In order to be admitted to the Master of Arts program at The Master’s College, the following prerequisites must be met by the applicant. The administration and faculty of the College reserve the right to withdraw the privilege of enrollment or to place a student on probation if, after enrollment, the student proves to be lacking in these qualifications.
Spiritual 1) Testimony of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. 2) Demonstration of submission to the will of God and obedience to the Word of God. 3) Demonstration of commitment to use their spiritual gifts within the ministry of the local church (deacon/deaconess qualified). 4) Recommendations from those who have had significant contact with the applicant: Pastor’s Reference, Academic Reference, Personal Reference, Church Lay-leaders Reference. 5) General agreement with the doctrinal statement of The Master’s College.
Academic 1) The goal of the academic admission requirements is to ensure that students who enter the program are a theological match with the College’s doctrinal position, and that they have the academic capability and prerequisite preparation to successfully complete and benefit from the coursework they will be required to take. 2) An undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies will not be required for entrance into this program. It is highly recommended that a student’s undergraduate program be strong in a liberal arts emphasis, including courses in literature, history, and philosophy. They still must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (official transcript required). They must have completed their baccalaureate program with a cumulative grade point average (CUM GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate work. While students will not be required to have completed an undergraduate major in Biblical Studies, they will be required to demonstrate a threshold level of biblical and theological knowledge in order to be admitted to the program. This requirement can be satisfied by either of the following: a. Complete 24 semester units of undergraduate coursework in biblical studies with a GPA of at least 3.0 that includes at least 6 units of New Testament (N.T.), 6 units of Old Testament (O.T.), and 6 units of Christian Theology. b. Complete a three-part comprehensive entrance examination in O.T., N.T., and Christian Theology to certify a level of theological knowledge necessary for graduate study. There is a $30 fee for the entrance exam. c. Note: Applicants who fail a section of the entrance examination (N.T., O.T., or Christian Theology) may choose to retake that section of the exam or complete 6 units of undergraduate coursework with a minimum GPA of at least 3.O in that subject area in order to be admitted to the program.
ADMISSION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Application Requirements The following documents must be submitted in order to apply to The Master’s College: 1) Completed Application for Graduate Admission accompanied by the $45 application fee. 2) Official transcript from all colleges and universities attended. 3) Personal recommendation forms (provided with Application).
Application Deadlines The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at The Master’s College is a SIP (Summer Intensive Program). The courses are offered on the campus of The Master's College each year during the second, third and fourth full weeks of July. Twenty four (24) hours must be completed on campus and an additional 13 units can be completed by independent study. The application deadline is: Summer Term Winter Term Summer Intensive Program January 15 August 15
Applications may be submitted after the deadline, but we cannot guarantee that they will be given equal consideration with those submitted on time.
The application fee for each is $45.
Transfer Credits Any graduate from TMC’s undergraduate Biblical Studies major program who has earned at least 36 credits of Bible will be allowed a maximum of six (6) credits of advanced standing in the program. A student transferring from another graduate program will be allowed credit for a maximum of six (6) credits for courses that correspond to those offered in the MABS program. Decisions regarding advanced standing and transfer credits will be made by the Director of the MABS program in consultation with the Registrar.
International Students The Master’s College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. Students from abroad are welcome, provided they meet the admission requirements of the college. While all classroom instruction is conducted in English, the administration, faculty and staff attempt to be sensitive to the needs of our international students. As foreign students’ legal needs are different from those of U.S. citizens, there are additional requirements. Foreign students are urged to contact the enrollment counselor for the MABS to obtain the appropriate information.
Graduation requirements 1) A student must complete the program with a minimum of a 3.0 CUM GPA with no grade less than a B-. 2) All students will be required to complete a comprehensive written examination which will evaluate the student’s depth of biblical and theological knowledge and mastery of MABS program learning outcomes. 3) The student will have the option to either complete 35 units of coursework and a thesis (4 units) OR complete 39 units of coursework without a thesis.