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The Master’s College 2015-2016 Catalog

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GRADUATE PROGRAMS

BTS522 Life, Ministry and Theology of Christ.........2 BTS523 Life, Ministry and Theology of Paul............2 BTS524 General Epistles and Revelation....................2 BTS571 Contemporary Issues in Theology................2 BTS572 Seminar in Applied Biblical Studies..............2

Elective and Practicum courses.........................................15

Total units required for degree..........................................39

PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

It is highly recommended that a student’s under-

graduate program be strong in a liberal arts em-

phasis, including courses in literature, history, and

philosophy. Their bachelor’s degree must be from

an accredited college or university (official transcript

required). They must have completed their baccalau-

reate program with a cumulative grade point average

(CUM GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for all

undergraduate work. While students will not be re-

quired to have completed an undergraduate major in

Biblical Studies, they will be required to demonstrate a

threshold level of biblical and theological knowledge

in order to be admitted to the program. This require-

ment can be satisfied by either of the following:

• Complete 24 semester units of undergraduate

coursework in biblical studies with a GPA of

at least 3.0 that includes at least 6 units of New

Testament (N.T.), 6 units of Old Testament

(O.T.), and 6 units of Christian Theology.

• Complete a three-part comprehensive entrance

examination in O.T., N.T., and Christian Theol-

ogy to certify a level of theological knowledge

necessary for graduate study. One must earn at

least a 70% on the exam to pass.

GUIDELINES FOR 24 UNITS

1.

The 24 semester units of undergraduate course-

work in biblical studies with a GPA of at least

a 3.0 required as a prerequisite to the MABS

programmust be from a school accredited by an

accreditation service accepted by The Master’s

College Registrar’s Office.

2. There are certain schools which are unaccredited,

but are accepted by special agreement by the

Registrar. These schools will also be accepted

for prerequisite units by the Registrar’s Office.

3. Prerequisite units taken at schools that are not

accepted by the Registrar’s Office will not be ac-

cepted. Instead, the student must take the MABS

Entrance Exam.

ADVANCED STANDING

Any graduate from TMC’s undergraduate Biblical

Studies major program who has earned at least 36

units of Bible will be allowed a maximum of 6 units

of advanced standing in the program. Students from

other accredited institutions with at least 36 units in

Bible may also apply for Advanced Standing. Ad-

vanced Standing is not guaranteed, but will be decided

on an individual basis at the discretion of the Chair-

man of the Biblical Studies Department. Students

awarded “Advanced Standing” will be waived from

6 units of electives, therefore only requiring 33 units

to graduate with a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies.

TRANSFER CREDIT POLICY

Students transferring credits from The Master’s

Seminary will be allowed a maximum of 20 credits

to transfer for courses with goals and objectives

that correspond with the overall goals of the MABS

program. A student transferring from another gradu-

ate program will be allowed credit for a maximum

of 6 credits for courses that correspond to those

offered in the MABS program. Decisions regarding

advanced standing and transfer credits will be made

by the Chairman of the Biblical Studies Department

in consultation with the Registrar.

Course Offerings in MABS

BTS500 Introduction to Biblical Studies (2)

A graduate seminar focusing on foundational is-

sues in the field of Biblical Studies. Seminar topics

include inspiration, origin, authority, canonicity,

transmission, and translation. Students will be ex-

posed to the assumptions of critical scholarship

related to the Bible and an evangelical response to

those assumptions. Issues of special introduction

to selected portions of the Old and New Testa-

ments will be treated with particular attention to

the conclusions of modern “higher criticism”.

BTS501 Hermeneutics (2)

A graduate seminar focusing on hermeneutical theory

and practice related to the Biblical text. Attention is

given to the philosophical and literary foundations that

describe relationship between author, text and reader;

the interpretative methodologies that are applied to

various Scriptural genres; and the application of in-

terpretative theory to specific passages of Scripture.

CORE COURSES