By the time a student completes their course of study and obtains a degree from UHL, they are an expert in their chosen field. As such, they have the tools needed to tackle their chosen career, be it teaching, ministry, writing, or research with adroitness, and achieve success in the world for which they have been prepared. But a UHL education is also about so much more! Each course of study is meant to solidify a student’s faith, add context to their knowledge, and prepare them to take the experience home with them to share with others and cherish for all time.
Though each degree program is certain to provide those elements, you will find there is a specific program and area of focus to help you become an expert in your particular niche of study.
MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE
A UHL Master of Arts degree is a stepping stone towards doctoral studies. A qualified candidate will possess exemplary research and writing skills, analytical ability, and proficiency in ancient languages related to the field of concentration.
The following fields of concentration are offered:
- MA in Archaeology
- MA in Intertestamental History and Literature
- MA in New Testament and Early Christianity
- MA in Old Testament and Culture of Ancient Israel
- MA in Intercultural Studies
- MA in Intercultural Studies with a focus in Bible Translation
MASTER OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES DEGREE
The Master of Theological Studies program offers students an opportunity to combine study in the Holy Land with cross cultural ministry and experience in Jewish, Christian, or Arab sectors of society. The Theological Studies student is required to commit 1/4 of his or her program to volunteer service, with possibilities for service including assisting in a home for the elderly, a kindergarten, an orphanage, a local Israeli congregation, or providing support to new immigrants.
MASTER OF DIVINITY (FOR KOREAN SPEAKING STUDENT’S ONLY)
The Master of Divinity degree program provides a comprehensive spectrum of theological study, covering a wide range of general and specialized subjects at a graduate level. Students who obtain the M.Div. degree will be prepared for full-time pastoral ministry, having been uniquely placed at the meeting point of the theoretical study of religion and scripture, and the practical experience of ministry in living communities.
JUNIOR YEAR ABROAD PROGRAM
Motivated, passionate undergraduates who are capable of fully participating in graduate-level courses are encouraged to spend either a semester or their entire junior year abroad in the Holy Land, studying with UHL. Course selection, research reports, and examinations are customized to the student’s level, based upon consultations with the Academic Dean and the student’s home college or university.
CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE)
Driven candidates who desire to study in the land of the Bible, and who have completed at minimum a high school education, are encouraged to consult with the Academic Dean to determine which of UHL’s academic course offerings are best suited for their personal aspirations. Whether for personal fulfillment or the advancement of ministry, the CE program is an opportunity unlike any other. Students who study for one year and complete minimum credit requirements are eligible to receive a Certificate in Biblical Studies.
PREPARATORY (PREP) PROGRAM
With more than 15 countries worldwide represented throughout the student body, UHL has the unique opportunity to help non-English speaking individuals achieve a level of competence which will benefit their pursuit of higher learning. The PREP program is designed to provide an environment in which English language skills are advanced to a level commensurate with graduate studies, thereby accommodating students as they progress from the PREP Program to a degree program.
SCHOLAR’S SABBATICAL PROGRAM
Sabbatical scholars are welcome to spend a semester or a year studying in the Holy Land. Said sabbatical scholars may have the opportunity to lecture on occasion, or even teach a full course. In addition, opportunities abound for scholars to become a member of the UHL community, thereby becoming a member of Jerusalem’s academic community.
SHORT-TERM STUDIES / TOUR FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT
UHL is recognized by the Ministry of Tourism as an academic institution authorized to conduct intensive, short-term field-study programs. Study tours are available in one-, two-, or three-week options, and students are eligible for academic credit. Current itineraries are here.