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Master of Arts in the Third Age Senior Christian Education

42 credit /2-3 years

Program Descriptions

The Master of Arts in the Third Age Senior Christian Education is a 42-credit hour program designed for those who desire advanced training on a graduate level to enhance their expertise of Senior Studies and Ministry. The core of the program is to educate students to evaluate and practice their life in terms of God’s covenant where the senior periods in the whole life, the thrid Period of life, is the golden age in life to complete their life before God. 

This program gives both seniors and professionals a Christian view of seniors, a practical, comprehensive understanding of health, social and financial issues that are important to many older adults, including ethical issues specific to aging. The course offers evidence-supported knowledge with many real-world examples, tips, tools, and resources. As a result, professionals are uniquely prepared to help themselves and older adults develop their identity and navigate the new, complex and changing needs of their later years. 

Program Objective and Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the old aged senior in terms of God’s covenant and calling to its fulfillment.  

  2. Review development theory to adult education instruction, courses, and programs through collecting and organizing appropriate data of senior education 

  3. Helping students to have a clear view of their life and mission through every phase of life.     

  4. Assess diverse individual Senior learner needs and aspirations and identifying appropriate learning experiences.

  5. Transform senior through analyzing and interpreting their minds and behavior .

  6. Employ models as a tool in senior education to bring theories into daily practice by utilizing a broad repertoire of instructional strategies.

  7. Evaluate educational research of senior critically and participate in the research community.

  8. Synthesize learning with practice by planning, implementing and evaluating senior education instruction, courses, and programs in local churches. 

  9. Address and practice spiritual challenges through a framework that forms God’s standards that are shaped by their belief in life, faith and ministry. ​

Admission Requirements

The Admissions Committee will review all submitted information. Any student seeking admission to the Master of Arts in the Third Age Senior Christian Education program must possess an accredited Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent and a grade point average of 2.5 on all previous post-secondary credits to be admitted on other than a probationary status. Whenever deemed necessary, the Admissions Committee or the Admissions Office may also request an interview with the candidate for a final acceptance approval.


  1. Application form.

  2. Non-refundable application fee(100$). 

  3. Copy of Official transcripts, showing all courses pursued, grades received, and degrees earned, and indicating a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.

  4. A certified copy of the applicant’s bachelor's degree from a college, university or seminary.

  5. Signed GCS Release and Assignment Form 

  6. Signed GCS Student Disclosure Agreement Form 

  7. One letter of recommendation from the applicant’s pastor or an ordained minister and one  letter from  professor. 

  8. A valid government-issued ID (Driver’s License, passport, etc.) 

Suggested Progress Plan

(42 Credit Hours Required)

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