Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies in the Eurasian Context)
Director: Alan Hultberg, Ph.D.
The mission of the Master of Arts is to produce biblically, theologically, and spiritually discerning Christian thinkers who can serve the body of Christ in lay, parachurch or academic ministries. The Master of Arts program provides both a general biblical, theological, and spiritual foundation for reflection and a specialized focus on a discipline crucial to fulfilling Talbot's mission and from which students can serve or go on for advanced study. These disciplines include Bible Exposition, Biblical and Theological Studies/Diversified, Biblical and Theological Studies in the Eurasian Context (Kyiv extension only), New Testament, Old Testament, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation, and Theology.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Master of Arts, students will be able to:
- Integrate a sound understanding of Scripture with the contents of their respective emphasized disciplines (ULO 3).
- Explain the major doctrines of Christianity, including their biblical basis and contemporary relevance (ULO 1).
- Students will be able to demonstrate abilities relevant to personal spiritual formation, including an understanding of spiritual theology, knowledge of God & self, relational skills, and an understanding of their vocation (ULO 1, 2, 3).
- Perform and report research in their respective disciplines at a level sufficient to begin a doctoral program (ULO 3).
Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.
Biblical and Theological Studies in the Eurasian Context (Kyiv Extension) Learning Outcomes
As a result of this program, students will:
- Be able to recall the key contents of the Old and New Testaments and will identify important historical and cultural background information relevant to the study of the Old and New Testaments.
- Be able to exegete and apply a biblical text through the application of historical-grammatical hermeneutics.
- Be able to articulate the major elements of orthodox Christian theology, including biblical foundations, and will be able to apply this theology to an issue in the Eurasian church context.
- Be able to explain the theory of "the sanctification gap"1 and will reflect upon the calling(s) of God in their lives.
For the purposes of assessment, "sanctification gap" is defined as the perceived gap between the goal of sanctification and one's present spiritual life.
Applicants must possess a Bachelor of Arts degree or its academic equivalent from an accredited college with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Additionally, applicants should have completed an accredited course in Old Testament survey and in New Testament survey prior to matriculation. If the prerequisite courses are not completed prior to matriculation, the student is required to take TTBE 519 and TTBE 520 as elective credits during their program.
All applicants must submit a written statement outlining their vocational objectives and how the degree might relate to those objectives.
- Satisfactorily complete 49 credits as outlined in the curriculum requirements below. The rate of progress for many students is 12–13 credits per semester, allowing the program to be completed in two years.
- Students without previous courses in Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey must take TTBE 519 and TTBE 520, which are not for credit unless taken in place of elective credits.
- Complete the online introduction to theological research and writing by the end of the second semester.
- Submit an acceptable capstone project, as determined by the department of specialization. Students will receive specific directions about their capstone project from their respective departments.
- At least 24 of the total credits required for the degree program must be completed in residency at Biola. Advanced Standing, Reduction and transfer credit are not considered residency credits.
- Obtain a 3.0 average with no grade below a "C-" in all courses to be credited toward graduation.
- Complete the entire program in no more than five years.
- Meet with a Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section.)
The academic programs leading to the degree Master of Arts with a specialization in Biblical and Theological Studies in the Eurasian Context is comprised of 49 credits, including:
- Biblical and theological foundations.
- Spiritual Formation Focus (SFF).
- Academic specialization in one of four disciplines requiring biblical language studies, or general studies in which biblical languages are not required.
- Additional elective courses determined by the student in consultation with the advisor.
Applicants who have taken undergraduate courses in biblical or theological studies may request advanced standing based on collegiate work. See Talbot Admissions Requirements for details. Note: if master's level courses are given advanced standing based on undergraduate coursework, some Ph.D. programs may require additional graduate courses in order to meet doctoral program requirements.
|Old Testament Survey|
|New Testament Survey|
|TTSF 501||Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation||3|
|TTSF 503||Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation||3|
|TTSS 510||Theological Research Methodologies||1|
|TTBE 517||Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods||3|
|TTTH 511||Theology I - Introduction: Revelation and Nature of God||3|
|TTTH 512||Theology II - Works of God, Angels, Man and Sin||3|
|TTTH 613||Theology III - Christ, Salvation and the Spirit||3|
|TTTH 614||Theology IV - The Church and Last Things||3|
|Biblical and Theological Studies in the Eurasian Context Specialization Courses|
|TTBE 530||Elementary Principles of the Biblical Languages||3|
|TTBE 731||Exposition of Old Testament Segments or Themes 1||2|
|TTBE 770||The Life of Christ||3|
|TTHT 505||Patristic and Medieval Theology||3|
|TTHT 506||Reformation and Modern Theology||3|
|TTNT 701||The World of the New Testament||2|
|TTNT 791||New Testament Seminar||2|
|TTOT 745||World of the Old Testament||2|
|TTOT 791||Old Testament Seminar||2|
|TTTH 790||Kyiv Capstone Project||1|
|Select from the following: 2||6|
|Expositional Methodology in Daniel and Revelation|
|Old Testament Wisdom and Poetry|
|The Church and Society|
|Biblical Leadership and Management|
|The Theology and Practice of Prayer|
|Cults in the Eurasian Context|
|Participation in Spiritual Formation Labs (16 sessions). These discussion groups meet as an additional component of class time.|
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