Master of Arts in Theological Studies

The Master of Arts program is designed for men and women who desire to engage seriously in religious studies at the graduate level, but who do not desire ordination in professional ministry. Three emphases (or concentrations) are offered within the M.A. curriculum in order to meet the individual interests and needs of students: Biblical Studies, Mission and Evangelism, and Christian Education.

The personal and academic qualifications for the admission into the M.A. program are the same as those established for the Master of Divinity program.

Biblical studies

Purpose

This program is a track designed for students whose purpose of study includes the following intentions:

  1. To develop competencies in biblical languages, exegesis, and interpretation of the Old Testament and New Testament.
  2. To understand the origin and tradition of the Reformed faith through Church History and Systematic Theology courses.
  3. To prepare themselves to pursue a higher degree in biblical, historical, or theological studies.

Mission and Evangelism

Purpose

This program is a track designed for students whose purpose of study includes the following intentions:

  1. To gain moderate competence in one biblical language (Greek or Hebrew).
  2. To obtain deeper knowledge of mission and evangelism as well as the knowledge of Biblical, historical, and theological studies.
  3. To prepare themselves to serve the Lord and His church in the mission field or to pursue a higher degree in the interest.

Christian Education

Purpose

This program is a track designed for students whose purpose of study includes the following intentions:

  1. To gain a moderate competency in one biblical language (Greek or Hebrew).
  2. To obtain deeper knowledge of Christian Education as well as the knowledge of biblical, historical, and theological studies.
  3. To prepare themselves to serve the Lord and His church in the field of educational ministry or to pursue a higher degree in the interest.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Arts degree will have met the following requirements for graduation:

  1. Completed all course requirements with minimum grade point average of 2.7, and with no grade below a “C-.”
  2. Successfully passed the Bible Knowledge Test.
  3. Submitted “Future Ministry Plan.”
  4. Settled all financial obligations with the ITS Administrative office.
  5. Completed all requirements for the degree within four years from the time of matriculation.

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