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 501 Human and Organizational Development
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To examine critical issues, concepts, and needs of human and organizational development for an analysis of management and leadership praxis in the church or para-church.

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 515 Management Functions and Principles
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To explore basic and critical functions and principles of management and assess application of these functions and principles to the church or Christian organization context.

AD 584 Human Resource Management
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To analyze human resource management issues, functions, and processes as well as assess application of critical principles and practices of human resource management to the church ministry context.

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 642 A History of Apologetics Through the Centuries
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To encourage learners to see how particular styles of apologetics developed in response to contemporary philosophical and cultural orientations.

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 647 Scientific Apologetics
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To explore the intersection of faith and science in-depth, gain a greater understanding of the issues involved in areas such as evolution, cosmology, and microbiology, and to provide a powerful apologetic from the discoveries of science that demonstrate the truth of the Christian faith.

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 649 Presuppositional Apologetics
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To gain a robust understanding of the presuppostional approach to apologetics, the arguments and methods, the controversies involved, and how to effectively apply this methodology in practice.

AP 653 Worldview Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To investigate and analyze how various people-groups view the world, and to be able to perform critical deconstruction of the various worldviews people hold in order to be better prepared to counter such worldviews and the claims made by them in order to be more effective in apologetics and evangelism.

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.

AP 691 Biblical Defense
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To gain a greater understanding of the issue involved with criticism of Scripture as it relates to challenges from skeptics, liberal theology, and common problems associated with hard sayings and alleged contradictions in Scripture. Learners will be equipped to answer the challenges against Scripture in contemporary culture.

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 506 The Local Church as a Counseling Center
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 within the life of a congregation.

BC 518 An Examination of Integrationism in Christian Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with an overview of different Christian approaches to counseling and a means of evaluating them against Scripture.

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 523 Counseling Christians Toward Sexual Purity
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To acquaint learners with the current thinking on addressing compulsive sexual problems, and to develop a counseling strategy for those affected based on a biblical worldview.

BC 528 Overcoming Substance Abuse
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To guide learners in thinking through the causes, course, and counseling strategies for substance abuse from a biblical perspective in contrast to secular approaches.

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 562 Premarital Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide an opportunity for learners to think through the development of a new family unit and to apply these dynamics to marital preparation.

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 576 The Biblical Counselor, the Law, and Counseling Center Management
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with the legal and managerial skills needed for operating a biblical counseling center.

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 645 Old Testament Literature and Criticism
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To gain a fuller understanding of the issues and debates surrounding Old Testament higher criticism and to acquire a more robust familiarity with the literary genres of the Old Testament and its impacts on interpretation and understanding.

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.

BS 680 Biblical Prophecy
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners to analyze carefully the various viewpoints on key prophetic issues, especially the use of the Old Testament prophecies in the New Testament, and to formulate a coherent approach in these areas.

BS 697 Historical Jesus Studies
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To explore the issues involved in the various quests of historical Jesus studies, and how this relates to our understanding of the Gospel texts, and counter the issues raised in liberal circles.

BS 699 Pauline Studies
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To explore the scholarship and various positions regarding Pauline scholarship from a variety of perspectives and how the discussion in these studies informs theology, exegesis, and our portrait of Paul the Apostle.

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.

CE 609 Studies in Teaching in the Online Classroom
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To investigate various approaches to the teaching methods and group engagement for instruction in online classrooms for the purpose of maximizing resources and the experience of students for optimal learning in this environment.

CE 636 Spiritual Disciplines
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with the opportunity to examine the spiritual disciplines as they have come down through Christian history and their relevance for the contemporary Christian.

CE 659 Current Trends and Issues in Christian Education
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To identify and engage in an analysis of major trends and issues confronting Christian educators serving church and community.

CE 688 Christian Education for the Local Church
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To explore and evaluate issues, ideas, principles, priorities, and practices that promote an effective Christian education ministry in the church.

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.

Christian Literature


CL 601 Publishing for Christian Literature
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to understand the procedures for both traditional publishing and self-publishing for Christian fiction and non-fiction literature.

CL 602 Creative Writing Within a Christian Worldview
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To help develop in learners greater skills in writing both fiction and non-fiction for a variety of media.

CL 603 Technical and Rhetorical Writing Within a Christian Worldview
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with an analysis of the fundamentals and methodologies of writing and communication for technical and rhetorical purposes.

CL 604 Methodologies in Editing Within a Christian Worldview
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To examine the various methods and approaches to editing materials for publication of writings in a variety of media.

CL 605 Writing and Communication Practicum
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with an opportunity to prepare written materials for public consumption or other usage in a variety of contexts in order to gain experience in the completion of projects from inception to publication.

