Dean: Greg A. King
Faculty: Stephen Bauer, Michael G. Hasel, J. Douglas Jacobs, Greg A. King, Judson Lake, Donn W. Leatherman, Carlos G. Martin, Alan Parker, Edwin Reynolds, Philip G. Samaan, Douglas Tilstra
Research Faculty: Norman Gulley
Adjunct Faculty: Gordon Bietz, Jack J. Blanco, Ron E.M. Clouzet, Ganoune Diop, Mark Finley, Derek Morris, John S. Nixon
The School of Religion offers biblical, theological, and practical courses to help its students experience a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, understand His teachings in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and live ethical lives in harmony with the Scriptures. It provides quality graduate training with emphases in Church Leadership and Management, Church Ministry and Homiletics, Evangelism and World Missions, Biblical and Theological Studies, and Religious Studies, so its graduates, solidly grounded in Scripture and with a clear burden for others’ salvation, become instruments in God’s hands to impact the world.
The School of Religion offers two graduate degree programs—one professional and one academic:
The Master of Ministry (MMin) with the following three emphases:
- Church Leadership and Management
- Church Ministry and Homiletics
- Evangelism and World Mission
The Master of Arts (MA) with the following two emphases:
- Biblical and Theological Studies
- Religious Studies
The Master of Ministry program, with emphases in Church Leadership and Management, Church Ministry and Homiletics, and Evangelism and World Mission, is designed to provide quality professional graduate education in church leadership, church ministry, preaching, outreach, evangelism, and world mission. The emphasis in Church Leadership and Management is specifically designed to prepare church leaders and administrators with training in the principles of business management, as well as to equip them with leadership ministry training skills. The emphasis in Church Ministry and Homiletics is specifically designed to enrich the preparation of pastors for local church ministry. The emphasis in Evangelism and World Mission is specifically designed to enrich the preparation of workers for gospel outreach to the world. The MMin degree prepares students to enter a Doctor of Ministry degree program.
The Master of Arts program, with emphases in Biblical and Theological Studies and in Religious Studies, is designed to provide quality academic graduate education in biblical, theological, and religious studies. The emphasis in Biblical and Theological Studies is specifically designed to prepare students for entering an academic doctoral program in biblical or theological studies. The emphasis in Religious Studies is specifically designed to provide a flexible graduate program in religion for those who want to enter an academic doctoral program in religious studies or to further their religious education in a more general way.
The purpose of all of these programs is to enhance the ability of students to serve a culturally diverse church and society from a biblical perspective and to deepen each student’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Curriculum for the MMin and MA Degrees
The curriculum for the MMin and MA degrees consists of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. A maximum of six (6) semester hours of transfer credit may be allowed from other institutions (see Transfer Credit ). All degree requirements must be completed within seven years from first enrollment. Courses are offered primarily as intensive sessions during the summer. Requirements for successful completion of a given course generally consist of a pre-session reading assignment, attendance and participation in a three-week intensive class session in residence, and a post-session research and writing assignment. All courses require a research paper or major project, which is generally the post-session assignment for the course.
Admission to Classes
- Students are considered to be admitted to classes (see “Admission Requirements ”) on a non-degree basis until they are granted either regular or provisional acceptance into one of the degree programs from the School of Religion.
- Students can only take up to 12 hours of coursework before completing all prerequisites for admission and being formally accepted into one of the degree programs.
- Registration for any graduate religion class is by permission of the School of Religion.
- A commitment deposit of $100 per session is required, which can be applied to tuition or other expenses.
With the approval of the School of Religion, students may register on an audit basis in courses for which they are qualified. Auditors may be admitted to classes if space is still available after all students who wish to enroll for credit have been accommodated. Class attendance is expected, but examinations, reports, and other assignments will be omitted, except as requested by the student and allowed by the professor. With the approval of the professor and School dean, the student may change a course registration from audit to credit or from credit to audit only during the first three days of the summer intensive classes. No credit may be given at any later time for courses audited. Courses taken for audit are charged at one-half of the regular graduate tuition charge.
Guidelines for Pre-Session and Post-Session Assignments
- Students should expect pre-session assignments for summer graduate intensives. Typical pre-session assignments include 1,000-1,200 pages of reading per intensive class, depending on other pre-session assignments.
- Pre-session assignments are due the first day of the intensive. Only assignments submitted on time will receive full credit. There will be no credit for pre-session assignments that are submitted following the completion of the intensive.
- Post-session assignments give the student opportunity to apply information learned during the intensive to the local ministry context and to do further research on the subject matter. Due dates for these assignments are listed in the course syllabus.