Graduate School of Theology - Master of Arts Degrees

The Master of Arts (MA) degree is considered a basic program oriented toward research and general theological studies. It is a 54-hour degree (including thesis) providing basic understanding of theological disciplines for further graduate study or general educational purposes. Students who have completed substantial work at the undergraduate level may apply as many as 18 hours toward advanced standing in this 54 hour-degree. This degree requires the demonstration of advanced research and writing skills culminating in a thesis and oral defense. The MA includes tracks in New Testament, Old Testament, and history and theology.

 

OLD TESTAMENT (MA)
Mark Hamilton, Advisor
ACU Box 29408, Abilene, Texas 79699-9408
Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building, Room 321
Phone: 325-674-3765
Fax: 325-674-6180
Email: hamilton@bible.acu.edu 

The Old Testament major is a 54-hour thesis program designed to provide an advanced academic foundation in Old Testament studies. Students will be expected to gain proficiency in appropriate exegetical tools and language as well as a broad understanding of textual and theological issues. Specifically, students should be able to exegete and interpret a variety of Old Testament texts and understand them within their larger theological contexts. Students who have extensive preparation at the undergraduate level may apply the following upper division courses (maximum 18 hours) toward this 54-hour degree: 3 hours upper-division Old Testament text, 3 hours upper-division New Testament text, 6 hours of Greek, 6 hours of Hebrew.

Major Code: BIBO

Requirements for the MA (Old Testament) are:
          1. Core courses, 33 hours:
              BIBD 672 Introduction to Graduate Studies
              BIBL 610 Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament
              BIBL 620 Advanced Introduction to the New Testament
              BGRK 611, 612 Elementary New Testament Greek I, II
              BHEB 671, 672 Introduction to Hebrew I, II
              BHEB 681, 682 Intermediate Hebrew Readings I, II
              BIBL 611 Old Testament Theology
              BIBL 627 Biblical Exegesis

          2. Old Testament text, 9 hours.

          3. New Testament text, 6 hours.

          4. Thesis, 6 hours.

          5. English Bible exam.

          6. Oral exam.

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NEW TESTAMENT (MA)

James Thompson, Advisor
ACU Box 29453, Abilene, Texas 79699-9453
Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building, Room 284
Phone: 325-674-3781
Fax: 325-674-6180
Email: thompson@bible.acu.edu  

The New Testament major is a 54-hour thesis program designed to provide an advanced academic foundation in New Testament studies. Students will be expected to gain proficiency in appropriate exegetical tools and languages as well as a broad understanding of textual and theological issues. Specifically, students should be able to exegete and interpret a variety of New Testament texts and understand them within their larger theological contexts. Students who have extensive preparation at the undergraduate level may apply the following upper division courses (maximum of 18 hours) toward this 54-hour degree: 3 hours church history, 3 hours philosophy or theology, 6 hours of Greek, and 6 hours of Hebrew.

Major Code: BIBN

Requirements for the MA (New Testament) are:
          1. Core courses, 30 hours:
              BIBD 672 Introduction to Graduate Studies
              BIBL 610 Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament
              BIBL 620 Advanced Introduction to the New Testament
              BGRK 611, 612 Elementary New Testament Greek I, II
              BHEB 671, 672 Introduction to Hebrew I, II
              BIBH 651 History of Christianity
              BIBD 660 Introduction to Systematic Theology
              BIBL 627 Biblical Exegesis

          2. Specialized courses, 18 hours:
              BGRK 621 Intermediate Greek
              BIBL 662 Backgrounds of the New Testament and Early Christianity
              BGRK 623 Seminar in the Gospels
              BGRK 624 Exegetical Seminar in Acts
              BGRK 625 Exegetical Seminars in the Epistles
              BGRK 628 Seminar in New Testament Textual Criticism

          3. Thesis, 6 hours: consult with advisor.

          4. English Bible exam.

          5. Oral exam.

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HISTORY AND THEOLOGY (MA)

Douglas Foster, Advisor-History Track
ACU Box 29429, Abilene, Texas 79699-9429
Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building, Room 313
Phone: 325-674-3730
Fax: 325-674-6180
Email: foster@bible.acu.edu

Frederick Aquino, Advisor-Theology Track
ACU Box 29406, Abilene, Texas 79699-9406
Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building, Room 316
Phone: 325-674-3789
Fax: 325-674-6180
Email: aquino@bible.acu.edu  

The history and theology major is a 54-hour thesis program designed to equip students with an advanced academic foundation in theological and historical research and integration. It is designed to provide a historical framework for understanding events, people, philosophies, and theologies within the history of Christianity. The student may select an emphasis in one of two areas: theology or history. Each area shares common prerequisites and an 18-hour core. Students who have extensive preparation at the undergraduate level may apply the following upper division courses (maximum 18 hours) toward this 54-hour degree: 12 hours of upper-division Bible text and 6 hours of Greek.

Major Code: BHTH

Requirements for the MA (history and theology) are:
          1. Core courses, 36 hours:
              BIBD 672 Introduction to Graduate Studies
              BGRK 611, 612 Elementary New Testament Greek I, II
              BIBL 610 Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament
              BIBL 620 Advanced Introduction to the New Testament
              BIBD 660 Introduction to Systematic Theology
              BIBD 661 Theological Explorations
              BIBH 651, 652 History of Christianity I, II
              BIBL 611 Old Testament Theology or
                   BIBL 621 New Testament Theology
              6 hours biblical text

          2. Specialization, 12 hours:
              a. Theology track
                  BIBD 642 Contemporary Religious Thought
                  BIBD 678 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
                  BIBD 686 Christian Ethics
                  Selection, 3 hours:
                  BIBD 647 Research Problems in Theology
                  BIBL 611 Old Testament Theology or
                       BIBL 621 New Testament Theology (not taken in core)
              b. History track
                  BIBH 655 History of Christianity in America
                  BIBH 664 Advanced Restoration History
                  BIBH 667 Research Problems in Church History
                  Selection, 3 hours:
                  HIST 574 Recent Europe or
                       HIST 582 The American South

          3. Thesis, 6 hours.

          4. English Bible exam.

          5. Oral exam.

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