The Master of Arts in Church Ministry (MACM) is a 36-hour professional degree designed to meet the demands of ministry in the twenty-first century as well as enhance those who are currently members of a Baptist church. The purpose of the program is to enhance the relationship between the student’s understanding of sound theology and the practical application of that theology in the context of local church ministry. Students become active learners as they interact with colleagues and faculty while further developing and implementing biblical principles into daily ministry.

Core Requirements (21 Hours)

Biblical Theology (15 Hours)
TSBT 531 Systematic Theology 1 3
TSBT 532 Systematic Theology 2 3
TSBT 533 Apologetics 3
TSBT 631 Systematic Theology 3 3
TSBT 632 Systematic Theology 4 3

Biblical Studies (2 Hours)
NTMI 522 Hermeneutics 2
Intercultural Studies (3 Hours)
MIMT 631 Theology and History of Missions 3

Capstone Course (1 Hour)
PTSS 711 MACM Senior Seminar 1

Professional Requirement (15 hours)
Students may select from the following course options in order to fulfill the fifteen-hour professional requirement. Students will be able to implement the content of the courses into their active ministry.
The advisor will discuss options and assist students in scheduling courses.

Counseling Theory/Theology
BCCT 535 Dynamics of Biblical Change 3
BCCT 521 Counseling Ecclesiastes 2
BCCT 522 Counseling Ephesians 2
BCCT 621 Counseling Job 2
BCCT 622 Counseling James 2
BCCT 629 Counseling Song of Solomon 2
BCCT 623 Theology and Secular Counseling 2
BCCT 523 Biblical Counselor 2
BCCT 528 Human Personality 2

Counseling Skills
BCCS 531 Local Church & Counseling 3
BCCS 624 Methods of Biblical Change 2
BCCS 626 Marriage Counseling 2
BCCS 627 Family Counseling 2
BCCS 628 Problems and Procedures 2
Biblical Studies
TSCH 631 Church History 3

Cultural Studies
MICS 531 Cultural Anthropology 3
MICS 631 Intercultural Communication 3
MILS 530 Linguistics for Mission 3
MIPS 631 Missions Strategy 3
MIPS 632 Church Planting and National Leadership Training 3
MIPS 633 Missionary Ethics and Relationships 3

Practical Studies
PTMR 523 Methods of Research 2

Old Testament
OTEB 532 Old Testament Directed Readings 3

New Testament
NTEB 522 New Testament Introduction 2
NTBL 531 Elementary Greek 1 3
NTBL 532 Elementary Greek 2 3

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS) is a 72-hour degree that prepares students for military chaplaincy and/or ministry in a local church. The Department of Defense requires a 72-hour master’s degree in a theological field or related studies. Students will acquire an understanding of theology and the Bible and will integrate that understanding with practical skills enabling them to minister, teach, and counsel cross-culturally.

CORE REQUIREMENT (44 hours)

Biblical Theology (15 Hours)
TSBL 531 Systematic Theology 1 3
TSBL 532 Systematic Theology 2 3
TSBL 631 Systematic Theology 3 3
TSBL 632 Systematic Theology 4 3
TSBL 533 Apologetics 3

Practical Theology (6 Hours)
PTCS 631 Expository Preaching I 3
PTCE 533 Ministry in a Postmodern World 3

Old Testament (3 Hours)
OTEB 731 Old Testament Theology 3

New Testament (10 Hours)
NTMI 522 Hermeneutics 2
NTEB 522 New Testament Introduction 2
NTBL 531 Elementary Greek I 3
NTBL 532 Elementary Greek II 3

Research (2 Hours)
PTMR 532 Methods of Research 2

Intercultural Studies (6 Hours)
MICS 631 Intercultural Communication 3
MIMT 631 Theology and History of Missions 3

Capstone Course (2 Hours)
BSSS 721 Biblical Studies Senior Seminar 2 Electives (11 hours)

Concentration (28 hours)

