Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary is an entirely online program that is made for spiritual leaders that wish to gain knowledge in order to better serve within their church or parachurch organization. This degree is based on the idea that any follower of Christ, regardless of calling, can benefit from advanced instruction in biblical and theological studies, making then a more effective minister in whatever setting the choose to serve.
The goal of this program is to enable students to showcase a deeper general knowledge of the Bible, including its major books, to demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of theological study, and to be able to support their theological views and apply them to contemporary issues. Graduates that earn this MA Degree will be able to increase involvement in their local church or ministry with which they are already associated or go on to lead in a new setting, while ministering by means of strong leadership skills, evangelism, and service.
To complete this program, students must complete at least 62 credit hours. Those enrolled can choose to do so on a year-round basis or solely during summers. Of this total, 18 credits come from Systematic Theology courses, 2 from Historical Theology, 4 from Spiritual Evangelism, and the remaining 14 from various electives. Of the elective courses, at least 2 credits each must come from study in Christian Education and World Missions/Intercultural Studies. Possible course topics include The Gospels, Trinitarianism, Eschatology, and Soteriology. There is a seven year maximum in which all requirements must be completed for this degree, and a thesis is not required for graduation.
Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university in order to qualify for admission. Applicants are evaluated based on academic standing, references, extent and quality of involvement in Christian service, and potential for future placement.
The qualifying degree for a master's level program is a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, conferred by a regionally accredited college or university. Exceptions to this requirement are limited. Dallas Theological Seminary enrolls men and women who:
- Show evidence of saving faith in Christ
- Are of proven Christian character
- Are endowed with appropriate spiritual gifts
Adhere to the following doctrines:
- The authority and inerrancy of Scripture
- The Trinity
- Christ's full deity and humanity
- the spiritual lostness of the human race
- Christ's substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection
- Salvation by faith alone in Christ alone
- The physical return of Christ.
Accreditation & Licensing
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Dallas Theological Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award master's and doctoral degrees. Additionally, Dallas Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: MA in Christian Education, MA in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics, MA in Cross-Cultural Ministries, MA in Christian Leadership, MA in Biblical Counseling, MA in Media and Communication, MA (Biblical Studies), MA (Christian Studies), DMin, DEdMin, ThM, STM, PhD.
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