Degree Requirements

Online Availability of Courses
All courses are available via web-conferencing. Courses are offered to students in the classroom and online simultaneously. Classroom sessions are broadcast and recorded for subsequent viewing. Distance students may watch the class in real time, or view later (by prior arrangement with the professor). Interaction with distance students is done via the Blackboard Learning System.


Master of Arts in Ministry

The Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A. Min.) is designed for students who wish to have advanced study in the work of a pulpit minister. Others who would benefit would be Bible school teachers, youth ministers, writers of Bible school literature, counselors, and people in the helping fields. The student who earns the Master of Arts in Ministry degree will complete 42 hours of course work and six hours of internship for a total of 48 semester hours. For more information call 731-989-6769.

COURSE OF STUDY FOR M.A. IN MINISTRY DEGREE
Required Courses

BIB 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies 3 hours 
BIB One Old Testament Text Course 3
BIB Three New Testament Text Courses** 9
BIB 525 Communication in Ministry, OR 3
BIB 526 Advanced Homiletics (3)
BIB 535 Family Ministry, OR 3
BIB 536 Ministerial Counseling OR (3)
BIB 575 Suffering and the Human Condition (3)
BIB 545 Christian Leadership, OR 3
BIB 546 Education Program of the Church (3)
BIB 547 Missions & Church Growth, OR 3
BIB 555 Contemporary Ethics (3)
BIB 565 Internship 6
    33 hrs
     
BIB Electives taken from other BIB courses 15
    48 hrs*
   Emphasis in Preaching  
 BIB 526  Advanced Homiletics  3
 BIB 529 Expository Preaching   3
 BIB 530  Inductive Preaching  3
     9 hrs
   Emphasis in Missions  
 BIB 547 Missions and Church Growth   3
 BIB 548 Contextualization   3
 BIB 550 Missionary Anthropology   3
     9 hrs
   Emphasis in Leadership  
 BIB 525 Communication in Ministry 
 BIB 545 Christian Leadership 
 BIB 535 Family Ministry  OR  (3) 
 BIB 546 Education Program of the Church  OR  (3) 
 BIB 555 Contemporary Ethics 
     9 hrs

See the director for a pattern of course offerings for the year.

*Students who have completed a bachelor's degree in Bible may request advanced standing up to 12 hours.

**If the student is granted 12 hours of advanced standing due to completion of a bachelor's degree in Biblical studies, this requirement will be reduced to two courses.


Master of Arts in New Testament
The Master of Arts in New Testament (M.A. NT) is designed for students who wish to deepen their knowledge of the New Testament. These would include pulpit preachers, assistant preachers, educational directors, Bible school teachers, counselors and people in the helping fields. The student who earns the Master of Arts in New Testament degree will complete 42 hours of course work and a six-hour thesis for a total of 48 hours. For more information, call 731-989-6769. 

COURSE OF STUDY FOR M.A. IN NEW TESTAMENT DEGREE
Required Courses

BIB 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies 3 hours
BIB Three New Testament Text Courses** 9
BIB 527 Advanced Introduction to New Testament 3
BIB 531 Elementary Greek I 3
BIB 532 Elementary Greek II 3
BIB 533A,B Greek Readings 3
BIB 534 Greek Exegesis 3
BIB 585 Thesis*** 6
36 hrs
BIB Electives taken from other BIB courses 12
48 hrs*

See the director for a pattern of course offerings for the year.

*Students who have completed a bachelor's degree in Bible may request advanced standing up to 12 hours.

**If the student is granted 12 hours of advanced standing due to completion of a bachelor's degree in Biblical studies, this requirement will be reduced to two courses.

*** A student must have a 3.00 GPA on the first 24 hours to qualify for thesis writing.

 

Master of Divinity Degree
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is designed for students who desire advanced study in the Bible and religion. These would include pulpit preachers, assistant preachers, educational directors, Bible school teachers, counselors, and those who wish to eventually teach in Christian education. The student who earns the Master of Divinity degree will complete 81 hours of course work, plus a 6-hour internship, for a total of 87 hours. For more information, call 731-989-6769.

COURSE OF STUDY FOR M.DIV. DEGREE
Note: No single course can be used to satisfy more than one of the following requirements.
Required Courses

