Semi 500 Liberty Research Paper

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary

Administration

David W. Hirschman, Th.B., M.A.R., M.Div., D.Min.
Acting Dean, Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary
Assistant Professor of Religion

John A. Durden, B.S., M.Div., Ph.D.
Chair, Curriculum and Assessment
Associate Professor of Theology

Chet Roden, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biblical Studies
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

Ben Forrest, B.S., M.A.R., M.R.E., Ed.S., Ed.D.
Chair, Department of Practical Studies
Director, Master of Arts in Religion Program
Instructor of Religion

Anthony Chad Thornhill, B.S., M.A.R., M.Div., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Theological Studies
Instructor of Religion


Faculty

RESIDENTIAL – FULL-TIME
Distinguished Professor
Hindson; Kim

Distinguished Research Professor
Habermas

Professor
Chung;Dempsey; Diemer, Jr.; Freerksen; Hawkins, R.; Mitchell, D.; Morrison; Schmitt; Whaley, V.; Wheeler, D.

Associate
Davidson; Durden; Fanning; Gray; Hawkins, S.; Kaleli; King; Mitchell, Sr., M.; Nemitz; Percer; Pettus; Smith, C.F.; Yates, G.

Assistant
Hirschman; Rice; Roden

Instructor
Forrest; Thornhill

DISTANCE EDUCATION – FULL-TIME
Assistant
Abella; Adeyemi; Baker; Barksdale; Bishop; Briedenbaugh; Brown, W. E.; Burrell; Campbell, W. T.; Chiavone; Church; Curtis; Davis, J. F.; Dixon; Earley; Earls; Enos; Faulkenbury; Faulls; Fay; Fisher, Jr.; Fitzgerald; Forrest, B. K.; Garner; Ginn; Gowins; Goza; Graffagnino; Graves, G.; Greer; Halcombe, R.; Hammond, G.; Heiser; Hester; Hicks, D.; Higley; Holland, R.; Jacobs; Jeffries, G.; Joseph; Kendall; Kim, J.; Kitchens; Klauber; Ladd; Landers; Lester; Lopez, R., Lowman; Lucas; Luter; Maas; Mann, J.; Mappes; McAlhaney; McDonald, D. R.; McDonald, L. S.; McLean; Moody; Moosbrugger; Munton; Olender; Olsen; Pace; Pederson; Poplin; Powell; Reynolds, B.; Schnittjer; Shanks; Sheard; Smith, A. J.; Smith, A. C.; Snavely; Stacy; Steffen; Street; Subash; Sulfridge; Thompson, A.; Tomlin; Victor; Vidu; Vlach; Waechter; Waller; Warner; Warren, D.; Wetmore; White, D.; Whittington; Wilhite, D.; Woo; Wood; Wright, C. T.


History

The history of Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary is part of the history of Thomas Road Baptist Church and is the oldest graduate school of the University. The other schools are Liberty Christian Academy, Willmington School of the Bible, and Liberty University. The Seminary is an outgrowth of the vision of Dr. Jerry Falwell, the founding pastor of the Thomas Road Baptist Church. Dr. Falwell believed in Christian education. He believed that one of the most effective means of winning millions to Christ is by training young men and women to serve the Lord in aggressive, evangelical, soul-winning Baptist churches as pastors, staff, and members. The University was founded to help achieve that goal.

Another need, however, still existed. Professional, graduate level training was needed for graduates of Liberty University and other colleges desiring graduate theological education as preparation for ministries in churches similar to Thomas Road Baptist Church.

Founded as Lynchburg Baptist Theological Seminary in September 1973, it began with an enrollment of 41 students with Dr. Jerry Falwell as President and Chancellor. Forty years later, Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary continues to demonstrate that a seminary can be built on faith, dedication, and the blessings of God, from Whom comes Truth.

