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.
Students also have the flexibility to take further coursework in a secondary area such as bioethics or ethics.
The MA/ST capstone experience is a major comprehensive exam and either two major papers or the MA thesis.
|ID 5000||Biblical Theology and Interpretation||3 hours|
|ST 5201||Theology I: The God of the Gospel||3 hours|
|ST 5202||Theology II: The Gospel of God||3 hours|
|Note: Students who have taken the equivalent of the above courses with a grade of B or above are encouraged to take at least two advanced doctrinal courses such as the following:|
|ST 8210||Divine Action and the Doctrine of Providence|
|ST 8211||God in Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology|
|ST 8213||Models of Sanctification|
|ST 8220||Christology: Classical Formulations and Contemporary Issues|
|ME 8300||Global Theologies||3 hours|
|ST 7505||Use of Scripture in Theology||3 hours|
|Select one course in Biblical Theology such as:|
|OT 7090||Old Testament Theology||3 hours|
|NT 8640||New Testament Theology||3 hours|
|Select two courses in Historical Theology and/or Contemporary Theology such as:|
|CH 8320||Luther||3 hours|
|CH 8330||Calvin||3 hours|
|CH 8361||Jonathan Edwards||3 hours|
|ST 8100||Essentials of Reformed Theology||3 hours|
|ST 8101||Karl Barth as Theological Interpreter of Scripture||3 hours|
|ST 8102||Analytic Theology||3 hours|
|ST 8103||Bonaventure||3 hours|
|ST 8104||Anselm and the Victorines||3 hours|
|ST 8105||Arminius and Arminianism||3 hours|
|ST 8310||Theology of Augustine||3 hours|
|ST 8360||Karl Barth||3 hours|
|ST 8390||Recent & Contemporary Theologians||3 hours|
Note: Up to 3 hours of the Capstone Project may be applied
MA/ST students should work with their faculty advisor to ensure course work provides adequate background for the capstone comprehensive exam and writing projects.
After satisfying the above mentioned requirements, students who have not taken a total of 36 hours may take further elective course work in a secondary area related to the Concentration (e.g., Apologetics; Ethics; Philosophy of Religion; Bioethics).
Field Education (0 hours)
|PT 5090||Field Ed (two semesters)||–or–|
|ID 5080||ID 5080 Formation Group (two semesters)||0 hours|
MA/ST Capstone (1–3 hours)
|ST 7477||MA Major Comprehensive Exam||1 hour|
|Select one of the following:
|ST 7980||MA Major Research Paper (Two)||0–2 hours|
|ST 7485||MA Thesis*||0–2 hours|
|*Note: The thesis option requires a research methods course as an elective (generally ID 7900 Theological Research Methods – 2 hours)
All MA/ST students must complete a field education requirement. Learn more about field ed here.
In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following:
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The MA/ST is primarily meant to serve as an intermediate step (among others) towards doctoral study in systematic theology or a related discipline, with the vocational goal of academic teaching and writing. This program could also prepare you for teaching in certain Christian secondary schools or Christian colleges, and would be a great complement to an MDiv for a ministry-oriented student interested in deepening his or her knowledge of theology.
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