The Master of Arts (M.A.) is a graduate-level degree program that provides opportunity for in-depth investigations into the three basic content areas—Bible, theology and ministry leadership. An extensive list of elective class choices allows you to explore areas appropriate to your ministry context.
At Asia Biblical Theological Seminary (ABTS), our M.A. program is a U.S. degree program accredited through Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A. All courses are offered in a modular format, allowing you to continue working while pursuing your degree. If you have not completed any postgraduate studies, we encourage you to complete the Master of Religious Education degree before an M.A. degree.
Degree Program Overview
Our M.A. program requires 64 credit hours and prepares you to continue your education in other advanced graduate degree programs. To encourage your growth in biblical character, knowledge and leadership, this degree program requires you to:
- Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in biblical studies, 15 credit hours in theology and 18 credit hours in ministry leadership. This includes these required classes:
- THL500: Introduction to Graduate Theological Education
- BIB501: Biblical Hermeneutics
- BIB502: Old Testament Biblical Theology
- BIB503: New Testament Biblical Theology
- THL540: Systematic Theology 1
- THL640: Systematic Theology 2
- THL641: Systematic Theology 3
- MNS500: Spiritual Formation
- MNS510: Organizational Leadership
- Take up to 39 of the program's total 64 credit hours in approved residence seminars. The remaining 25 hours may be taken by extension. A maximum of 25 applicable hours taken from an accredited institution within the last five years may be transferred toward your M.A. degree.
- Submit a portfolio demonstrating academic growth, growth in spiritual development, ministry skills and ability in the Word as a result of your educational experience in this program.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the M.A. program, you can pursue your career and ministry role with knowledge and skills in five distinct areas. These learning domains prepare you to uniquely influence our world for Christ.
- Specialized Knowledge: ABTS students will demonstrate knowledge of, and proficiency in, the terminology, theories, concepts, practices and skills specific to the field of ministry leadership.
- Applied Knowledge and Collaborative Learning: ABTS students will exhibit competency in applying their knowledge to address real-life problems through both individual and group effort.
- Intellectual Skills: ABTS students will demonstrate their ability to integrate both traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, including analytical inquiry, information literacy, quantitative fluency and communicative fluency.
- Global and Civic Engagement: ABTS students will demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues. This will include issues related to understanding diversity and developing cultural awareness in ministry leadership.
- Biblical Worldview Integration and Action: ABTS students will be able to articulate a Christ-centered worldview and its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues. In particular, students will demonstrate an understanding of the integration of Christian worldview and culture from a ministry leadership perspective.