In 1975, the Seminary was given approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to grant graduate degrees. The Graduate School was established to provide graduate level education for entrance into academic circles for graduate work at the doctoral level.

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary provides quality, well-rounded education, based on academic excellence, emanating from the belief that Christian education should be superior, not inferior, to that provided by other schools. The Seminary was founded upon the principle that a person’s most effective ministry will be in conjunction with a local church.


Vision

The vision of the Seminary is to equip Christians to reach the entire world through aggressive New Testament church evangelism.


Distinctives

The Seminary is characterized by commitment to the fundamental doctrines of the faith and providing significant experiences to develop practical ministry skills.

  • Scholarship is of the most exacting type. Students are taught and are expected to produce at the graduate level.
  • Evangelism is a primary emphasis. Every faculty member and student is expected to manifest a concern for lost souls and to be a soul winner according to the gifts God has given him.
  • Church planting and church growth are major emphases at Liberty. Not only is church expansion a biblical mandate, it is a science at LUBTS.
  • Practical learning-by-doing is a part of every student’s life. The Seminary trains students primarily for service in Baptist churches.

LUBTS also offers graduate programs that retain these distinctives, but are more suitable for advanced continuing education or personal enrichment and are not designed for pastoral training.


The Mission of LUBTS

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary (LUBTS) exists to come alongside the local church and help it fulfill the Great Commission. In accordance with the mission of Liberty University and within the historic Baptist tradition, Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary provides graduate and professional programs that train persons for traditional, Christian ministry positions.). LUBTS offers programs designed to equip people for lay ministry, personal enrichment, church, mission and denominational leadership, and advanced scholarly research.

As a Christian community, LUBTS seeks to cultivate spiritual growth and faithful service to Christ and His church.  As an academic community, LUBTS seeks to educate and impart knowledge and requisite skills to men and women for service and leadership in Christian ministry. As a service community, LUBTS seeks to respond to the needs of local churches and Christian ministries as they participate in worship, world-wide evangelism, discipleship and scholarship.


Program Goals and Objectives

In keeping with its stated mission, Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary strives to achieve the following institutional goals:

Personal Goals

COMMITMENT
We seek to provide an environment in which students are encouraged to strengthen their commitment to Christ, certify their call to service, and develop an abiding love for God and His Word.

LIFESTYLE
We seek to develop a lifestyle of actively communicating the Christian faith through personal integrity, evangelistic witness, and responsible scholarship.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
We seek to foster an awareness of the Christian’s responsibility to be a productive member of society and to be responsive to the needs and concerns of diverse cultures.

Academic Goals

KNOWLEDGE
We seek to develop cognitive skills for ministry and scholarship through rigorous interaction with the biblical text and disciplines related to professional vocation.

UNDERSTANDING
We seek to provide theological, historical, and intellectual understandings necessary for a self-conscious, critical, and Christian response to the world.

Vocational Goals

RELATIONSHIPS
We seek to develop communicative, administrative, and relational skills necessary for professional competence.

ETHICS
We seek to provide opportunities for students to explore the moral dimensions and ethical implications of their chosen vocation.

EVANGELISM
We seek to cultivate sensitivity to others and a concern for world evangelization through local church ministries and vigorous defense of the gospel.

CHURCH GROWTH
We seek to develop biblical and scientific expertise in establishing, developing, and sustaining growing churches and ministries.


Programs of Study

The programs of the Seminary are open equally to all men and women who meet the entrance requirements. Our purpose is to provide educational experiences for personal enrichment or professional training. We encourage the students to be all they can for God, and we are confident He will direct them to places of service. However, it is important for our students to know that we are a training agency not an ordaining agency. Ordination is the responsibility of a local church or, in some cases, a denominational body, each of which has its own criteria. Women need to be advised that few opportunities presently exist for ordination of women among Baptist churches and Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary supports the Baptist Faith and Message as amended by the Southern Baptist Convention of June 2000. There are a broad variety of positions on both ordination and staff employment of divorced persons among churches which may impact our ability to place such students. As a seminary, we will assist all of our students with placement, but we cannot guarantee it, nor will we attempt to influence the policies of churches.


