Spring 2016 – Summer 2016 Graduate Course Catalog by Regent University

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concentration courses 15 credit hours students in this program choose from a range of classes in their concentration area mts with a concentration in biblical studies 15 credit hours in botb bntb or bibl courses beyond the required context courses mts with a concentration in christian theology 15 credit hours in theo courses beyond the required context course mts with a concentration in history of christianity 15 credit hours in hcht courses beyond the required context course mts with a concentration in interdisciplinary studies 15 credit hours in theo hcht botb bntb or bibl courses beyond the required context courses note in each of the above concentrations one course may be taken in a complementary area within the school of divinity and counted within the concentration summative experience 3 credit hours students in this program must complete a summative experience in the final year of their program students must seek formal approval for their summative experience from the academic dean in consultation their academic advisor summative experiences normally consist of one of the following dgen 580 practicum requires prior approval of the dean in order to be considered a summative experience dgen 590 independent study requires prior approval of the dean in order to be considered a summative experience dgen 597 comprehensive exam dgen 685 seminar requires prior approval of the dean in order to be considered a summative experience dgen 699 thesis note students choosing to pursue the thesis option will also take dgen 697 thesis research and writing as one of their concentration courses total degree 48 hours master of arts degree m.a m.a in practical theology program program delivered entirely online or partially online and partially face-to-face the m.a in practical theology is a 48-credit-hour professional degree for those who have been called to specialized ministry settings the heart of this program is the understanding from the perspectives of the bible that theology is intensely practical in its application further this program underscores the importance of balanced reasoning informed by scripture which precedes and inspires works of effective ministry spiritual formation coursework research internships and practica are directed toward the development of practical solutions to ministry challenges this degree is intended to provide relevant studies of the scripture and ministry foundations for pastors staff ministers missionaries military personnel and other professionals pursuing further graduate work it is an excellent preparation for anyone aspiring to leadership-service positions within the church the church staff or within nonprofit organizations e.g christian education director minister to youth staff pastoral counselor also the program is ideal for ordination preparation for some churches and denominations the m.a in practical theology is a professional degree related to and carrying the same gpa requirements as the mdiv degree the m.a in practical theology is designed to prepare church leaders and christian workers in foundational studies of the bible and ministry skills ideal for ministry specialists it prepares one for roles and tasks that might differ from those expected of senior pastors or other traditional church leadership roles ministry specialists such as pastors to youth evangelists discipleship instructors and support-role missionaries may find this degree perfect for their individualized training needs it provides the christian ministerial foundations for those called to bi-vocational ministries i.e one pastoring a newly planted church while employing professional skills in the marketplace for financial support the m.a in practical theology is well-suited for ministers at the entry-level stage of development seeking the clarifying input of mentors and faculty it is just as appropriate for senior ministry staff desiring a sabbatical or school of divinity page 119