Graduate as a mature adult ready to witness for Christ with wisdom and wonder for the rest of your life.

God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in him. Spend the next four years relishing this great truth as you mine the treasures of the Bible and consider the Great Books—works of history, literature, philosophy, and theology that have stood the test of time and resonated with human beings through the ages and around the world.

This is a program in which a conservative evangelical worldview is respected and a reformed, Calvinistic theological perspective is welcomed and encouraged. Public, private, classical, Christian, and home-schooled high school graduates may all thrive in this extraordinary college environment.

Here you will be challenged and pushed beyond your sense of your own abilities. In the process you will cultivate habits of mind and heart as you are intentionally stress-tested to ensure that you graduate with a resilient faith that is ready to stand firm and contend for truth in the home, church, and world.

This core demands more.

The Omnia extended academic core approaches all of human knowledge from a confessionally reformed theological perspective with an emphasis on understanding scriptural texts in the original biblical languages. It is classical in that it aims to recover the best of the Christian and classical liberal arts traditions, examining the diversity of human knowledge under the unifying discipline of theology. In other institutions, the academic core involves two years of meeting requirements in order to pursue your field of interest. Here, your field of interest is engaged on the first day of class and extended through a third year before you specialize. This approach also makes you better able to pursue a master’s degree in any of the three specialties in your fifth year, should you choose to do so.

Credits
Fall Semester
Ancient Civilizations2
Old Testament Survey & Theology4
Foundations of Christian Discipleship2
Ancient Greek Literature2
Trivium 1: Grammar2
Mathematics for Liberal Arts4
Spring Semester
New Testament Survey & Theology4
The Greek & Roman Worlds2
Classical Philosophy: Pre-Socratics & Plato2
Ancient Roman History & Literature2
Trivium 2: Logic2
Natural Science4
Credits
Fall Semester
Medieval Europe2
Early Medieval Theology & Literature4
Classical Philosophy: Aristotle & Roman Philosophy2
The Life & Thought of Augustine2
Trivium 3: Rhetoric2
Language 1*4
Spring Semester
Renaissance & Reformation Europe2
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Literature4
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Philosophy4
Introduction to Visual Arts & Music2
Language 24
*Students will choose between a classical or a biblical language track.
Credits
Fall Semester
The Early Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 1: God, Scripture, Man4
Early Modern Literature4
Early Modern Philosophy2
Language 34
Spring Semester
The Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 2: Sin, Christ, Holy Spirit4
Modern Literature4
Modern Philosophy2
Language 44
Year 1
Credits
Fall Semester
Ancient Civilizations2
Old Testament Survey & Theology4
Foundations of Christian Discipleship2
Ancient Greek Literature2
Trivium 1: Grammar2
Mathematics for Liberal Arts4
Spring Semester
New Testament Survey & Theology4
The Greek & Roman Worlds2
Classical Philosophy: Pre-Socratics & Plato2
Ancient Roman History & Literature2
Trivium 2: Logic2
Natural Science4
Year 2
Credits
Fall Semester
Medieval Europe2
Early Medieval Theology & Literature4
Classical Philosophy: Aristotle & Roman Philosophy2
The Life & Thought of Augustine2
Trivium 3: Rhetoric2
Language 1*4
Spring Semester
Renaissance & Reformation Europe2
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Literature4
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Philosophy4
Introduction to Visual Arts & Music2
Language 24
*Students will choose between a classical or a biblical language track.
Year 3
Credits
Fall Semester
The Early Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 1: God, Scripture, Man4
Early Modern Literature4
Early Modern Philosophy2
Language 34
Spring Semester
The Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 2: Sin, Christ, Holy Spirit4
Modern Literature4
Modern Philosophy2
Language 44

You will learn in an extraordinarily small school with a tight-knit community of students, teachers, pastors, and church members who share a deep personal interest in both your academic performance and spiritual growth. And it all takes place amid the life of a globally-minded local church in a multi-ethnic urban center in which opportunities for equipping abound.

The undergraduate House System enriches college student life by fostering a community that promotes spiritual growth, academic flourishing, and leadership development. Each incoming college student is assigned to a gender-specific, non-residential “house,” which meets regularly to deepen friendships and strengthen each other’s faith through life together, events, and competition with other houses. These houses were named by student founders after historic figures who exemplify the life of Christian witness—with wisdom and wonder—that we aim to inspire: Augustine, Anne Dutton, Jonathan Edwards, Perpetua, C.S. Lewis, and Elisabeth Elliot.

