Master of Theology



and take advanced coursework in Missions and InterculturaJ Studies. Christian 1n1JUght (emphasis in Theology): For students who want to take advanced coursework in Christian Thought with an empha­ sis in theology. TH 709 Contem­ porary Theology is required. Christian Thought ( emphasis in His­ torical Theology): For students who want to take advanced coursework in Christian Thought with some emphasis on the historical develop­ ment of doctrine. TH 709 Contem­ porary Theology is required. Christian Th1JUght ( emphasis in Philosophy ofReligion): For stu­ dents who want to take advanced coursework in Christian Thought with some emphasis on Philoso­ phyofReligion. TH 709 Contem­ porary Theology is required.

Program Director:

for graduation, candidates must have completed all required course work with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 and satisfactorily passed their comprehensive examinations. No grade less than a C (2.0) will be credited toward the Th.M. degree units. Stu­ dents who repeat courses for the pur­ pose of raising their GPA must adhere to the University's general policy for grades, as spelled out in the graduate program catalog. Candidates for the Th.M. degree should also manifest promise of usefulness in Christian min­ istry, exhibit exemplary and consistent Christian character and evidence sound theological beliefs in accordance with the university's doctrinal statement. Additional requirements are as follows: A. Residence Requirements A minimum of two semesters in residence at Talbot is required for the Th .M. degree. B. Transfer Credit Up to four units of Th.M.-level credit above from another accredited seminary or theological school may be accepted toward fulfi llment of Th .M. course requirements. C. Time limit for Degree All course, examination , and the­ sis requirements must be completed within five years, beginning on the date of the student' s first registration for Th.M. courses at Talbot. 0. Major Areas of Academic Study Majors in the Th .M. program are offered in the following areas: ■ Bibk Exposition: The major in Bible exposition is designed for students who want advanced train­ ing in English Bible with an emphasis on preaching and com, municating the text of Scripture. Students may take elective credit in the area of Practical Theology. ■ New Testament: For students want­ ing to do advanced work in the hi story, language, theology, and exegesis of the New Testament. NT 812 The World of the New Testament is required. ■ Ola Testa1Tll!nt and Semitics: For stu­ dents wanting to do advanced work in the history, archaeology, language, theology, and exegesis of the Old Testament. ■ Missions and ln/Jircultural Studies: For students who want to empha­ size the bibl ical theology of missions

Clinton E. Arnold, Ph.D.

All applicants are required to submit a Personal Statement of one to two dou­ ble spaced typewritten pages expressing their career goals and personal objectives in seeking the Th.M. degree. Graduates of other seminaries must file a full appli cation with the Office of Graduate Admissions. Master of Divinity students cur­ rently enrolled at Talbot may fi le for admiss ion by submitting a written request to the Graduate Committee in care of the Office of Graduate Admis­ sions. This request should indi cate any changes in marital status or doc­ trinal convictions since enrollment in the Master of Divinity degree. In addit ion , applicants should signify their intention to abide by the Stan­ dards of Conduc t of Biola University. Talbot Master of Divinity students who have completed 80 or more units, and whose current cumulative GPA is 3.25 or above may be granted a con­ current enrollment option. Inter­ ested seniors should contact th e Office of Graduate Admissions for detai led information. Applicants who have graduated from Talbot with a Master of Divini ty degree may fil e for admission accord­


The Master of Theology curricu­ lum is a challenging post-graduate degree program designed to equip stu­ dents with specialized academic knowl­ edge and advanced professional skills in one of the theological disciplines.. The program is of special interest to students who asp ire to teach - whether in the church, a Bible college or seminary, an extension center, or in a cross-cultural setting. This is in accord with both A.T.S. (the Associa­ tion of Theological Schools ) and A.A.B.C. (the American Association of Bible Colleges) which consider the Th.M. degree the minimum educa­ tional creden tial for teach ing biblical and theological subjects at accredited seminaries and Bible schools. The pro­ gram also provides an excellent prepa­ ration for those who anticipate further study at the Ph.D. and Th.D. level. Qualified students aspi1ing to excel­ lence and leadership in many areas of ministry and service for Christ find the Th.M. program personally enrich ing and academical lystimulating. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS The student must present accept­ able Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor or Master of Divinity degrees. Specifi­ cally they must have maintained at least a 3.25 average in their Divinity program and have completed at least nine semester hours of Greek beyond beginning Gree k and 11 semester hours of Hebrew, three of which may be Aramaic. Applicants deficient in the biblical languages may take the prerequisite uni ts at Talbot while tak­ ing other Th.M. courses, but such deficiencies must be made up before more than J 6 units in other subjern may be taken. Divinity degrees pre­ sented from non-accredited seminar­ ies and theological schools are individ­ ually evaluated. Deficiencies dis­ cern ed in such cases may be made up by co urse work at Talbot or oth er specified accredited institutions. Stu­ dents must also have the personal qualifications necessary for a minister of Christ, including promise of future usefulness. They must be spiritually qualified by providing evidence of a born-again experience and a consis­ tent Christian manner of life.

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E. Program Options

The Th .M. is a 26 semester-hour program with two options for pro­ gram structure: a thesis track and a non-thesis track. Students choosing the th esis track will complete 20 units of coursework and write a thesis for which they will be awarded 6 semes ter­ units of credit. Students opting for the non-thesis track will be required to complete 26 units of coursework. They will also be asked to submit two papers to the major department which give evidence of their ability to research and write on a high acade­ mic level. The papers submitted may

ing to the following guidelines: Less than two years since graduation from Talbot:

■ ReAdmit Application ■ Personal Statement Between two and five years since graduation: ■ ReAdmit Application ■ Pastor Reference on form pro- vided by the Admissions Office ■ Personal Statement Over five years since graduation: ■ Full application ■ Personal Statement Talbot graduates should include in the Persona l Statement any changes in marital status or doctrinal convictions since graduation with the Master of Divinity degree. In addi­ tion , they should signify their inten­ tion to abide by the Standards of Con­ duct of Biola University. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Degrees are awarded to qualified candidates at the university's winter and spring commencements. Students are required to be present for graduation unless advance permission to graduate in absentia has been secured. To qualify

be the product of coursework. F. Program Requirements

The Th .M. 891 Research Seminar (3 units) and CE 724 Advanced Meth­ ods of Educational Instruction (2 units) are required of all students, regardless of major. See the descrip­ tion of th e major areas for other courses that may be required by a spe­ cific department. . The program requirements for both tracks will be distributed as follows: Thesis Track ■ 5 units: prescribed ■ 12 units: major area ■ 3 units: elective ■ 6units: thesis ■ comprehensive examination Non-Thesis Track ■ 5 units: prescribed ■ IS units: major area ■ 6 un its: elective ■ comprehensive examination

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