Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
Degree Requirement: 60 Credit Hours
The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) program provides a knowledge-base in the discipline of student's choice. This program will acquaint students with the work of major contributors to biblical and theological studies, and provide knowledge of the major issues currently being addressed in the field.
Course work is designed to ground students in the evangelical position, so that they have a framework of faith and knowledge within which to face the diverse proposals that will be encountered as they proceed to further study. The program develops research ability, fostering the basic orientation and skills necessary for doctoral research work. Prerequisites and requirements ensure that students can study the biblical text in the original languages in most of the biblical studies courses.
The M.A. with a major in Biblical Theology focuses on a specific area of biblical study in preparation for a teaching ministry or doctoral research. Students may choose an Old Testament or a New Testament track. This program is not intended to prepare students for pastoral ministry or to seek ordination.
The M.A. with a major in Systematic Theology provides extensive training in theological thinking and practice. It is designed to prepare students for a teaching ministry or for doctoral research in a theological area. It is not intended to train students adequately for pastoral ministry or for ordination.
Graduates are employed in churches, para-church organizations, Christian higher education, and other ministries.