Well-educated people are people who have the habits of mind and heart to go on learning what they need to learn to live in a Christ-exalting way for the rest of their lives.

— John Piper

Building upon the historical and theological framework established in our undergraduate core, the Theology and Biblical Studies major focuses more deeply on interpreting Scripture in its historical, literary, canonical, and redemptive-historical contexts. Students in this major will learn both Greek and Hebrew and will apply their study of the biblical languages to the exegesis of select books in the Old and New Testaments. All courses in this major will impress upon students the need to apply the truth learned to themselves, their church, and the surrounding culture. Students in this major will develop a strong grasp of the storyline of the Bible, the remarkable and Christ-centered unity between the Old and New Testaments, and the expansion of God’s global kingdom in history. Students will be given the opportunity to put the knowledge they gain in the classroom into practice through completion of a guided internship. Students who complete their fourth year in this program will have the opportunity to continue for a fifth year to obtain an accelerated Master of Arts.

B.A. in Theology and Biblical StudiesCredits
Fall Semester
Classical Hebrew 14
Greek Readings2
Elective or Internship2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Classical Hebrew 24
Christian Ethics & Apologetics2
Elective or Internship2
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Global Studies TrackCredits
Fall Semester
Classical Hebrew 14
World Religions2
Elective or Internship2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Spring Semester
Classical Hebrew 24
Greek Readings2
Contemporary Issues in Missions2
Biblical Theology4
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Letters TrackCredits
Fall Semester
Classical Hebrew I4
Great Authors I2
Elective or Internship2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Spring Semester
Classical Hebrew II4
Greek Readings2
Great Authors II2
Biblical Theology4
Accelerated M.A. Tracks Only
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Global Studies TrackCredits
Fall Semester
Intermediate Hebrew4
Christian Ethics & Apologetics2
History of Missions4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Hebrew Readings4
Elective or Internship2
Applied Anthropology for Ministry4
Global Discipleship2
Elective / Thesis2
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Letters TrackCredits
Fall Semester
Intermediate Hebrew4
Christian Ethics & Apologetics2
Great Authors III (Shakespeare)4
Leadership and Vocation2
Elective2
Spring Semester
Hebrew Readings2
Elective2
Great Authors IV4
Elective / Thesis2
Global Discipleship2
Year 4
B.A. in Theology and Biblical StudiesCredits
Fall Semester
Classical Hebrew 14
Greek Readings2
Elective or Internship2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Classical Hebrew 24
Christian Ethics & Apologetics2
Elective or Internship2
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Global Studies TrackCredits
Fall Semester
Classical Hebrew 14
World Religions2
Elective or Internship2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Spring Semester
Classical Hebrew 24
Greek Readings2
Contemporary Issues in Missions2
Biblical Theology4
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Letters TrackCredits
Fall Semester
Classical Hebrew I4
Great Authors I2
Elective or Internship2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Spring Semester
Classical Hebrew II4
Greek Readings2
Great Authors II2
Biblical Theology4
Year 5*
Accelerated M.A. Tracks Only
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Global Studies TrackCredits
Fall Semester
Intermediate Hebrew4
Christian Ethics & Apologetics2
History of Missions4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Hebrew Readings4
Elective or Internship2
Applied Anthropology for Ministry4
Global Discipleship2
Elective / Thesis2
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Letters TrackCredits
Fall Semester
Intermediate Hebrew4
Christian Ethics & Apologetics2
Great Authors III (Shakespeare)4
Leadership and Vocation2
Elective2
Spring Semester
Hebrew Readings2
Elective2
Great Authors IV4
Elective / Thesis2
Global Discipleship2

This is a degree program designed for those perceiving a call to vocations in Christian missions service and leadership. Building upon the historical and theological framework established in our undergraduate core, the Theology and Global Studies major invites students to examine carefully the historical and contemporary issues affecting cross-cultural ministry endeavors. This major also engages students in close examination of biblical texts, equipping students to study the Word accurately and to teach others from it. In addition, this major gives students theological categories for assessing methodologies proposed by the social sciences so that they might apply these insights to various contexts for missionary service in a biblically faithful manner. Students will learn to exegete both God’s Word and his world for the sake of clear, biblical exposition and faithful discipleship in an increasingly pluralistic world. Students will be given the opportunity to put the knowledge they gain in the classroom into practice through completion of a guided missions internship. Students who complete their fourth year in this program will have the opportunity to continue for a fifth year to obtain an accelerated Master of Arts.

