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

  1. 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).
  2. Students will obtain competence in the historic traditions of Christian theology (e.g., by taking courses in historical theology).
  3. Students will gain familiarity with contemporary, global developments in Christian theology (e.g., by taking Contemporary Theology).
  4. Students will develop skills in speaking, writing, and teaching towards professional/vocational goals (e.g., through papers, seminar presentations, and perhaps a thesis).

MA/ST Prerequisites

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 ST 5201, 5202, and ID 5000.

Biblical and Theology Core9
ID 5000Biblical Theology and Interpretation3
ST 5201
ST 5202
Theology I: The God of the Gospel
and Theology II: The Gospel of God
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:
Divine Action and the Doctrine of Providence
God in Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology
Models of Sanctification
Christology: Classical Formulations and Contemporary Issues
Concentration Core 1,2
ME 8300Global Theologies3
ST 7505Use of Scripture and Theology3
Select one course in Biblical Theology such as:3
Old Testament Theology
New Testament Theology
Select two courses, in Historical Theology and/or Contemporary Theology such as:5-6
Jonathan Edwards
Essentials of Reformed Theology
Karl Barth as Theological Interpreter of Scripture
Analytic Theology
Anselm and the Victorines
Arminius and Arminianism
Theology of Augustine
Karl Barth
Recent & Contemporary Theologians
ST electives (6-12 hours)
Elective Courses
Select 10-11 hours of elective courses 310-11
Field Education
Select one of the following:0
Field Education (1 semester)
Formation Group (2 semesters)
MA/ST Capstone1-3
ST 7477MA Major Comprehensive Exam1
Select one of the following:
ST 7980MA Major Research Paper (Two)0-2
ST 7485MA Thesis 40-2
Total Hours36