Feb 25, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Religion

Dean: Greg A. King

Graduate Program Coordinator: Alan Parker

Faculty: Stephen Bauer, Hyunsok Doh, Michael G. Hasel, Eliezer Graterol, David Hartman, Greg A. King, Martin G. Klingbeil, Judson Lake, Alan Parker, Wilson Paroschi, Barry Tryon

Research Faculty: J. Douglas Jacobs, Edwin Reynolds

Adjunct Faculty: Mark Finley, Carlos G. Martin, Philip G. Samaan

Mission Statement

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 Old Testament Studies, New Testament Studies, Church Leadership and Management, Evangelism and Ministry, Biblical Counseling, 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.

Degrees Offered

The School of Religion offers two graduate degree programs-one professional and one academic:

The Master of Ministry (MMin) with the following three emphases:

  • Biblical Counseling
  • Church Leadership and Management
  • Evangelism and Ministry

The Master of Arts (MA) with the following two emphases:

  • New Testament Studies
  • Old Testament Studies
  • Religious Studies

General Information

The Master of Ministry program, with emphases in Church Leadership and Management, and Evangelism and Ministry, is designed to provide quality professional graduate education in church leadership, church ministry, evangelism, missions and biblical counseling.  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 Evangelism and Ministry is specifically designed to enrich the preparation of workers for effective evangelistic and pastoral ministry.  The emphasis in biblical counseling is designed for both pastors and lay people who will be offering biblical counseling and life coaching within a church setting.

The Master of Arts program, with emphases in Old Testament Studies, New Testament Studies and in Religious Studies, is designed to provide quality academic graduate education in biblical, theological, and religious studies. The emphases in Old and New Testament Studies is are specifically designed to help provide students with the study, research, and writing skills needed to enter an academic doctoral program in Old or New Testament. The emphasis in Religious Studies is specifically designed to provide a flexible graduate program in religion for those who desire 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.

The Master of Divinity is the degree preferred for professional ministry by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.  However, it is recognized that some pastors, due to individual circumstances, may need to explore other options for graduate study in ministry.  The Master of Ministry and the Master of Arts degrees are excellent possibilities to consider for those who choose to explore these other options.  These programs enable the pastor to receive quality training for ministry, while earning credits that could be transferred to a Master of Divinity program.  The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary will accept up to 36 transfer credits toward the M.Div. degree, should the student choose to continue his or her studies there.


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 nine 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 two week intensive class session in residence, and a post-session writing assignment. Online courses will be offered as they are developed.  All courses require a research paper or major project, which is generally the post-session assignment for the course. No more than four courses may be taken within one summer. The recommended load is two courses per summer for those in full-time ministry.

Admission to Classes

  1. Students are considered to be admitted to classes (see “Admission Requirements ”) on a non-degree basis until they are granted either provisional or regular acceptance into one of the degree programs from the School of Religion.
  2. With School of Religion approval, students may take up to 12 hours of coursework before completing all prerequisites for admission and being formally accepted on regular status into one of the degree programs.
  3. Registration for any graduate religion class is by permission of the School of Religion.

Course Audit

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 are not included, 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 two 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

  1. Students should expect pre-session assignments for summer graduate intensives. Students must apply for these intensive classes at least 6 weeks before the intensive session begins in order to provide time to complete the reading.
  2. Pre-session assignments are due the first day of the intensive session. 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.
  3. 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. 


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