Master of Theology


The Master of Theology degree is an advanced academic degree intended to prepare students to increase their knowledge of a major field of theological learning, particularly through training and practice in the use of the methods and tools of theological research, and thus to further his preparation for a teaching or pastoral ministry or for more advanced graduate study such as the Doctor of Theology program. The areas of majors are offered as follows: Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Church History, Apologetics, Christian Education and Christian Counseling.

            Graduates of Master of Theology are able to serve the Christian community as competent Bible expositors who are qualified to serve God effectively as pastors, missionaries, or leaders in other areas of vocational Christian ministry.

Prerequisites

  • Possess a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an approved seminary with accumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.

OR

  • Possess a Bachelor of Theology degree or its equivalent from an approved seminary with accumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.

Degree Requirements

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 72 quarter units of coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  •  Successfully complete 28 quarter units of unrestricted electives or alternative electives.
  •  Successfully complete 8 quarters of Master’s thesis project.
  • Successfully complete 36 quarter units of common core courses
  •  Successfully complete the degree requirements within the time limit.

Time Limit

The Master of Theology program must be completed within 3 years from the time the student commenced the first course, as a regular student, which applies to the degree requirements. This time limit, at the option of the university, may be extended due to special extenuating circumstances.

Master of TheologySuggested Core Classes

BBL 113 Pentateuch (4 quarter units)

A biblical and theological analysis of God’s covenantal administration of his kingdom during the period covered by the Pentateuch. Study of the emergence and formation of the Old Testament Canon. Survey of the content and higher criticism of the books of the Pentateuch.

BBL 115 New Testament Interpretation (4 quarter units)

General introduction and hermeneutics; historical, cultural and religious background; the language and translation of the New Testament; textual criticism; the theological reason of the New Testament; the New Testament books as canon; the principles and practice of New Testament Exegesis.

BBL 117 Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (4 quarter units)

Common grace; the ordo salutis; union with Christ; calling; regeneration; faith and repentance; assurance of salvation; justification; adoption; sanctification; perseverance; the means of Grace; the coming of Christ and the end of the age.

BBL 119 Doctrine of Christ (4 quarter units)

Plan of salvation; covenant of Grace; person and offices of Christ; the atonement; Christ’s humiliation and exaltation.

BBL 140 Biblical Hermeneutics (4 quarter units)

A Presentation of the general principles necessary of a sound interpretation of scripture and the special principles governing the interpretation of such subjects as poetry prophecy, typology and parables.

BBL 152 Theological Bibliography (4 quarter units)

An introduction to tools for use in biblical and theological study. Including: encyclopedias, monographs, periodicals, bibliographical texts. Course includes emphasis upon hands-on experience with computerized bibliographical and research tools.

BBL 211 Historical Books (4 quarter units)

Special introduction to the historical books of the Old Testament, exegesis of selected passages, development of biblical-theological themes, and study of the history of Israel.

BBL 244 Acts and Pauline Epistles (4 quarter units)

Question of special introduction; the Origin and expansion of New Testament Church; the theology of Luke – Acts; the Theology of Paul.

BBL 311 General Epistles and Revelation (4 quarter units)

Questions of special introduction: exegesis of selected passages with a view to establishing the structure and distinctive themes of these books. Special attention is given to Hebrew, I Peter, and Revelation.

BBL 324 Prophetical Books (4 quarter units)

The nature and history of the prophetic institution in Israel. Introduction and exegesis of selected passages, with special attention to the messianic theme and eschatological patterns.

CSL 261 Counseling Orientation (4 quarter units)

An introduction to the theory and methodology of Christian Counseling.

CHC 112 The Ancient Church (4 quarter units)

A study of the developing theology, ecclesiology, piety, and worship of the Christian church from the close of the apostolic age to 600 A.D. special attention will be given to primary sources.

CHC 200 The Christian Life (4 quarter units)

Ethics as application of Scripture to all of life; Survey of non-Christian approaches to ethnics; the general structure of Christian ethics; relation of divine law to present circumstances and inward dispositions;

applications of biblical principles to contemporary issues, following the order of the Decalogue.

CHD 115 History of Christian Doctrines (4 quarter units)

Summary of the biblical world and life view; the word of God, revelation, and inspirations; “knowing” and “thinking” as responses to God’s word; the radical difference between Christian and non-Christian thinking; nature and methods of Theology and apologetics; procedures for dealing with difficulties in the Christian faith.

LNG 101 Greek I (4 quarter units)

Intensive instruction in New Testament Greek with emphasis upon morphology.

LNG 102 Hebrew I (4 quarter units)

A study of basic grammar and vocabulary.

LNG 103 Greek II (4 quarter units)

The course presumes the work of Greek I or equivalent knowledge of Greek. Morphology determined by a placement examination. Instruction introduces intermediate Greek syntax, vocabulary and some advanced Morphology through the reading of selected passages in the Greek New Testament.

LNG 104 Hebrew II (4 quarter units)

Continuation of the grammar and vocabulary study from Hebrew I. Reading of Hebrew prose and introduction to the Masoretic text.

LNG 105 Greek III (4 quarter units)

This course requires the work of Greek II. It includes mastery of vocabulary, advanced grammar and exegetical skills through translation in the Greek New Testament.

LNG 106 Hebrew III (4 quarter units)

Reading of Hebrew prose, study of syntax, introduction to textual criticism.

MUS 211 Gospels (4 quarter units)

Questions of special introduction; selective survey and critique of historical-critical investigation of the gospels; the life and ministry of Christ according to the gospel records; the theology of the Gospel.