Biblical Counseling (17 hours)
BCCT 535 Dynamics of Biblical Change 3
BCCT 522 Counseling Ephesians 2
BCCT 622 Counseling James 2
BCCT 629 Counseling Song of Solomon 2
BCCT 623 Theology and Secular Counseling 2
BCCT 523 Biblical Counselor 2
BCCS 624 Methods of Biblical Change 2
BCCT 521 Counseling Ecclesiastes or
BCCT 621 Counseling Job 2

Comments:  Students who desire to serve as a military chaplain may complete this program to meet the minimum requirement. They may also complete the Master of Divinity to meet the requirement.  This program is open to all students. They may work with faculty to develop a concentration other than the Biblical Counseling option.

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAIS) is a 60-hour degree designed for students preparing for missionary service. Students achieve a robust understanding of Bible and Christian theology and learn to integrate that understanding with cultural awareness and practical skills that are critical in a cross-cultural ministry setting. They learn to plant and grow a local church on the mission field and to lead, train, and motivate national leadership, lay leadership, and the congregation to reach out to the lost worldwide.

CORE REQUIREMENT

Biblical Theology (15 Hours)
TSBL 531 Systematic Theology 1 3
TSBL 532 Systematic Theology 2 3
TSBL 631 Systematic Theology 3 3
TSBL 632 Systematic Theology 4 3
TSBL 533 Apologetics 3

Old Testament (3 Hours)
OTEB 532 OT Directed Readings 3

New Testament (10 Hours)
NTMI 522 Hermeneutics 2
NTEB 522 NT Introduction 2
NTBL 531 Elementary Greek 1 3
NTBL 532 Elementary Greek 2 3

Practical Theology (3 Hours)
Male Students: PTCS 631 Expository Preach 1 3
Female Students: PTCS 533 Women’s Speech 3

Research (2 Hours)
PTCS 523 Methods of Research 2

CONCENTRATION

Missions Theology (6 hours)
MIMT 633 Theological Issues in Missions 3
MIMT 631 Theology and History of Missions 3

Cultural Studies (3 hours)
One of the following:
MICS 531 Cultural Anthropology 3
MICS 631 Intercultural Communication 3

Linguistics (3 hours)
MILS 530 Linguistics for Missions 3

Practical Studies (6 hours)
MIPS 33 Missionary Ethics and Relationships 3
One of the following:
MIPS 631 Missions Strategy 3
MIPS 632 Church Planting and National Leadership Training 3

Electives (7 hours)

Students may choose additional missions courses or courses from other disciplines to fulfill the elective requirement. Students may choose to complete TESOL courses to fulfill electives hours. Students should consult their advisor. Capstone Course (2 hours) MISS 721 Missions Senior Seminar 2

The Master of Arts Biblical Counseling (MABC) is a 60-hour degree intended for students who will counsel as a primary responsibility of ministry in the local church, chaplaincy, college campus, high school, grade school, counseling ministry or other Christian ministries. This degree is also intended for students who will counsel as a supporting responsibility of ministry in the local church, the home or secular environment.

CORE REQUIREMENT

Biblical Theology (15 Hours)
TSBT 531 Systematic Theology 1 3
TSBT 532 Systematic Theology 2 3
TSBT 631 Systematic Theology 3 3
TSBT 632 Systematic Theology 4 3
TSBT 533 Apologetics 3

Old Testament (3 Hours)
OTEB 731 Old Testament Theology 3

New Testament (8 Hours)
NTMI 532 Hermeneutics 3
NTBL 531 Elementary Greek 1 3
NTBL 532 Elementary Greek 2 3

Practical Theology (3 Hours)
Male Students: PTCS 631 Expository Preach 1 3
Female Students: PTCS 533 Women’s Speech 3