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 565 Dealing with Difficult People
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with the opportunity to identify and analyze the human dynamics of difficult behavior, investigate biblical solutions, and examine secular methodologies; all with the view of dealing effectively with chronically difficult individuals in personal life but especially when encountered in the context of the church.

CM 626 Implementing Positive Change
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with the opportunity to examine Scripture and current scholarship particularly as it pertains to the relationship between conflict and organizational change in a congregation or para-church organization.

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 635 Interpersonal Forgiveness
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To examine the biblical record on believers resolving conflict through interpersonal forgiveness, survey and evaluate current scholarship, and relate findings especially to the congregational setting.

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.

Christian School Administration


CS 510 History and Philosophy of Christian Schooling
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To equip learners with a knowledge and understanding of the historical and philosophical development of Christian school education.

CS 512 Administration and Leadership in the Christian School
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide an opportunity for learners to examine leadership and management theories and research as applied to administration in Christian school education and to study the skills required of the administrator to function effectively as a spiritual, administrative, and instructional leader.

CS 513 Curriculum Design in the Christian School
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide an opportunity for learners to study the basic principles of curriculum development and supervision within the context of the integration of a biblical worldview, including the selection of instructional materials, scope and sequence, and supervision and evaluation of the Christian school curriculum.

CS 514 Educational Research and Statistics
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To introduce learners to the evaluation, measurement, and research methods used in educational research and to examine statistical methods, data analysis, and student assessment.

CS 515 Christian School Finance and Development
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide an opportunity for learners to survey the field of finance as it relates to Christian schooling with an emphasis on budget creation, strategic planning, and using capital campaigns.

Digital Ministry


DM 645 Contemporary Christian Digital Ministry
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with an understanding of the Christian church in the digital age, a working knowledge of digital technologies and how to use these new tools God has provided for effective and powerful ministry and church growth.

DM 661 Social Media for Pastors and Christian Leaders
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with a more robust understanding regarding social media avenues available for pastors and other Christian leaders to effectively apply and use in their ministries.

DM 662 Mobile Ministry for Christian Churches
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To learn the effective uses of mobile technologies and also teach learners how to set up, manage, and employ a wide variety of mobile tools available in the digital age.

DM 663 Core Digital Ministry Tools and Technologies
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to understand the various digital technologies available, explore their application to digital ministry and the contemporary Christian church and used effectively for preaching, teaching, leadership, community, fellowship, missions, giving, fundraising, and church growth.

DM 664 Starting and Growing a Digital Ministry for Pastors and Christian Leaders
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To teach learners how to set up a digital ministry in their church or Christian organization. This course covers a wide variety of both management, administrative, and digital technology topics all integrated to allow learners to plan, launch, and grow a contemporary Christian digital ministry.

Expository Preaching


EP 604 Historical Development of Christian Preaching
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to appreciate and evaluate the historical development of Christian preaching by tracing the various movements within historical periods.

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.

Great Books


GB 501 Homer
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes The Iliad and The Odyssey.

GB 502 Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Three Theban Plays, The Bacchae, and The Oresteia.

GB 503 Thucydides
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes The History of the Peloponnesian War.

GB 504 Plato
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Meno, Phaedo, Apology, Symposium, Euthryphro, Republic, Timaeus, and Phaedrus.

GB 505 Aristotle
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes The Nicomachean Ethics, Physics, Metaphysics, and Rhetoric.

GB 506 Cicero, Virgil
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes On the Good Life and The Aeneid.

GB 507 Ovid, Marcus Aurelius
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Metamorphoses and Meditations.

GB 508 Creeds, Early Church Fathers
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Apology (Tertullian), Apostolic Fathers (ed. Holmes), Apologies (Justin Martyr), On the Apostolic Preaching (Irenaeus), History of the Christian Church (Eusebius) On the Incarnation (Athanasius), On God and Christ (Gregory of Nazianzus), On the Unity of Christ (Cyril of Alexandria), On the Hexaemeron (Basil of Caesarea), Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed, and Definition of Chalcedon.

GB 509 Augustine
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Confessions and City of God.

GB 510 Boethius, Anselm of Canterbury, Abelard, Aquinas
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Consolation of Philosophy, Why God Became Man, Ethical Writings, and Summa Theologica.

GB 601 Bonaventure, Dante
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes The Soul’s Journey into God, Tree of Life, Life of Francis, and The Divine Comedy.

GB 602 Chaucer
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Canterbury Tales.

