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Accelerated BA/MA in Intercultural Studies

BE PREPARED TO MAKE A GLOBAL IMPACT. The MA in Intercultural Studies prepares students to embark on the unique tasks of Christian mission.
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This includes the bridging of cultures, meaningful communication on faith, church planting, and national leadership development in overseas churches and institutions. Missionary-minded students will deepen their biblical understanding and strengthen their intercultural ministry skills.

Why enter the Accelerated BA/MA in Intercultural Studies program at TIU?
The Accelerated Degree Program is particularly appealing to current students in the Christian Ministries/Intercultural Emphasis or Intercultural Studies minor, as well as to those who are thinking in terms of social issues, MK or expatriate education, tent-making, and micro-enterprise. The complexity of ministry in a world of globalization, resurgent traditional religions, growth of the non-Western church, migration, urbanization, and rapid change demands the highest quality of academic, spiritual, and practical preparation. Trinity’s MA in Intercultural Studies seeks to meet this need in a flexible and integrated format.

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You’ll be required to complete Field Education, which will help you gain practical experience while earning your degrees!

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Program requirements

Accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts (Intercultural Studies)
Trinity College students may apply for the accelerated TEDS MA/ICS program upon completion of 70 hours of undergraduate work. The following are also required:
A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
A recommendation from the undergraduate academic advisor and the TC program chair
A completed TEDS application
An personal interview with an MA/ICS faculty member
Completion of 8 hours of undergraduate missions and social science courses
with a minimum 3.0 GPA in each
Completion of a minimum of 9 hours of undergraduate Bible and theology
through BI 101, BI 111, and BI 210 with a minimum 3.0 GPA in each
Completion of an intercultural experience of at least two weeks
consisting of mission-type activities
MA/ICS Concentration Graduation Requirements
In addition to the “General Graduation Requirements for All Master’s Programs,”
the following are required for the MA/ICS:
1. Complete all course work in the program, including required Field Education, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5, with no course work graded below a “C-” applicable to the degree. A minimum of 18 hours must be taken on the Deerfield Campus with the remaining hours available as arranged in field based, independent study, and other concentration specific experiences.
2. Completion of general comprehensive requirements in Old Testament,
New Testament, and two in Systematic Theology are met through
required course work in these areas.
3. Successfully write the major comprehensive exam.
4. Complete a Master of Arts capstone project for the MA/ICS, which is an internship (2 hours) and an integrative paper (2 hours) or a thesis (2 hours) on an approved topic, exhibiting the ability to do competent research, to think critically, and to communicate effectively in the area of emphasis.
5. The student will work with department faculty or the chair to plan specific details of the program content related to academic and professional goals.
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Advance: BA/MDiv

BE FULLY EQUIPPED FOR MINISTRY. Earn both your BA and MDiv in only 5 years! This groundbreaking early-entry MDiv program is designed for high-academic capacity students sensing an early call to pastoral ministry. The Advance BA/MDiv lays a foundation for effective ministry with a biblical understanding of local church ministry.
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Why study a BA / MDIV at Trinity?
Students coming out of this program can expect to be well-equipped for a life in ministry. Whether it’s preaching from the pulpit, ministering through evangelistic outreach, or leading through in-depth biblical teaching, you’ll have all the tools and training necessary to pursue God’s calling in your life. If you are confident that vocational ministry is in your future, then this program will serve you well.

How long will it take me to earn my degree?
You’ll earn both your BA and MDiv in as little as 5 years.

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By completing your BA and MDiv in 5 years with the Advance: BA/MDiv Program, you will end up saving a lot of time and money. We want to help you succeed on your pathway to ministry, and we recognize that the cost of your education is an important factor in the equation. For this reason, every student accepted to Advance is automatically afforded $18,000 in scholarships during their undergraduate years and a $7,000 scholarship during their fifth year while at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS).