Korean Language Assistance Program (KLAP)

KLAP is a program designed to help Korean students who have a TOEFL score below 80 (iBT: Internet-based), which is the score that the catalogue requires for those whose mother tongue is not English for admission to Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary (LUBTS).

This program provides language assistants to the classes designated as KLAP courses so that they can help Korean students who need assistance in communication with the instructor on the lecture and course-related issues. Language assistants clarify and facilitate the communication within the framework of the KLAP courses, between the instructor and Korean students with a TOEFL score below 80. 
KLAP offers Theological English for Korean Students (THEK) courses for those students who need training in English in this program. Students in KLAP (Korean Language Assistance Program) will be required to take all four THEK courses until they retake TOEFL and score at least 80. Otherwise they will not be graduated in their major program in Seminary.


EVALUATION OF TRANSFER CREDITS
Credit toward the master’s-level Seminary degrees (excluding the Th.M.) will be given for those courses taken at an institution in which a grade of C or better was earned and which are equivalent to courses offered at the Seminary. The Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary will accept no more than three courses of transfer that were completed more than ten years prior to application of transfer of credit.  Transfer credit into either the Th.M. or D.Min. program is limited to six hours in which the student has received a grade of B or better.  Internship credit is not transferable. 

Only courses and degrees from institutions accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the Department of Education will be evaluated for transfer credit. (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc).

Credits from a prior degreeon the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

SEMINARY ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Liberty University School of Religion students admitted to the Seminary may petition the Graduate Transcript Evaluation Office for permission to substitute advanced electives for select foundational courses that are a significant duplication of course content covered in similar courses taken by the student at the undergraduate level. Advanced Placement can be applied if petition meets the following criteria:

  1. Advanced Placement based on completed coursework will be able to Liberty University graduates only.
  2. Liberty University students may only request Advanced Placement for 300-400 level undergraduate courses taken at Liberty University in the specific subject area.
  3. These 300-400 level courses must have been passed with a grade of B or higher.
  4. Only the courses below are available for Advanced Placement substitution:
  CHHI 525 NGRK 505 OTCL 520
           HOMI 500 NGRK 525 OTCL 620
  NBST 515 OBST 515 THEO 525
  NBST 520 OBST 520 THEO 530
  NGRK 520 OTCL 505  
  1. If approved, student must take electives in the discipline(s) of the Advanced Placement substitution (Example: approved CHHI 520 substitution, student must take elective with a CHHI prefix).
  2. Students who earned the bachelor’s degree at another institution must take the Institutional Challenge Exam (ICE exam) in order to qualify for Advanced Placement.

INSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE EXAMINATIONS (ICE)
To apply for credit by examination, other than Advanced Placement, a student must submit a formal request. Residential students must submit requests to the Seminary; online students must submit requests to the ICE Coordinator. Each ICE attempt incurs non-refundable fees which are noted in the Fees chart of the Expenses and Financial Policy section, ICE requests are subject to the following guidelines:

  1. The majority of the course work for any program of study must be earned through Liberty University. Each program specifies the minimum number of hours which must be completed through Liberty. ICE credit hours do not count toward this minimum.
  2. The minimum passing score for graduate Institutional Challenge Exams is a B minus according to the grading scale in use at the time the exam is taken.
  3. A passed ICE is awarded a grade of “P” (passing) and does not count toward the student’s grade point average.
  4. A student may not take the Institutional Challenge Exam if the course has previously been taken or is currently being taken.
  5. ICE may only be attempted once per course.
  6. ICE may not be taken during the drop/add period.
  7. ICE may not be taken after classes begin in the student’s final semester.
  8. ICE credit may only apply to the following courses:
          CHHI 520 NGRK 520 OTCL 520
  CHHI 525 NGRK 525 OTCL 620
  NBST 515 OBST 515 THEO 525
  NBST 520 OBST 520 THEO 530
  NGRK 505 OTCL 505  


DEGREE CANDIDACY
Degree Candidacy is granted when the student completes all prerequisites and is in good academic standing.


Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.)

Rodney Dempsey, B.S., M.R.E., D.Min.
Director, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
Associate Director, Center for Ministry Training
Professor of Educational Ministries


PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree is designed to address the needs of students looking for a single-track seminary degree. Its focused nature allows students to pursue a degree that allows them to specialize in their area of interest and equips graduates with specialized knowledge in the area of interest.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES      
The student will be able to:

  1. Categorize the essential foundations of ministry.
  2. Organize an effective administrative structure for ministry.
  3. Develop a curricular program, including an implementation plan, for ministry in a local congregation.
  4. Design a plan for equipping others to participate in and contribute to ministry programs.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program must meet the following requirements:

  • Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S., Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).  Applicants who hold a prior degree from an unaccredited institution may be considered for admission on Academic Caution; students admitted on Academic Caution are required to take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing their first semester.
  • First-time applicants are asked to submit a written recommendation from a pastor.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Questionnaire/Personal Statement

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS      
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete 36 hours.
  • A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  • A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit, including credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  • 2.00 GPA.
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  • All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  • All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  • Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Program of Study

(M.A.C.M.) Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (36 hrs)
Program Options: Online and Resident Formats
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (27 hrs)
CHHI 510Survey of the History of Christianity3
DSMN 500Discipleship Ministries3
EVAN 525Contemporary Evangelism3
GLST 500Global Studies Survey3
LEAD 510Biblical Foundations of Leadership3
NBST 510New Testament Introduction3
OBST 510Old Testament Introduction3
SEMI 500Introduction to Seminary Studies3
THEO 510Survey of Theology3
Choose one of the following cognates: Discipleship & Church Ministry, Evangelism & Church Planting, Global Studies, Homiletics, Leadership, Marketplace Chaplaincy, Pastor Counseling, Pastoral Ministries
Note: Students who pursue a Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) degree after the completion of this degree may transfer a maximum of 27 hrs from this degree into the MAR

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry - Cognates

(M.A.C.M.) Master of Arts in Christian Ministry - Discipleship and Church Ministry Cognate (9 hrs)
Discipleship & Church Ministry Cognate (9 hrs)
DSMN 610Family Discipleship3
DSMN 630Small Group Ministries3
HOMI 601Ministry of Teaching3
(M.A.C.M.) Master of Arts in Christian Ministry - Evangelism and Church Planting Cognate (9 hrs)
Evangelism & Church Planting Cognate (9 hrs)
EVAN 500Spiritual Factors of Growing Churches3
EVAN 505Introduction to Church Planting3
EVAN 510Evangelism and the Growing Church3
(M.A.C.M.) Master of Arts in Christian Ministry - Global Studies Cognate (9 hrs)
Global Studies Cognate (9 hrs)
GLST 525Introduction to Islam3
GLST 620History of Global Christianity3
GLST 650Intercultural Communication and Engagement 3
(M.A.C.M.) Master of Arts in Christian Ministry - Homiletics (9 hrs)
Homiletics Cognate (9 hrs)
HOMI 500Preparation of the Sermon3
HOMI 605Expository Preaching3
NBST 610Hermeneutics3
(M.A.C.M.) Master of Arts in Christian Ministry - Leadership Cognate (9 hrs)
Leadership Cognate (9 hrs)
LEAD 610Team Leadership and Conflict Resolution3
LEAD 620Mission, Vision, and Strategic Planning3
LEAD 625Ministry Matters: Preventing Ministry Failure3
(M.A.C.M.) Master of Arts in Christian Ministry - Marketplace Chaplaincy Cognate (9 hrs)
Marketplace Chaplaincy Cognate (9 hrs)
CHPL 500Introduction to Chaplaincy Ministry3
CHPL 600Chaplaincy Ministry in the US Military 3
CHPL 696Chaplaincy and Pastoral Ministries3
(M.A.C.M.) Master of Arts in Christian Ministry - Pastoral Counseling Cognate (9 hrs)
Pastoral Counseling Cognate (9 hrs)
PACO 500Introduction to Pastoral Counseling3
PACO 506Integration of Psychology and Theology3
PACO 603Premarital and Marital Counseling3
(M.A.C.M.) Master of Arts in Christian Ministry - Pastoral Ministries Cognate (9 hrs)
Pastoral Ministries Cognate (9 hrs)
EVAN 670Strategic Prayer and Spiritual Warfare3
LEAD 635Theology of Pastoral Ministry3
PACO 500Introduction to Pastoral Counseling3
(M.A.C.M.) Master of Arts in Christian Ministry - Worship Cognate (9 hrs)
Worship Cognate (9 hrs)
WRSP 502History and Philosophy of Worship3
WRSP 520The Role of the Worship Leader3
WRSP 530Principles of Leadership for the Worship Leader3

