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 the study of theology across various Christian disciplines. The student will gain a Spirit-filled foundation in Bible study, personal spiritual formation, and theology, and will choose an elective concentration of personal interest. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in effective study and lay or professional Christian ministry.

This Master of Arts degree is appropriate for lay ministries and full-time ministries in the areas of pastoral work, missions and outreach, church teaching or curriculum development, and administration. The program may also provide an academic foundation for further graduate training, 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 Successful 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, Jewish Foundations, Practical Ministry, and Theological Studies.

Theology Research Skills (3 units)
GS 501 Theological Research and Writing 3 units
Biblical Studies and Ministry (15 units)
MT 501 Spiritual Formation 3 units
MT 505 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation 3 units
NT 501 Introduction to the New Testament 3 units
OT 501 Introduction to the Old Testament 3 units
Choose 1 of the following
MT 507 Biblical Hermeneutics 3 units
MT 512 Biblical Curriculum Development 3 units
Theology (6 units)
TH 501 Theology 1 3 units
TH 502 Theology 2 3 units
Students choose only one concentration from the options below.
Biblical Studies Concentration (12 units)
Choose 4 of the following courses.
NT 504 The Gospels / The Life of Christ 3 units
NT 524 The Life and Letters of Paul 3 units
OT 502 Historical Geography of Israel 3 units
OT 520 The Pentateuch 3 units
OT 525 The Hebrew Prophets 3 units
Biblical Languages – Old Testament Concentration (14 units)
BL 501 Biblical Hebrew 1 4 units
BL 502 Biblical Hebrew 2 4 units
Choose 2 of the following courses.
BL 506 Intermediate Hebrew 3 units
OT 502 Historical Geography of Israel 3 units
OT 520 The Pentateuch 3 units
OT 525 The Hebrew Prophets 3 units
Biblical Languages – New Testament Concentration (14 units)
BL 503 Biblical Greek 1 4 units
BL 504 Biblical Greek 2 4 units
Choose 2 of the following courses.
BL 508 Intermediate Greek 3 units
NT 504 The Gospels / The Life of Christ 3 units
NT 524 The Life and Letters of Paul 3 units
Jewish Foundations Concentration (12 units)
Choose 4 of the following courses.
JS 501 Exploring Jewish Prayer, Practices, and Thought 3 units
JS 503 Jewish Roots of Christianity 3 units
JS 511 Second Temple Judaism 3 units
NT 512 Jewish Holidays and Traditions 3 units
NT 513 Jewish Background of the Parables 3 units
OT 502 Historical Geography of Israel 3 units
Practical Ministry Concentration (12 units)
Choose 4 of the following courses.
MT 506 Homiletics 3 units
MT 509 Missions and Evangelism 3 units
MT 510 Divine Healing and Miracles 3 units
MT 511 Principles of Spiritual Counsel 3 units
MT 513 Practical Crisis Counseling 3 units
MT 514 Pastoral Counseling for Recovery Restoration 3 units
PL 501 Foundations of Liturgy 3 units
PL 505 Relational Church Planting and Growth 3 units
PL 510 Stewardship and Administration 3 units
PL 512 Church Law 3 units
Theological Studies Concentration (12 units)
CH 502 Readings in Christian Thought 3 units
NT 504 The Gospels / The Life of Christ 3 units
Choose 2 of the following courses.
CH 501 Survey of Church History 3 units
CH 504 Spiritual Outpourings and Revival 3 units
MT 509 Missions and Evangelism 3 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.

Phil Forbes
M.B.A., Phoenix University
Graduate Certificate in Biblical Languages, Shiloh University
M.Div., Shiloh University
Th.M., South Africa Theological Seminary
Teaches: Biblical Studies, Ministry Practice
Lisa A. Runquist
B.A. in Philosophy, Hamline University
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
Teaches: Nonprofit Law
Terry L. Tuinder
B.A. in Bible, New Hope Christian College
M.Div, D.Min., The King’s University
Teaches: Biblical Studies, Ministry
Kerry Wood
B.A. in Christian Ministry, Southwestern Assemblies of God University
M.A. in Biblical Literature, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
M.Div., D.Min., The King’s University
Teaches: Theology and Ministry

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.