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Advance: BA in Pre-Seminary/MDIV Courses

FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORE & JUNIOR YEARS:
Course Title Credits
Undergraduate Course Work:
BI 101 Understanding the Old Testament –or–
BI 111 Understanding the New Testament 3 hours
BI 210 Biblical Interpretation 3 hours
PH 180 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours
Other general education courses and required major courses.
Undergraduate general education requirements that will be fulfilled by graduate-level courses and need not be duplicated with undergraduate work:
ID 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought replaces either BI 101 or BI 111
ID 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement replaces one course in the Religious and Ethnic Diversity subcategory
One LR course (3 hours) replaces 3 hours of undergraduate elective credit.
JUNIOR YEARS:
Upon completion of 70 hours with a 3.0 GPA, students must submit an application and letter of recommendation to Trinity Graduate School Admissions to be accepted into the Dual Degree Program. Student takes ID 5001, ID 5002.
SUMMER BEFORE SENIOR YEAR:
Optional: Student takes modular courses in the May/July summer sessions.
SENIOR YEAR:
Student completes requirements for BA graduation. Student takes graduate courses, schedule permitting.
—Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Degree Completed—
SUMMER FOLLOWING SENIOR YEAR:
Student takes modular courses in the May/July summer sessions.
Student takes any remaining course work in Fall. Student completes coursework for MA program.
Student completes requirements for MDiv graduation.
—Master of Divinity Degree Completed—
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BA in Psychology/MA in Mental Health Counseling

Be prepared to impact the lives of people who need emotional and psychological help. We partner with the Divinity School, on our Deerfield campus to offer a dual BA in Psychology (Counseling Psychology Emphasis) with an MA in Mental Health Counseling.
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This accelerated program offers courses at TEDS which counts toward your BA requirements while you apply junior year to the Mental Health Counseling program at TEDS.

Why study the BA in Psychology/MA in Mental Health Counseling at TIU?
TIU’s BA in Psychology with a Counseling Psychology Emphasis (CPE) and MA in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) is ideal if you are striving to enter the professional counseling workplace with an excellent education achieved on a timely basis. This program expertly equips you to serve others through mental health counseling, addictions counseling, marriage and family therapy, grief counseling, sexual identity counseling, spiritual abuse counseling, adolescent therapy, and beyond!

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BA in Psychology / MA in Mental Health Courses

BIBLICAL & THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS
(12 hours)

Course Title Credits
ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
ID 5010 Foundations in Biblical Studies 3 hours
ST 5000 Survey of Doctrine 3 hours
CO 6710 Counseling and Theological Worldview:
Faith and Practice
3 hours
MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING CORE
(33 HOURS)
Course Title Credits
CO 5210 Counseling Skills Training 3 hours
CO 5400 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling 3 hours
CO 5310 Counseling Theories 3 hours
CO 6110 Career Counseling 3 hours
CO 6130 Group Counseling 3 hours
CO 6510 Personality Development 3 hours
CO 6650 Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3 hours
CO 6720 Ethics and Issues in Counseling 3 hours
CO 7210 Assessment and Evaluation 3 hours
CO 7450 Psychopathology 3 hours
CO 7900 Research Methods 3 hours
MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING ELECTIVES
(11-13 HOURS)
Students Choose Electives
FORMATION GROUP
Course Title Credits
ID 5080 Formation Group (two semesters) 0 hours
CAPSTONE IN CP 
Course Title Credits
CO 6950 Counseling Practicum 2 hours
Capstone in CP (CO 6950 is required, and select one of other three options) (6-8 hours)
(1) Internship Option
Course Title Credits
CO 7961 Mental Health Counseling Internship I 3 hours
CO 7962 Mental Health Counseling Internship II 3 hours
Note: This is the only option leading to possible licensure.(6-8 hours)
(2) INTERNATIONAL COUNSELING EXPERIENCE
Course Title Credits
CO 7969 International Counseling Experience 3 hours
Note: Non-licensure option; by department consent only.
(3) THESIS OPTION
Students Choice
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Certificate in Christian Studies

The goal of Trinity’s Certificate program is to enhance your current ministry or to prepare you for something new. If you decide you want more education, this program will prepare you for a Master of Divinity or another master's degree, with part of your coursework already completed.
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Admission into the Certificate program does not guarantee acceptance into another degree program.

