Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program is the standard seminary program for preparing God-called individuals to serve Him as pastors, missionaries, teachers, and other leaders in vocational church ministry.

Advantages
• It gives students a basic foundation in their understanding of Scripture.
• It helps students develop personal convictions regarding the doctrinal teaching of the Word of God.
• It encourages students to mature in their daily walk with the Lord and 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 whom they shall minister.

Goals
Upon successful completion of the Master of Divinity degree, students should
1. evidence a commitment to the Lord and to His work by

a. demonstrating to the faculty and to the students’ pastors a close relationship with God;
b. exhibiting to the faculty and to the students’ pastors exemplary Christian character, and
c. serving faithfully and effectively within a local church during the time  of seminary enrollment.

2. evidence awareness of the history and current status of Baptist fundamentalism and demonstrate an appreciation for its distinctives by

a. completing courses in the history of fundamentalism and contemporary  Christianity; and  
b. developing discernment and resolute doctrinal convictions as evidenced  in course assignments.

3. evidence an ability to serve effectively in vocational Christian ministry by

a. completing prescribed courses in church ministry;
b. successfully completing a ministry internship;
c. providing satisfactory essay answers on the ministry assessment exam;
d. exhibiting sensitivity to others and to their needs throughout their seminary training; and
e. providing satisfactory answers during the senior oral exam.

4. evidence an advanced knowledge of the Bible by

a. completing prescribed courses in Biblical studies and in the Biblical languages;
b. demonstrating increased competency on the cognitive assessment exam; and
c. providing satisfactory answers during the senior oral exam.

5. evidence an advanced knowledge of the systematic truths of the Bible and the history of Christianity by

a. completing prescribed courses in systematic theology and church history;
b. demonstrating increased competency on the cognitive assessment exam; and
c. providing satisfactory answers during the senior oral exam.

6. evidence an ability to communicate effectively the meaning of scripture by

a. completing prescribed courses in homiletics or pedagogy; and
b. preaching an exemplary senior sermon in seminary chapel that is logical in design, expository in nature, and compelling in delivery (for men only).

Admission Requirements
This program admits students with diverse college backgrounds. University, liberal arts college, and Bible college graduates are all encouraged to apply. Students are permitted to transfer a maximum of 60 acceptable graduate credits into the M.Div. program.

Graduation Requirements
Candidates must have completed at least 36 credits while in residence and at least 96 total semester credits (including all requirements pertaining to the degree) with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. In addition to completing all classroom work, candidates must have evidenced ability in ministry, solidarity of Christian character, definiteness of purpose, and firm doctrinal convictions to the satisfaction of the faculty. Candidates should provide such evidence during their senior interviews, which are based on the accumulated contents of their assessment portfolios.

Student Assessment Portfolios
Christian Service Evaluations. Pastors will evaluate the Christianservice experiences of students every year.

Student Perceptions and Ministry Aspirations Assessment. This assessment is completed during the annual Assessment Day of the student's first and final years. The Student Perceptions Assessment deals with seminary culture issues and provides data for institutional decision 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 test during 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 the portfolios.

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.

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 Seminar

3 hrs.

M-PT 831 Church Evangelism

 2 hrs.

M-PT 845 Introduction to Biblical Counseling

 2 hrs.

T-HI 821 Church History I

2 hrs.

T-HI 822 Church History II 

2 hrs.

T-HI 831 History of Fundamentalism 

2 hrs.

T-HI 856 Contemporary Christianity 

2 hrs.

T-SY 811 Systematic Theology I

3 hrs.

T-SY 812 Systematic Theology II

3 hrs.

T-SY 882 Theological Research 

 1 hr.

Electives** 

 3 hrs.

 

Total 32 hrs.


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

**Those who have not previously had a course in the history of Baptist faith adn practice are required to include T-HI 857 in their M.Div. program.


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 825 Hebrew Grammar I

3 hrs.

B-AN 826 Hebrew Grammar II 

3 hrs.

B-RE 882 Hermeneutics

2 hrs.

M-PT 801 Homiletics I

3 hrs.

M-PT 802 Homiletics II

3 hrs.

M-PT 806 Ministry Internship I

 1 hr.

M-PT 811 Theology of Missions**

2 hrs.

M-PT 835 Church Administration I               

2 hrs.

Biblical Counseling Elective 

 2 hrs.

Electives

3 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 821 Greek Exegesis III

 2 hrs.

B-AN 822 Greek Exegesis IV

 2 hrs.

B-AN 855 Hebrew Exegesis I      

2 hrs.

B-AN 856 Hebrew Exegesis II

2 hrs.

