Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Master of Arts degree provides a general academic context in which students acquire personal enrichment through the channels of theological and biblical study. The M.A. program reflects an integrated commitment to classical theology of the orthodox Christian world as understood by Wesleyan theology. In many respects the goals and objectives of the M.A. parallel those of the M.Div., though it is not primarily oriented toward the preparation of pastoral ministry. The M.A. is best suited for individuals interested in research, teaching or for personal and/or ministry enrichment.

The Master of Arts Degree is offered in the following four concentrations, all of which are 50 hours:

The Apologetics concentration equips students to engage the world as confident and passionate witnesses filled with the love of the Triune God and to defend the Christian faith against challenges posed by other worldviews. Core courses are offered in philosophy, ethics, world religions and cults, theology, biblical studies, historical theology, missions and spiritual formation. In addition, a broad range of electives in world religions, cults and philosophy are available.

Interpretation: Scripture/Theology/History (25 hrs)

BT 500 The Bible's Authority & Interpretation   2  
NT 531 The Gospels   3  
AP 500 Greek for Apologetics   3  
ST 504 Christ, Revelation, God, Humanity   3  
ST 505 Salvation, Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things   3  
ST 607 Contemporary Theological Trends   3  
ST 716 Knowing Christ in the Challenge of Heresies   2  
PH 504 Philosophy of Christian Religion   3  
PH 721 Christian Faith in Dialog with Philosophy   3  

Spiritual Formation (3 hrs)

DS 505 Discipleship and Spiritual Formation   3  

Context and Mission (14 hrs)

PH 701 Apologetics in Cultural Change   3  
EV 605 Evangelism   3  
MS 517 Christianity's Encounter with World Religions   2  
PH 610 Moral Theology and the Gospel   3  
HT 609 Modern Cults and Occult   3  

Comparative Theology and Philosophy Electives (8 hrs)

This degree can be taken either on campus or online. Online students must complete one two-week residency session.

The Biblical Literature concentration in the M.A. program gives the student opportunity to study both the Old and New Testaments from the English translations as well as the original languages--Hebrew and Greek. At least 6 hours of beginning Greek will be required for this concentration.*

Interpretation: Scripture/Theology/History (35 hrs)

BT 500 The Bible's Authority & Interpretation   2  
BT 710 Fundamentals of Biblical Theology   3  
OT 501 Elementary Hebrew I   3  
OT 502 Elementary Hebrew II   3  
OT 516 OT History & Interpretation   3  
OT Exegesis Either OT 620, 621, 622, or 623   3  
NT 512 NT History & Interpretation   3  
NT 521 Greek Reading & Syntax   3  
ST 504 Christ, Revelation, God, Humanity   3  
ST 505 Salvation, Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things   3  
Biblical Studies Electives (including at least one OT or NT exegesis course and one inductive Bible study course)   6  

Spiritual Formation (3 hrs)

DS 505 Discipleship and Spiritual Formation   3  
Disc. Groups Four semesters w/o credit hrs   0  

Context & Mission (6 hrs)

MS/PH 701 Apologetics in Cultural Change...or   3  
  MS/HT 609 Modern Cults and the Occult      
EV 605 Evangelism   3  

Leadership and Ministry (3 hrs)

PM 700 Theology and Practice of Pastoral Leadership   3  

General Electives (3 hrs)*

*If the student does not have at least 6 hours of beginning Greek prior to beginning the Biblical Literature concentration, they will need to be completed at the seminary. This will use up the three general elective hours and add an additional three hours to the program, making it a 53 hour program.

This degree is available on campus only.

The Christian Studies concentration provides general theological education for personal enrichment, a foundation for effective service as a layperson within the Christian community, and further academic training for those already in ministry. The intent of this experience is to provide an opportunity to integrate the learning gained in the program.

Interpretation: Scripture/Theology/History (32 hrs)

BT 500 The Bible's Authority & Interpretation   2  
OT 516 OT History & Interpretation   3  
NT 512 NT History & Interpretation   3  
NT 531 The Gospels   3  
Biblical Studies Electives   6  
HT 504 History of Christianity...or   3  
  HT 604 History of Christian Thought      
ST 504 Christ, Revelation, God, Humanity   3  
ST 505 Salvation, Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things   3  
Theological Studies Electives   6  

Spiritual Formation (3 hrs)

DS 505 Discipleship and Spiritual Formation   3  
Disc. Groups Four semesters w/o credit hrs   0  

Context & Mission (6 hrs)

MS/PH 701 Apologetics in Cultural Change...or   3  
  MS/HT 609 Modern Cults and the Occult      
EV 605 Evangelism   3  

Leadership and Ministry (3 hrs)

PM 700 Theology and Practice of Pastoral Leadership   3  

General Electives (6 hrs)

This degree can be taken either on campus or online. Online students must complete one two-week residency session.

The Theology concentration builds on a solid biblical and theological foundation and investigates the depths and nuances of orthodox Christian theology from the perspective of the Wesleyan tradition.

Interpretation: Scripture/Theology/History (35 hrs)

BT 500 The Bible's Authority & Interpretation   2  
OT 516 OT History & Interpretation   3  
NT 512 NT History & Interpretation   3  
NT 531 The Gospels   3  
NT 521 Greek Reading & Syntax   3  
NT 642 The Epistles with Greek   3  
HT 604 History of Christian Thought   3  
ST 504 Christ, Revelation, God, Humanity   3  
ST 505 Salvation, Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things   3  
ST 519 Theology of John Wesley   3  
Theology and Philosophy Electives   6  

Spiritual Formation (3 hrs)

DS 505 Discipleship and Spiritual Formation   3  
Disc. Groups Four semesters w/o credit hrs   0  

Context & Mission (6 hrs)

MS/PH 701 Apologetics in Cultural Change...or   3  
  MS/HT 609 Modern Cults and the Occult      
EV 605 Evangelism   3  

Leadership and Ministry (3 hrs)

PM 700 Theology and Practice of Pastoral Leadership   3  

General Electives (3 hrs)

This degree can be taken either on campus or online. Online students must complete one two-week residency session.