Why study for the Certificate in Christian Studies at TEDS?
Our Certificate in Christian Studies allows you to choose what master’s-level courses you need in order to strengthen your ministry. And since it is available at our Deerfield campus, entirely onlineand through our extension sitesyou gain another layer of flexibility. You may be a leader who wants to grow in your teaching ability, or at a career transition and wondering about going into ministry. Or you may want to improve at what you’re already doing. Whatever work you’ve been given, our Certificate program can help you do it better.

CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES

The purpose of the Certificate in Educational Ministries is to provide a broad contextual overview of the educational endeavors of the church, which seeks to equip people with theory and practice to become mature believers in Christ.
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Why study for the Certificate in Educational Ministries at TEDS?
The Certificate in Educational Ministries is offered through the Educational Ministries and Studies Department at TEDS and offers a variety of options and areas of focus for your studies. Whether you are a busy ministry leader wanting to strengthen your skills, a graduate student seeking to enhance your degree program or someone interested in postgraduate or postdoctoral studies, your practice of ministry and base of knowledge will grow as a result of what you learn. 

CERTIFICATE IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

The purpose of the Certificate in Organizational Leadership is to engage participants in a deeper understanding of Christian leadership in organizational systems both in the church and beyond.
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Why study for the Certificate in Organizational Leadership at TEDS?
The Certificate in Organizational Leadership is offered through the Educational Ministries and Studies Department at TEDS and offers a variety of options and areas of focus for your studies. Whether you are a busy ministry leader wanting to strengthen your skills, a graduate student seeking to enhance your degree program, or someone interested in postgraduate or postdoctoral studies, your practice of ministry and base of knowledge will grow as a result of what you learn.

CERTIFICATE IN TEACHING AND LEARNING

The purpose of the Certificate in Teaching and Learning is to focus on the theory and practice of the teaching-learning experience in Christian contexts.
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Why study for the Certificate in Teaching and Learning at TEDS?
The Certificate in Teaching and Learning is offered through the Educational Ministries and Studies Department at TEDS and offers a variety of options and areas of focus for your studies. Whether you are a busy ministry leader wanting to strengthen your skills, a graduate student seeking to enhance your degree program, or someone interested in postgraduate or postdoctoral studies, your practice of ministry and base of knowledge will grow as a result of what you learn.

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY

Our Doctor of Ministry invites men and women to step deeper into study of the Word, to broaden their perspectives on ministry practices, and to join a global community of ministry practitioners in dialogue and study for the sake of the gospel. The DMin program is flexible and designed to fit the schedule and needs of full-time ministry professionals.
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Why study for a Doctor of Ministry at TEDS?
This professional doctoral degree is a practical, ministry-focused degree designed to equip pastors, missionaries, key church leaders, and parachurch leaders with ministry tools for service in today’s complex and challenging world. Our focus is to help you develop advanced ministry skills, strategies, and theology for solving problems and building Christ-honoring ministries. The DMin at TEDS is an in-service program, enabling you to complete the degree while taking minimal time away. As such, it will deepen your current vocation and ministry skills. 

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (EDUCATIONAL STUDIES)

The PhD (Educational Studies) is designed to further the development of leaders already serving in organizations such as higher education institutions, mission agencies, congregations, parachurch agencies, and relief and development agencies.
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The PhD/EDS represents an interdependent learning community comprised of leaders from a variety of cultures, countries, and backgrounds.

Why study for a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies at TEDS?
The Doctor of Philosophy program in Educational Studies incorporates particular concept areas to expand your professional capacities in research and educational leadership. You will be challenged to integrate faith and learning at every step of the program as you engage these areas in a variety of experiences and academic seminars.

