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Graduate School of Theology – Academic Degrees

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) in Theological Studies (Standard Track)
The Master of Arts in Theological Studies is a fourteen course Standard Track program of studies. The standard track requires less reading and writing than the honors track. This program meets the standard requirements in a traditional seminary program. Acceptance into this program requires an acceptable bachelor’s degree.

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) in Theological Studies (Honors Track)
The Master of Arts in Theological Studies is a fourteen course honors track program of studies. The honors track requires heavier reading and writing assignments than the standard track reaching beyond the standard seminary requirements. Acceptance into this program requires an acceptable bachelor’s degree.

Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) in Theology, Apologetics and Church History (Standard Track)
The Master of Arts in Religion is a two year degree Standard Track program of studies especially in the fields of theology, apologetics and church history. The standard track requires less reading and writing than the honors track. This program meets the standard requirements in a traditional seminary program. Acceptance into this program requires an acceptable bachelor’s degree.

Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) in Theology, Apologetics and Church History (Honors Track)
The Master of Arts in Religion is a two year degree honors Track program of studies especially in the fields of theology, apologetics and church history. The honors track requires more reading and writing than the standard track reaching beyond the standard seminary requirements. Acceptance into this program requires an acceptable bachelor’s degree.

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in Pastoral Ministry (Standard Track)
The Master of Divinity is a three-year standard track study program designed specifically to train men for the office of minister. The degree requirements are based upon the rules for examination for ordination as set forth by the Westminster Assembly in 1645, as stated in The Form of Presbyterian Church Government. The program has two tracks: Presbyterian and Baptist.

Master of Divinity (M. Div.) in Pastoral Ministry (Honors Track)
The Master of Divinity is a three-year honors track study program designed specifically to train men for the office of minister reaching beyond the standard seminary divinity degree. The degree requirements are based upon the rules for examination for ordination as set forth by the Westminster Assembly in 1645, as stated in The Form of Presbyterian Church Government. The program has two tracks: Presbyterian and Baptist.

Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.) in Pastoral Ministry or Counseling (Standard Track)
A student without an undergraduate (bachelor) degree may complete the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program of study in Pastoral Ministry or Pastoral Counseling and be awarded a Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.) degree. Students who are 35 years or older at the time of graduation will be awarded the Master of Divinity degree. If the student later completes an undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Divinity degree may be upgraded to a Master of Divinity degree, for a small fee upon application by the student. Students who desire to take the Master of Divinity degree program, but do not want to complete the Greek and Hebrew requirements, may receive a Bachelor of Theology (Th.B.) degree which will be designated as a major in English Bible and Theology only.

Master of Theology (Th.M.) in Reformed Theological Interpretation
The Master of Theology degree is a three-year program of study in theology, apologetics, and church history. The program is like the M.Div. degree but without the emphasis in practical theology. It is strictly a theological degree intended for a teaching vocation rather than pastoral ministry.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The Doctor of Philosophy is a three-year degree awarded in one of the following areas of concentration: Christian Intellectual Thought; Philosophy of Religion; Historical Theology (history of doctrine and Reformation or Puritan studies); Exegetical Theology;  and Systematic Theology (history of systems, Calvin and Edwards). Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 credits beyond the M.A.R. or its equivalent, in the doctoral course work. The credit distribution is as follows: Twenty-four credits in the doctoral core courses; twenty-four credits of study in the student’s major area of emphasis; and twelve credits for research and dissertation. The dissertation must consist of a minimum of 50,000 words and not to exceed 75,000 words in length.

For the student who completes all the doctoral courses in this degree program and then determines not to complete the dissertation, that student will be awarded the Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree upon the completion of the oral examination covering the student’s course work. Students who desired to complete the Ph.D. by completing the dissertation may do so by reapplying within 6 years of completing the Master of Theology  degree.

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