Courses of Study in the Master of Arts Program

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)

Educational Psychology
Curriculum Development and Instructional Design
Contemporary Christian Education: Foundations and Practice
Teaching Strategies: Facilitating Adult Education
Educational Measurements
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
Conflict Management
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.