Many PhD/EDS participants are involved in the program during sabbatical or other educational leaves from their place of service. Admission requirements assume that you have completed one or more graduate degrees and have recent experience in an educational ministry. Usually you would not be in a major career transition when you decide to enroll in this program.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (INTERCULTURAL STUDIES)

Our mission is to help leaders develop their God-given abilities to serve Christ by proclaiming his gospel to every nation. The program trains evangelists, missionaries, and world leaders for leadership positions in global ministries.
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The PhD (Intercultural Studies) is an opportunity for those with significant intercultural ministry experience to develop research and leadership skills in the fields of evangelism, missions, mission education, and missiology in both western and non-western contexts.

Why study for a Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies at TEDS?
With a combination of intensive coursework, mentoring, and research students can craft a stimulating, flexible, and individualized course of study suited to their professional goals and life situation. Many of Trinity’s PhD/ICS students participate in the program during sabbatical or other educational leaves from churches, Christian mission organizations, colleges, and seminaries. Some complete the program by commuting to campus from longer distances for modular, intensive courses. Participation in the program links students with a diverse, broad-based international community of scholars and provides tools to promote lifelong learning.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (THEOLOGICAL STUDIES)

This program is meant for theologically informed students able to relate their work to the field of Systematic Theology broadly.
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Special emphasis is placed on Systematic Theology because of its central role in the development of doctrine and practice in the life of the church, and because of its widespread neglect in theological education today.

Why study for a Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies at TEDS?
Alumni from the PhD (Theological Studies) have gone on to a diverse set of vocations that include academic teaching and writing and various forms of church, parachurch, and denominational leadership. You will graduate from this program having made a significant contribution to original research in your field of concentration.

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The DMin degree is the highest earned professional degree for ministry and is designed to enhance the practical competence of those already engaged in full-time ministry. Our focus is the development of advanced ministry skills, strategies, and theology for solving problems and building Christ-honoring ministries.
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MA IN CHAPLAINCY AND MINISTRY CARE

In every chaplain is a pastor, a missionary, a teacher, a counselor, and a front line witness, and our MA in Chaplaincy and Ministry Care gives you the tools and spiritual formation needed to minister with excellence.
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Why study Chaplaincy and Ministry Care at TEDS?
The local church can reach places it otherwise couldn’t through the ministry of chaplains. Chaplains serve in hospitals, retirement homes, prisons, hospice facilities, fire and police services, sports organizations, and corporate settings.

MA IN EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES

This flexible degree program, now available fully online, is ideal for ministry leaders who want to improve and expand their service in the local church and related educational settings.
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You may be a practitioner and/or a student who serves or will serve in roles that cultivate congregational ministries and strengthen pastoral leadership, and who seeks additional understanding and skills to serve as a reflective practitioner equipping others.

Why study Educational Ministries at TEDS?
The Master of Arts in Educational Ministries (MA/EM) equips men and women in congregational or parachurch leadership for collaborative ministry engagement, and for formational teaching and learning of others. Graduates currently serve as church educators and administrators for all ages, education or staff pastors, church administrators, Christian school teachers, parachurch or university staff persons, or are pursuing doctoral educational studies.

MA IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

The MA/MHC prepares students to be professionally licensed counselors. Potential fields include, but are not limited to, addictions counseling, marriage and family therapy, grief counseling, spiritual abuse counseling, and adolescent therapy. Additionally, it’s an excellent foundation for doctoral work in counseling psychology and related fields.
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Why study MA in Mental Health Counseling at TEDS?
In addition to preparing you for certification, the MA/MHC helps students foster self-awareness, gain greater insight into the nature of human persons, develop the clinical skills necessary for professional counseling, and develop a framework for integrating biblical-theological truth with social sciences and counseling theory.

The MA in MHC is a licensure track program designed to prepare students for a variety of counseling-centric vocations that require professional credentials. Our graduates have gone on to both private practice and positions within larger organizations such as community agencies, clinics, hospitals, managed behavioral healthcare organizations, outpatient mental health programs, residential treatment and rehabilitation settings, employee assistance programs, substance abuse treatment programs, and colleges. 