B.A. in Theology and Global StudiesCredits
Fall Semester
Intermediate Greek or Hebrew I2
History of Global Christianity4
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Greek Readings or Hebrew II2
Applied Anthropology for Ministry4
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Biblical Studies TrackCredits
Fall Semester
Hebrew I4
Intermediate Greek4
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Spring Semester
Hebrew II4
World Religions2
Biblical Theology4
Greek Readings2
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and LettersCredits
Fall Semester
Great Authors I2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Intermediate Greek4
Elective2
Spring Semester
Biblical Theology4
World Religions2
Greek Readings2
Great Authors II2
Elective2
Accelerated M.A. Tracks Only
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Biblical Studies TrackCredits
Fall Semester
History of Global Christianity4
Intermediate Hebrew4
Leadership and Vocation2
Christian Ethics and Apologetics2
Spring Semester
Applied Anthropology4
Global Discipleship2
Hebrew Readings2
Exam / Thesis2
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Letters TrackCredits
Fall Semester
History of Global Christianity4
Great Authors III (Shakespeare)4
Leadership and Vocation2
Elective2
Spring Semester
Applied Anthropology4
Global Discipleship2
Great Authors IV4
Elective / Thesis2
Year 4
B.A. in Theology and Global StudiesCredits
Fall Semester
Intermediate Greek or Hebrew I2
History of Global Christianity4
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Greek Readings or Hebrew II2
Applied Anthropology for Ministry4
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Biblical Studies TrackCredits
Fall Semester
Hebrew I4
Intermediate Greek4
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Spring Semester
Hebrew II4
World Religions2
Biblical Theology4
Greek Readings2
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and LettersCredits
Fall Semester
Great Authors I2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Intermediate Greek4
Elective2
Spring Semester
Biblical Theology4
World Religions2
Greek Readings2
Great Authors II2
Elective2
Year 5*
Accelerated M.A. Tracks Only
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Biblical Studies TrackCredits
Fall Semester
History of Global Christianity4
Intermediate Hebrew4
Leadership and Vocation2
Christian Ethics and Apologetics2
Spring Semester
Applied Anthropology4
Global Discipleship2
Hebrew Readings2
Exam / Thesis2
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Letters TrackCredits
Fall Semester
History of Global Christianity4
Great Authors III (Shakespeare)4
Leadership and Vocation2
Elective2
Spring Semester
Applied Anthropology4
Global Discipleship2
Great Authors IV4
Elective / Thesis2

Building upon the historical and theological framework established in our undergraduate core, the Theology and Letters major is designed to equip undergraduate men and women with the skills needed to think clearly and accurately about the world in which they live and to challenge them to live faithfully in the home, the church, and the world. This major focuses upon great works of Western Civilization with a view to equipping students to evaluate the seminal ideas in the history of thought in light of the self-disclosure of the triune God. The program will not merely expose students to the great thinkers and ideas of history, but it will equip them to participate in the Great Conversation while growing into mature human beings who are broad-minded and big-hearted, possessing firm convictions and eager to pursue wisdom and wonder for the rest of their lives. Students will be given the opportunity to put the knowledge they gain in the classroom into practice through completion of a guided internship. Students who complete their fourth year in this program will have the opportunity to continue for a fifth year to obtain an accelerated Master of Arts.

