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This master level degree is a flexible theological studies degree program for those preparing for a doctoral level program, church leadership positions, or specialized lay ministry. The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) or MA(TS) degree, may also be used to investigate the relationship between a profession and issues of faith such as business, law, the arts, medicine or science.
MA(TS) students must choose one of five disciplines as a concentration: Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, Church History, or Ethics. MA(TS) students must choose a different discipline than their area of specialization and take any 9 credit hours in it. Additionally, they must take at least 3 credit hours in yet a third discipline. Beyond these requirements, students are invited to take any course in the curriculum, provided that they do not take more than 9 credit hours in the Practical Theology area.
Note: Students specializing in Old Testament must take Hebrew; likewise, students specializing in New Testament must take Greek.
Full-time students may complete the program in two years. The MA(TS) program is a masters degree and has the following requirements: Application Materials Checklist.
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