Masters Courses

Masters Courses At Trinity Seminary

The Masters Courses are listed below, first alphabetically by school, and then by course number. Contact an enrollment advisor for more information, or to sign up for our audit a class.

Administration


AD 504 Effective Communication for Leadership
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To explore the dynamics of oral and interpersonal communications for the purpose of effective leadership in ministry and the critical nature of effective communication for leadership.

AD 637 Management and Leadership Theory
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To review and assess classical and contemporary concepts of management and leadership for the study of management and leadership praxis in the church or para-church.


Apologetics


AP 646 Apologetics and Mass Communication
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give learners a greater understanding of communicating apologetics in a variety of contexts. These contexts include evangelistic preaching, online forms of social media, debate strategy in a variety of formats, and in small group settings.

AP 648 Defense of the Resurrection
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To gain a greater understanding of the issues involved with the defense of the resurrection of Jesus. Learners will gain a better understanding of historiography, methodology and legitimacy of investigating the resurrection and miracles, and examine the exegetical issues in biblical literature and meaning in other ancient literature to understand what resurrection meant when the disciples proclaimed Jesus rose from the dead.

AP 660 Principles of Contemporary Apologetics
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To investigate the nature and role of the rational defense of the faith and to apply and assess the different methods apologists use to justify Christian belief and turn aside objections to faith.

AP 661 Advanced Topics in Contemporary Apologetics
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners to consider classical and special topics in apologetics such as faith and reason, miracles, religious experience, the new atheism, and allied topics of inquiry.

AP 669 Engaging Cults
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To allow learners to gain a robust knowledge of the various Christian Cults that are popular today such as the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others. This class will give a broader and deeper understanding of the issues involved with the beliefs of cults and the best tactics to demonstrate their errors in light of Christian Orthodoxy.


Biblical Counseling


BC 504 Depression and Anxiety
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To survey current views on the causes and treatments for depression and anxiety and to challenge learners to counsel depressed and anxious counselees from a distinctly biblical anthropology, examining these conditions from both spiritual and physiological perspectives.

BC 522 Counseling Adolescents
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with a framework for understanding adolescent struggles and guiding them through the struggles toward greater Christian maturity.

BC 555 Bereavement Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with an overview of the complex experience of bereavement in order to assist those who are grieving to resolve their grief concerns in a biblical manner.

BC 565 Marriage and Family Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide a context in which learners can relate the basic presuppositions and principles of biblical counseling to the practice of counseling married couples and their children.

BC 574 The Problem of Suffering
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with the opportunity to apply the biblical teaching on suffering to a variety of life situations.

BC 640 Master’s Biblical Counseling Practicum
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide the opportunity for learners to practice the principles and techniques of biblical counseling learned in previous course work within a structured context.

BC 675 Biblical Foundations for Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To introduce learners to counseling based on the presuppositions of a biblical worldview.


Biblical Studies


BS 518 Biblical Hermeneutics
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners to analyze carefully the various viewpoints on key hermeneutical issues, to examine these issues self-consciously in view of the learners’ hermeneutical pre-understanding, and to formulate consistent approaches in areas of general and special hermeneutics.

BS 624 Old Testament Backgrounds
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To gain a better understanding of the social and cultural dimensions of the OldTestament world, as well as explore social scientific models for interpreting the text. This analysis prepares students for gaining a greater understanding in exegesis and theology of the Old Testament as the original audience would have understood it.

BS 625 Social Science Studies of the New Testament
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To gain a better understanding of the social and cultural dimensions of the New Testament world, as well as explore social scientific models for interpreting the text. This analysis prepares students for gaining a greater understanding in exegesis and theology of the New Testament as the original audience would have understood it.

BS 628 New Testament Use of the Old Testament
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To explore the variety of ways in which the New Testament authors cited, echoed, and alluded to the Old Testament and the manners in which they employed those texts in their writings.

