Applicants to the M.A. program must have a strong background in the humanities. Applicants to the Ph.D. program must normally have achieved a 3.5 (B+) average in the M.A. program in theology. All applicants to the M.A. and Ph.D. programs must submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general aptitude test.
Master of Arts (MA) Program
The M.A. program provides a solid foundation in biblical studies, historical theology and systematic theology, as well as the opportunity to concentrate in one of the three areas. The M.A. program in historical and systematic theology requires the completion of ten courses (30 credits) as well as a comprehensive examination and demonstration of a reading knowledge of either French or German. The M.A. program in biblical studies requires two additional reading courses in either Hebrew or Greek.
Core Course Requirements for the M.A. Program: The following six core courses are required of all M.A. students: Introduction to the Old Testament; Introduction to the New Testament; Fundamental Theology; Fundamental Moral Theology; History of Christianity I; and History of Christianity II.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program
The Ph.D. program offers four areas of study: biblical studies, Christianity in antiquity, historical theology, and systematic theology. At least twelve courses (36 credits) beyond the M.A. degree are required. The Ph.D. program requires reading competency in French and German or another modern language with departmental approval. In addition, students must establish reading competency in Latin, if the primary sources of the area of concentration are in that language. They must also establish reading competency in other languages that are necessary for their dissertation research. The Ph.D. program in biblical studies includes additional requirements in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.
The completion of the Ph.D. degree requires the successful completion of the comprehensive examination and the successful defense of the doctoral dissertation.
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