MA IN MINISTRY

Rather than being a bridge to a particular vocational or educational goal, the MA in Ministry is meant to enrich and deepen your current ministry context.
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Why study Ministry at TEDS?
Your MA in Ministry specialization is unique to your current ministry context in a local church, parachurch, or other church-related ministry. Our broadly evangelical heritage and rich pool of experienced faculty, combined with the flexibility to focus your program very specifically, make the MA in Ministry an excellent way to grow in wise stewardship of the ministry God’s given you.

MA IN URBAN MINISTRY

There are an increasing number of diverse urban ministry contexts in which Christian leaders need preparation and skills but not the professional credentialing of an MDiv. This degree will strengthen and deepen current urban ministry practices, but could also prepare anyone who is interested in future urban ministry involvement.
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Why study MA in Urban Ministry at TEDS?
The MA in UM, offered at our South Chicago Regional Center, is ideally designed for the mature student with significant experience in urban ministry who desires to deepen their knowledge and skills. However, students without much urban ministry experience, but who desire to pursue this in the future, are also encouraged to apply.

The settings in which you might use our MA in UM are potentially as diverse as our students’ responses to the call to be ministers of the Gospel.

MA/BIBLICAL & NEAR EASTERN ARCHAEOLOGY AND LANGUAGES

The MA/ARC provides focused study in the ancient near eastern context of the Old Testament–including geography, archaeology, and languages–for further academic work in biblical or theological studies.
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Why Study MA in Biblical & Near Eastern Archaeology and Languages at TEDS?
This engaging program requires students to participate in summer archaeological fieldwork in the Middle East as a capstone experience. Graduates of the MA/ARC have been admitted to top-tier doctoral programs both nationally and abroad. While less common, this degree would be an excellent complement to an MDiv for someone who wishes to academically augment their pastoral ministry. Additionally, this degree qualifies students to teach Bible in Christian secondary schools and some Christian colleges.

MA/CHURCH HISTORY

The MA/CH provides focused study in the history of the Christian church, from the first days of the early church to recent movements and ongoing developments in the church worldwide.
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This program offers both breadth of perspective and focused depth that varies depending on the electives you choose and the focus of your Master’s thesis.

Why study Church History at TEDS?
If you’re interested in academic teaching and writing in the areas of church history or theology, this degree is excellent preparation for further graduate or doctoral work. Our alumni are regularly accepted into top-tier doctoral programs. The MA/CH also prepares you to teach church history or theology at Christian secondary schools and some Christian colleges. Finally, pastors may find that the MA/CH enriches their pastoral ministry, whether accompanied by an MDiv or not.

MA/INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

As our world becomes increasingly globalized, the task of relating cross-culturally—and seeking to communicate the Gospel cross-culturally—is more and more pressing.
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The MA/ICS seeks to develop students in the knowledge and practice of cross-cultural ministry, as well as work at integrating theological, historical, and social-scientific disciplines.

Why take Intercultural Studies at TEDS?
The MA/ICS is flexible, allowing students who live and serve in various parts of the world to complete it. Required courses are scheduled regularly online. Live courses are offered at the Deerfield campus on weekends, and in one- or two-week modular formats, both throughout the academic year and during summers. Courses are also offered at Trinity extension sites. The department requires that students complete at least two face-to-face ME courses at the Deerfield campus in order to meet and interact personally with regular ME faculty and students.

MA/NEW TESTAMENT

Studying the New Testament isn’t a merely academic exercise for the Christian; it is an act of worship. The MA/NT is a rigorous, specialized program focusing on academic study of the New Testament—its texts, context, translation, reception history, theology, and interpretation.
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Why study New Testament at TEDS?
This program is excellent preparation for further academic work at the graduate or doctoral level. Typically, MA/NT students pursue careers in teaching and writing. Other students whose vocations are ministry-related have found that the MA/NT provides the grounding in Scripture they need for effective teaching and wise living. Finally, this program also prepares students to teach at some Christian secondary schools or Christian colleges.

