Master of Arts (Philosophy)

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve as a teacher, researcher, and/or writer in the fields of Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion. This is an advanced degree, and students are expected either to have a baccalaureate degree in religion or philosophy or significant course work in religious studies or philosophy before entering the program. This degree is suitable preparation for entry into the PhD program. It can be earned through residential and non-residential study with limited trips to the main campus.

Program Outcomes

1. Students will demonstrate their understanding of and ability to communicate biblical, theological, and historical truth from a philosophical perspective.

2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking and constructive application of philosophical concepts and perspectives.

3. Students will demonstrate personal and spiritual maturity as Christian philosophers.

4. Students will demonstrate effective skills in research and writing

Program Requirements

Foundational Studies Component (26 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (9 hours)

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hours

Introductory Greek Grammar

3

Intermediate Greek Grammar for NT Exegesis 

3

Greek Exegesis

3

Christian Theological Competency (6 hours)

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hours

Systematic Theology 1 

3

Systematic Theology 2 

3

Historical Studies Component (5 hours)

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hours

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval

3

History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern

2

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Philosophical/Ethical Studies Component (6 hours)

COURSE

HOURS

Philosophy of Religion

3

Christian Ethics

3

Philosophy Component (21 hours)

Philosophy Core (15 hours)

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hours

Logic

3

Philosophical Theology

3

Epistemology

3

Metaphysics

3

History of Western Philosophy**

3

Philosophy Electives (6 hours)

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hours

Modal Logic

3

Problem of Evil

3

Christian Apologetics

3

Christianity and the Sciences

3

Contemporary Hermeneutical Theory

3

Postmodernity and Contemporary Theological Issues

3

Thesis***

Summative Assignment (3 hours)

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Hours

Theological Research and Writing Seminar

3

Total Required: 50 hours

*All graduate students must take this course during orientation in their first semester; however, students will not receive a credit hour or be charged for the course.

**New course

***To be taken after the Theological Research and Writing Seminar upon approval of T&H Division.