Master of Arts in Religion

MAR Requirements

Total Hours: 72


Language Studies


Exegetical theology


Systematic theology


Practical theology


Church History





The Master of Arts program is a 72-hour (including languages) program designed to be completed in a minimum of 2 years. This degree may be earned residentially, online, or a hybrid of the two. Practical (Confessional), Exegetical, Systematic, Historical and Language courses are emphasized to provide a well-balanced education. This degree is not intended to serve as preparation for those entering Gospel ministry.

  • 72 Hours of coursework completed

  • Payment of all fees and tuition required in the program

  • Exegetical, Systematic, and Practical Theology 600 and 700 level courses require demonstrated competency in Greek and Hebrew.

  • Placement exams are available for those who have taken Hebrew and/or Greek at another educational institution. Placement exams are intended to determine a student’s language skill and establish the appropriate course level for their demonstrated ability. The student’s grade on the exam will be used to decide his level of entry into the language program(s). Please speak to your admissions counselor for more details about taking one of these exams. A failing grade requires entry into Greek I or Hebrew I.
  • Systematic Theology courses should be completed in sequence, as much as possible with class availability.

  • Students may request taking an Exegetical, Practical, or Systematic Theology 700 level course out of sequence. This request must be submitted in writing to the Academic Dean.

  • Men & women are both encouraged to apply for the MAR.


* Course Schedule is a general outline based on course availably.

A Welcome from President Renihan

Dear Christian friends,

Welcome to the website for International Reformed Baptist Seminary. Thank you for taking the time to visit our site and learning about what the Lord is doing among us. An internet site cannot convey the warmth we wish to express, so we ask you to receive our words which express a genuine desire for the Lord’s blessing on your life.

IRBS is soon to celebrate its 25th anniversary. For twenty years we existed as an institute affiliated with Westminster Seminary California, and in 2018 developed our programs into a full seminary curriculum in our new location, Mansfield, Texas. We are committed to the infallible and inerrant Word of God, and joyfully subscribe to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, often called the 1689 London Baptist Confession. By God’s grace, our pledges to these documents are strong and firm and will remain so.

The Lord has allowed us to bring together an excellent faculty of pastor-scholars who together seek to honor Christ in their teaching ministries. These are experienced men who shepherd God’s flocks with loving concern. We are united in our devotion to Christ, His Word, our Confession and the task of preparing able ministers of the New Covenant (2 Corinthians 3.6). Each faculty member is available to assist students in their coursework as well as their ministry and personal questions.

Students may enroll in a variety of programs at IRBS, including the standard degree for ministerial preparation, the Master of Divinity, a two-year Master of Arts in Religion, the Certificate of Reformed Baptist Studies, a Diploma program for mature students who do not have a baccalaureate degree, as well as special opportunities for visiting students. Our flexible hybrid programs offer students the opportunity to study on campus as well as virtually in their own homes. Most classes are offered live in the classroom as well as via livestream. We hope that even our distance students will be able to enter into the live classroom experience.

We hope that you will find your visit here to be not only informative, but also the first step in getting to know us better.

May Christ be glorified!

In His name,
James M. Renihan, Ph.D.,