The Master of Arts in Theological and Cultural Anthropology at Eastern University is a flexible online program that prepares students to work and minister at the intersection of faith and culture.  Our graduates work in social services, cross-cultural mission, education (teaching), and church ministry; and they go on to seminary and to doctoral studies in anthropology.  The program provides a set of core classes in the best anthropology and theology, and can be tailored to students' interests, with electives in education, business, biblical studies, theology, ethics, missiology, leadership, linguistics, spiritual formation, and more.

Program Details

Stephanie Oelrich
“I chose Eastern because this was the only program in the country integrating faith with anthropology. The professors at Eastern take the time to listen, discuss, and mentor. Learning here is not simply gaining knowledge, it is digging deep into who you are, what you believe, and what you are going to do with that knowledge. Theology and anthropology are a natural pairing because they both deal with people and why people are the way they are.”

Stephanie Oelrich, MA '17

Skills developed by this program:

  1. The ability to do ethnographic research and writing for government, business, and church agencies working internationally and at home. 

  2. The ability to write and publish scholarly work that expands anthropology’s understanding of humanity to include a faith-based perspective.

  3. The ability to plan and implement a wide variety of programs in which people from various cultural backgrounds work together, and/or services are provided that take culture into account.

Learn More: Why Eastern?

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Arts in Theological and Cultural Anthropology is to educate and train students in the knowledge, teaching, and practice of a Christian approach to anthropology.  Students in the program will engage interactively with both theological and scientific anthropologies, developing holistic conceptions of people and cultures.  New paradigms emerging from this engagement will enrich the larger field of secular anthropology, advance work being done by Christians in various ministry capacities, and facilitate deeper levels of cross-cultural communication and interaction wherever the work is disseminated.