The MA in Theology offers rigorous study in the various disciplines of biblical, systematic and historical, and applied theology. The program invites students to join our learning community to be empowered for advanced study or ministry in the church
- Students will gain competence in theology by reflecting on its classical topics in light of their historical developments and contextual challenges.
- Students will develop competence in biblical theology and Scriptural interpretation.
- Students will develop competence in applied theology through the study of ethics, leadership and ministry in various contexts.
Admission Requirements for the M.A.T
A student seeking the Master of Arts in Theology Degree must meet the following admission requirements:
- The completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Exceptions: Applicants from institutions that are accredited by the American Association of Bible Colleges, or from other institutions not accredited by a regional association, are considered on an individual basis. If accepted, provisional standing is applied. After completion of 12 units earning a grade of “B” or better in each course, the student may request transferring to regular standing.
- Students in the senior year of their Bachelor’s degree can still apply. Such students may be admitted with provisional standing while finishing their Bachelor’s degree.
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a four-point scale) in all Bachelor’s work.
- Exception: If the GPA is below 2.5, student applications may still be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. If accepted, provisional standing is granted, requiring completion the first 12 units of graduate level courses with grades of “B” or above before receiving further consideration for regular standing in the GPR.
- Prerequisites: Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey. Students may submit portfolio for Faculty approval.
Students in the M.A.T. program may transfer a maximum of twelve (12) units of coursework from an accredited graduate program when the coursework applies directly to their program design. Requests for transfer credit are to be submitted to the Registrar no later than the deadline for advancement to candidacy. Final decisions on matters of transfer credit rest with the Registrar upon receipt of the recommendation of the Director. No course with a grade lower than “B-” (2.67) is considered in transfer toward the M.A.T. degree. No transfer credit can be granted for coursework used for a degree awarded by another institution. A minimum of 36 units at VU is required of all students in the M.A.T. degree program.
The Academic Program of the M.A.T.
This degree program requires 12 required courses (36 units), 3 elective courses (9 units) and the Exit Option Integrative Seminar (3 units). Students choosing the Directed Reading (3 units) or the Master’s Thesis (3 units) Exit Option instead of the Integrative Seminar will register in additional 3 units for the Exit Option Design and Proposal course, which will be applied toward the 9 unit elective requirement. The program will consist of 48 total units.
Core Course Requirements
These core courses embody specific, foundational readings, dialogue and research/writing instruction for each of the three areas of the degree. Students gain familiarity with the scope of each academic discipline enabling them to proceed with the second level of the program. These courses also introduce the student to the books of the Old Testament and New Testament, to the study of Christian theology and ethics, to the distinctive features of a Pentecostal/Charismatic theology of church leadership and mission, including its biblical foundations and moral responsibilities, and principles of leadership which include sermon preparation, administration, pastoral care and counseling, intercultural and urban ministry, and spirituality.
|Core Course Requirements|
|THOG-510||Systematic Theology: Christology, Anthropology, Soteriology||3|
|NTG-552||New Testament Theology||3|
|OTG-572||Old Testament Theology||3|
|THOG-520||Systematic Theology: Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology||3|
|THOG-530||Systematic Theology: Theological Method, Revelation, and Theology Proper||3|
|OTG-690||Seminar in Old Testament||3|
|NTG-542||Christology in the New Testament||3|
|CLSG-715||Church/Contemporary Moral Issues||3|
|CLSG-720||Theology/Theory of Leadership||3|
|THOG-645||Theology & Ministry/Postmodern Context||3|
|Elective Course Requirements||12|
|The elective courses provide a broad base of interpretive skills in biblical interpretation, an understanding of Christian theology, and an introduction to the ministry and mission of the Christian church. The elective courses can be distributed between Biblical Studies, Theology and Leadership, or focused on any one of the three areas.|
|Bibilical Studies Electives:|
|Beginning Hebrew I|
|Beginning Hebrew II|
|Intermediate Hebrew I|
|Intermediate Hebrew II|
|Old Testament Ethics|
|Individual Study in Old Testament|
|Beginning Greek I|
|Beginning Greek II|
|Intermediate Greek I|
|Intermediate Greek II|
|Parables for Preaching|
|New Testament Ethics|
Theology and Ethics
|History of Spirituality|
|Change and Strategic Planning|
|Team Development & Conflict Management|
|Mission/Culture in Theo Persp|
|Ind Study: Leadership Studies|
|Seminar in Leadership Studies|
Field Education Electives
|Field Education in Student Ministries|
|Field Education in Church Administration|
|Field Education in Worship Leadership|
|Field Education in Family Life and Small Group Ministries|
|Field Education in Pastoral Leadership Ministries|
|Select one of the following options:||3-6|
|Exit Option Design/Proposal:leadership|
and Directed Reading
|Exit Option Design/Proposal:leadership|
and Master's Thesis