Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity Degreethe standard seminaryprogram for preparing God-called individuals to serve Him as pastors,missionaries, teachers, and other leaders in vocational church ministry.This program admits students with diverse college backgrounds. Universitygraduates, liberal arts college graduates, and Bible college graduates are allencouraged to apply.
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program is Students are permitted to transfer a maximum of 60acceptable credits into the M.Div. program.

Advantages of the Master of Divinity Program
• It gives students a basic foundation in their understanding of Scripture.
• It helps students develop personal convictions regarding the doctrinalteaching of the Word of God.
• It encourages students to mature in their daily walk with the Lordand to increase in their love for the Scriptures.
• It helps students develop qualities of Christian character, leadership,and worldwide vision.
• It equips them to be able expositors of Scripture.
• It develops within them a love for people, especially those to whomthey shall minister.

Graduation Requirements
Candidates must have completed at least 96 semester hours (including all requirements pertaining to the degree) with a cumulative grade pointaverage of 3.0. In addition to completing all classroom work, candidatesmust have evidenced ability in ministry, solidarity of Christian character,definiteness of purpose, and firm doctrinal convictions to the satisfactionof the faculty. Candidates should provide such evidence during their seniorinterviews, which are based on the accumulated contents of theirassessment portfolios.

Contents of the Student Assessment Portfolios
• Christian Service Evaluations.Pastors will evaluate the Christianservice experiences of students every year.
• Student Perceptions and Ministry Aspirations Assessment. Thisassessment is completed during the annual Assessment Day of thestudents first and final years. The Student Perceptions Assessmentdeals with seminary culture issues and provides data for institutionaldecision makers. This part of the assessment is taken anonymously,
and it is not placed in the students' portfolios. The MinistryAspirations Assessment gives some indication concerning studentaffective competencies, and it is placed in the students' portfolios.
• Ministry Case Study Exam. All second-year students take this testduring the annual Assessment Day. It assesses behavioral aptitudes,and its answers are placed in the students' portfolios.
• Ministry Internship Assessment. All M.Div. students complete therequisite ministry internship/apprenticeship after the conclusion of theirfourth semester of study. The chair of the Pastoral Studies Departmentoversees the internships. A letter of evaluation is generated by the hostpastor and is included in the portfolios.
• Senior Sermon. Seniors preach a sermon in seminary chapel during thefall or spring of their senior year. These sermons are video-recorded, andthe professor of homiletics fills out an evaluation form. This componentassesses the specific behavioral aptitude of homiletic skill. The videorecordings and evaluations are placed in the students' portfolios.
• Theology Paper. Students will choose one of their theology papers tobe placed in their portfolios.
• Biblical Languages Exam. M.Div. seniors complete the Biblicallanguages exam on Assessment Day. This assessment tool tests thespecific cognitive ability of language acumen. Scores are placed in theportfolios.
• Cognitive Exam. M.Div. seniors complete the cognitive exam duringtheir final semester on the annual Assessment Day. The exam assessescognitive ability in the areas of Biblical, pastoral, and theological studies.

Master of Divinity Curriculum
Junior Year (First Year)

B-AN 815 Greek Grammar I*

2 hrs.

B-AN 816 Greek Grammar II*

2 hrs.

B-RE 811 Old Testament Seminar

3 hrs.

B-RE 812 New Testament Semina0r

3 hrs.

T-SY 811 Systematic Theology I

3 hrs.

T-SY 812 Systematic Theology II

3 hrs.

T-HI 821 Church History I

3 hrs.

T-HI 822 Church History II 

3 hrs.

T-HI 831 History of Fundamentalism 

2 hrs.

T-HI 856 Contemporary Christianity 

2 hrs.

M-PT 831 Church Evangelism

2 hrs.

M-PT 845 Introduction to Biblical Counseling

2 hrs.

 

Total 30 hrs.



*Those who have had Greek Grammar I and II may take Greek Exegesis I and II in their first yearor two-hour electives.

Middler Year (Second Year)

B-AN 812 First Corinthians   

2 hrs.

B-AN 814 Pastoral Epistles

2 hrs.

