Master of Arts
The Master of Arts degree is a 60 credit program that can be completed in two years and offers rigorous academic theological preparation if you wish to enrich your ministry, but do not require full pastoral training. This degree is also ideal if you have already completed the M.Div. degree and desire further in-depth theological study.
The sixty credit Master of Arts degree is designed for students interested in the study of the biblical text at a graduate level. Students will begin with a foundation of Introductory courses in both Old and New Testament. Under the direction of a faculty advisor, students will enroll in a range of elective courses designed to meet the needs of each individual student. The capstone of the degree is either a Master's Thesis or a Master's Project. Alumni of this program have utilized their degrees for further graduate study (Ph.D.), teaching in a church or Christian school setting, teaching and preaching in Christian traditions that do not require a M. Div, or for personal enrichment.
PASTORAL CARE AND COUNSELING
The MA with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling is a rigorous emersion in the discipline of pasotral care and counseling. The student will be introduced to thinkers and methods pertinent to the practie of ministry. This content will inform the final product of either a research project of a thesis paper. Those who complete the research project will have the opportunity to refine or develop practical skills for the practice of specialized ministry. Those who complete a thesis will be provided with an opportunity to develop ideas and theoretical constructs in preparation for furher graduate studies.
HISTORICAL AND CONSTRUCTIVE THEOLOGY
The Master of Arts with a concentration in Historical and Constructive Theology is intended for students who want to deepen their knowledge and skill as interpreters of the Christian tradition. In the spirit of “faith seeking understanding,” the coursework provides a thorough introduction to the history of Christian thought, literature and institutions, as well as to the discipline of reasoned reflection on the truths of the Christian faith. Each student also has an opportunity to explore chosen topics in depth, and each produces a substantial piece of original research in the form of a thesis.
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