Master ofTheology Program

mission to graduate in absentia has been se­ cured. To qualify for graduation, candidates must present acceptable theses, have satisfac­ torily passed their comprehensive examina­ tions and have completed all required course work with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of3.25. No grade less than a C (2.0) will be credited toward the Th.M. degree units. Students who repeat courses for the purpose of raising their GPAmust 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 ministry, exhibit exemplary and consistent Christian character and evidence sound theo­ logical beliefs in accordance with the univer­ sity's doctrinal statement Additional require­ ments are as follows: A. Residence Requirements Aminimum of two semesters in residence at Talbot is required for the Th.M. degree. B. Transfer Credit No more than four advanced graduate semester course units from an accredited seminary or theological school will be ac­ cepted toward fulfillment ofTh.M. course requirements. C. Time Limit for Degree All course, examination, and thesis re­ quirements must be completed within five years, beginning on the date of the student's first registration for Th.M. courses at Talbot D. Major Areas ofAcademic Study Majors in the Th.M. program are offered in the following areas: • Bible Exposition: The major in Bible expo­ sition is designed for students who want ad­ vanced training in English Bible with an em­ phasis on preaching and communicating the text of Scripture. Students may take elective credit in the area of Practical Theology. • New Testament: For students wanting to do advanced work in the history, language, theology, and exegesis of the New Testament NT 812 The World of the New Testament is required. Students are required to take 16 units (not including the thesis) in the NewTestament department • Old Testament and Semitics: For stu­ dents wanting to do advanced work in the history, archaeology, language, theology, and exegesis of the Old Testament.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE All applicants are required to submit a Personal Statement of one to two double spaced typewritten pages expressing their career goals and personal objectives in seeking the Th.M. degree. Graduates of other seminaries must file a full application with the Office of Graduate Admissions. Master of Divinity students currently en­ rolled at Talbot may file for admission by submitting a written request to the Graduate Committee in care of the Office of Graduate Admissions. This request should indicate any changes in marital status or doctrinal convictions since enrollment in the Master of Divinity degree. In addition, applicants should signify their intention to abide by the Standards of Conduct 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 concurrent eqroll­ ment option. Interested seniors should con­ tact the Office of Graduate Admissions for detailed information. Applicants who have graduated from Talbot with a Master of Divinity degree may file for admission according to the following guidelines:

Program Director: Clinton E. Arnold, Ph.D.

OBJECTIVES The Master of Theology curriculum is a challenging post-graduate degree program designed to equip students with specialized academic knowledge and advanced profes­ sional skills. The program is of special in­ terest to students who aspire to teach-whether in the church, a Bible col­ lege or seminary, an extension center, or in a cross-cultural setting. This is in accord with both A.TS. (the Association of Theological Schools) and A.A.B.C. (the American Association of Bible Colleges) which consider the Th.M. degree the mini­ mum educational credential for teaching biblical and theological subjects at accredit­ ed seminaries and Bible schools. The pro­ gram also provides an excellent preparation for those who anticipate further study at the Ph.D. and Th.D. level. Qualified students aspiring to excellence and leadership in many areas of ministry and service for Christ find the Th.M. pro­ gram personally enriching and academically stimulating. By providing students with an opportunity to do original research and writ­ ing while receiving input from published au­ thors, the program is a significant help for those who aspire to write for publication. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS The student must present acceptable Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor or Master of Divinity degrees. Specifically they must have maintained at least a 3.25 average in their Divinity program and have completed at least nine semester hours of Greek be­ yond beginning Greek and 11 semester hours of Hebrew, three of which may be Aramaic. Applicants deficient in the biblical languages may take the prerequisite units at Talbot while taking other Th.M. courses, but such deficiencies must be made up be­ fore more than 16 units in other subjects may be taken. Divinity degrees presented from non-accredited seminaries and theo­ logical schools are individually evaluated. Deficiencies discerned in such cases may be made up by course work at Talbot or other specified accredited institutions. Students must also have the personal quali­ fications necessary for a minister of Christ, including promise of future usefulness. They must be spiritually qualified by provid­ ing evidence of a born-again experience and a consistent Christian manner of life.

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 provided by , the Admissions Office • Personal Statement

Over five years since graduation: • Full application • Personal Statement

Talbot graduates should include in the Personal Statement any changes in marital status or doctrinal convictions since gradua­ tion with the Master of Divinity degree. In addition, they should signify their intention to abide by the Standards of Conduct of Biola University. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Degrees are awarded to qualified candi­ dates at the university's winter and spring commencements. Students are required to be present for graduation unless advance per-

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