• The MABTS program features three areas of emphasis: Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, or Theological Studies with an Ethics Emphasis. Each of these degrees share a common core of classes and students tailor further degree requirements according to their selected area of study. In addition, for each area of emphasis offered there is a 36 hr. program track for those whose undergraduate degree is in an area of related study, and a 48 hr. program track for those whose undergraduate degree is in a different area. Here is a comparison of the three areas of emphasis.

    M.A. in Biblical Studies
    Overview

    The School of Religion at Lee University offers a program of advanced study in the academic discipline of Biblical Studies. Academic rather than professional in nature, this Master of Arts degree constitutes an alternative to professional degrees for the student seeking advanced study in the discipline, preparing for work in the educational ministry of the church, and/or anticipating the research doctorate. This program is designed for the collegial engagement of peers whose concerns are constructive conversation and productive scholarship, and whose goal is disciplinary competence.

    Within the United States, most degrees designated as an M.A. in Biblical Studies are offered by seminaries. Such programs accept applicants from various disciplines of undergraduate studies and, therefore, are usually 48- or 64-hour programs. The program offered by Lee University is distinctive in that it will be offered in either a 36- or 48-hour program. The 36-hour program is for applicants whose undergraduate degrees are in the related areas of religious, biblical, theological, or pastoral studies. Therefore, the usual first year of general introductory studies in religion is not required, and the program begins with upper-level graduate courses. The 48-hour program admits students whose undergraduate work is in an area other than religious, biblical, theological, or pastoral studies.

    Program Goals

    The School of Religion offers the M.A. in Biblical Studies with several goals in mind. We aim to:

    1. Foster the continued development of research and writing skills in the area of biblical and theological studies.
    2. Contribute to the body of biblical and theological knowledge and literature.
    3. Assist the student in developing a personal hermeneutical and exegetical position to be used in acquiring a comprehensive understanding of Old and New Testament content.
    4. Develop an understanding of the philosophical foundations for theological reflection.
    5. Prepare the student for the teaching enterprise, whether in the educational ministry of the church or in the context of the academy at large.
    6. Prepare the student to engage in more advanced degrees, including doctoral studies.
    7. Integrate faith and learning in such a way as to develop the individual in mind and spirit in order to enhance their own spiritual development and also that of the body of Christ.

     
    36 Hour Degree Requirements

    Core Courses – Total Hours: 9


    Major Concentration: Biblical Studies Courses – Total Hours: 12

    Minor Concentration: Theological Studies Courses – Total Hours: 6

    Language Requirement – Total Hours: 6


    OR


    Area Exam or Thesis – Total Hours: 3

    48 Hour Degree Requirements

    Students accepted into the 48 hour program whose undergraduate work is in an area other than religious, biblical, theological or pastoral studies will be required to take the regular 36 hour program plus 12 hours of studies as assigned by the Director in order to rectify deficiencies in undergraduate preparation. The suggested courses will have biblical, theological, or historical emphasis. Six of these hours may include Elementary New Testament Greek. Students may begin Greek in the summer semester before fall matriculation, or they must complete it before the end of the first year in the program. Other courses will be taken at the beginning of the student’s course of study, and may be taken concurrently with certain other courses within the program.

    Remedial Courses – Total Hours: 12

    Core Courses – Total Hours: 9


    Major Concentration: Biblical Studies Courses – Total Hours: 12

    Minor Concentration: Theological Studies Courses – Total Hours: 6

    Language Requirement – Total Hours: 6


    OR


    Area Exam or Thesis – Total Hours: 3

    M.A. in Theological Studies
    Overview

    The School of Religion at Lee University offers a program of advanced study in the academic discipline of Theological Studies. Academic rather than professional in nature, this Master of Arts degree constitutes an alternative to professional degrees for the student seeking advanced study in the discipline, preparing for work in the educational ministry of the church, and/or anticipating the research doctorate. This program is designed for the collegial engagement of peers whose concerns are constructive conversation and productive scholarship, and whose goal is disciplinary competence.

    Within the United States, most degrees designated as an M.A. in Theological Studies are offered by seminaries. Such programs accept applicants from various disciplines of undergraduate studies and, therefore, are usually 48- or 64-hour programs. The program offered by Lee University is distinctive in that it will be offered in either a 36- or 48-hour program. The 36-hour program is for applicants whose undergraduate degrees are in the related areas of religious, biblical, theological, or pastoral studies. Therefore, the usual first year of general introductory studies in religion is not required, and the program begins with upper-level graduate courses. The 48-hour program admits students whose undergraduate work is in an area other than religious, biblical, theological, or pastoral studies.

    Program Goals

    The School of Religion offers the M.A. in Theological Studies with several goals in mind. We aim to:

    1. Foster the continued development of research and writing skills in the area of biblical and theological studies.
    2. Contribute to the body of biblical and theological knowledge and literature.
    3. Assist the student in developing a personal hermeneutical and exegetical position to be used in acquiring a comprehensive understanding of Old and New Testament content.
    4. Develop an understanding of the philosophical foundations for theological reflection.
    5. Prepare the student for the teaching enterprise, whether in the educational ministry of the church or in the context of the academy at large.
    6. Prepare the student to engage in more advanced degrees, including doctoral studies.
    7. Integrate faith and learning in such a way as to develop the individual in mind and spirit in order to enhance their own spiritual development and also that of the body of Christ.