B-AN 817 Greek Exegesis I*

2 hrs.

B-AN 818 Greek Exegesis II

2 hrs.

B-AN 819 Greek Exegesis III*

2 hrs.

B-AN 820 Greek Exegesis IV

2 hrs.

B-AN 825 Hebrew Grammar I

3 hrs.

B-AN 826 Hebrew Grammar II 

3 hrs.

B-RE 882 Advanced Hermeneutics

2 hrs.

M-PT 801 Homiletics I

3 hrs.

M-PT 802 Homiletics II

3 hrs.

M-PT 811 Theology of Missions**

2 hrs.

M-PT 832 Church Planting 

2 hrs.

M-PT 835 Church Administration

2 hrs.

 

Total 32 hrs.



* Those who have had Greek Exegesis I and II may take two-hour electives.
** Or Theological Issues in Missions (M-PT 810)

Senior Year (Third Year)

B-AN 855 Hebrew Exegesis I      

2 hrs.

B-AN 856 Hebrew Exegesis II

2 hrs.

T-SY 821 Systematic Theology III

3 hrs.

T-SY 822 Systematic Theology IV

3 hrs.

M-PT 800 Ministry Apprenticeship*

2 hrs.

M-PT 803 Preaching Seminar I

3 hrs.

M-PT 804 Preaching Seminar II

3 hrs.

M-PT 812 Pastoral Theology

2 hrs.

Biblical Counseling Elective

2 hrs.

Electives**

12 hrs.

 

Total 34 hrs.



*The apprenticeship (M-PT 800) may be taken any time after the middler year and will be creditedto the spring semester of the senior year.
**Those who have not previously had a course in the history of Baptist faith and practice arerequired to include T-HI 857 in their M.Div. program.

Master of Arts in Theological Studies

This degree has been designed so that the person who has a basic graspof Bible doctrine may build on that foundation and gain a greaterunderstanding of and appreciation for the greatness of God and Hisrevelation to man. This program examines theology from the viewpointsof what the Bible teaches, a doctrine's historical development, the variousdenominational formulations of that doctrine, and the various emphasesand viewpoints currently held.

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

Theological Studies Major Curriculum

B-RE 841 Introduction to Biblical Exegesis*

2 hrs.

T-SY 841 Theology Seminar**

3 hrs.

T-HI 831 History of Fundamentalism

2 hrs.

Electives (15 in Theological Studies)

29 hrs.

Total

36 hrs.



*This course is not required for those with at least one year of Greek or Hebrew in college orseminary. In such cases, an elective is substituted.
**Not required if taking T-SY 811, 812, 821, and 822.

Required courses make up 3 hours of theology. Therefore, at least 15 hoursmust be chosen from any of the following courses in order to bring themajor field credits to 18. Although a concentration is not required,students may elect to concentrate their course selections in any one of thefollowing areas of theology:

Systematic Theology Emphasis

T-SY 811 Systematic Theology I  

3

T-SY 812 Systematic Theology II

3

T-SY 821 Systematic Theology III

3

T-SY 822 Systematic Theology IV

3

T-SY 881 Current Theological Trends

3


Advanced Theology Emphasis
(Some courses may not be offered every year.)

T-SY 852 Advanced Bibliology  

3

T-SY 854 Advanced Christology

3

T-SY 856 Advanced Theology Proper

3

T-SY 858 Advanced Pneumatology

3

T-SY 860 Advanced Soteriology 

3



Theological Systems Emphasis
(Some courses may not be offered every year.)

T-SY 816 Lutheran Theology   

3

T-SY 851 Dispensational Theology

3

T-SY 855 Wesleyan Theology

3

T-SY 857 Roman Catholic Theology

3

T-SY 863 Law and Grace

3

T-SY 867 Baptist Theology

3

T-SY 869 Reformed Theology

3

T-SY 872 Orthodox Theology 

3

T-SY 873 Pentecostal Theology

3


Historical Theology Emphasis
(Some courses may not be offered every year.)