MA/OLD TESTAMENT & SEMITIC LANGUAGES

Rigorous literary, textual, and theological study of the Old Testament in its original languages are foundational to this degree.
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Students in the MA/OT program can expect to study texts & translations, theology, ancient Near Eastern languages (Hebrew and some cognate languages), and the cultural background of the Old Testament.

Why study Old Testament and Semitic Languages at TEDS?
This program is excellent preparation for further academic work at the graduate or doctoral level. Typically, MA/OT students pursue careers in teaching and writing. Other students whose vocations are ministry-related have found that the MA/OT provides the grounding in Scripture they need for effective teaching and wise living. This program also prepares students to teach at some Christian secondary schools or Christian colleges. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty advisor while writing a master’s thesis.

MA/SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

The MA/ST is a specialized study in Christian doctrine: its biblical grounding, historical development, logical coherence, and contemporary context. The MA/ST combines a biblical and systematic theology core with coursework in systematic theology, biblical theology, historical and/or contemporary theology, and church history.
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Why study Systematic Theology at TEDS?
The MA/ST at TEDS trains students to engage theological ideas in the world today through a strong biblical, evangelical foundation, mastery of our diverse theological heritage, and familiarity with contemporary (including global) developments in theology.

MA/THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

Flexible options that fit your life; rigorous, broadly evangelical training that fits your ministry needs. Because the MA/TS is so flexible, who you are determines where this degree will take you. This program relates the broad field of theological studies to the work of the church, with plenty of opportunities to focus on particular subject areas of interest.
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Why study Theological Studies at TEDS?
Our MA/ TS draws from a broad curriculum in biblical, theological, historical, and global areas, combined with a substantial number of elective hours that enable each student to uniquely shape their coursework. It is our most flexible program, both in focus and delivery method. It can be completed entirely at our extension sites, in combination with online courses, or in summer coursework at the Deerfield campus (as well as traditional full- or part-time formats).

MASTER OF DIVINITY

All Christians are called to be ministers of the gospel, but there are many different vocations in which a believer can answer that call. The Master of Divinity is considered the standard professional degree for ordained pastoral ministry, as well as providing an excellent foundation for further academic work and many other unique ministry contexts.
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Why study for the Master’s of Divinity at TEDS?
Our MDiv curriculum, brings a sharper focus to the degree with less credit hours required. The Trinity MDiv has always provided training in Scripture interpretation, theology, pastoral practices, leadership, preaching, and spiritual formation. Our curriculum develops skills in cultural exegesis and provides a deeper Christian worldview that equips you to engage with diverse cultures for the gospel’s sake.

MASTER OF DIVINITY: ADVANCED PLACEMENT

Excellent training on a timeline that builds upon the great work you’ve already done. The MDiv is considered the standard professional degree for pastoral ministry, and provides an excellent foundation for further academic work and many other ministry contexts.
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Our AP MDiv helps prepare you in a shorter amount of time by building on the undergraduate work you’ve already done.

Why study for the Advanced Placement MDiv at TEDS?
If you’re graduating with a ministry degree from an accredited Bible college or Christian liberal arts school, you may qualify for our Advanced Placement MDiv (AP MDiv). This program reduces the overall number of hours you’ll need to graduate with an MDiv while also allowing you to take additional advanced electives in areas that you’re passionate about.

MASTER OF THEOLOGY

Building on an MDiv, the ThM is a natural bridge to doctoral work for those pursuing academic teaching and writing. Additionally, MDiv students who might not be interested in PhD work may find that the ThM allows them to deepen their academic foundations in a particular area that will benefit future ministry.
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Why study a Master of Theology at TEDS?
Our ThM provides advanced theological study in one discipline beyond what is normally provided at the MDiv level. We offer discipline concentrations in each of our eight departments (Church History, Counseling, Educational Studies, Mission and Evangelism, New Testament, Old Testament, Pastoral Theology, and Systematic Theology), as well as inter-departmental specialized concentrations developed in consultation with the departmental faculty (such as Chaplaincy, Ethics, Generational Ministry, Homiletics, Spiritual Formation, and others).