About the Program

Program Outcomes

The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) program provides a general foundation in the biblical and theological disciplines as well as an opportunity for specialized training in either Biblical Studies or Theology and Ethics. Specifically, the outcomes of the program are to prepare graduates who:

  1. Analyze biblical texts through a close reading that employs an inductive approach and determines various aspects of their structure.
  2. Identify and differentiate the historical and cultural setting of biblical texts.
  3. Compare and contrast critically different interpretations of biblical texts.
  4. Demonstrate skill in at least one biblical language.
  5. Analyze theological and ethical issues through theological methodology.
  6. Identify and outline the historical development of Christian doctrine and ethics.
  7. Identify and differentiate the central doctrines of Christian theology and the foundations of Christian ethics.
  8. Demonstrate mastery of the craft of scholarly research and writing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many units do I take each quarter/semester?
While there are no minimum or maximum unit requirements, 9 units is considered a full-time schedule.

How long is a semester?
Semesters generally run for 15 weeks.

How many hours does each class session require?
Both once a week classes, which last for 4 hours and 15 minutes, and twice a week classes, which run for 2 hours each, are available.

How many students will there be in my classes?
Most classes will average 15–18 students.

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
Classes usually meet once a week, but some are offered twice a week.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.