BS 677 Primary Source Studies
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To investigate the primary sources and backgrounds for the purposes of how this body of literature relates to and contributes to the exegetical and theological dialogs regarding the background of Scripture and issues pertaining to biblical studies.


Christian Counseling


CC 501 Counseling Theories and the Christian Counselor
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To familiarize learners with the major theories of counseling and psychotherapy including an examination of the worldviews and presuppositions of each theories primary founder. To develop in learners the ability to critique each theory from a Christian practitioner perspective for consistency with a Christian worldview and begin the process of evaluation for the integration of psychology and theology.

CC 502 Counseling Techniques and the Helping Relationship for the Christian Counselor
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To examine the core helping skills recognized in most professional helping models and evaluating each skill in light of revealed relational truth found in the Holy Scriptures, placing a special emphasis on the development of a therapeutic relationship with individuals seeking intervention for emotional and spiritual problems.

CC 503 Assessment Skills and Treatment Planning for the Christian Counselor
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To identify the many problem areas for which clients seek intervention and lead learners in developing the skills needed to identify the problems and concerns of their clients in a formal manner that allows the counselor to design, and begin implementation of, an initial treatment plan. Learners will also learn the importance of identifying their limitations and developing a referral network.

CC 504 Marriage Counseling in Christian Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with an overview of major couple counseling theories and techniques and to guide learners in developing the ability to initiate a therapeutic relationship with a couple, clarify problem issues, and design and implement counseling interventions.

CC 505 Ethics for the Christian Counselor
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To introduce learners to the ethical issues they are likely to face in a Christian counseling practice with special emphasis on topics such as regulatory boards, professional associations, scope of practice limitations, and professional licensure requirements.


Christian Education


CE 588 Dynamic Teaching Techniques
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give learners a solid grounding in the theory and practice of religious pedagogy, to encourage them to discover and compare various educational models and methods, and to enable them to sharpen their skills in carrying out effective teaching techniques.


Church History


CH 575 Church History
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in a survey, analysis, and evaluation of the development of the church from the end of the New Testament era to the present, considering significant persons, movements, events, and creedal statements.


Conflict Management


CM 526 Managing Conflict
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To survey the field of conflict management from a Christian perspective by examining Scripture and current scholarship, and by applying knowledge gained to specific areas of congregational discord.

CM 621 Issues in Helping Troubled Churches
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enhance learners in the understanding of the principles of restoring troubled churches through third party mediation.

CM 632 Christian Mediation
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop an understanding of Christian mediation through examining biblical conflict intervention, evaluating the emerging field of mediation as described in current scholarly literature, and assessing the role of Christian mediation in the church today.

CM 650 Principles of Church Discipline
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to synthesize the biblical record regarding church discipline; evaluate selected scholarly writings on the subject; and assess the disciplinary measures utilized in their own church/denominational setting.


Expository Preaching


EP 670 The Theological Basis for Expository Preaching
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners to examine and analyze key doctrinal issues for the purpose of enhancing their abilities to evaluate why biblical and theological foundations are the basis of competent expository preaching and to engage learners in the investigation of a variety of theological perspectives.

EP 672 Evangelistic Preaching
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide opportunities for learners to relate basic strategies of evangelistic preaching to their pulpit ministries and to examine and analyze the biblical foundation behind the process of leading other people to faith in Christ by using a variety of homiletic techniques.

EP 674 New Testament Expository Preaching
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to use their knowledge of the characters, themes, and theology of each book of the New Testament to do competent expository preaching; and to sharpen their ability to analyze and assess character studies, historical developments, and solid interpretation of the text as the foundation for sound expository preaching from the New Testament.

EP 675 Old Testament Expository Preaching
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to use their knowledge of the characters, themes, and theology of each book of the Old Testament to do competent expository preaching; and to sharpen their ability to analyze and assess character studies, historical developments, and solid interpretation of the text as the foundation for sound expository preaching from the Old Testament.