GB 603 Luther, Erasmus. Calvin, Arminius, Reformation Creeds
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Bondage of the Will, Concerning Christian Liberty, The Praise of Folly, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, The Complete Works, The 39 Articles, The Westminster Confession, The London Baptist Confession 1689, The Dordrecht Confession, Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, The Schleitheim Confession, and The Heidelberg Catechism.

GB 604 Bacon, Newton
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes The New Organon and The Principia.

GB 605 Shakespeare
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Macbeth, King Lear, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, Richard II, Henry IV, and A Midsummer-Night’s Dream.

GB 606 Hobbes, Pascal, Locke, Machiavelli, More
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Leviathan, Pensees, Second Treatise on Government, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding,The Prince, and Utopia.

GB 607 Milton, Hume, Descartes
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Dialogs Concerning Natural Religion, and Meditations on First Philosophy.

GB 608 Austen, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Eliot
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Pride and Prejudice, Tale of Two Cities, Crime and Punishment, and Collected Poems.

GB 609 Darwin, Marx, Newman
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Origin of Species, Communist Manifesto, and Idea of a University.

GB 610 Nietzsche, Freud, Lewis
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, and evaluate the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes The Genealogy of Morals, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Civilization and Its Discontents, The Great Divorce, and The Abolition of Man.

GB 611 Torah
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner a fuller understanding of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

GB 612 The Historical Books
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner a fuller understanding of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.

GB 613 The Poetic And Wisdom Writings
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner a fuller understanding of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.

GB 614 The Major Prophets
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner a fuller understanding of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.

GB 615 The Minor Prophets
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner a fuller understanding of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.

GB 616 The Synoptic Authors
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner a fuller understanding of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Acts.

GB 617 Johannine Literature
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner a fuller understanding of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Revelation.

GB 618 Pauline Literature I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner a fuller understanding of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Romans, 1 Corinthians, and 2 Corinthians.

GB 619 Pauline Literature I I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner a fuller understanding of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Galatians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon.

GB 620 General Epistles
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner a fuller understanding of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude.

Life Coaching


LC 601 Principles of Life Coaching
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give learners a fuller understanding of the basic principles of life coaching as well as instructing them in the effective implementation of the fundamental skills of the discipline.

LC 602 Motivating Youth and Young Adults
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners in the necessary skills and tools for life coaching today’s youth and young adults in the various aspects of life regarding faith, family, personal health and wellness, social engagements, peers, education, finances and work.

LC 603 Motivation and Encouragement of Adults
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners in the necessary skills and tools for life coaching today’s adults and seniors in the various aspects of life regarding faith, marriage, family, career, retirement, finances, personal health and wellness, social engagements, peers, education, and work.

LC 604 Life Coaching Business and Clientele Principles
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners in the necessary skills and tools for the life coaching business with regards to marketing, growth, and clientele generation and development.

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.

LD 502 Marketing Non – Profit Ministry
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners a working knowledge and understanding of contemporary marketing principles for non-profit organizations, including best practices for hardcopy, electronic, and web-based marketing design and strategies.

LD 602 Accounting and Finance for Ministry
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners a working knowledge and understanding of principles of accounting and finance essential to working with financial officers and treasurers in non-profit organizations, particularly in the local church.

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 506 The Gospel of Luke
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To encourage learners in an in-depth study of specific literary, theological, and historical aspects of the Gospel of Luke such as structure and purpose, Luke as historian and theologian, irony in Luke, the genealogies in Matthew and Luke, etc.

NT 507 The Gospel of Matthew
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners to analyze key texts and carefully evaluate various viewpoints on them; to examine and evaluate different methodologies used in Matthean studies (narrative criticism; Greco-Roman background; feminist exegesis; etc.).

NT 510 Life and Letters of Paul
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners to examine carefully and critically the background, chronology, interpretation, and theology of the letters of Paul; to become familiar with the social-scientific approach to Paul’s letters, including their strengths and weaknesses; and to apply insights from Paul’s letters to a current ministry context.

NT 512 The Book of Revelation
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners to examine carefully the various interpretative options in Revelation; to relate critically their own commitment to Scripture in light of those options; and to demonstrate a coherent understanding of Revelation in such a way that it shows the learners’ ability to analyze and assess thematic studies, historical developments, and sound interpretations of the text.

NT 513 The Book of Romans
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To identify key-concepts, structure, and argument of Romans, become familiar with the so-called “Romans debate” on the letter’s social setting and purpose, and to develop exegetical skills through analysis of at least one key text of Romans.

