Graduate School of Religion and Theological Seminary

Master of Arts Concentrations

  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Arts in Chaplaincy for Men
  • Master of Arts in Chaplaincy for Women
  • Master of Arts in Christian Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Theology

 Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in any discipline

 M.A. Requirement: 32 Course credits (see below)

Four Options to Earn the Master of Arts degree

Option One: Combine the Accelerated Bachelor of Arts degree with the M.A. and earn the Master of Arts degree with four courses in a Major Concentration and a Writing Project.

Option Two: Use your previously earned Bachelor’s degree to fulfill the prerequisite requirement, and earn the M.A. with four courses in a Major Concentration and a Writing Project.

Option Three: Combine the M.A. with the thesis only PhD, and earn the M.A. with four courses and a Writing Project. Your Master of Arts Writing Project can become a part of the thesis required for the PhD.

Option Four: Use independent research, or previously published writings, as a Major Writing Project to fulfill the requirements for the Master of Arts degree. This option can be used with either of the three options described above.

Discuss these time and tuition savings Options  with a Counselor.



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 Master of Arts Program Description

 

Each M.A. Concentration contains courses which require Projects related to two textbooks and Audio Lectures which are in the Online Resource Room. The Audio Lectures are also valuable for personal ministry use. In addition to the six courses in the Concentration, there is a Master of Arts Capstone Project. This is a written summation of the learning experience in the M.A. Concentration, and is to include how this M.A. experience will be applied by the graduate in life and ministry.

 

 

 

Master of Arts
In Biblical Studies
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Courses
BS501 Biblical Theology
BS502 Old Testament Theology
BS503 Old Testament History
BS504 Hermeneutics
BS505 Christology
SF506 Spiritual Formation
BS510 M.A. Capstone Project
Audio Lectures
Old Testament Synthesis I
Old Testament Synthesis II

 

Master of Arts
In Christian Counseling
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Courses
CC501 Christian Counseling I
CC502 Christian Counseling II
CC503 Christian Counseling III
CC504 Marriage Counseling
CC505 Ethics in Counseling
SF506 Spiritual Formation
CC510 M.A. Capstone Project
Audio Lectures
Pastoral Mentoring
Performing Ministry Responsibilities

 

Master of Arts
In Pastoral Ministry
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Courses
PM501 Pastoral Ministry I
PM502 Pastoral Ministry II
SF503 Spiritual Formation
PM504 The Bible and Ministry
PM505 Family Ministry
PM506 Mentoring
PM510 M.A. Capstone Project
Audio Lectures
Dynamic Pulpit Communication
Pastoral Mentoring
Performing Ministry Responsibilities

 

Master of Arts
In Theology
View the Textbook List for this Degree Program
Courses
TH501 Theology I
TH502 Bible Doctrine
TH503 Theology II
TH504 Biblical Theology
TH 505 Theology III
SF506 Spiritual Formation
TH510 M.A. Capstone Project
Audio Lectures
New Testament Synthesis I
New Testament Synthesis II

 

These Elective Courses Can Replace Either One or Two Courses
in the M.A. Concentrations, or the M.A. Capstone Project.

Two Courses Are Required to Replace the M.A. Capstone Project.
You May Replace Required Textbooks with Alternative Textbooks.

This choice is made in the Online Resource Room at any time during your studies.

PM507 Biblical Preaching

Required Textbooks
Love Worth Finding: The Life of Adrian Rogers and His Philosophy of Preaching
Joyce Rogers and Paige Patterson

Anointed Expository Preaching
David Olford and Stephen Olford

Alternative Textbooks
Making a Difference in Preaching: Haddon Robinson on Biblical Preaching
Haddon W. Robinson and Scott M. Gibson

Biblical Sermons: How Twelve Preachers Apply the Principles of Biblical Preaching
Haddon W. Robinson

PM508 Pastoral Leadership

Required Textbooks
Basic Christian Leadership: Biblical Models of Church, Gospel and Ministry
John R. W. Stott

Ministry by the Book: New Testament Patterns for Pastoral Leadership
Derek Tidball

Alternative Textbooks
The Three Tasks of Leadership: Worldly Wisdom for Pastoral Leaders
Eric O. Jacobsen

Values-Driven Leadership: Discovering and Developing Your Core Values for Ministry
Aubrey Malphurs


Connecting Women: A Relational Guide for Leaders in Women’s Ministry
Linda Lesniewski

AP501 Apologetics I

Required Textbooks
The Apologetics of Jesus: A Caring Approach to Dealing with Doubters
Patrick Zukeran and Norman L. Geisler

Who Made God?: and Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith
Ravi Zacharias and Norman L. Geisler

Alternative Textbooks
Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics
R. C. Sproul

Is Your Church Ready?: Motivating Leaders to Live an Apologetic Life
Ravi Zacharias and Geisler


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Comments from a Graduate

Atlantic Coast Seminary provided me with high quality studies that were relevant and the option to learn at my own pace. In reflecting back over my studies for the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, it has been well worth the investment of my time and resources. I have learned a tremendous amount that will directly help me in my personal life as well as in my role as pastor.

The courses supplied enough options to give me the opportunity to tailor the studies to my needs, while at the same time ensuring that I received the training needed to achieve the degree objectives. The audio lectures were relevant on all fronts. The topics are crucial to pastoral ministry and each of the speakers did a fine job of relaying the information in an engaging manner. I had been concerned that I would not be able to find the time, or that I would be too exhausted from my other responsibilities, to properly study and learn. What I discovered was the exact opposite. I found the learning experience to be invigorating. I looked forward to each course and each text within every course. Each course provided me with new learning and reinforced my understanding of pastoral ministry.


Pastor Wes Burnett
Fort Mill, SC


 

     
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