EP 695 Contemporary Preaching
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide opportunities for learners to relate the elements and principles of preaching to the contemporary generation through their pulpit and public speaking ministries and to examine and analyze both the theological foundations and the communication theory behind the process of preparing and delivering effective biblical messages using a variety of homiletical techniques and designs.


Evangelism


EV 601 Evangelistic Ministry
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To expose learners to a fuller understanding of the biblical foundations of having a ministry of Evangelism in the 21st Century

EV 602 Evangelistic Methodology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To expose learners to the advanced techniques of Evangelistic activities such as preparing churches for meetings, preparing evangelistic sermons, conducting alter calls, and doing follow-up with new converts.

EV 659 Strategies for Personal Evangelism
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide opportunities for learners to apply strategies of evangelism to their personal lives, understand the cultural dynamics for doing evangelism today, and to evaluate the evangelistic work of the church in light of the biblical foundations for evangelism.


Leadership


LD 500 Strategic Planning for the Church
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To prepare learners in the principles and practices of SWOT analysis and strategic planning for deployment in executive ministry leadership positions.


Languages


LG 593 Biblical Hebrew I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide instruction to learners on the fundamentals of Old Testament Hebrew; and to give learners a mastery and facility in relying on and quickly maneuvering through the Hebrew Old Testament by means of a mastery of Hebrew grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.

LG 594 Biblical Hebrew I I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide instruction to learners on the fundamentals of Old Testament Hebrew; and to give learners a mastery and facility in relying on and quickly maneuvering through the Hebrew Old Testament by means of a mastery of Hebrew grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.

LG 693 Greek Grammar Part I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide instruction to learners on the fundamentals of New Testament Greek, with the purpose of instilling in learners a mastery and facility in relying on and quickly maneuvering through the Greek New Testament by means of mastery of Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.

LG 694 Greek Grammar Part I I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide instruction to learners on the fundamentals of New Testament Greek, with the purpose of instilling in learners a mastery and facility in relying on and quickly maneuvering through the Greek New Testament by means of mastery of Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.


New Testament


NT 611 The Synoptic Authors: In Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in an exegetical and theological study of the Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of Mark, Gospel of Luke, and the Book of Acts. This course will cover all the relevant background information to these books of the Bible as well as engage in careful analysis of the text.

NT 612 The Johannine Literature: In Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in an exegetical and theological study of the Gospel of John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Revelation. This course will cover all the relevant background information to these books of the Bible as well as engage in careful analysis of the text.

NT 613 The Pauline Literature I: In Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in an exegetical and theological study of the Book of Romans, 1 Corinthians, and 2 Corinthians. This course will cover all the relevant background information to these books of the Bible as well as engage in careful analysis of the text.

NT 614 The Pauline Literature I I: In Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in an exegetical and theological study of the Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. This course will cover all the relevant background information to these books of the Bible as well as engage in careful analysis of the text.

NT 615 The General Epistles: In Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in an exegetical and theological study of the Books of Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, Second Peter, and Jude. This course will cover all the relevant background information to these books of the Bible as well as engage in careful analysis of the text.


Old Testament


OT 525 The Pentateuch: In Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in an exegetical and theological study of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. This course will cover all the relevant background information to these books of the Bible as well as engage in careful analysis of the text.

OT 526 The Historical Books: In Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in an exegetical and theological study of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st and 2nd Kings, 1st and 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. This course will cover all the relevant background information to these books of the Bible as well as engage in careful analysis of the text.

OT 527 The Poetic and Wisdom Writings: In Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in an exegetical and theological study of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. This course will cover all the relevant background information to these books of the Bible as well as engage in careful analysis of the text.

OT 528 The Major Prophets: In Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in an exegetical and theological study of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. This course will cover all the relevant background information to these books of the Bible as well as engage in careful analysis of the text.

OT 529 The Minor Prophets: In Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in an exegetical and theological study of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. This course will cover all the relevant background information to these books of the Bible as well as engage in careful analysis of the text.


