Master of Theological Studies Degree Requirements
The Master of Theological Studies is offered in the Department of Theological Studies. This degree is designed for students desiring a cross-cultural service experience in addition to their classroom studies. The M.Th.S. student experiences a rich immersion in subjects best studied in the land of the Bible including Scripture, history, and archaeology. In addition, they are afforded the opportunity to meet the peoples of this land in a more personal way within the framework of a consistent service commitment. As this degree has no language or thesis requirements, it is not considered preparatory for doctoral studies.
Since study on the graduate level implies intellectual maturity above that of the undergraduate, the student is expected to demonstrate this scholarly attitude in his work. Admittance to the Master of Theological Studies program is not automatic acceptance into candidacy for the degree. Students will be recognized as candidates for the degree only after fulfilling the following:
- Completion of a minimum of 12 semester hours of graduate study with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or a B average.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the English Bible.
- Fulfill all requirements for the Master of Theological Studies degree program.
- Demonstrate ability to complete successfully all degree requirements.
- Complete 48 hours of graduate credit: 36 in course work and 12 in the field practicum. (A maximum of 12 semester hours may be transferred from an accredited graduate school.)
- Maintain a B (3.0) average in course work.
- Complete the program of study while resident in Israel. Two years is considered the normal length of the program. Extensions are permitted.
- Complete the M.Th.S. field practicum (= 12 hours of graduate credit).
- Submit M.Th.S. research paper.
Master of Theological Studies Field Practicum
The M.Th.S. requires 12 credit hours (180 physical hours) of cross-cultural, service- oriented experience, designated as the M.Th.S. Practicum. The nature of the service project is student-specific and can be undertaken in the Christian, Jewish, Arab or other communities, as the student finds a suitable platform for volunteering. Projects to date have included service in old age homes, orphanages, hospitals, counseling centers, and church congregations, to name just a few examples.
The student must submit the proposed practicum project to the Academic Affairs Committee for their approval, including the details of the position, requirements, location, and supervisor. Upon completion of the practicum, an evaluation from the supervisor and a report from the student are required.
The M.Th.S. Practicum is to be solely voluntary. No financial remuneration can be accepted for this field experience. The practicum is not intended to be a platform for evangelism, but rather to be an avenue through which the students extend themselves in service to their fellow persons.
All second year M.Th.S. students and all Continuing Registration students (i.e., degree program students continuing into a third or subsequent years) are required to attend the Graduate Seminar each semester. Depending upon their program of study, the student will either participate in the course for full academic credit (3 units) or for partial academic credit (1 unit).