BIB 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies 3 hours
One of the following: 3
BIB 527 Advanced Introduction to New Testament (3)
BIB 537 Advanced Introduction to Old Testament (3)
Two of the following: 6
BIB 541 Elementary Hebrew I (3)
BIB 542 Elementary Hebrew II (3)
BIB 543 Hebrew Readings (3)
BIB 544 Hebrew Exegesis (on request) (3)
Three of the following four:* 9
BIB 531 Elementary Greek I (3)
BIB 532 Elementary Greek II (3)
BIB 533 Greek Readings (3)
BIB 534 Greek Exegesis (3)
Old Testament - Three of the following: 9
BIB 511 Seminar in Genesis (3)
BIB 512 Old Testament Wisdom Literature (3)
BIB 513 Prophets I: Pre-Exilic (3)
BIB 515 Seminar in Job (3)
Between the Testaments  
BIB 508          The Intertestamental Period         (3)
New Testament - Three of the following: 9
BIB 516 Seminar in John (3)
BIB 517 I, II Thessalonians & Philippians (3)
BIB 518 I, II Peter & Jude (3)
BIB 519 The Corinthian Correspondence (3)
BIB 520 Life of Paul (3)
BIB 521 Romans (3)
BIB 522 Seminar in Acts  (3)
BIB 598 The Hebrews Letter (Independent Study) (3)
Apologetics - Two of the following:** 6
BIB 555 Contemporary Ethics (3)
BIB 570 Philosophy of Religion (3)
BIB 571 History of Apologetics (3)
BIB 572 Deity of Christ (3)
BIB 573 Critical Thinking (3)
BIB 575 Suffering and the Human Condition (3) 
BIB 576 Advanced Apologetics (3)
BIB 577 Biblical Text, Canon, & Inspiration (3)
BIB 578 Seminar in Epistemology (3)
BIB 579 Values in Human Thought & Action (3) 
BIB 596 Hermeneutics (3)
Ministry - One of the following: 3
BIB 535 Family Ministry (3)
BIB 536 Ministerial Counseling (3)
BIB 599A Suffering & the Human Condition (3)
One of the following: 3
BIB 525 Communication in Ministry (3)
BIB 526 Advanced Preaching (3)
BIB 545 Christian Leadership (3)
BIB 546 Education Program of the Church (3)
Missions - Two of the following: 6
BIB 525 Communication in Ministry (3)
BIB 528 New Testament World (3)
BIB 545 Christian Leadership (3)
BIB 547 Missions and Church Growth (3)
BIB 548 Contextualization (3)
BIB 549 Encountering Islam (3)
BIB 550 Missionary Anthropology (3)
BIB 598 Intercultural Communication (Independent Study) (3)
Historical/Doctrinal - Two of the following: 6
BIB 591 History of the Reformation Movement (3)
BIB 592 History of the Restoration Movement (3)
BIB 593 History of the English Bible (3)
BIB 594 Systematic Theology I (3)
BIB 595 Systematic Theology II (3)
BIB 596 Hermeneutics (3)
One of the following: 3
BIB 525 Communication in Ministry (3)
BIB 526 Advanced Preaching (3)
BIB 528 New Testament World (3)
BIB 529 Expository Preaching (3)
BIB 540 Introduction to Christianity (3)
One of the following: 6
BIB 565 Internship (6)
BIB 585 Thesis*** (6)
Plus Electives 15
TOTAL HOURS 87 hours

*The student who wishes may take three courses in Hebrew rather than Greek. Likewise, a student who wishes to do so may substitute a readings-level course in a modern language like Spanish or French, or similar for either Hebrew or Greek readings. However, the student who opts for an emphasis in either Old Testament or New Testament is encouraged to take not just the three required, but at least four courses in the relative language.

**If the student has had some of the required courses at undergraduate level, then those courses will be avoided at the graduate level.

*** A student must have a 3.00 GPA on the first 24 hours to qualify for thesis writing.


AREAS OF EMPHASIS IN THE MASTER OF DIVINITY
An emphasis is optional, but if a student selects one, it requires 15 hours, as follows:

A. Old Testament
Advanced Introduction to Old Testament, the first three Hebrew Language courses, and one Old Testament text course.
B. New Testament
Advanced Introduction to New Testament, the first three Greek language courses, and one New Testament text course.
C. Biblical Languages
Three language courses in one of the Biblical languages, and two in the other. The third course in one's preferred Biblical language may be substituted by a readings course of a modern language (graduate or undergraduate level B or above) which is approved by the director.
D. Apologetics
Advanced Apologetics; Values in Human Thought and Action; Biblical Text, Canon and Inspiration; Philosophy of Religion; and one other course listed under Apologetics.
E. Ministry
Any five of the courses listed under Ministry.
F. Missions
Any five of the courses listed under Missions.
G. Church History
History of the Reformation Movement, History of the Restoration Movement, one of the Systematic Theology courses, plus at least two others in this section.

Graduate Certificate in Counseling for Church Leaders 

The School of Biblical Studies and the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Masters of Science in Counseling Program offers a Graduate Certificate in Counseling for Church Leaders. Ministers, associate ministers, youth ministers, family life ministers and/or elders who have interest or duties in counseling are encouraged to enroll in this certificate program. The interdisciplinary design of the certificate is reflected in a combination of graduate Bible and counseling courses. Students will gain an understanding of basic counseling skills, using scripture in counseling and specific areas of counseling that church leaders are often called upon to perform. The certificate program will give students an opportunity to strengthen and refine their skills whether for members inside the congregation or as an outreach for those in need. Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Counseling for Church Leaders will be better prepared to meet individual and family needs of those seeking help and support within a church context. This certificate can be taken for audit or graduate credit. Those students completing the Graduate Certificate (for credit) will be presented their certificate and recognized at the appropriate graduation ceremony. If you are interested in obtaining this certificate, see the Graduate Counseling office.