Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies

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Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies

The Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies is designed to provide the biblical, theological, and ministerial foundations for church ministry. In addition, it prepares students to train pastors and church workers in a Bible school or seminary setting.

The program nurtures integrated spirituality: cultivating respect for the Word of God, interpreting it in the light of both biblical and present-day contexts, and appropriating it for personal and corporate life. Its specific focus is the responsible interpretation of the Old and New Testaments using the biblical languages and the practice of genre-based exegesis. In addition to classroom studies, students are required to complete one internship and three Care Groups as part of their integrated learning.

Thesis Track

Courses

Credit Units
PREREQUISITE COURSES
Introduction to the Bible (pass or fail)
Writing Academic Papers (non-Credit. Must be taken during the semester of registration)
0
CORE COURSES
Spiritual Formation (3 units)
Spiritual Formation and Professional Growth or Soul Care (Must be taken during student's 1st . Year ofregistration)
Bible and Theology (30 units)
Hermeneutics and Theological Reflection (HTR) (Must be taken during student's 1st year of registration. Concurrent or prerequisite: Introduction to the Bible)
New Testament Exegesis 1 (Prerequisite: HTR)
New Testament Exegesis 2 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Old Testament Exegesis 1 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Old Testament Exegesis 2 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Biblical Theology (Prerequisite: Introduction to the Bible,Hermeneutics,
Theology 1, one NT Exegesis course and one OT Exegesis course)
Theology 1 (Prerequisite: Hermeneutics & Theological Reflection)
Theology 2 (Prerequisite: Hermeneutics & Theological Reflection)
Theology 3 (Prerequisite: Hermeneutics & Theological Reflection)
Transformation Theology (Prerequisite: Theology 1)
Pastoral Theology (3 units)
Pastoral Theology/Theology of Ministry
Other Core Courses (15 units)
Basic Skills in Counselling
Church History
Educational Principles and Methods
Ethics (Prerequisite: Hermeneutics & Theological Reflection)
Homiletics (Prerequisite: Hermeneutics & Theological Reflection)
Strategic leadership and Management
World Missions
Elective (any core or focus course in any ATS degree program)
51
FOCUS COURSES
Biblical Greek 1
Biblical Greek 2 (Prerequisite: Greek 1 with a GPA of 2.0 or above)
Biblical Greek 3(Prerequisite: Greek 2 with a GPA of 2.0 or above)
Biblical Hebrew 1
Biblical Hebrew 2(Prerequisite: Hebrew 1 with a GPA of 2.0 or above)
Biblical Hebrew 3(Prerequisite: Hebrew 2with a GPA of 2.0 or above)
Old Testament Exegetical Book Study(Prerequisite: Hermeneutics, Biblical Hebrew 1 and 2)
New Testament Exegetical Book Study(Prerequisite: Hermeneutics,Biblical Hebrew 1 and 2)
24
RESEARCH COURSES
Research Methods and Statistics 1
Research Methods and Statistics 2 or Research Methods - Bible
6
PRACTICUM/Internship
3
Thesis
6
Total Units
90

Non-Thesis Track

Courses

Credit Units
PREREQUISITE COURSES
Introduction to the Bible (pass or fail)
Writing Academic Papers (non-Credit. Must be taken during the semester of registration)
0
CORE COURSES
Spiritual Formation (3 units)
Spiritual Formation and Professional Growth or Soul Care (Must be taken during student's 1st . Year of registration)
Bible and Theology (30 units)
Hermeneutics and Theological Reflection (HTR) (Must be taken during student's 1st year of registration. Concurrent or prerequisite: Introduction to the Bible)
New Testament Exegesis 1 (Prerequisite: HTR)
New Testament Exegesis 2 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Old Testament Exegesis 1 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Old Testament Exegesis 2 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Biblical Theology (Prerequisite: Introduction to the Bible,Hermeneutics,Theology 1, one NT Exegesis course and one OT Exegesis course)
Theology 1 (Prerequisite: Hermeneutics & Theological Reflection)
Theology 2 (Prerequisite: Hermeneutics & Theological Reflection)
Theology 3 (Prerequisite: Hermeneutics & Theological Reflection)
Transformation Theology (Prerequisite: Theology 1)
Pastoral Theology (3 units)
Pastoral Theology/Theology of Ministry
Other Core Courses (21 units)
Basic Skills in Counselling
Church History
Educational Principles and Methods
Ethics (Prerequisite: Hermeneutics & Theological Reflection)
Homiletics (Prerequisite: Hermeneutics & Theological Reflection)
Strategic leadership and Management
World Missions
Elective (any core or focus course in any ATS degree program)
57
FOCUS COURSES
Biblical Greek 1
Biblical Greek 2 (Prerequisite: Greek 1 with a GPA of 2.0 or above)
Biblical Greek 3(Prerequisite: Greek 2 with a GPA of 2.0 or above)
Biblical Hebrew 1
Biblical Hebrew 2(Prerequisite: Hebrew 1 with a GPA of 2.0 or above)
Biblical Hebrew 3(Prerequisite: Hebrew 2with a GPA of 2.0 or above)
Old Testament Exegetical Book Study(Prerequisite: Hermeneutics, Biblical Hebrew 1 and 2)
New Testament Exegetical Book Study(Prerequisite: Hermeneutics,Biblical Hebrew 1 and 2)

24
RESEARCH COURSES
Research Methods and Statistics 1
Research Methods and Statistics 2 or Research Methods - Bible
6
PRACTICUM/Internship
3
Total Units
90
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