Master of Arts in Theological Studies

This degree has been designed so that the person who has a basic grasp of Bible doctrine may build on that foundation and gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for the greatness of God and His revelation to people. This program examines theology from the viewpoints of what the Bible teaches, a doctrine's historical development, the various denominational formulations of that doctrine, and the various emphases and viewpoints currently held.

Advantages of the Theological Studies Major
• It increases students' understanding of major theological doctrines: their Biblical basis, historical development, and confessional configuration, providing a fundamentalist Baptist frame of reference from which to evaluate these doctrines.
• It strengthens students' awareness of the literature available in the various fields of theological study.
• It provides an exegetical foundation by a careful examination of key Biblical texts so as to create strong doctrinal convictions.
• It develops students' insight on the current theological scene with an increased appreciation for our theological heritage.
• It enables students to research at the graduate level.

Program Goals
Upon successful completion of the M.A. in Theological Studies degree, students should be able to
• demonstrate an understanding of major theological doctrines–their Biblical basis, historical development, and confessional configuration;
• evaluate doctrine from a fundamentalist Baptist frame of reference;
• understand the literature available in the various fields of theological study;
• hold strong doctrinal convictions based on an exegetical foundation by a careful examination of key Biblical texts;
• grasp the current theological scene with an increased appreciation for our theological heritage; and
• accomplish research at the graduate level.

Admission Requirements
A minimum of 30 semester hours of Bible and theology at the undergraduate level, or their equivalent, is required before admission will be granted to the M.A. in Theological Studies program. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is expected in one’s undergraduate work. Students are permitted to transfer a maximum of 12 acceptable graduate credits into this program.

Graduation Requirements
A candidate in the M.A. in Theological Studies program must have completed all courses with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must have completed all requirements pertaining to the degree program. This program requires 36 hours of graduate study, at least 18 of which must be in Theological Studies. In addition to completing all classroom work and degree program requirements, the candidate must have evidenced ability in ministry, solidarity of Christian character, and definiteness of purpose to the satisfaction of the faculty.

M.A. by Module and Online Courses
Students may complete the M.A. in Theological Studies degree in residence, or they may complete the degree without relocating to the Ankeny area by taking only module and online courses. After completing 9 credits, module/online students must apply to a degree program and be assigned a resident faculty advisor. Students who fail to apply to the degree program will not be allowed to put any additional credits toward the degree. Therefore, students should apply to the degree program when or before they reach the nine-credit limit.

Curriculum

B-RE 811 Old Testatment Seminar

 3 hrs.

B-RE 812 New Testament Seminar

 3 hrs.

B-RE 841 Introduction to Biblical Exegesis*

3 hrs.

T-HI 831 History of Fundamentalism

2 hrs.

T-HI 856 Contemporary Christianity 

 2 hrs.

T-SY 841 Theology Seminar**

 3 hrs.

T-SY 882 Theological Research 

1 hr. 

Electives (10 in Theological Studies)

19 hrs.

Total

36 hrs.

Required courses make up 8 hours of theology. Therefore, at least 10 hours must be chosen from other courses in the Theological Studies Department to bring themajor field credits to 18.

*Students may substitute Hermeneutics of they have completed one year of Greek or Hebrew grammar in college or seminary.
**Not required if taking T-SY 811, 812, 821, and 822.

 

 

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