B.A. in Theology and LettersCredits
Fall Semester
Great Authors III (Shakespeare)4
Intermediate Greek4
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Great Authors I2
Great Authors II2
Greek Readings2
Elective or Internship2
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Biblical Studies TrackCredits
Fall Semester
Classical Hebrew I4
Great Authors I2
Elective or Internship2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Spring Semester
Classical Hebrew II4
Greek Readings2
Great Authors II2
Biblical Theology4
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Global StudiesCredits
Fall Semester
Great Authors I2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Intermediate Greek4
Elective2
Spring Semester
Biblical Theology4
World Religions2
Greek Readings2
Great Authors II2
Elective2
Accelerated M.A. Tracks Only
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Biblical Studies TrackCredits
Fall Semester
Intermediate Hebrew4
Christian Ethics & Apologetics2
Great Authors III (Shakespeare)4
Leadership and Vocation2
Elective2
Spring Semester
Hebrew Readings2
Elective2
Great Authors IV4
Elective / Thesis2
Global Discipleship2
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Global Studies TrackCredits
Fall Semester
History of Global Christianity4
Great Authors III (Shakespeare)4
Leadership and Vocation2
Elective2
Spring Semester
Applied Anthropology4
Global Discipleship2
Great Authors IV4
Elective / Thesis2
Year 4
B.A. in Theology and LettersCredits
Fall Semester
Great Authors III (Shakespeare)4
Intermediate Greek4
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Great Authors I2
Great Authors II2
Greek Readings2
Elective or Internship2
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Biblical Studies TrackCredits
Fall Semester
Classical Hebrew I4
Great Authors I2
Elective or Internship2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Spring Semester
Classical Hebrew II4
Greek Readings2
Great Authors II2
Biblical Theology4
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Global StudiesCredits
Fall Semester
Great Authors I2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Intermediate Greek4
Elective2
Spring Semester
Biblical Theology4
World Religions2
Greek Readings2
Great Authors II2
Elective2
Year 5*
Accelerated M.A. Tracks Only
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Biblical Studies TrackCredits
Fall Semester
Intermediate Hebrew4
Christian Ethics & Apologetics2
Great Authors III (Shakespeare)4
Leadership and Vocation2
Elective2
Spring Semester
Hebrew Readings2
Elective2
Great Authors IV4
Elective / Thesis2
Global Discipleship2
Accelerated M.A. in Theology and Global Studies TrackCredits
Fall Semester
History of Global Christianity4
Great Authors III (Shakespeare)4
Leadership and Vocation2
Elective2
Spring Semester
Applied Anthropology4
Global Discipleship2
Great Authors IV4
Elective / Thesis2

Bethlehem offers three traditional Master of Arts degrees designed for students seeking graduate-level work in theology, missiology, or humanities. All three feature core courses in Christian doctrine and Greek, but the three programs also include the following distinctives:

(1) Theology and Biblical Studies – Hebrew & Ethics
(2) Theology and Global Studies – Missions & Anthropology
(3) Theology and Letters – The Great Books

 

These MA degrees are available in an accelerated format to Bethlehem college students or as a 2-year, full-time degree to applicants with a completed bachelor’s degree.

Total Credits: 48

This graduate degree focuses on interpreting Scripture in its historical, literary, canonical, and redemptive-historical contexts. Students in this program will learn both Greek and Hebrew and will apply their study of the biblical languages to the exegesis of select books in the Old and New Testaments. Students will also grow in their ability to synthesize and articulate theological truths by participating in a series of graduate-level historical, systematic, and biblical-theological courses. All courses will impress upon students the need to apply the truth learned to themselves, their church, and the surrounding culture. Students will develop a strong grasp of the storyline of the Bible, the remarkable and Christ-centered unity between the Old and New Testaments, and the expansion of God’s global kingdom in history. Students will demonstrate mastery of the program’s content through completion of either comprehensive exams or a master’s thesis.

 

Program Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate broad-based graduate skills in inquiry, interpretation, reflection, and oral and written communication.
  • Students will demonstrate a thorough grasp of the system of Christian doctrine as found in Scripture and developed through church history.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in biblical Greek language and exegesis.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in biblical Hebrew language and exegesis.
Year 1Credits
Fall Semester
Classical Hebrew I4
Intermediate Greek4
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 1: God, Scripture, Man4
Spring Semester
Classical Hebrew II4
Greek Readings2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 2: Sin, Christ, Holy Spirit4
Elective2
Year 2Credits
Fall Semester
Intermediate Hebrew4
Christian Ethics and Apologetics2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Hebrew Readings2
Greek Readings2
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
Comprehensive Exams / Thesis2