T-HI 805 Early Christian Theology  

3

T-HI 809 Christianity & the Roman Empire

3

T-HI 817 History of the Reformation

3

T-HI 821 Church History I

3

T-HI 822 Church History II 

3

T-HI 832 Contemporary Christianity

2

T-HI 835 Puritan Reformation

2

T-HI 857 History of Baptist Faith and Practice

2



Admission Requirements
A minimum of 30 semester hours of Bible and Theology at theundergraduate level, or their equivalent, is required before admission willbe granted to the Master of Arts in Theological Studies program. A grade pointaverage of 3.0 or higher is expected in one's undergraduate work. (ThisBible/Theology background is not required for admission to the Master ofArts in Religion or Master of Divinity programs.)Students are permitted totransfer a maximum of 12 acceptable credits into this M.A. program.

Graduation Requirements
A candidate in any of the Master of Arts in Theological Studies programmust have completed all courseswith a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must havecompleted all requirements pertaining to the degree program. This M.A.program requires 36 hours of graduate study, at least 18 of which must bein the major field. (The M.A.R. requires only 32 hours.) In addition tocompleting all classroom work and degree program requirements, thecandidate must have evidenced ability in ministry, solidarity of Christiancharacter, and definiteness of purpose to the satisfaction of the faculty.

M.A. by Modules
Students my complete the Master of Arts in Theological Studies programin residence, or they may complete thedegree without relocating to the Ankeny area by attending only modularcourses. Students who complete the degree by modules must take at leastthree modules that are taught by members of the resident faculty. Aftercompleting 9 credits, module students must apply to a degree program andbe assigned a resident faculty advisor. Students who fail to apply to adegree program will not be allowed to put any additional credits (i.e.,beyond the nine-credit limit) toward any degree program. It is in the bestinterest of the students, therefore, to apply to a degree program when orbefore the nine-credit limit is reached.

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies

This degree offers advanced work for graduates of accredited Bible colleges.The purpose of the program is to build upon the education of those whohave already taken a college major in Pastoral Studies and related Biblicalsubjects. It stresses the importance of the application of material gained onthe undergraduate level.

Advantages of the Pastoral Studies Major
• It relates theology to the practice of pastoral ministry in anintegrative program primarily within the context of the local church.
• It helps the student develop professional skills for pastoral ministryand relate the Christian faith to the problems of society.
• It develops within students a higher level of competency in the ministrythan that which is normally attained on the undergraduate level.
• It strengthens the personal disciplines needed in discharging pastoralresponsibilities.
• It develops the abilities of the student to communicate the messageof God by word and by life.

Admission Requirements
A minimum of 30 semester hours of Bible and Theology at theundergraduate level, or their equivalent, is required before admission willbe granted to the Master of Arts inPastoral Studies program. A grade pointaverage of 3.0 or higher is expected in one's undergraduate work. (ThisBible/Theology background is not required for admission to the Master ofArts in Religion or Master of Divinity degree programs.)At least 2 semesters of homiletics and an apprenticeship program shouldnormally have been a part of the undergraduate experience for those enteringthis program. This requirement maybe waived, at the discretion of the seminary faculty, for those who have atleast one year of full-time pastoral experience. Students are permitted totransfer a maximum of 12 acceptable credits into this program.

Graduation Requirements
A candidate in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies programmust have completed all courseswith a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must havecompleted all requirements pertaining to the degree program. The degree requires 36 hours of graduate study, at least 18 of which must bein the major field. (The M.A.R. requires only 32 hours.) In addition tocompleting all classroom work and degree program requirements, thecandidate must have evidenced ability in ministry, solidarity of Christiancharacter, and definiteness of purpose to the satisfaction of the faculty.

M.A. by Modules
Students my complete the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program in residence, or they may complete thisdegree without relocating to the Ankeny area by attending only modularcourses. Students who complete thisdegree by modules must take at leastthree modules that are taught by members of the resident faculty. Aftercompleting 9 credits, module students must apply to a degree program andbe assigned a resident faculty advisor. Students who fail to apply to adegree program will not be allowed to put any additional credits (i.e.,beyond the nine-credit limit) toward any degree program. It is in the bestinterest of the students, therefore, to apply to a degree program when orbefore the nine-credit limit is reached.