Research (2 Hours)
PTCS 523 Methods of Research 2

Intercultural Studies (3 Hours)
MIMT 631 Theology and History of Missions 3

CONCENTRATION

Counseling Theory/Theology (11 Hours)
BCCT 535 Dynamics of Biblical Change 3
BCCT 523 Biblical Counselor 2
BCCT 528 Human Personality 2
BCCT 623 Theology and Secular Counseling 2
Electives (2 Hours):
BCCT 521 Counseling Ecclesiastes 2
BCCT 522 Counseling Ephesians 2
BCCT 621 Counseling Job 2
BCCT 622 Counseling James 2
BCCT 629 Counseling Song of Solomon 2

Counseling Skills (11 Hours)
BCCS 531 Local Church & Counseling 3
BCCS 624 Methods of Biblical Change 2
BCCS 626 Marriage Counseling 2
BCCS 627 Family Counseling 2
BCCS 628 Problems and Procedures 1 2

Electives:
BCCS 611 Issues in Biblical Counseling 1 1
BCCS 612 Issues in Biblical Counseling 2 1
BCCS 629 Problems and Procedures 2 2

Counseling Practicum (7 Hours)
BCPC 611 Counseling Observation 1
BCPC 621 Practicum in Biblical Counseling 1 2
BCPC 622 Practicum in Biblical Counseling 2 2
BCPC 623 Counseling Exams 2

Capstone Course (2 Hours)
BCSS 721 Senior Seminar 2

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a 96-hour degree that prepares men for pastoral ministry. It also prepares men who desire to teach at the Bible college level, continue their education to pursue the Master of Theology (Th.M.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and apply for the military or hospital chaplaincy.

Core Requirement (36 hours)

Biblical Theology (15 Hours)
TSBT 531 Systematic Theology 1 3
TSBT 532 Systematic Theology 2 3
TSBT 631 Systematic Theology 3 3
TSBT 632 Systematic Theology 4 3
TSBT 533 Apologetics 3

Old Testament (3 Hours)
OTEB 532 Old Testament Directed Readings 3

New Testament (10 Hours)
NTMI 522 Hermeneutics 2
NTEB 522 New Testament Introduction 2
NTBL 531 Elementary Greek 1 3
NTBL 532 Elementary Greek 2 3

Practical Theology (3 Hours)
PTCS 631 Expository Preaching 1 3

Research (2 Hours)
PTMR 523 Methods of Research 2

Intercultural Studies (3 Hours)
MIMT 631 Theology and History of Missions 3

Concentration  (40 hours)

Biblical Studies (25 hours)
NTBL 632 Greek Grammar & Syntax 3
NTBL 633 Greek Exegetical Methods 3
NTBL 629 New Testament Textual Studies 2
OTBL 631 Elementary Hebrew I 3
OTBL 632 Elementary Hebrew II 3
OTBL 731 Hebrew Exegesis & Reading 3
OTBL 732 Hebrew Reading 3
OTBL 724 Old Testament Textual Studies 2
TSCH 631 Church History 3

Biblical Counseling (8 hours)
BCCT 535 Dynamics of Biblical Change 3
BCCS 531 Local Church & Counseling 3
BCCS 624 Methods of Biblical Change 2

Practical Theology (9 hours)
PTCA 631 Pastoral Theology 3
PTCA 634 Practical Internship 3
PTCS 632 Expository Preaching 2 3

Capstone Courses (6-7 hours)

Students may complete a thesis or they may take comprehensive exams. If students complete the thesis, they will complete 90-credit hours. If students complete the comprehensive exams, they will complete 96-credit hours.

Thesis Option (7 Hours)
BSSS 712 Senior Seminar 1
BSTH 713 Thesis Prospectus 1
BSTH 721 MDIV Thesis – Fall 2
BSTH 731 MDIV Thesis – Spring 3

Electives (8 hours)

Comprehensive Exam Option (6 hours)

BSSS 712 Senior Seminar 1
BSCE 721 M.Div. Comprehensive Readings 2
BSCE 721 M.Div. Comprehensive Exams 3
Electives (16 hours)