I will start by saying that my ultimate educational goal is to be able to teach at a Biblical Seminary, be it in the US, Canada, South Africa, England, India ... wherever God leads me. The above said, I am having a very, very hard time deciding on which masters degree program to enroll in as I cannot seem to find out which degrees are most respected in academic circles. I was accepted into an RA (no ATS) M.Div program but have no desire to ever be a pastor, so I don't think an M.Div makes all that much sense for me. I was also accepted into an RA/ATS accredited M.A. program which I think makes a lot of sense but they have a strange requirement that I must pass a language test in German or French and I am clueless in both languages and have no desire to learn either one as I don't think either has anything to do with my educational goals or chosen career path. Of the above two options I tend to lean towards enrolling in the M.A. as I can earn the degree faster and spend less and because it's ATS accredited as opposed to only RA accredited ... and I imagine if I cram real hard I can pass a language test, at least I hope so ... BUT ... am I underestimating just how difficult a language test will be and am I overestimating the importance of an ATS accredited degree as RA accreditation is considered the gold standard anyways? The other option and one that definitely appeals to me is simply earning either a M.A.T.S, M.R.E. or M.A.R. ... but ... I have no idea how these degrees are viewed by seminarys in regards to offers of employment. What I mean is, even though the M.R.E. is 60 credits as opposed to a mere 30 credit M.A., isn't the M.A. looked upon more favorably by seminarys looking for profs than an M.R.E.? Basically I need to know what the reputation and overall perception of the following degrees are from seminarys looking to hire new profs: M.A. : I'm assuming this is best in academia M.Div: I'm assuming this is 2nd best in academia M.A.T.S.: I have no idea how this degree is viewed in academia M.A.R.: I have no idea how this degree is viewed in academia M.R.E.: I have no idea how this degree is viewed in academia In summary, I want to one day be a seminary prof and I can enroll in and earn either an M.A., M.A.T.S., M.R.E., M.A.R. or M.Div and want to choose the one that will be best received by seminarys looking to hire a new prof. The M.A. is both RA and ATS accredited while all the others are ONLY RA accredited, however the MA is the cheapest but has a language requirement I'm not sure I can pass. The M.A.T.S. would be the easiest and fastest degree to complete for me I believe and I'd rather therefore earn that than the M.R.E. or M.A.R. UNLESS the M.R.E. or M.A.R. would be better received by seminarys looking to hire ... PLEASE HELP!