Liberty University en Español

The Seminary also offers the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program online through Liberty University en Español.  Additional information can be accessed online at http://www.luonline.com/index.cfm?PID=21499.


Master of Arts in Global Studies (M.A.)

Jeffrey Ritchie, B.A., M.Div., M.A.R.E., Ph.D.
Director, Master of Arts in Global Studies Program
Assistant Professor of Global Studies


PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Global Studies program seeks to prepare students for effective engagement in intercultural careers and service. Students are trained in both intercultural theory (i.e., history, anthropology, worldview studies) and practice (i.e., communication). The degree offers two tracks of study: an academic track with culminates in a thesis, or a practical track which concludes with an extended practicum.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Articulate a biblical theology of mission.
  2. Analyze the inventory of culture (customs, values, worldview, history) of a given host people.
  3. Construct a plan for engaging in Christian mission in a manner that is biblically authentic and relevant to the host culture.
  4. Employ critical thinking skills in addressing current questions in missiology.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, applicants to the Master of Arts Global Studies program in the Seminary must have:

  • Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S., Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).  Applicants who hold a prior degree from an unaccredited institution may be considered for admission on Academic Caution; students admitted on Academic Caution are required to take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing their first semester.
  • First-time applicants are asked to submit a written recommendation from a pastor.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Questionnaire/Personal Statement

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, students enrolled in the Master of Arts Global Studies program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete 36 hours.
  • A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credit from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  • A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit, including credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  • 3.00 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+/C-)
  • No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+/D-)
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  • All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  • All Online students admitted on Academic  Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  • Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Program of Study

(M.A.G.S.) Master of Arts Global Studies (36 hrs) Thesis Track
Program Options: Online and Resident Formats
Foundational Studies Courses (12 hrs)
NBST Elective 3*
OBST Elective3*
THEO 605Theology of Global Engagement3
THEO 675Contextualization and Global Theology 3
Core Courses (18 hrs)
GLST 500Global Studies Survey3
GLST 699Global Studies Internship3
GLST Electives12*
Thesis Courses (6 hrs)
RTCH 680Research Methods 13
THES 690Thesis Defense3

2Any student who is not ready for enrollment in THES 690 after completing RTCH 680 may be required, as determined by the student’s thesis chair, to take THES 689 Thesis Proposal and Research, and may be required to repeat THES 689 until deemed ready for enrollment in THES 690.

(M.A.G.S.) Master of Arts Global Studies (36 hrs) Practicum Track
Program Options: Online and Resident Formats
Foundational Studies Courses (12 hrs)
NBST Elective3*
OBST Elective3*
THEO 605Theology of Global Engagement3
THEO 675Contextualization and Global Theology 3
Core Courses (18 hrs)
GLST 500Global Studies Survey3
GLST Electives15*
Practicum Course (6 hrs)
GLST 699Global Studies Internship6
*Must be a 500-600 level course

Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.)