Total Credits: 48

This graduate degree invites students to examine carefully the historical and contemporary issues affecting cross-cultural ministry. Students in this program will learn biblical Greek and will apply their study of the language to the exegesis of select books in the New Testament. Students will also grow in their ability to synthesize and articulate theological truths by participating in a series of graduate-level historical, systematic, and biblical-theological courses. In addition, this graduate program gives students theological categories for assessing methodologies proposed by the social sciences so that they might apply these insights to various contexts for ministry in a biblically faithful manner. Students will develop a strong grasp of the storyline of the Bible, the remarkable and Christ-centered unity between the Old and New Testaments, and the expansion of God’s global kingdom in history. Students will demonstrate mastery of the program’s content through completion of either comprehensive exams or a master’s thesis.

 

Program Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate broad-based graduate skills in inquiry, interpretation, reflection, and oral and written communication.
  • Students will demonstrate a thorough grasp of the system of Christian doctrine as found in Scripture and developed through church history.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of and thoughtful engagement with contemporary cultures from an articulate and compassionate Christian worldview.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in biblical Greek language and exegesis.
Year 1Credits
Fall Semester
History of Missions4
Intermediate Greek4
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 1: God, Scripture, Man4
Spring Semester
Applied Anthropology for Ministry4
Contemporary Issues2
Greek Readings2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 2: Sin, Christ, Holy Spirit4
Year 2Credits
Fall Semester
World Religions2
Christian Ethics & Aplogetics2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Global Church-Planting4
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
Elective2
Comprehensive Exams / Thesis2

Total Credits: 48

This graduate degree focuses upon great works of Western Civilization with a view to equipping students to evaluate the seminal ideas in the history of thought in light of the self-disclosure of the triune God. Students in this program will learn biblical Greek and will apply their study of the language to the exegesis of select books in the New Testament. Students will also grow in their ability to synthesize and articulate theological truths by participating in a series of graduate-level historical, systematic, and biblical-theological courses. This graduate program will not merely expose students to the great thinkers and ideas of history, but it will equip them to participate in the “Great Conversation” while growing into mature human beings who are broad-minded and big-hearted, possessing firm convictions, and eager to pursue wisdom and wonder for the rest of their lives. Students will demonstrate mastery of the program’s content through completion of either comprehensive exams or a master’s thesis.

 

Program Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate broad-based graduate skills in inquiry, interpretation, reflection, and oral and written communication.
  • Students will demonstrate a thorough grasp of the system of Christian doctrine as found in Scripture and developed through church history.
  • Students will demonstrate a mature ability to thoughtfully engage with and biblically evaluate seminal ideas in the history of thought.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in biblical Greek language and exegesis.

 

Year 1Credits
Fall Semester
Great Authors I4
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 1: God, Scripture, Man4
Intermediate Greek4
Spring Semester
Great Authors II4
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 2: Sin, Christ, Holy Spirit4
Greek Readings2
Elective2
Year 2Credits
Fall Semester
Great Authors III (Shakespeare)4
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Christian Ethics & Apologetics2
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Great Authors IV2
Greek Readings2
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
Comprehensive Exams / Thesis2
Theology and Biblical Studies

Total Credits: 48

This graduate degree focuses on interpreting Scripture in its historical, literary, canonical, and redemptive-historical contexts. Students in this program will learn both Greek and Hebrew and will apply their study of the biblical languages to the exegesis of select books in the Old and New Testaments. Students will also grow in their ability to synthesize and articulate theological truths by participating in a series of graduate-level historical, systematic, and biblical-theological courses. All courses will impress upon students the need to apply the truth learned to themselves, their church, and the surrounding culture. Students will develop a strong grasp of the storyline of the Bible, the remarkable and Christ-centered unity between the Old and New Testaments, and the expansion of God’s global kingdom in history. Students will demonstrate mastery of the program’s content through completion of either comprehensive exams or a master’s thesis.

