Master of Arts (Ethics and Society) Degree Program (MAET)
Students participating in the Academic Master's degree programs must complete 20 courses (60 credit hours) with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in order to graduate. Eight courses must be completed in the area of concentration plus up to six courses spread through the three divisions of Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, and Ministry.
Students completing degrees in Old or New Testament must complete two semesters of a biblical language as part of their concentration. The Biblical Languages degree requires advanced courses in biblical languages as well as at least one other ancient language. Students in the Church History or Theology degree programs may substitute a research foreign language suitable to the degree and vocational objective in place of the biblical languages; completion of the language requirement for Church History or Theology may be done on the undergraduate level prior to coming to seminary (in which case, other courses would be taken instead).
A summative evaluation is required of all M.A. students and may take the form of an oral examination, along with an integrative paper in the Division of Christian Thought, or a thesis, or, for students for whom English is a second language, a major integrative paper. The writing of a thesis is done only upon invitation by a faculty member in the field.
- To develop skills for ethical analysis and argumentation based on knowledge of the scriptures, Christian theology, and contemporary cultural contexts.
- To develop aptitudes and attitudes for living and speaking the gospel in the context of Christian community so that Christian convictions can be applied in the practices of daily life.
- To foster love for God and his word and to cultivate the practices of spiritual maturity and Christ-like character, and to understand the Christian’s ethical responsibilities in family, church, and society.
- To understand the basic content and themes in the Old and New Testaments in their historical and cultural settings and the historical and theological dimensions of the Christian faith.
- To foster understanding of the evangelistic and missiological dimensions of the Christian faith in its local and global contexts.
- To develop competence in a biblical or research language in order to develop exegetical and research skills.