Master of Arts (Academic Tracks)

The Master of Arts (Academic Tracks) program is for students who desire to study the Word of God and want to enhance their awareness of how they are a part of the mission of God in bringing righteousness, justice, and peace to the world. Students may choose from two tracks: Missional Theology or Biblical Studies.

MA Theology/Bible students unpack how the character of God is progressively revealed in the biblical story that eventually presents us the good news of the Gospel. They examine how a holy God pursues relationship with unholy creatures, to reconcile fellowship, transform the ungodly, and restore the broken and disfigured; and they see that this is the mission to which He calls us, as well.

Our entire curriculum is used to train in missional leadership, understand God’s word from a Christotelic perspective, and instruct in a way that encourages students to go and be the message of God to a hurting culture. While our approach to the Bible and theology is practical and will equip you for real life ministry, this MA is a great program for students who desire to pursue further academic study in the Bible or theology.

Why a Master of Arts

The MA Missional Theology track program will enable students to understand the mission of God in the world and their place in it. The program is designed to provide graduate theological study for men and women desiring to strengthen their spiritual basis for life and work whether in a secular career ministry or in a church ministry. This 48-credit MA rigorously engages students in the theological and cultural ideas of our day, from a biblically missional perspective. Students will learn the key persons, ideas, and movements in the history of theology and the Christian tradition, along with their significance today

Our MA Biblical Studies track program provides in-depth studies of the Bible, in the original languages, from a missional perspective. Students focus on the Old Testament or the New Testament to fulfill the 48 credits of the program. The degree offers each student the opportunity to interact and dialogue with both faculty and fellow students in the program, enhancing both intellectual and vocational growth.

Available tracks and curriculum

Core Courses

Foundations
World Christian History 1
Hermeneutics
Reading the OT Missionally
Reading the NT Missionally
Theology 1
Theology 2
Christianity and World Religions
Thesis

Track Courses

Theology 3
World Christian History 2
World Christian History 3
Formation and Mission
Specialization Electives (9 credits)


Notes regarding the program:

Missional Theology track students must take Formation and Mission within the first year (and preferably within the first nine credits). All students must pass the Bible Knowledge exam to qualify for graduation.


Total Required Credits - 48

Core Courses

Foundations
World Christian History 1
Hermeneutics
Reading the OT Missionally
Reading the NT Missionally
Theology 1
Theology 2
Christianity and World Religions
Thesis

Track Courses

Biblical Hebrew 1 or Biblical Greek 1
Biblical Hebrew 2 or Biblical Greek 2
Pentateuch or Gospels Book Study
Wisdom or Pauline Epistles Book Study
Prophets or General Epistles Book Study
Specialization Electives (6 credits)


Notes regarding the program:

Each student’s choice of an Old Testament or New Testament focus determines which set of track courses they’ll take. All students must pass the Bible Knowledge exam to qualify for graduation.


Total Required Credits - 48

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