastors who desire to take part in the Great Conversation of the Western Tradition. This curriculum is indispensable for those who seek to appreciate how God has used the sharpest minds and noblest ideas of the past 2,500 years to point to timeless Gospel truth.


  • Four of the classic literary genres: Epic, Tragic, Comic, and Lyric literature ranging from the ancient Greeks up to modern authors.
  • Classic Ideas: Many of the most influential ideas and developments in the Western Tradition including understandings of culture, philosophy, and science.
  • Historical Perspective: The history of the Christian Church from the time of the apostles up to modern times.
  • Pedagogical Practices: A philosophy of Christian education.


  • The Holy Bible
  • Homer Iliad
  • Pindar Odes
  • Aristophanes Clouds, Frogs, Birds
  • Aeschylus The Oresteia
  • Sophocles Theban Trilogy
  • Plato The Republic, Apology of Socrates, Symposium
  • Aristotle Nichomachean Ethics, Politics, Rhetoric, Poetics (selections)
  • Plautus Bacchides
  • Virgil Aeneid
  • Augustine City of God and Confessions (selections)
  • Beowulf
  • Song of Roland
  • Aquinas Summa Theologiae (selections)
  • Chaucer Canterbury Tales (selections)
  • Dante The Divine Comedy
  • Shakespeare Macbeth, King Lear, Taming of the Shrew, Merchant of Venice, Sonnets
  • Cervantes Don Quixote
  • Milton Paradise Lost (selections)
  • David Hume and John Locke (select writings)
  • Austen Pride and Predjudice
  • Bronte Jane Eyre
  • Wordsworth, Byron, Coleridge, Bronte (select poems)
  • Melville Moby-Dick
  • Tolkien The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings (selections)
  • Steinbeck East of Eden (selections)
  • Hemingway The Old Man and the Sea
  • Wendell Berry This Day
  • And much, much more!
  • CC502 Classic Epic Literature
  • CC504 Classic Tragic Literature
  • CC506 Classic Comic Literature
  • CC508 Classic Lyric Literature
  • CC602 History of Science
  • CC604 Philosophical Foundations
  • CC606 Pedagogical Practices
  • CC608 Christianity and Classic Culture
  • CH502 History of Christianity 1 — Ancient and Medieval
  • CH504 History of Christianity 2 — Reformation to Modern Era
  • 15 Elective Hours
  • CC799 Supervised Thesis
An MACCS graduate will be able to:
  • Articulate the Gospel message of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone.
  • Explain the inspiration and authority of all of Scripture and its relationship to the Gospel.
  • Articulate the relationship of the Gospel to sanctification in the life of the believer.
  • Critically and thoughtfully engage with the greatest ideas and classic texts of the Western literary tradition.
  • Articulate the development of Christian thought based on careful readings of primary and secondary texts of the Christian tradition.
  • Faithfully relate the wisdom of the Christian and Classical traditions to contemporary culture.

Academic Requirements

  • Accredited bachelor’s/undergraduate degree
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
  • Applicants with an unaccredited degree, or whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.75 may still be granted provisional admission. After 12 credits, an academic review will be conducted toward the possibility of full admission (therefore all are encouraged to apply).

Application Process for MACCS

  1. Complete and submit an online application w/ fee.
  2. College-level transcripts sent officially and directly to Knox Seminary from any and all institutions where you have taken courses for credit.
  3. Print, fill out, and return your pastoral, academic, and personal reference forms.

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