MAGS Student Learning Outcomes

(v. 2011)

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) express the intended aim and progress for a student’s learning adventure. Some SLOs are connected to a degree and five are shared program outcomes for all degrees. These objectives appear variously in course syllabi as specific goals appropriate to the course.

When you add artifacts to your Portfolio, connect artifacts specifically to one or more of these Outcomes.  Name the Outcome and provide a rationale in your reflections on the artifact. More information about the overarching practices (S, W, C, M) that inform these outcomes can be found here.

Program Outcome 1: Christian Scriptures

Graduate will have knowledge of the content and theological shape of the Christian Scriptures (W)

a) Comprehends the full range of biblical materials
b) Exercises sound critical exegetical practices
c) Critically evaluates scholarly views and traditional readings and applies them constructively in the interpretation of biblical texts
d) Exhibits theological discernment in the identification, evaluation, and synthesis of fundamental biblical themes

Program Outcome 2: Christian Tradition

Graduate will have knowledge of the major theological content, structures, and procedures of the Christian tradition (W, C)

a) Analyzes and evaluates the key facts of the Christian tradition
b) Synthesizes a coherent understanding of the Gospel and the church’s mission
c) Comprehends the major theological loci of the Christian tradition and their interconnectedness with Christian faith and practice
d) Critically evaluates the fundamental theological differences among major Christian traditions
e) Analyzes and evaluates theological claims, formulations, and expressions in terms of their biblical, historical, philosophical, scientific, moral, and experiential dimensions


Program Outcome 3: Languages

Graduate will demonstrate competency in languages appropriate for their degree


Program Outcome 4: Identity

Graduate will have clarity in professional identity (S, W, C, M)

a) Provides a discerning, coherent accounting of one’s internal and external vocations and motivations to pursue ministry or other related fields
b) Focuses one’s attitudes, behaviors, and disciplines to live in accordance with one’s professional identity
c) Expresses a clear understanding of the relationship between one’s professional identity and the life and mission of the church in the world
d) Honestly and critically evaluates one’s own functioning in a professional role

Program Outcome 5: Communication

Graduate will have facility in critical thinking, analysis, and in oral and written communication (W)

a) Skillfully gathers information, critically analyzing, synthesizing, and applying it
b) Critically analyzes arguments and evaluates claims
c) Applies appropriate methodology in formulating coherent theological proposals
d) In written and oral communication makes clear, concise proposals and constructs coherent arguments
e) In oral and written communication conveys ideas accurately and is consistently understandable in diverse settings and for various audiences

MAGS Outcome 1: Theologically Formed

Graduates will integrate the biblical, historical, and theological perspectives foundational for contemporary Christian practice.  (W, C)

  • Indicator a:  Interprets Scripture and tradition in ways that inform understanding of the theological dimensions of contemporary experience.
  • Indicator b:  Interprets and inhabits the major theological structures, content, and procedures of the Christian tradition.
  • Indicator c:  Practices theology appropriately in contemporary cultural contexts.
MAGS Outcome 2: Missiologically Adept

Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the mission of God and their place within that mission as both individuals and members of the global Church.  (C, M)

  • Indicator a: Narrates and appropriately analyses the church’s history of working within the mission of God.
  • Indicator b:  Demonstrates familiarity with current missiological and global-service challenges and issues.
  • Indicator c: Equips and leads the church in contemporary cultural contexts for missional purposes.
  • Indicator d: Integrates theology, history, anthropology, and methodology in missional practices such as planting and nurturing responsible, reproducing churches.
MAGS Outcome 3: Interculturally Competent

Graduates will be able to live, work, and communicate appropriately in a variety of cultural contexts.  (W, S, C, M)

  • Indicator a:  Interprets contemporary contexts in light of the Christian faith.
  • Indicator b:  Demonstrates the skills and commitments necessary for spiritual maturity as a Christian leader in multicultural settings.