NT 515 Introduction to the New Testament
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To encourage legitimate historical inquiry such as the New Testament’s social background, authorship, genre, etc. and to expose erroneous reconstructions of Jesus and the early church; to distinguish and evaluate various exegetical skills such as redaction criticism, textual criticism, social-scientific criticism, narrative criticism, etc. and to make the content of this study relevant for ministry.

NT 534 The Book of First Corinthians
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To introduce learners to the letter as a whole as well as to some of the key texts and issues in particular; to explore various interpretative options and paradigm shifts about single texts and issues and evaluate them as well as the personal commitments and traditions in light of detailed exegesis.

NT 545 The Book Of Acts
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to understand the book of Acts as a sequel to the Gospel of Luke; to evaluate the literary, historical, and theological perspective of Acts; to analyze key-texts and critically evaluate various interpretations of them.

NT 546 Pastoral Epistles
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To analyze and critically evaluate various historical and theological issues regarding the Pastoral Epistles such as authorship, ecclesiology, and women in ministry.

NT 547 Synoptic Gospels
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to gain a thorough understanding of the synoptic problem and to critically evaluate the most important theories and their strongest arguments offered in light of the textual evidence.

NT 624 Social Science Study 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 learners for gaining a greater understanding in exegesis and theology of the New Testament as the original audience would have understood it.

NT 626 Studies in First Peter
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To explore exegetical, theological, and pastoral issues related to 1 Peter to equip learners with a better understanding of the book for preaching, teaching, academic research, and personal spiritual formation.

NT 627 Studies in Second Peter/Jude
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To explore exegetical, theological, and pastoral issues related to 2 Peter/Jude to equip learners with a better understanding of the book for preaching, teaching, academic research, and personal spiritual formation.

NT 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.

NT 634 The Gospel of John
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead the learners to an enhanced understanding and analysis of significant Johannine topics, acquire skills of proper word study, analyze and appreciate patristic interpretation, and engage with contemporary exegesis of the Gospel.

Old Testament


OT 502 The Book Of Exodus
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To encourage learners to understand the flow of the Exodus account, to develop an advanced understanding of the relationship between the Exodus text and the cultural/historical background in which its events occurred, to understand the chronological problems associated with the Exodus account, to understand the implications of the legal material in Exodus, to understand the theology of the Mt. Sinai and tabernacle accounts, and to give learners an opportunity to explore specific areas of the Exodus debate in research papers.

OT 514 Introduction to the Old Testament
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To encourage learners to understand the relationship between the Old Testament and its cultural and historical background, the techniques used to write the Old Testament text, and the debate about the canon of the Old Testament.

OT 516 Genesis: In – Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To introduce learners to the academic discussion about the book of Genesis, to encourage learners to develop an understanding of the relationship between the Genesis text and the ancient Near Eastern culture, to encourage learners to think through the role of women in the Patriarchal narrative, and to give learners a chance to explore these topics in two research papers.

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

OT 625 Wisdom Literature
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To expose learners to the study of biblical wisdom with particular focus on Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Job and the Song of Songs, to understand the role and place of wisdom material in the biblical text, and to see biblical wisdom in its ancient Near Eastern context.

OT 632 The Book of Daniel
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To explore the nature and contents of the book of Daniel so that the learner can recognize the purpose and theme of the book and to enable the learner to interpret prophecy in light of relevant Scripture and lead the learner to apply the lessons and doctrines of the book of Daniel to a ministry context.

OT 651 The Book of Amos
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To explore the nature and contents of the book of Amos so that the learner can recognize the purpose and theme of the book and to enable the learner to interpret this prophecy in its original context as well as its canonical context and the impact it has on theological studies. The learner will also investigate issues relating to date, authorship, and historicity of the book.

OT 688 The Book of Isaiah
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give learners more exposure to this book of prophecy, its historical setting, authorship and composition, its various features and content, and to understand the Messianic prophecies contained therein.

Philosophy


PH 500 Contemporary Christian Philosophers of Significance
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners to analyze carefully a representative sample of the works of leading Christian philosophers, critically to appreciate and synthesize the views of these scholars, to check for comprehensiveness, coherence and consistency of thought.

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 543 Philosophy of Religion
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners to investigate and consider the traditional fields of inquiry in philosophy of religion, including the nature and argument for God’s existence, faith and reason, the evidential relevance of religious and mystical experience, religious language, the problem of evil, miracles and modern science, and religious pluralism.

PH 555 The Thought of C. S. Lewis
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To instruct learners in many of the philosophical ways in which Lewis contributed to the scholarly and lay community and its understanding of Christianity in contemporary settings.

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 612 Reformed Epistemology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give a more in-depth examination of this approach to philosophy and apologetics. Learners will grasp a greater understanding to issues such as warrant, properly basic beliefs, and criticisms of Reformed Epistemology regarding classical arguments for God’s existence.