Scott M. Hawkins, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Director, Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling
Associate Professor of Counseling


PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling equips students to minister as non-professional counselors in ministry settings such as the church staff and benevolence ministries.  This degree does not lead to licensure as a professional counselor.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Develop a theoretically informed pastoral counseling strategy.
  2. Formulate a personal theory of counseling that rests on solid theological/psychological principles
  3. Integrate critical thinking skills in the practice of Christian scholarship.
  4. Develop an awareness of the role and importance of pastoral counseling within the discipline of Counseling and demonstrate entry level proficiency through the completion of an approved internship.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling must meet the following requirements:

  • Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S., Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).  Applicants who hold a prior degree from an unaccredited institution may be considered for admission on Academic Caution; students admitted on Academic Caution are required to take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing their first semester.
  • First-time applicants are asked to submit a written recommendation from a pastor.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Questionnaire/Personal Statement

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete 36 hours.
  • A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credit from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  • A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit, including credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  • 2.50 GPA
  • No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+/D-)
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  • All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  • All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  • Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

 

(M.A.) Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (36 hrs)
Program Options: Online and Resident Formats
Core Courses (30 hrs)
PACO 500Introduction to Pastoral Counseling3
PACO 504Multicultural Issues in Pastoral Counseling3
PACO 509Spiritual Formation in Pastoral Counseling3*
PACO 603Premarital and Marital Counseling3
PACO 604Crisis Intervention in Pastoral Counseling3
PACO 615Marriage and Family Counseling3
PACO 617Theories and Techniques in Pastoral Counseling3*
PACO 630Gerontology and Counseling3
PACO 699Counseling Internship3
THEO 510Survey of Theology3
Elective Courses (6 hrs)
Choose two of the following courses:
PACO 506Integration of Psychology and Theology3
PACO 507Theology and Spirituality in Counseling3
PACO 622Counseling the Child and Adolescent3
PACO 625Healthy Sexuality3
PACO 687Counseling Women3
*Course offered as an Intensive

DEGREE TRANSFER: M.A. DEGREES INTO THE M.A.R., M.R.E., OR M.DIV. PROGRAMS
Students who earn Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees in the Seminary may pursue the Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) or Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) and apply 27 of the hours from the M.A. toward the M.A.R. or M.R.E. Students who earn M.A. degrees may also pursue the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree and apply all 36 hours to the M.Div. (Students who pursue the 72-hour MDiv – Chaplaincy may apply a maximum of 33 hours toward that degree.)  Please refer to the Multiple Degrees information in the Graduate Admissions section of this Catalog.

Students may not earn the M.A.R., M.R.E., or M.Div. degree first, and then apply to pursue the M.A.

Students desiring the additional degree must submit an application for admission through the Graduate Admissions Office.


Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.)

Ben Forrest, B.S., M.A.R., M.R.E., Ed.D.
Chair, Department of Practical Studies
Director, Master of Arts in Religion Program
Instructor of Religion


PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Religion degree program is appropriate as an entry level and general professional degree in religion. It is designed to give the student intensive study in the Scriptures and the essential truths of the Christian message.

The program is profitable for pastors and ministry leaders who wish to have a firm scriptural undergirding for service in Christian ministry. The program also provides an opportunity for potential advanced studies in a program such as the 93-hour M.Div. or a D.Min. degree.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Explicate the origin and contents of the Bible, as it informs the Christian faith.
  2. Compose a discipleship ministry strategy for Christian ministries.
  3. Categorize the critical components of Christian ministry.
  4. Devise a plan for personal growth, development, and service.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Arts in Religion program must meet the following requirements:

  • Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S., Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
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