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Theological Studies, MA

What Will I Study?

In support of the Division of Graduate Studies commitment to equip students with competent understanding and skills in the content, theology and interpretation of Scripture, the Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies is designed for those who plan to teach or preach the Word of God, as a foundational step for those who wish to pursue the Master of Divinity degree or the Doctor of Philosophy degree, and for those who seek a solid biblical foundation in preparation for serving as non-pastoral Bible teachers, counselors, missionaries, teachers in Christian schools and lay leaders in local churches. The degree is designed to equip students to handle the text of Scripture accurately.

The Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies offers electives in biblical languages, Bible translation, church history, and theology.

-- Biblical languages electives offer preparation for teaching and preaching ministries, or for further academic pursuits, that warrant special focus on handling both of the original languages of Scripture.
-- Bible translation electives offer preparation for a ministry of translating the text of Scripture for people groups around the world. It includes the study of linguistics, the languages of the Bible, and the process and tools of Bible translation. Students begin the program in May of even-numbered calendar years or in September of odd-numbered years.
-- Church history electives offer preparation for teaching and preaching ministries, or for further academic pursuits, that warrant special focus on church history.
-- Theology electives offers preparation for teaching and preaching ministries, or for further academic pursuits, that warrant special focus on handling the major themetic theological dimensions of Scripture.

Program Learning Outcomes
The 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.

What Will My Career Options Be?

Men, the Outreach Ministries office assists qualified BJU alumni and current students nearing graduation with church ministry opportunities. Many churches contact this office in search of prospective candidates for the positions of pastor, assistant pastor, youth pastor, and music director. A personal profile may be obtained from the office, and related issues may be discussed with the Director of Ministerial Training. Pastors, camp directors, mission board directors, and other recruiters often visit the campus to find personnel for their ministries.

Ladies, the Outreach Ministries office will assist you in finding positions for Christian service. Pastors, camp directors, mission board directors, and other recruiters often visit the campus to find personnel for their ministries. Graduates can be found serving the Lord in a wide variety of fields—from teaching to working on the mission field.

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