Pastoral Studies Major Curriculum

B-RE 841 Introduction to Biblical Exegesis*        

2 hrs.

T-HI 831 History of Fundamentalism

2 hrs.

M-PT 800 Ministry Apprenticeship

2 hrs.

M-PT 812 Pastoral Theology

3 hrs.

Electives (13 in Pastoral Studies)

27 hrs.

 

Total 36 hrs.



*This course is not required for those with at least one year of Greek or Hebrew in college orseminary. In such cases, an elective is substituted.

Required courses make up 5 hours of Pastoral Studies. Therefore, at least13 hours must be chosen from any of the following courses in order tobring the major field credits to 18. Although a concentration is notrequired, students may elect to concentrate their course selections in anyone of the following areas of Pastoral Studies:

Preaching Emphasis
(Some courses may not be offered every year.)

M-PT 801 Homiletics I* 

3

M-PT 802 Homiletics II*

3

M-PT 803, 804 Preaching Seminar I, II

3, 3

M-PT 853, 854 Directed Study in Preaching I, II

3, 3


*Required for those who did not have homiletics in college.

Pastoral Theology Emphasis
(Some courses may not be offered every year.)

M-PT 835 Church Administration   

3

M-PT 851, 852 Directed Study in PastoralTheology I, II

2, 2

M-PT 881 Biblical Principles of Leadership

3

Church Ministry Emphasis
(Some courses may not be offered every year.)

M-PT 810 Theological Issues in Missions

2

M-PT 811 Theology of Missions

2

M-PT 831 Church Evangelism

2

M-PT 832 Church Planting

3

M-PT 837 Ministry of Teaching

3

M-PT 861 Developing and Leading a Local

 

       Church Educational Program

2

M-PT 864 Contemporary Issues inYouth Ministry

2


Counseling Emphasis
(Some courses may not be offered every year.)

M-PT 845 Introduction to Biblical Counseling

2

M-PT 847 Issues in Biblical Counseling I

2

M-PT 849 Issues in Biblical Counseling II

2

M-PT 872 Counseling Problems andCase Studies

2

M-PT 873 Counseling the Suffering

2

M-PT 874 Marriage Counseling Problemsand

 
        Case Studies 2

Master of Arts in Religion

The Master of Arts in Religion degree is designed for the liberal arts college graduate who does not have a strong background in Bible and theology. This degree gives student as better understanding of the Scripture to aid them in their service for Christ as lay leaders in their churches. Students are permitted to transfer a maximum of six acceptable credits into the M.A.R. program.

M.A.R. by Modules
Students may complete the M.A.R. in residence, or they may complete theM.A.R. without relocating to the Ankeny area by attending only modularcourses. Students who complete the M.A.R. by modules must take at leastthree modules that are taught by members of the resident faculty. Aftercompleting nine credits, module students must apply to a degree programand be assigned a resident faculty advisor. Students who fail to apply to adegree program will not be allowed to put any additional credits (i.e.,beyond the nine-credit limit) toward any degree program. It is in the bestinterest of the students, therefore, to apply to a degree program when orbefore the nine-credit limit is reached.

Advantages
The Master of Arts in Religion degree allows students to personalize theirown program by choosing several elective classes from ministry courses aswell as Bible and Theology courses.

Master of Arts in Religion Curriculum

B-AN 812 First Corinthians   

2 hrs.

B-AN 814 Pastoral Epistles

2 hrs.

B-RE 811 Old Testament Seminar

3 hrs.

B-RE 812 New Testament Seminar

3 hrs.

B-RE 841 Intro to Biblical Exegesis*

2 hrs.

T-SY 841 Theology Seminar 

3 hrs.

T-HI 831 History of Fundamentalism

2 hrs.

T-HI 856 Contemporary Christianity

2 hrs.

Electives

13 hrs.

Total

32 hrs.


*This course is not required for those with at least one year of Greek or Hebrew in college orseminary. In such cases, an elective course is substituted.

