Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies in the Eurasian Context)

Director: Alan Hultberg, Ph.D.

Mission

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:

  1. Integrate a sound understanding of Scripture with the contents of their respective emphasized disciplines (ULO 3).
  2. Explain the major doctrines of Christianity, including their biblical basis and contemporary relevance (ULO 1).
  3. 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).
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Be able to exegete and apply a biblical text through the application of historical-grammatical hermeneutics.
  3. 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.
  4. Be able to explain the theory of "the sanctification gap"1 and will reflect upon the calling(s) of God in their lives.

Admission Requirements

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.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfactorily complete 51 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Complete the online introduction to theological research and writing by the end of the second semester.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Obtain a 3.0 average with no grade below a "C-" in all courses to be credited toward graduation.
  7. Complete the entire program in no more than five years.
  8. 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.)

Specialization Requirements

Program Structure

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 51 credits, including:

  1. Biblical and theological foundations.
  2. Spiritual Formation Focus (SFF).
  3. Academic specialization in one of four disciplines requiring biblical language studies, or general studies in which biblical languages are not required.
  4. Additional elective courses determined by the student in consultation with the advisor.

Advanced Standing

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.

Curriculum Requirements

Prerequisite Courses
Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Program Courses
TTSF 501Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation3
TTSF 503Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation3
TTSS 510Theological Research Methodologies1
TTBE 517Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods3
TTTH 511Theology I - Introduction: Revelation and Nature of God3
TTTH 512Theology II - Works of God, Angels, Man and Sin3
TTTH 613Theology III - Christ, Salvation and the Spirit3
TTTH 614Theology IV - The Church and Last Things3
Biblical and Theological Studies in the Eurasian Context Specialization Courses
TTBE 530Elementary Principles of the Biblical Languages3
TTBE 731Exposition of Old Testament Segments or Themes 12
TTBE 770The Life of Christ3
TTHT 505Patristic and Medieval Theology3
TTHT 506Reformation and Modern Theology3
TTNT 701The World of the New Testament2
TTNT 791New Testament Seminar2
TTOT 745World of the Old Testament2
TTOT 791Old Testament Seminar2
TTTH 790Kyiv Capstone Project1
Elective Courses
Select from the following: 26
Expositional Methodology in Daniel and Revelation
Old Testament Wisdom and Poetry
Apologetics
The Church and Society
Biblical Leadership and Management
The Theology and Practice of Prayer
Cults in the Eurasian Context
Theological Systems
Co-Curricular Requirements
Participation in Spiritual Formation Labs (16 sessions). These discussion groups meet as an additional component of class time.
Total Credits51