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Theological Studies

Master of Arts

Classes are taught by highly qualified faculty with real-life ministry experience.

Overview

Our master’s program in theological studies equips you to preach and teach the Word and lays a solid foundation for pursuing further seminary training, such as a master of divinity or doctor of philosophy degree. It also provides excellent preparation for pastoral ministry.

Bob Jones University Seminary is committed to the absolute authority of the Word of God. All of our programs maintain a careful balance of educating both “the head and the heart.” We strive to prepare you to be a person of knowledge, compassion, integrity and courage who inspires God’s people to grow in the image of Christ.

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Program

The master of arts program in theological studies is designed to develop your skills in exegeting and interpreting Scripture, understanding the theological emphases of God’s Word, and refuting critical theories in biblical studies.

Key to all of these endeavors is your ability to use biblical hermeneutical principles in careful Scripture exposition. That’s why training in biblical hermeneutics is a cornerstone class in this program. You’ll learn guidelines for interpreting and applying every major genre of Scripture. Classes on discipleship, preaching or Bible teaching, and biblical sanctification all provide guidance in rightly applying the truths gleaned from Scripture in the life of the believer and in the life of the local church.

You’ll also gain extensive knowledge in the theological emphases of Scripture. You’ll learn essential skills in understanding current theological systems and categorizing belief systems, as you’ll be equipped with the reasoning skills necessary to effectively combat error and positively proclaim the truth. These crucial skills will make you more effective in the ministry to which God has called you.

Master of Arts Core

A key part of your seminary education is the unique combination of core courses designed to provide thorough grounding in theology, biblical backgrounds, church history, interpretation and practical Christian living. The core is part of each master of arts program in the Seminary. Core courses include:

  • New Testament Introduction
  • Old Testament Introduction
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Systematic Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Biblical Sanctification

Learning Experiences

Mack Library

One of the greatest aids to your study at the Seminary will be Mack Library. The library is well stocked with relevant theological resources and staffed by librarians familiar with the needs of upper-level theological students.

As of 2015, the library contains more than 278,871 physical volumes of books, 181,329 e-books, 28,066 bound periodicals, and approximately 394,467 total items. The library subscribes to approximately 713 periodicals and provides access to more than 189 databases. The databases provide electronic access to e-journals, e-books, abstracts and full-text articles. The periodicals are available in either print or electronic form, depending on the periodical. An extensive sermon file is available electronically.

Excellent Facilities

All seminary classrooms are equipped with a faculty computer, an LED projector and large screen for easy use of the Web or exegetical/presentation software for effective class lectures and student presentations.

The Seminary also offers a Research and Reading Room, containing 56 study carrels, multiple computers for student use, a commercial printer and several spacious study carrels reserved for doctoral dissertation writers. The Research and Reading Room, located on the first floor of the Seminary, also contains a theological reference library of more than 700 volumes (additional to the vast resources of Mack Library, located just yards from the Seminary). Each of the 6 computers in the Research and Reading Room is equipped with premier exegetical software.

LOGOS Software

You will complete projects in core courses using LOGOS Bible Software. LOGOS is available at a special discount through the Seminary. LOGOS Details

Faculty

Our faculty is a team of specialists who have terminal degrees and are also experienced in real-life ministry.

They bring a combined total of more than 450 years of ministry experience to the classroom, with an average of 20 years per faculty member.

Our faculty have served as pastors, church leaders, missionaries, church planters, youth pastors and writers. All are committed to the absolute authority and proper exegesis of Scripture and are passionate about the subject matter they teach.

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Career Support

BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on Career Central, our online job board. In addition, more than 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs.

Career Services also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.

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Courses/Objectives

The following courses are required:

15 hours of coursework must be selected from the following:

2 hours of coursework must be selected from the following:

2 hours of coursework must be selected from the following:

Program Objectives

Each student will:

  • Learn and utilize biblical hermeneutical principles in Scripture study.
  • Create a theological outline of the Scripture's major teachings.
  • Critique critical theories concerning biblical introduction.

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