MA/Systematic Theology

36 credit hours | 2-3 years


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.

WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES FOR
ADMISSION TO THIS PROGRAM?

In addition to the requirements for general admissionyou’ll need the following:

  • An undergraduate major in Bible and/or theology, or a minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate work in biblical and/or theological studies
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Miller Analogies Test (MAT) required if your GPA is under 3.0

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

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.

BIBLICAL AND SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGICAL CORE: 9 HOURS
Course Title Credits
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:
Course Title Credits
ST 7070 Models of Sanctification 3 hours
ST 8040 Justification 3 hours
ST 8050 Pneumatology 3 hours
ST 8xxx Christology 3 hours
ST 8xxx Providence 3 hours
ST 8xxx God in Biblical and Systematic Theology 3 hours
CONCENTRATION CORE: 19–26 HOURS
Required:
Course Title Credits
ME 8300 Global Theologies 3 hours
ST 7505 Use of Scripture in Theology 3 hours
Select one course in Biblical Theology such as:
Course Title Credits
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:
Course Title Credits
CH 8320 Luther 3 hours
CH 8330 Calvin 3 hours
CH 8361 Jonathan Edwards 3 hours
ST 7510 Survey of Contemporary Theology 3 hours
ST 8310 Theology of Augustine 3 hours
ST 8360 Karl Barth 3 hours
ST 8390 Recent & Contemporary Theologians 3 hours
ST electives
  6–12 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.

ELECTIVES: 10–11 HOURS

After satisfying the above mentioned requirements, students who have not taken a total of 32 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 & CAPSTONE: 0–3 HOURS

Field Education (0 hours)

Course Title Credits
PT 5090 Field Ed (two semesters) –or–
ID 5080 ID 5080 Formation Group (two semesters) 0 hours

MA/ST Capstone (1–3 hours)

Course Title Credits
MA/OT Major Comprehensive Exam 1 hour
ST 7477 MA Major Comprehensive Exam 1 hour
Select one of the following:
Course Title Credits
ST 7980 MA Major Research Paper (Two) 0–2 hours
ST 7485 MA Thesis* 0–2 hours
 
TOTAL
  36 hours
*Note: The thesis option requires a research methods course as an elective (generally ID 7900 Theological Research Methods – 2 hours)

 

FIELD EDUCATION

All MA/ST students must complete a field education requirement. Learn more about field ed here.

WHERE CAN THIS DEGREE TAKE ME?

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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