Graduate Programs

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)

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

Subject

Year 1

Scripture & Interpretation (12 hours)
Fall Winter
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 hours 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

Subject

Year 1

Year 2

Scripture & Interpretation (21 hours) Fall Win Sum Fall Win
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 Hours: 60 hours 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

Subject

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Scripture & Interpretation (42 hours)
Fall Win Sum Fall Win Sum Fall Win
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              
Ministry & Spiritual Formation (21 hours)
Homiletics         3     3
Missions              
Pastoral Theology     3        
Spirituality   3            
The Worshipping Church             3  
Total Semester Hours: 90 hours 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          

Master of Theology

  • 34 Semester Hours Academic Credit

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.
Ideally, the degree proceeds along with the following schedule.

Courses:

Timeline

  Fall
(Sep-Dec)
Winter
(Jan-April)
Summer
(May-Aug)
Fall/Winter
(Sep-Feb)
Graduate Research and Writing
(a four-day intensive module taken in the August prior
to the year of studies)
2 hrs      
Reading courses in the area of specialization (New
Testament, Systematic Theology, Christian Spirituality or Church History)
4+4 hrs 4+4 hrs 4 hrs  
Thesis proposal
(to be submitted no later than May 31
    1 hr  
Thesis
(to be submitted by January 15; defence to be conducted by Feb 28)
    3 hrs 8 hrs
Total Semester Hours:  34 hrs 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.

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