Philosophy


PH 501 History of Philosophy
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide opportunities for the graduate learner to examine the lives and motivations of the originators of contemporary philosophical and religious thinking. To provide a backdrop for understanding the great movements of thought which have intersected with the Church, sometimes to its peril and at other times its enrichment.

PH 519 Major World Religions
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide opportunities for learners to examine and analyze the characteristics of different religions so that learners may be able to apply this knowledge to an understanding of the world today and how the Christian faith can affect this world.

PH 566 The Philosophical Problem of Evil
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To estimate the different merits and values of traditional and contemporary responses to the problem of evil and approaches to theodicy so that learners can analyze the various beliefs in Christian theism, construct viable options in theodicy, and show that these options are consistent and harmonious with other beliefs that (evangelical) Christians hold.

PH 589 Systematic Logic
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To familiarize learners with the elements of beginning and intermediate logic, and challenge learners to analyze arguments in a more rigorous way, while developing the ability to determine whether an argument is “good” or “bad.”

PH 601 Ethics in the Christian Tradition
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To judge with keener perception the underlying principles which govern both the best and the worst of ethical reflection in our time.

PH 617 Philosophy of Omniscience and Providence
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To examine in greater detail the various philosophical understandings of divine omniscience, providence, human agency, and the theological and philosophical implications involved with each of the various views.


Pastoral Ministry


PM 530 Issues in the Modern Church
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with a fuller understanding of the various contemporary, cultural, and theological issues facing the church in the 21st century.

PM 541 Theology of Ministry
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To help learners synthesize theological and biblical foundations with ministry praxis and create their own theology of ministry, taking into account biblical and theological insights concerning God, spiritual formation, church, and ministry.

PM 594 Ministry and Contextualization
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop learners in the primary skills in implementing the concepts of contextualizing theology and congregational development for impacting various local and global communities.

PM 611 Sunday School and Small Group Development
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To instill in learners the fundamentals of developing and growing effective Sunday School classes and Small Groups in the areas of discipleship, knowledge of Scripture, and training teachers to lead.

PM 623 Effective Pastoral Leadership
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the importance of pastoral care and key principles, ethics, and values for effective ministry in today’s congregations.


Research and Writing


RW 605 Master’s Thesis
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To facilitate the development of a Thesis, Capstone Project, Major Writing Project, or Dissertation that demonstrates the student’s ability to do scholarly research and application of findings for current and future ministries.

RW 610 Understanding Bibliographic Research
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to use bibliographic research methods in exploring a chosen topic; learners will explore how to find and analyze precedent literature, how to develop a thesis and supporting arguments, and how to communicate research findings through a logical and structured document.


Spiritual Formation


SF 501 Scripture Study Techniques
Credit Hours: 1
Course Description:

SF 502 Spiritual Warfare
Credit Hours: 1
Course Description: To instill in learners the various methods and strategies in spiritual warfare for spiritual growth.

SF 503 Prayer and Personal Holiness
Credit Hours: 1
Course Description: To provide learners with the opportunity to examine personal holiness as it has come down through Christian history and their relevance for the contemporary Christian.

SF 504 Accountability and Discipleship
Credit Hours: 1
Course Description: To provide learners with the biblical concepts and current models of accountability and discipleship for personal and corporate spiritual growth and development.


Theology


TH 511 Theology I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in summarization and analysis of the biblical data and the development of Christian thought concerning the doctrines of Scripture, theology proper, angels, man, and sin.

TH 512 Theology I I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in summarization and analysis of the biblical data and the development of Christian thought concerning the doctrines of Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things.

TH 533 New Testament Theology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in summarization and analysis and evaluation of the theological themes of the New Testament.

TH 545 Principles of Contemporary Theology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in analysis and evaluation from a biblical perspective of the various expressions of contemporary theology.

TH 683 Old Testament Theology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To encourage learners to understand the Old Testament background of Jesus’ ministry, the evangelistic purpose that God gave to Israel, key authors in the field of Old Testament theology, and key motifs in the study of the Old Testament.