The Master of Arts in Theological Studies offers three areas of specialization:
- Master of Arts in Cross-cultural Ministries (formerly Missiology)
- Master of Arts in Christian Education
- Master of Arts in Counseling
Each specialization requires the student to complete seven common core courses, courses in the chosen area, a practicum, and a thesis.
First Phase: Seven Core Courses (3 credit hours each; 21 credit hours)
GEN 501 Research Methodology
BIB 501 Old Testament Genres and Issues
BIB 502 New Testament Genres and Issues
MIS 601 Socio-political Context of the Church
REL 602 Contemporary African Theology
LDS 501 Foundations of Christian Leadership
GEN 601 Writing for the 21st Century
Second Phase: Comprehensive Examination
Third Phase: Specialized Courses (3 credit hours each) + Practicum (3 credit hours)
Master of Arts in Cross-cultural Ministries (6 courses, 18 credit hours)
THM 501 Biblical Theology of Missions
HIS 601 Worldwide Expansion of Christianity
GEN 602 Cultural Patterns of Communication
BIB 602 Lucan Pneumatology
MIS 602 Specialized Studies in Islam
THM 601 Beyond the Local Church
Practicum: Allows students the opportunity to gain practical experience in a select area of ministry. Involves an organized, practical application of ministry under the supervision of a qualified professional.
Master of Arts in Christian Education (6 courses, 18 credit hours)
Curriculum Development and Instructional Design
Contemporary Christian Education: Foundations and Practice
Teaching Strategies: Facilitating Adult Education
Childhood Education in the Church
Practicum: Through a self-designed education project, the student is given opportunities for reflection on his or her theology and practice of ministry within a typical ministry environment, such as a local church or a Christian school.
Master of Arts in Counseling (7 courses; 21 credit hours)
Theological and Psychological Foundations of Counseling
Introduction to Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Assessment Techniques in Counseling: Listening Skills and Personality Appraisals
Marriage and Family Counseling
Pastoral Care of Youth: Contemporary Issues and Challenges
Mental and Clinical Counseling: Dealing with Loss, Sickness, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, and Spiritual Issues
Practicum: This field-based course is designed to prepare students in the practical application and integration of the principles and methods of counseling under the supervision of a qualified professional.
Fourth Phase: Thesis Project (6 credit hours)
Time Limit: The time limit for completing the MA program is 6 years. An extension beyond this period requires the approval of the Academic Affairs Committee. A thesis which is not accepted because it does not meet one or two requirements must be revised, corrected, and resubmitted. In the case where a student has not satisfied the requirements after three submissions, he or she is dismissed from the program.