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54 MASTER OF ARTS (MA) DEGREES The Master of Arts degrees are intended for students who plan to engage in some specific form of Christian service requiring training different from the Master of Divinity degree. By studying in an area of specialization, the student will be equipped to serve in a specific capacity needed by the Christian community. The programs are designed for: • Specialized personnel in the areas of church ministry, administration, and counseling • Teachers in Christian or public schools who desire advanced biblical and theological training • Those who plan to serve in nonclergy roles in parachurch or missions support agencies (for example, specialized apologetics ministries to challenge non-Christian world views) • Missionaries who want biblical and theological training while on home assignment • Those interested in serving in a chaplaincy or justice and compassion-related ministry • College-trained lay people who desire biblical and theological studies to enhance their Christian witness within their chosen professions and/or their leadership in the local church • Students planning to pursue doctoral-level study in a related field where the MA degree is an acceptable intermediate step The MA degrees are not designed as alternatives or substitutes for the MDiv program. The MDiv degree provides the maximum flexibility in ministerial preparation and is the standard degree for those Christian vocations that usually require ordination, which include the pastorate, chaplaincy, and cross-cultural evangelism/church planting. Students pursuing the MA degree should select a degree or major that is appropriate to their vocational goals and must be accepted for studies in that degree program or major prior to enrollment. Master of Arts Core Each Master of Arts degree program requires the following core classes except where noted. Course # Sem. Hrs. Biblical interpretation BI 501 2 1 Old Testament OT 511, 512 6 New Testament NT 511, 512 6 Church history CH 501 3 1, 2 Theology TH 501, 502 6 Character formation T/M 500, 501, 601, 611 4 3 Mentored ministry T/M 502, 602, 612 3 3, 4 Teaching practicum or Select from: EM 501 (3); EM 601 (2); public communication HOM 501 (2); HOM 612 [requires prerequisite] (3); HOM 701 [requires prerequisite] (3); or YFM 602 (2) 5 2 (or 3) 32 (or 33) 1 Students in the MA in Counseling program do not take CH 501 or BI 501. 2 Students in the MA (Theology) program complete CH 502 and CH 503 in place of CH 501 3 Students in the MA in Counseling program complete spiritual formation and mentored ministry as part of the counseling internship and practicum hours. 4 Students in the MA degree (Apologetics and Ethics, Biblical Studies, Christian Studies, or Theology) complete one hour in a mentored project, reducing the core to 30 hours. 5 Students in the MA in Youth and Family Ministries program should complete YFM 602 to fulfill the teaching practicum/public communication requirement (the course is open to students in other programs as well). Those in the MA in Counseling and Counseling Ministries programs meet this requirement through required counseling courses in these programs. Degree Requirements 1. The completion of a minimum of sixty-two hours is required for MA degrees (66 hours for the MA in Counseling degree and 72 hours for the MA in Chaplaincy degree).

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