Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Master of Arts in Theological Studies
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Focused on practical theology as expressed in biblical study and Christian ministry.

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree provides the student with a practical approach to theological study across various Christian disciplines. The student will gain a solid foundation for biblical study and spiritual growth, and will choose an elective concentration of personal interest. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance the student’s effective study and Christian ministry.

This Master of Arts degree is appropriate for lay or professional ministries engaged in pastoral work, missions and outreach, teaching ministry, or administration. The program may also provide an academic foundation for further graduate training and ministry credentials, or for transitioning from lay to professional ministry.

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The Master of Arts in Theological Studies Program Seeks to

  • Provide students with a biblical and theological foundation for ministry.
  • Develop research and analytical skills for ongoing biblical and theological studies.
  • Develop communication skills necessary for the ministry.
  • Assist students in developing a biblical worldview and lifestyle.
  • Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, growth, and ministry.

Upon Completion, You Will Be Able To

  • Develop biblical and theological foundations to equip the student to serve in Christian ministry.
  • Understand and practice disciplines to develop spiritual character.
  • Utilize research methods to study and apply Christian truths in lay or full-time ministry settings.
  • Demonstrate through research and writing projects the ability to apply the Word of God practically in the student’s area of ministry.
  • Cultivate attitudes and skills to serve in a variety of Christian contexts, including the local church and para-church ministries.
  • Engage in research and studies beyond the Master of Arts degree.

Course of Study

The MA in Theological Studies is a two-year program consisting of 36 units (semester hours). 24 units of core courses and 12 units of electives. Elective concentrations include Biblical Studies, Biblical Languages – OT, Biblical Languages – NT, Practical Ministry, and Theological Studies.

Theology Research Skills (3 units)
GS 501Theological Research and Writing3 units
Biblical Studies and Ministry (15 units)
MT 501Spiritual Formation3 units
MT 505Introduction to Biblical Interpretation3 units
NT 501Introduction to the New Testament3 units
OT 501Introduction to the Old Testament3 units
 
Choose 1 of the following
MT 507Biblical Hermeneutics3 units
MT 512Biblical Curriculum Development3 units
Theology (6 units)
TH 501Theology 13 units
TH 502Theology 23 units

Students choose only one concentration from the options below.
Biblical Studies Concentration (12 units)
Choose 4 of the following 6 courses.
NT 504The Gospels / The Life of Christ3 units
NT 507The Acts of the Apostles3 units
NT 524The Life and Letters of Paul3 units
OT 502Historical Geography of Israel3 units
OT 520The Pentateuch3 units
OT 525The Hebrew Prophets3 units
Biblical Languages – Old Testament Concentration (14 units)
BL 501Biblical Hebrew 14 units
BL 502Biblical Hebrew 24 units
Choose 2 of the following 3 courses.
OT 502Historical Geography of Israel3 units
OT 520The Pentateuch3 units
OT 525The Hebrew Prophets3 units
Biblical Languages – New Testament Concentration (14 units)
BL 503Biblical Greek 14 units
BL 504Biblical Greek 24 units
Choose 2 of the following 3 courses.
NT 504The Gospels / The Life of Christ3 units
NT 507The Acts of the Apostles3 units
NT 524The Life and Letters of Paul3 units
Jewish Roots Concentration (12 units)
NT 512Jewish Holidays and Traditions3 units
NT 513Jewish Background of the Parables3 units
NT 514Jewish Roots of Christianity3 units
OT 502Historical Geography of Israel3 units
Practical Ministry Concentration (12 units)
Choose 4 of the following 7 courses.
MT 506Homiletics3 units
MT 509Missions and Evangelism3 units
MT 510Divine Healing and Miracles3 units
MT 511Principles of Spiritual Counsel3 units
MT 513Practical Crisis Counseling3 units
PL 501Foundations of Liturgy3 units
PL 510Stewardship and Administration3 units
PL 512Church Law3 units
Theological Studies Concentration (12 units)
CH 502Readings in Christian Thought3 units
NT 504The Gospels / The Life of Christ3 units
Choose 2 of the following 3 courses.
CH 501Survey of Church History3 units
CH 504Spiritual Outpourings and Revival3 units
MT 509Missions and Evangelism3 units

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Graduate degree courses typically require from 10 to 12 hours per week for a 3-unit course. Some students may require more (or less) time depending on the subject being studied.

Faculty

Here are a few of the faculty members teaching in the MA program. View all faculty bios.

Faculty: Dale Buffington - D.Min.
Dale Buffington
M.Div., Oral Roberts University
D.Min., The King’s University
Faculty: Lisa Runquist - J.D.
Lisa Runquist
B.A. in Philosophy, Hamline University
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School

Faculty: Lars Kierspel - Ph.D.
Lars Kierspel
M.Div., Freie Theologische Akademie, Giessen (Germany)
Th.M., Covenant Theological Seminary
Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Faculty: Terry Tuinder - Ph.D.
Terry Tuinder
B.A. in Bible, New Hope Christian College
M.Div., The King’s University
D.Min., The King’s University
Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Marquette University

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the MA degree in Theological Studies the student will:

  • Complete the minimum number of units required.
  • Complete and pass all the courses in the degree program.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.