The Master’s University cooperative study programs provide students with numerous opportunities for off-campus
learning experiences locally, nationally, and internationally.
In addition to TMU’s own Israel Bible Extension (IBEX), students benefit from the University’s participation in the
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ American Studies Program and the Scholars’ Semester in Oxford, which
provide for off-campus learning opportunities. For information on Council-sponsored programs, write or call:
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
321 Eighth Street N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 546-8713 • (202) 546-8913 fax
Israel Bible EXtension (IBEX)
This 15-week semester abroad program is a high-quality educational opportunity in Israel for students who wish to
enhance their knowledge of the Bible’s historical, archaeological, and geographic background. Classroom lectures are
integrated with extensive field trips. Together, these expose the student to every corner of the land and to every period
of the history of the people of that land. The student’s educational experience, as well as his/her personal maturation,
will be significantly enhanced by the cross-cultural experience that the semester provides. Students must apply for this
program, be in reasonable physical condition and free of medical limitations, and must have completed B101 Old
Testament Survey I prior to participation. For information on IBEX, see the IBEX pages within the Biblical Studies
section of this catalog and/or contact the IBEX Office at 1-800-568-6248. This program is sponsored by The Master’s
University & Seminary.
American Studies Program (ASP)
Founded in 1976, the American Studies Program has served hundreds of students as a “Washington, D.C. campus.”
ASP uses Washington as a stimulating educational laboratory where collegians gain hands-on experience with an
internship in their chosen field. Participants explore pressing national and international issues in public policy seminars
led by ASP faculty and Washington professionals. Students select enrollment in one of two tracks: Public Policy and
Strategic Communication. Both tracks examine the same public issues and culminate in field projects assessing those
issues in light of biblical principles and Christian responsibility. Students in the Public Policy track investigate a pressing
public policy issue being debated on Capitol Hill and focus on the political difficulties policymakers face when economic,
humanitarian, and national security priorities come into conflict with one another. Students in the Strategic
Communication track engage Washington, D.C.-based organizations and communication professionals to explore the
role of strategic communication in achieving organizational goals. The aim of ASP is to help CCCU schools prepare
their students to live faithfully in contemporary society as followers of Christ. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit.
The Scholars’ Semester in Oxford (SSO)
The Scholars’ Semester in Oxford is designed for students who want to study intensively and to a high standard. Students
develop their academic writing and research skills and explore the disciplines and interests of their choice. As Visiting
Students of Oxford University and members of Wycliffe Hall, students study in the oldest university in the English-
speaking world. SSO students enroll in a primary and secondary tutorial, an integrative seminar (or thesis in the case of
second term students), and the British culture course. Students group their work in a concentration so that all elements
of their programme work together. SSO is designed for students interested in classics, English language and literature,
theology and the study of religion, philosophy, and history, though all majors may apply. Applicants are generally honors
and other very high-achieving students and must have a 3.7 GPA to be considered for the programme. Students earn
17 semester hours of credit for a semester and may complete two semesters of the programme.