Master of Arts General Track

The general track is intended for those who seek a broad grounding in the theological disciplines. Students on the general track complete the core and distribution courses and take elective courses to further their knowledge.

Graduation from the School of Theology follows the successful completion of all requirements for the specified program of study and the approval of the degree by the Senate of the University upon nomination by the faculty of the School of Theology.

A master of arts (M.A.) student who has successfully completed all prescribed work, has completed all non-credit degree requirements, has submitted a complete portfolio if applicable, and who has a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.33, is eligible to be awarded the master of arts degree. Work toward the M.A. degree is to be concluded within four consecutive years from the date of matriculation.

Additionally, a student must satisfy all financial obligations to the University. The University will neither confer a degree nor provide transcripts to any student or former student who has unsatisfied financial obligations to the University.


Core Courses
BIBL 501Old Testament: Foundations I3
BIBL 502Old Testament: Foundations II3
BIBL 511New Testament: Foundations I3
BIBL 512New Testament: Foundations II3
CHHT 511Church Histories 1: Asia and Africa3
CHHT 512Church Histories 2: Europe and North America3
CEMT 511Introduction to Moral Theology3
THEO 511Systematic Theology I3
THEO 521Systematic Theology II3
THBR 531Bibliography, Research, and Writing1
Select three hours of ethics3
Elective Courses
Select eighteen additional hours of approved electives18
Total Semester Hours49

Non-credit Degree Requirements1

Safeguarding God's People Workshop
Safeguarding God's Children Workshop
Cultural Diversity Workshop
Education for Ministry Experience


A complete portfolio includes the following:1

Select one of the following:
A short paper from THEO 511
A short paper from THEO 521
A weekly paper from CEMT 511 or CEMT 522
Select one of the following:
The Prophets paper from BIBL 502
A paper from BIBL 511 or BIBL 512
One mid-term exam or paper from either CHHT 511 or CHHT 512
M.A. portfolio integrative essay and conference 2