The mood of the first class of UTS at the Clinton Maryland satellite center was upbeat and veering toward the heights of optimism at its first convocation on Monday, Sept. 28th. The celebration began with prayer of blessing offered by Bishop David Billings, presiding Bishop, United Fellowship of Churches International and UTS Board of Trustees member.

The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) provides an overview of enrollment, students, faculty, and finances at member schools. Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) is not yet a member of ATS, but our presidents and administrative staff have been welcomed at several ATS conferences over the last 15 years.

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The M.A. in Religious Studies is a broad-based degree program for students who seek to integrate their faith with knowledge of religions and their impact on society, and who may be seeking to equip themselves for a variety of ministries, especially for the task of building peace among religions and cultures or for non-profit leadership.

The program prepares students for a wide variety of positions and jobs. These include church lay leadership; peace-building and social service ministries in churches, faith communities and non-profits; work in interfaith ministries; as more effective witnesses for their faith in today's multi-faith environment; management positions in churches and non-profit organizations; teaching religion in an academic setting and for those who wish to pursue further graduate work in religion. The MA in Religious Studies is also the base degree for interfaith chaplaincy.

The program's foundation courses provide a theological and intercultural understanding in several religious traditions with focused examination on the nexus of religion and peacebuilding. They are supported by a co-curriculum promoting personal spiritual formation in the context of religious diversity. Two professional concentrations: (1) Interfaith Peacebuilding and (2) Non-profit Leadership provide practical skills and experiential learning for ministry, and two academic concentrations: (3) Unification Studies and (4) Theological Studies provide for focused study in a field of theological inquiry.

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