Graduate School of Theology - Master of Arts Degrees

The Master of Arts (MA) degree is considered a program oriented toward research and general theological studies. It is a 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 receive advance placement (maximum 12 hours) in this degree. This degree requires the demonstration of advanced research and writing skills culminating in a thesis and oral defense. The MA includes tracks in Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, Ancient and Oriental Christianity, and Modern and American Christianity.    

All students in the MA program take a core of the following courses, 27 hours:                

Language (6 hours) appropriate to the research program
BIBD 660 Introduction to Systematic Theology
BIBH 651 History of Christianity I: Early and Medieval
BIBH 652 History of Christianity II: Reformation to Present
BIBL 610 Introduction to the New Testament
BIBL 620 Introduction to the Old Testament
BIBM 602 GST Orientation (0 credit)
Thesis (6 hours)

Additional requirements for all MA students include the English Bible exam, an oral exam for the thesis, and four semesters of participation in mentoring groups.

In addition to the core, students take courses in the following tracks:

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: mark.hamilton@acu.edu 

The Old Testament major is a 48-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 receive advanced placement (maximum 12 hours) toward this 48-hour degree.

Major Code: BIBO

Requirements for the MA (Old Testament) are:

     1. Core courses, 27 hours

     2. Old Testament courses:
         BHEB 681, 682 Intermediate Hebrew Readings I, II
         BIBL 611 Old Testament Theology         

     3. Bible text, 9 hours
         BIBL 651 The Pentateuch
         BIBL 652 Historical Books of the Old Testament
         BIBL 653 Devotional and Wisdom Literature of the Old
                Testament
         BIBL 654 Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament  

     4. Old Testament elective, 3 hours
                (Semitic language preferred)
     5.  Mentoring

     6. English Bible exam

     7. 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: james.thompson@acu.edu  

The New Testament major is a 48-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 receive advanced placement (maximum of 12 hours) toward this 48-hour degree.

Major Code: BIBN

Requirements for the MA (New Testament) are:

  1. Core courses, 27 hours:
  2. Specialized courses, 15 hours:
    BGRK 621
    Intermediate Greek
    BGRK 623 Seminar in the Gospels or
       BGRK 624
    Exegetical Seminar in Acts
    BGRK 625
    Exegetical Seminars in the Epistles
    BGRK 628 Seminar in New Testament Textual Criticism
    BIBL 621 New Testament Theology
    BIBL 662 Backgrounds of the New Testament and Early Christianity
  3. New Testament, 3 hours
  4. Mentoring
  5. English Bible exam
  6. Oral exam

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THEOLOGY (MA)    

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: frederick.aquino@acu.edu  

The theology track is a 48-hour thesis program designed to equip students with an advanced academic foundation in theological research and integration.  Students who have extensive preparation at the undergraduate level may receive advanced placement (maximum 12 hours) toward this 48-hour degree.

Major Code: MTHE

Requirements for the MA (Theology) are:

  1. Core courses, 27 hours: 
  2. Specialization, 12 hours:
            BIBD 640 Systematic Theology II
            BIBD 642 Contemporary Religious Thought
            BIBD 647 Research Problems in Theology,
            BIBD 661 Theological Explorations
            BIBD 678 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
                  
  3. Electives, 6 hours
  4. Mentoring
  5. English Bible exam
  6. Oral exam

 

Ancient and Oriental Christianity (MA)

Jeff Childers, Advisor
ACU Box 29424, Abilene, Texas 79699-9429
Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building Rm 293 

Phone: 325-674-3797
Fax: 325- 674-6180

Email: jeff.childers@acu.edu

The ancient and Oriental Christianity track is a 48-hour thesis program designed to equip students with an advanced academic foundation in research in the languages, cultures, and theological expressions of Eastern Christianity.  Students who have extensive preparation at the undergraduate level may receive advanced placement (maximum 12 hours) toward this 48-hour degree.

Major Code: MAOC

Requirements for the MA (Ancient and Oriental Christianity) are:
     
1. Core courses, 27 hours:

      2. Specialized courses:          
              BIBD 647 Research Problems          
              BIBD 661 Theological Explorations
              BIBH 640 Explorations in the Christian East          
              BIBH 674 Mission and Expansion of Christianity

      3. Ancient language, 6 hours
      4. Electives, 3 hours
      5. Mentoring
      6. English Bible exam
      7. Oral exam

 

Modern and American Christianity (MA)


Douglas Foster, Advisor
ACU Box 29429, Abilene, Texas 79699-9429
Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building, Room 282

Phone: 325-674-3795
Fax: 325-674-6180
Email: douglas.foster@acu.edu

The modern and American Christianity track is a 48-hour thesis program designed to equip students with an advanced academic foundation in the recent history and current life of Christianity in North America and around the world.  Students who have extensive preparation at the undergraduate level may receive advanced placement (maximum 12 hours) toward this 48-hour degree.

Major Code: MMAC

Requirements for the MA (Modern and American Christianity) are:

     1. Core courses, 27 hours:

     2. Specialized courses:
         BIBD 640 Systematic Theology II         
         BIBD 647 Research Problems
         BIBH 640 Issues in Global Christianity
         BIBH 655 History of Christianity in America
         BIBH 664 Advanced Restoration History
     3. Electives, 6 hours
     4. Mentoring
     5. English Bible exam
     6. Oral exam

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