MA/ST Concentration Purpose
The Master of Arts concentration in Systematic Theology provides specialized study in Christian doctrine: its biblical grounding, historical development, logical coherence, and contemporary context. The MA/ST trains students to engage theological ideas in the world today through a strong biblical, evangelical foundation, mastery of our diverse theological heritage, and familiarity with contemporary (including global) developments in theology. The concentration seeks to equip students to become responsible interpreters of Scripture and faithful stewards of Christian thought. The MA/ST is academic rather than professional in focus, preparing participants in knowledge and practice for teaching or researching in Christian secondary schools, or as a preparatory step (among others) toward doctoral study in a related area.
MA/ST Concentration Objectives and Student Learning Objectives
- Students will learn to think from a biblical, evangelical foundation and responsibly interpret Scripture (e.g., by taking the “Use of Scripture in Theology” course).
- Students will obtain competence in the historic traditions of Christian theology (e.g., by taking courses in historical theology).
- Students will gain familiarity with contemporary, global developments in Christian theology (e.g., by taking Contemporary Theology).
- Students will develop skills in speaking, writing, and teaching towards professional/vocational goals (e.g., through papers, seminar presentations, and perhaps a thesis).
An undergraduate major in Bible and/or theology, or a minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate work in biblical and/or theological studies. Students entering with deficiencies are advised to satisfy up to 9 hours of those deficiencies by taking any or all of Theology I, II, and III.
|Biblical and Systematic Theology Core|
|ST 5101||Theology I: Intro to Theology 1||3|
|ST 5102||Theology II: Christ, Man, Sin & Salvation 1||3|
|ST 5103||Theology III: Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things 1||3|
|Students who have taken the equivalent of these courses with a grade of B or above are encouraged to take at least two advanced doctrinal courses such as the following:|
|Models of Sanctification|
God in Biblical and Systematic Theology
|Concentration Core 1,2|
|ID 6011||The Church and its Mission||2|
|ST 7505||Use of Scripture and Theology||3|
|Select one course in Biblical Theology such as:||3|
|Biblical Theology and Interpretation|
|Old Testament Theology|
|New Testament Theology|
|Select two courses, in Historical Theology and/or Contemporary Theology such as:||5-6|
|Survey of Contemporary Theology|
|Theology of Augustine|
|Recent & Contemporary Theologians|
ST electives (6-12 hours)
|Select 0-7 hours of elective courses 3||0-7|
|Symposium in ST (two times/semester)|
|Symposium in ST once each semester and one ST discussion each semester 4||0|
|Select one of the following:||0|
|Field Education (1 semester)|
|Formation Group (2 semesters)|
|MA/ST Major Comprehensie Exam||0|
|Select one of the following:|
|ST 7980||MA Major Research Paper (Two)||0-3|
|ST 7485||MA Thesis 5||3|
Up to 3 hours of the Capstone Project may be applied to the Core
MA/ST students should work with faculty advisor to ensure coursework provides adequate background for the capstone comprehensive exam and writing projects.
After satisfying the above mentioned requirements, students who have not taken a total of 32 hours may take further elective course work in a secondary area related to the Concentration (e.g., Apologetics; Ethics; Philosophy of Religion; Bioethics).
Each MA/ST student is required to attend a Symposium in ST once each semester. In addition, each student is required to attend a discussion groups coordinated by the department in that same semester. Thus in two semesters of coursework, a student will attend two symposiums and two discussion groups. ST Symposia will be hosted by the ST Department.
The thesis option requires a research methods course as an elective (generally ID 7900)