 

Program Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate broad-based graduate skills in inquiry, interpretation, reflection, and oral and written communication.
  • Students will demonstrate a thorough grasp of the system of Christian doctrine as found in Scripture and developed through church history.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in biblical Greek language and exegesis.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in biblical Hebrew language and exegesis.
Year 1Credits
Fall Semester
Classical Hebrew I4
Intermediate Greek4
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 1: God, Scripture, Man4
Spring Semester
Classical Hebrew II4
Greek Readings2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 2: Sin, Christ, Holy Spirit4
Elective2
Year 2Credits
Fall Semester
Intermediate Hebrew4
Christian Ethics and Apologetics2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Hebrew Readings2
Greek Readings2
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
Comprehensive Exams / Thesis2
Theology and Global Studies

Total Credits: 48

This graduate degree invites students to examine carefully the historical and contemporary issues affecting cross-cultural ministry. Students in this program will learn biblical Greek and will apply their study of the language to the exegesis of select books in the New Testament. Students will also grow in their ability to synthesize and articulate theological truths by participating in a series of graduate-level historical, systematic, and biblical-theological courses. In addition, this graduate program gives students theological categories for assessing methodologies proposed by the social sciences so that they might apply these insights to various contexts for ministry in a biblically faithful manner. Students will develop a strong grasp of the storyline of the Bible, the remarkable and Christ-centered unity between the Old and New Testaments, and the expansion of God’s global kingdom in history. Students will demonstrate mastery of the program’s content through completion of either comprehensive exams or a master’s thesis.

 

Program Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate broad-based graduate skills in inquiry, interpretation, reflection, and oral and written communication.
  • Students will demonstrate a thorough grasp of the system of Christian doctrine as found in Scripture and developed through church history.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of and thoughtful engagement with contemporary cultures from an articulate and compassionate Christian worldview.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in biblical Greek language and exegesis.
Year 1Credits
Fall Semester
History of Missions4
Intermediate Greek4
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 1: God, Scripture, Man4
Spring Semester
Applied Anthropology for Ministry4
Contemporary Issues2
Greek Readings2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 2: Sin, Christ, Holy Spirit4
Year 2Credits
Fall Semester
World Religions2
Christian Ethics & Aplogetics2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Global Church-Planting4
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
Elective2
Comprehensive Exams / Thesis2
Theology and Letters

Total Credits: 48

This graduate degree focuses upon great works of Western Civilization with a view to equipping students to evaluate the seminal ideas in the history of thought in light of the self-disclosure of the triune God. Students in this program will learn biblical Greek and will apply their study of the language to the exegesis of select books in the New Testament. Students will also grow in their ability to synthesize and articulate theological truths by participating in a series of graduate-level historical, systematic, and biblical-theological courses. This graduate program will not merely expose students to the great thinkers and ideas of history, but it will equip them to participate in the “Great Conversation” while growing into mature human beings who are broad-minded and big-hearted, possessing firm convictions, and eager to pursue wisdom and wonder for the rest of their lives. Students will demonstrate mastery of the program’s content through completion of either comprehensive exams or a master’s thesis.

 

Program Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate broad-based graduate skills in inquiry, interpretation, reflection, and oral and written communication.
  • Students will demonstrate a thorough grasp of the system of Christian doctrine as found in Scripture and developed through church history.
  • Students will demonstrate a mature ability to thoughtfully engage with and biblically evaluate seminal ideas in the history of thought.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in biblical Greek language and exegesis.

 

Year 1Credits
Fall Semester
Great Authors I4
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 1: God, Scripture, Man4
Intermediate Greek4
Spring Semester
Great Authors II4
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 2: Sin, Christ, Holy Spirit4
Greek Readings2
Elective2
Year 2Credits
Fall Semester
Great Authors III (Shakespeare)4
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Christian Ethics & Apologetics2
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Great Authors IV2
Greek Readings2
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
Comprehensive Exams / Thesis2
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Debt Freedom

Students can leave here without a burden of student loan debt. Tuition is unusually affordable because generous disciples of Christ affirm the quality of this “Education in Serious Joy” by providing a $10,000 annual Serious Joy Scholarship to all students so that they may launch without debt into life and ministry upon graduation.

Other scholarships offered by Bethlehem College & Seminary include the All Peoples Scholarship and Alex Steddom International Student Fund.

PEER GREAT BOOKS PROGRAMS: Students who have considered or enrolled in this program might also have considered or enrolled at: Bethel University, Biola University, Torrey Honors, Boyce College, Hillsdale College, New Saint Andrews College, St. Johns College, Saint Vincent College, The Master’s University, Thomas Aquinas College.