     
    36 Hour Degree Requirements

    Core Courses – Total Hours: 9


    Major Concentration: Theological Studies Courses – Total Hours: 12

    Minor Concentration: Biblical Studies Courses – Total Hours: 6

    Language Requirement – Total Hours: 6


    OR


    Area Exam or Thesis – Total Hours: 3

    48 Hour Degree Requirements

    Students accepted into the 48-hour program whose undergraduate work is in an area other than religious, biblical, theological, or pastoral studies will be required to take the regular 36-hour program plus 12 hours of studies as assigned by the Director in order to rectify deficiencies in undergraduate preparation. The suggested courses will have biblical, theological, or historical emphasis. Six of these hours may include Elementary New Testament Greek. Students may begin Greek in the summer semester before fall matriculation, or they must complete it before the end of the first year in the program. Other courses will be taken at the beginning of the student’s course of study, and may be taken concurrently with certain other courses within the program.

    Remedial Courses – Total Hours: 12

    Core Courses – Total Hours: 9


    Major Concentration: Theological Studies Courses – Total Hours: 12

    Minor Concentration: Biblical Studies Courses – Total Hours: 6

    Language Requirement – Total Hours: 6


    OR


    Area Exam or Thesis – Total Hours: 3

    M.A. in Theological Studies with Ethics Emphasis
    Overview

    The School of Religion at Lee University offers a program of advanced study in the academic discipline of Theological Studies with an Ethics emphasis. This Ethics emphasis is unique and has its genesis in the observation that the practical implementation of theory is essential if Christians are to become catalysts of change and stability within the fluid culture. Although the theological ethics emphasis incorporates high philosophical reasoning and fundamental theological insights, its main purpose is to provide clues to the practical application of ethics. This application is seen when one evaluates definitions for truth, works toward peace, implements business agreements and contracts, analyzes attitudes with regard to sexual preference and practice, considers policies that impact the youngest and oldest members of society, and the like. Students in this emphasis will be allowed to work with faculty in order to build a course of study to follow their own academic interests through a cross-disciplinary approach to their program. In so doing, they will master their field of study as it relates to ethical issues in the social and natural sciences, visual and performing arts, education, business, or religion. The end result of the emphasis is that the student will be equipped for discourse in the public realm as it relates to ethical policy in local, national, and global communities.

    Academic rather than professional in nature, this Master of Arts degree constitutes an alternative to professional degrees for the student seeking advanced study in the discipline, preparing for work in the educational ministry of the church, and/or anticipating the research doctorate. This program is designed for the collegial engagement of peers whose concerns are constructive conversation and productive scholarship. and whose goal is disciplinary competence.

    Within the United States, most degrees designated as an M.A. in Theological Studies are offered by seminaries. Such programs accept applicants from various disciplines of undergraduate studies and, therefore, are usually 48- or 64-hour programs. The program offered by Lee University is distinctive in that it will be offered in either a 36- or 48-hour program. The 36-hour program is for applicants whose undergraduate degrees are in the related areas of religious, biblical, theological, or pastoral studies. Therefore, the usual first year of general introductory studies in religion is not required, and the program begins with upper-level graduate courses. The 48-hour program admits students whose undergraduate work is in an area other than religious, biblical, theological, or pastoral studies.

    Program Goals

    The School of Religion offers the M.A. in Theological Studies with an Ethics emphasis with several goals in mind. We aim to:

    1. Foster the continued development of research and writing skills in the area of biblical and theological studies.
    2. Contribute to the body of biblical and theological knowledge and literature.
    3. Assist the student in developing a personal hermeneutical and exegetical position to be used in acquiring a comprehensive understanding of Old and New Testament content.
    4. Develop an understanding of the philosophical foundations for theological reflection.
    5. Prepare the student for the teaching enterprise, whether in the educational ministry of the church or in the context of the academy at large.
    6. Prepare the student to engage in more advanced degrees, including doctoral studies.
    7. Integrate faith and learning in such a way as to develop the individual in mind and spirit in order to enhance their own spiritual development and also that of the body of Christ.

    36 Hour Degree Requirements

    Core Courses - Total Hours: 12


    Major Concentration: Theological Ethics Courses – Total Hours: 9

    Minor Concentration: Biblical Studies Courses – Total Hours: 6

    Language Requirement –Total Hours: 6


    Thesis – Total Hours: 3

    48 Hour Degree Requirements

    Students accepted into the 48-hour program whose undergraduate work is in an area other than religious, biblical, theological, or pastoral studies will be required to take the regular 36-hour program plus 12 hours of studies as assigned by the Director in order to rectify deficiencies in undergraduate preparation. The suggested courses will have biblical, theological, or historical emphasis. Six of these hours may include Elementary New Testament Greek. Students may begin Greek in the summer semester before fall matriculation, or they must complete it before the end of the first year in the program. Other courses will be taken at the beginning of the student’s course of study, and may be taken concurrently with certain other courses within the program.

    Remedial Courses – Total Hours: 12

    Core Courses – Total Hours: 12


    Major Concentration: Theological Ethics Courses – Total Hours: 9

    Minor Concentration: Biblical Studies Courses – Total Hours: 6

    Language Requirement –Total Hours: 6


    Thesis – Total Hours: 3

    Contact Information

    Graduate Religion (MABTS)
    1120 North Ocoee Street
    Cleveland TN 37320-3450

    Phone: 423-303-5104 or
    1-800-LEE-9930
    Email: mabts@leeuniversity.edu

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