Graduation Requirements
A candidate in the M.A.R. program must have completed 32 hours ofgraduate study (including all requirements pertaining to the degree) with acumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. In addition to completing allclassroom work and degree program requirements, the candidate must have evidenced solidarity of Christian character to the satisfaction of the faculty.

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

This degree is designed for teachers, missionaries, and church workersholding Bible college degrees who sense the need for a year of spiritual andmental refreshment and a deeper study of the Scriptures.

Advantages of the Biblical Studies Major
• It increases students' knowledge of the Bible.
• It enhances their ability to use the study tools so they can do exegesisin both Testaments.
• It raises their confidence in their ability to do research and to trustthe validity of their findings.
• It increases their ability to teach at the upper levels.

Biblical Studies Major Curriculum

B-RE 811 Old Testament Seminar

3 hrs.

B-RE 812 New Testament Seminar

3 hrs.

B-RE 841 Introduction to Biblical Exegesis*

2 hrs.

T-HI 831 History of Fundamentalism

2 hrs.

Electives (10 in Biblical Studies)

26 hrs.

 

Total 36 hrs.


*This course is not required for those with at least one year of Greek or Hebrew in college orseminary. In such cases, an additional Biblical Studies elective is substituted.
Required courses make up 8 hours of Biblical Studies. Therefore, 10 hoursmust be chosen from any of the following courses in order to bring themajor field credits to 18. Although a concentration is not required,students may elect to concentrate their course selection in any one of thefollowing areas of Biblical Studies:
Biblical Languages Emphasis
(Some courses may not be offered every year)

B-AN 815, 816 Greek Grammar I & II

2, 2

B-AN 817-822 Greek Exegesis I, II, III, IV, V, VI

2 each

B-AN 825, 826 Hebrew Grammar I & II

3, 3

B-AN 855-860 Hebrew Exegesis I, II, III, IV, V, VI

2 each

B-AN 880 Advanced Greek Exegesis

3

B-AN 881 Advanced Hebrew Exegesis

3

B-RE 880 Advanced Seminar in Semitic

Languages: Aramaic

3


English Bible Exposition Emphasis
(Some courses may not be offered every year and additional courses maybe offered through modules.)

B-AN 810 Job

3

B-AN 811 Romans

3

B-AN 812 First Corinthians

2

B-AN 814 Pastoral Epistles

2

B-AN 827 The Passion Week of Jesus

2

B-AN 847 Hebrews

2

B-AN 848 John

2

B-AN 850 The Synoptic Gospels

3

B-AN 851 Second Corinthians

2

B-AN 854 Daniel

2

B-AN 862 Genesis (Creation and Catastrophism)

2

B-AN 870 Acts

2

B-AN 871 Zechariah

2

 

Admission Requirements
A minimum of 30 semester hours of Bible and Theology at theundergraduate level, or their equivalent, is required before admission willbe granted to the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program. A grade pointaverage of 3.0 or higher is expected in one's undergraduate work. (ThisBible/Theology background is not required for admission to the Master ofArts in Religion or Master of Divinity programs.)Students are permitted totransfer a maximum of 12 acceptable credits into the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program.

Graduation Requirements
A candidate in the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies programmust have completed all courseswith a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must havecompleted all requirements pertaining to the degree program. This M.A.program requires 36 hours of graduate study, at least 18 of which must bein the major field. (The M.A.R. requires only 32 hours.) In addition tocompleting all classroom work and degree program requirements, thecandidate must have evidenced ability in ministry, solidarity of Christiancharacter, and definiteness of purpose to the satisfaction of the faculty.

M.A. by Modules
Students my complete Master of Arts in Biblical Studies programin residence, or they may complete thedegree without relocating to the Ankeny area by attending only modularcourses. Students who complete the M.A. by modules must take at leastthree modules that are taught by members of the resident faculty. Aftercompleting 9 credits, module students must apply to a degree program andbe assigned a resident faculty advisor. Students who fail to apply to adegree program will not be allowed to put any additional credits (i.e.,beyond the nine-credit limit) toward any degree program. It is in the bestinterest of the students, therefore, to apply to a degree program when orbefore the nine-credit limit is reached.

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