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ONE YEAR BIBLE PROGRAM


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Complete requirements for a Bible Minor in 1 year

  • Complete 30 Bible units at TMU

  • Experience 2-3 semesters at TMU

  • Continue studies at TMU in any major, or transfer to another university

  • Eligible for financial aid and scholarships

  • Upon completion students will receive The Master’s Institute Award of Achievement

“We believe that every student coming out of the 1-Year Bible Program will have a clear understanding of the Bible and Theology so that they will be better able to be spiritual examples in this fast-changing society, to make wise and proper decisions and to live acceptably before God,” - Dr. Thomas Halstead

Standing firm on Christ & Scripture since 1927, The Master’s University has developed one of the strongest Biblical Studies programs anywhere in the United States. The School of Biblical Studies stresses the understanding, interpretation, and application of biblical literature. The biblical material is studied in light of its original historical environment so that an authentically biblical understanding can be applied to the theological and cultural issues of the modern age. The department attempts to assist all students in developing a biblical worldview in which the principles and norms derived from the Word of God are applied to the whole of life. Spiritual values are emphasized so that practical spiritual growth is experienced along with academic achievement.

TOP 10 Christian Universities and TOP 15% Colleges with the Best Academics in California (Niche.com, 2019)

The Master’s Institute Award of Achievement offers students the opportunity to dive into the heart of the TMU experience. Spanning 2 or 3 semesters, students complete 10 Biblical Studies classes and also experience life in the dorms, participate in chapel, and are engaged full time in the life-on-life discipleship and academic excellence that TMU offers.

Optionally, students may choose to register for study-abroad options like TMU’s Israel Bible Extension (IBEX), TMU Turkey/Greece, or register for intramural sports and student societies.

Who should consider this 30 Credit (10 class) course load?

  • Students who would like to front-load their general education Biblical Studies courses before continuing their degree (in any major offered) at TMU or transferring to another school.

  • Students who would like to take a year of Biblical Studies after already earning a bachelor’s degree

  • Students who want to meet a requirement for the mission field

  • Students who desire one year of intense Bible training.

Students who complete The Master’s Institute Award of Achievement may continue their 4-year degree at TMU or choose to transfer to another university. All TMU courses are accredited and may be accepted as transfer credit at the discretion of the respective school.

More about the School of Biblical Studies:

  • We uphold the doctrinal statement as outlined here

  • We have a 12:1 student-teacher ratio, allowing for close teacher-student mentorship and a high-level of scholarship

  • We hold to ACBC counseling vs. integrational models


Experience this program for yourself

Southern California: A beautiful, lively campus close to both the mountains and the beach, with endless career opportunities, and rated among the nation’s safest campuses. Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, total-campus experiences in upcoming events each Spring and Fall, including the 1/2 day Mondays@Master’s and the 2-day View the U events.

  • Events include Financial Aid workshops

  • View the U includes overnight stay in the dorms hosted by current students

  • See more info: Admissions Events


Study & Serve Abroad

Students have the option to study at TMU’s Israel campus, and a wide range of different options each semester.

  • Israel Bible Extension (IBEX): 1 semester at TMU’s Israel campus

  • GO! Global Outreach: 6 weeks of partnering with TMU Missionary Alumni to serve churches around the world while advancing studies.

  • Bi-annual Turkey & Greece Winter Break Trip. 2 weeks traveling to ancient sites and places to which Paul addressed his letters. Students can earn class credit.

  • Italy Summer Semester. 6 weeks in the summer, earn up to twelve (12) credits while deeply immersed in Italian culture and Renaissance history.


Student Life

Master’s offers a full range of facilities, resources, services, and discipleship to the approximately 1000 students on-campus. TMU’s Student Life is consistently top ranked in the nation by alumni, and the beautiful campus consistently rated among the safest. Learn more here: Student Life

  • Top-ranked Student Life: rated #2 Nationwide “Most Inspirational” by Wall Street Journal, and “A” Grade by Niche.com

  • #1 “Right Choice” University (Wall Street Journal 2017 & 2018)

  • 6 dorms for resident life

  • 3 Chapel services weekly for all faculty, staff and students

  • 10+ Campus Societies

  • Intentional opportunities for Community Outreach

  • We welcome veterans, international students, and third-culture students


Financial Aid & Scholarships

The Master’s University strives to offer students a Christ-centered education within the financial reach of all. We endeavor to keep costs as low as possible, and consequently, our tuition is among the most economical for a private university. See full details here: Financial Aid - Undergraduate

  • -26% Tuition reset makes TMU among the nation’s most affordable private 4-year Christian schools

  • Nearly 2x Higher Graduation Rate vs. Public Institutions: TMU’s 61.2% graduation rate leads compared to average Christian colleges (52.9%), and almost doubles the rate of students at public institutions (32.8%) (source: cccu.org, 2019). This means paying less for school, graduating with less debt, and starting your career faster.

  • TMU Scholarships

  • TMU Endowed & Donor Scholarships

  • Student Career Center

  • Work Study


Alumni & Graduate Degrees

Alumni of the One Year Bible Program most often continue their university degree at TMU, choosing one of the undergraduate majors offered. Students may also choose to transfer their credits out to a different accredited university to continue their studies elsewhere.

For TMU graduates pursuing graduate school, TMU’s 95% graduate school acceptance rate means students are very likely to be accepted to the graduate school of their choice. Students may also continue their studies at TMU&S:


Admissions

Since 1927, the mission of The Master’s University is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.

  • 100% required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation for Admissions

  • 3.6 GPA average for new applicants

  • Easy Online Application: see all admission deadlines and criteria here: Apply

Courses include:

  • Old Testament Survey I and II (3, 3)

  • New Testament Survey I and II (3, 3)

  • Christian Theology I and II (3, 3)

  • Biblical Studies electives* (12)

Total units ……………………………30

*Biblical Studies electives include 4 classes from the offered courses in Bible Exposition, Biblical Languages, Student Ministries, Christian Education, Global Studies (Missions), Theology, or Biblical Counseling


B101, 102 Old Testament Survey I, II (3, 3)

An introduction to the entire Old Testament, employing both thematic and exegetical methods. Literary structure, historical background, and parallel passages are also utilized to discover the unique and priceless lessons of each book. The Fall semester surveys Genesis through Samuel, and the Spring semester covers Kings through Malachi.

B201, 202 New Testament Survey I, II (3, 3)

An introduction to the books of the New Testament, with special emphasis on the life, teachings, and redemptive work of Christ; the founding and growth of the church; and the teachings of the epistles and Revelation. On the basis of the biblical text, parallel readings, projects, and lectures, the events and messages of the New Testament will be portrayed against their historical and cultural setting. The Fall semester surveys the Gospels and Acts, while the Spring semester is devoted to the epistles and Revelation.

BTH321 Christian Theology I (3)

A survey of Christian theology in the areas of God (Theology Proper), the Bible (Bibliology), angels—including Satan and demons—(Angelology), Christ (Christology), and the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology).

BTH322 Christian Theology II (3) A survey of Christian theology in the areas of humanity (Anthropology), sin (Hamartiology), salvation (Soteriology), the church (Ecclesiology), and last things (Eschatology).

ELECTIVES: up to 4 electives (12 units). See the following emphases and categories to explore electives:

Online : Biblical Counseling, Biblical Studies, and Christian Ministries


See the full Academic Catalog here: 2018 -19 Academic Catalog

Sample Course Offerings:

  • Old Testament Survey I and II
  • New Testament Survey I and II
  • Christian Theology I and II
  • 4 x Biblical Studies electives
  • See "Course Requirements" tab for details
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