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 503 Key Leader’s Summit on Worship and Evangelism: An Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide opportunities for learners to explore and analyze the subject of worship and evangelism by examining the literature and the various schools of thought regarding these practices in local churches thus allowing them to become acquainted with the forms, styles, and categories of worship and evangelism operative in current church life.

PM 510 Global Missions
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To sensitize and acquaint learners with the biblical, theological, historical and cultural perspectives of global missions; and to challenge them to apply these skills and concepts to their lives and ministry.

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 542 The Art of Mentoring
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To examine biblical foundations, issues, and principles of mentoring in the church.

PM 549 Small Group Dynamics
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners the opportunity to: identify dynamic interpersonal interactions within a small group; recognize the purpose and functions of groups; translate theories into explanations and predictions of group phenomenon; understand various problems individuals experience in groups; give, receive, and evaluate feedback; understand the stages of group development; evaluate personal predispositions and attitudes in order to communicate more effectively; identify variables that underlie individual involvement in groups; and understand problem solving and decision making in group situations; also to give learners the opportunity to balance biblical principles with secular theories of small group dynamics within a religious context.

PM 550 Christian Worship
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide opportunity for learners to analyze and evaluate selected worship issues and practices in light of the biblical record and current scholarship; and to apply the results of their critical reflection to their own congregation.

PM 555 Principles of Church Growth
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To facilitate critical reflection concerning: the principles, issues, and dynamics of growing churches within contemporary cultures; the application of appropriate leadership principles for growing churches; the effectiveness of missional and other church growth models; and church growth theory and research (both biblical and secular) in a variety of ministry contexts.

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 595 Church Planting
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To allow learners to gain a fuller understanding of the principles and issues involved in the planting of churches.

PM 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.

Research and Writing


RW 601 Arranged Study for the Master’s Level
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide master level learners the opportunity to do reading and/or research in an area of personal interest that is relevant to their degree program and will enhance their ability to serve the religious or global community.

RW 602 Arranged Study for the Master’s Level
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide master level learners the opportunity to do reading and/or research in an area of personal interest that is relevant to their degree program and will enhance their ability to serve the religious or global community.

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.

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 573 Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To consider the key doctrinal issues and interpretive options in the study of pneumatology, resulting in the ability to analyze and assess the issues considered in light of the learner’s theological stance.

TH 595 Doctrine of the Person and the Work of Christ
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in an analysis of the biblical data and evaluation of the development of Christian thought concerning the issues, problems, and questions concerning the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

TH 606 Doctrine of the Bible
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in an analysis of the biblical data and evaluation of the development of Christian thought concerning the issues, problems, and questions concerning the Bible.

TH 607 Doctrine of God
Credit Hours: 3.00
Course Description: To delve deeper into theology proper, the doctrine of the Trinity, and the study of God’s attributes and works.

TH 631 Man, Sin, and Sanctification
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give learners the tools needed to understand and apply the biblical teaching about human nature, the effect of the fall on human nature, and the results of salvation on human nature.

TH 633 Soteriology and Election
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give learns a deeper understanding of the issues involved in the doctrines of salvation and election, and to be able to grasp the key points in different systems of theology regarding these doctrines.

TH 636 Eschatology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To explore the various models of theology regarding Last Things and to be able to fully understand and engage the various perspectives of the matters of Last Things and Prophecy.

TH 638 Angelology and Demonology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in an examination of the biblical data as it pertains to angels and demons and other spirits in the Bible. The learners will be exposed to the orthodox formulations of the doctrine as well as the excesses in regards to this issue.

TH 645 Global Perspectives in Theology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give learners a greater familiarity in the diversity of theological perspectives from various nations and cultures from around the world.

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.

TH 684 Doctrine of the Church
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in an analysis of the biblical data and evaluation of the development of Christian thought concerning the church: its origin, purposes, organizational structures, and observance of the sacraments/ordinances.

Worship Arts


WA 553 Digital Filming and Photography
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners in the various techniques of modern digital filming and photography in order to utilize these aspects for a multimedia Christian ministry.

WA 554 Digital Audio Editing and Software
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners in the various techniques of modern audio editing and other digital audio workstation software in order to utilize these aspects for a multimedia Christian ministry.

WA 555 Digital Video Editing and Software
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners in the various techniques of modern video editing in the lastest software in order to utilize these aspects for a multimedia Christian ministry.

WA 556 Graphic Design and Software
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners in the various techniques of modern graphic design using the latest software in order to utilize these aspects for a multimedia Christian ministry.