M-PT 807 Ministry Internship II

1 hr.

M-PT 803 Preaching Seminar I

2 hrs.

M-PT 804 Preaching Seminar II

2 hrs.

M-PT 812 Pastoral Theology

2 hrs.

M-PT 832 Church Planting 

 2 hrs.

T-SY 821 Systematic Theology III

3 hrs.

T-SY 822 Systematic Theology IV               

   3 hrs.

Electives*

9 hrs.

 

Total 32 hrs.

*Those who have not previously had a course in the history of Baptist faith and practice are required 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 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.

 

 

Master of Arts in Practical Theology

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

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

Program Goals
Upon successful completion of the M.A. in Practical Theology degree, students should be able to
• minister with a servant’s heart;
• understand both academically and experientially the scope of practical ministry;
• grasp the information and tools necessary to have an effective Biblical Counseling ministry;
• demonstrate and understanding of the administrative skills needed for office effectiveness and corporate ministry organization;
• develop expositional skills that incorporate various facets of their seminary training; and
• communicate the message of the Bible in a variety of ministry situations with skill and effectiveness.

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 Practical Theology 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.

Students pursuing pastoral ministry should have had at least 2 semesters of homiletics and an apprenticeship as a part of their undergraduate experience. This requirement may be waived, at the discretion of the seminary faculty, for those who have at least one year of full-time pastoral experience.

Graduation Requirements
A candidate in the M.A. in Practical Theology 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 the major field. 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 Practical Theology 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 Testament Seminar 

 3 hrs.

B-RE 812 New Testament Seminar

 3 hrs.

B-RE 841 Introduction to Biblical Exegesis*        

3 hrs.

M-PT 800 Ministry Internship

2 hrs.

M-PT 812 Pastoral Theology

2 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 (14 in Practical Theology)

15 hrs.

 

Total 36 hrs.

Required courses make up 4 hours of Practical Theology. Therefore, at least 14 hours must be chosen from other courses in the Practical Theology Department in order to bring the major 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, 822.

 

 


 

 


 

 

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 students a better understanding of the Scripture to aid them in their service for Christ as lay leaders in their churches.

Advantages
The Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) degree allows students to personalize their own program by choosing several elective classes from ministry courses as well as Bible and theology courses.

Program Goals
Upon successful completion of the M.A.R. degree, students should be able to
• demonstrate a foundational knowledge of Biblical and theological studies at the graduate level;
• display an awareness of contemporary research on Biblical and theological studies;
• exercise specialized ministry skills for communicating and ministering the Word of God;
• manifest a greater commitment to the Lord;
• hold Biblical, theological, and practical convictions that reflect FBTS’s values and position; and
• accomplish research at the graduate level.

Admission Requirements
An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree is required for admission to the M.A.R. program. Students are permitted to transfer a maximum of 6 acceptable graduate credits into the M.A.R. program.

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

M.A.R. by Module and Online Courses
Students may complete the M.A.R. degree in residence, or they may complete the degree without relocating to the Ankeny area by taking a combination of 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 Testament Seminar

3 hrs.

B-RE 812 New Testament Seminar

3 hrs.

B-RE 841 Intro 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

15 hrs.

Total

32 hrs.

*Students may substitute Hermeneutics if they have completed one year of Greek or Hebrew grammar in college or seminary.

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

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

Advantages
• It increases students’ knowledge of the Bible.
• It enhances their ability to use the study tools so they can do exegesis in both Testaments.
• It raises their confidence in their ability to do research and to trust the validity of their findings.
• It increases their ability to teach at the upper levels.

Program Goals
Upon successful completion of the M.A. in Biblical Studies degree, students should be able to
• demonstrate an increased knowledge of the content of the Bible;
• demonstrate an increased knowledge of the historical and cultural backgrounds of the Bible;
• display a love for the Scriptures and a confidence that they are true;
• exposit both the Old Testament and New Testament using appropriate resources;
• conduct acceptable research in the field of Biblical studies at the master’s level by accurately summarizing, appropriately organizing, and insightfully critiquing the conclusions of others; and
• teach the Bible effectively to people.

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 Biblical 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 Biblical 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 Biblical 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 Biblical 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 802 Hermeneutics 

2 hrs.

B-RE 811 Old Testament 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 (7 in Biblical Studies)

17 hrs.

 

Total 36 hrs.

Required courses make up 11 hours of Biblical Studies. Therefore, 7 hours must be chosen from other courses in the Biblical Studies Department in order to bring themajor field credits to 18.


*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.
**Not required if taking T-SY 811, 812, 821, and 822.

 

 


 


 

 

 

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