TBS has three programs designed for students who have already completed an undergraduate (e.g. Baccalaureate) degree: Certificate of Theological Studies, Master of Theological Studies and the Master of Divinity. We also have a Master of Theology which requires the applicant to have already completed a Master of Divinity degree or equivalent. A description of each is outlined below.

Program Duration
CTS 1 year
MTS 2 years
MDiv 3 years
ThM 2 years (after MDiv)

Credit Hour Requirements

Certificate of Theological Studies

The Certificate of Theological Studies is designed to help Christians with undergraduate degrees become grounded in the knowledge of God’s Word and thus become more effective Church members and workers. This year is designed to serve as a basis for a full graduate degree program, or by itself as a one year programme.

Credits Required for Graduation

  • 30 Semester Hour Credit
  • 4 Semester Hour Field Work Credit
 
Year 1
Subject
Fall
Winter

Scripture & Interpretation

(12 hours)
Biblical Hermeneutics 3  
N.T. Biblical Theology  
O.T. Biblical Theology   3
Graduate Research & Writing 3  

Theology & History

(9 hours)
Christian Foundations 3  
Church History 3  
Systematic Theology (1 of I, II or III)    3

Ministry & Spiritual Formation

(9 hours)
Elective

 3

 
Missions    3
Spirituality    3

Total Semester Hours
30
15
15

Mentoring & Ministry Practicums

(4 hours)
Field Work 1 1
Mentoring Group 1 1

Master of Theological Studies

The M.T.S. is designed as a two-year programme that should be considered the first step towards equipping individuals with undergraduate degrees who wish to pursue a calling in the academic realm.  As such, the MTS focuses on the classical subjects of theology.

Credits Required for Graduation

  • 60 Semester Hour Credit
  • 16 Semester Hour Field Work Credit
 
Year 1
Year 2
Subject
Fall
Winter
Summer
Fall
Winter

Scripture & Interpretation

(21 hours)
Biblical Hermeneutics 3        
Bible Electives       3  
Graduate Research & Writing 3        
Life of Christ   3      
N.T. Biblical Theology         3
O.T. Biblical Theology (I & II) 3      

Theology & History

(21 hours)
Apologetics        
Church History (I & II)   3   3  
Christian Foundations 3        
Systematic Theology (2 of I, II, or III)   3     3
Theological Ethics         3

Ministry & Spiritual Formation

(12 hours)
Elective 3        
Homiletics       3  
Missions        
Pastoral Theology       3  
Spirituality        
The Worshipping Church         3

Total Semester Hours
60
15
15
 
15
15

Mentoring & Ministry Practicums

(16 hours)
Ministerial Field Work 2 2   2 2
Mentoring Group 1 1   1 1
Ministry Internship     4    

Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity is specifically designed for students who have an undergraduate degree and who are now seeking to commence or continue further in the calling of a pastor or church planter.  It is a full-orbed theological degree that provides an excellent grounding in the biblical languages and the classical subjects of theology, while also helping the student develop the necessary skills in the key areas of pastoral ministry and spiritual formation.

Credits Required for Graduation

  • 90 Semester Hour Academic Credit
  • 22 Semester Hour Field Work Credit
 
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Subject
Fall
Winter
Summer
Fall
Winter
Summer
Fall
Winter

Scripture & Interpretation

(42 hours)
Biblical Hermeneutics       3        
Graduate Research & Writing 3              
Greek 3 3   3 3   3  
Hebrew       3 3   3 3
N.T. Biblical Theology         3      
O.T. Biblical Theology 3 3            

Theology & History

(27 hours)
Apologetics   3            
Baptist History         3      
Christian Foundations 3              
Church History   3            
Senior Seminar/Thesis             3 3
Systematic Theology       3     3  
Theological Ethics               3

Ministry & Spiritual Formation

(21 hours)
Homiletics         3     3
Missions               3
Pastoral Theology 3     3        
Spirituality   3            
The Worshipping Church             3  

Total Semester Hours
90
15
15
 
15
15
 
15
15

Mentoring & Ministry Practicums

(22 hours)
Ministerial Field Work 2 2   2 2   2 2
Mentoring Group 1 1   1 1   1 1
Ministry Internship     4          

Thesis

The thesis is to be around 30,000 words.  A prospectus of the thesis must be approved by the end of the fall of the first year.  An oral defence involving three readers (two internal and one external), chaired by the thesis supervisor, will take place upon completion of the thesis.  The candidate must be present at TBS for the defense.

Master of Theology

The Th.M is essentially a non-residential research degree.

Entrance into the degree is dependent upon an overall B+ average or higher in the preceding degree, which should be the Master of Divinity or its equivalent.

It is ideal for the person who would like a stepping-stone to a doctoral degree (especially a European Ph.D. that has no course requirements) or who would simply like a research degree beyond the Master of Divinity.

Credits Required for Graduation

  • 34 Semester Hours Academic Credit
Subject
Fall
Winter
Summer
Fall & Winter

Graduate Research and Writing

A four-day intensive module taken in the August prior to the year of studies.

2      

Reading courses in the area of specialization

New Testament, Systematic Theology, Cistian Spirituality or Church History

4+4 4+4 4  

Thesis proposal

To be submitted no later than May 31.

    1  

Thesis

To be submitted by January 15; defence to be conducted by Feb 28.

    3 8

Total Semester Hours
34
10
8
8
8

Thesis

The thesis is to be around 30,000 words.  A prospectus of the thesis must be approved by the end of the fall of the first year.  An oral defence involving three readers (two internal and one external), chaired by the thesis supervisor, will take place upon completion of the thesis.  The candidate must be present at TBS for the defense.