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Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
    
Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts, M.A.


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Prerequisites for Admission

In addition to the general application and application fee requirements for graduate study, the candidate will comply with the following requirements:

  1. Presentation of an official transcript from an accredited bachelor’s degree. This transcript must include a minimum of 12 semester hours in religion.  Other prerequisites may apply to the specific emphases.
  2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25. For an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 to 3.24, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required with a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 300 and a minimum analytical writing score of 4.5.
  3. Two recommendations. If the applicant is employed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, one of these recommendations must be from the applicant’s employing organization.
  4. If applicable, a record of denominational employment indicating the places and dates of service, and the capacity in which the applicant was employed.
  5. Submission of a formal paper of at least 3,000 words that meets the following criteria:
    • It is research-based, demonstrating appropriate use of valid sources.
    • It reflects the ability to write lucidly, with careful organization of ideas.
    • It demonstrates care and consistency in format, style, and mechanics.
    • It meets the standards of at least a B letter-grade paper when compared with other research papers that are completed on the undergraduate level.
  6. For students for whom English is not their first language and they did not graduate from an English-medium college or university, an Internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 100 is required.
  7. Final decisions about acceptance into the program are made by the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Religion.

Graduation Requirements

  1. File a completed graduate application with the Records and Advisement Office not less than two months before the expected graduation date.
  2. Finish all coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.25, including no more than two classes with a minimum letter grade of C.  (See grade policies .)
  3. Pass a written comprehensive examination taken no earlier than 3 months and no later than 12 months after receiving the study guide from the Graduate Program Coordinator, which will be sent after the student completes the last course in his or her program. Examination dates will be arranged in consultation with the Graduate Program Coordinator. 
    • The examination is expected to last 4 1/2 hours.
    • The candidate for graduation will need to give comprehensive answers to several questions drawn from a larger list of questions available for research and review at the end of his or her coursework.
    • A score of 80% or above will constitute a passing grade.
    • In case of failure, the examination may be repeated only once. A second failure will disqualify the student for graduation from the MA program.

Project and Thesis Procedure

  1. All MA students choosing the emphasis in Biblical and Theological Studies must complete a thesis, while students who choose the emphasis in Religious Studies must complete either a thesis or a project.
  2. The project must be done in conjunction with an adviser assigned by the Graduate Studies Committee. The adviser will work with the student to select a topic, plan the research, guide in the organization of the paper, and evaluate the result.
  3. The thesis must be done in conjunction with a three-person Thesis Committee, chaired by the adviser and appointed by the Graduate Studies Committee. The student will select a topic in consultation with the adviser and prepare a thesis proposal to be submitted to the Thesis Committee for approval. After approval by the Thesis Committee, the student will complete the research, chapter by  chapter, under the guidance of the adviser, submitting each chapter to the Thesis Committee for approval. The Thesis Committee must approve the final product.
  4. The project or thesis must conform to the style guidelines of the School of Religion, which are based on the footnote and bibliography style of the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style or Turabian’s Manual for Writers.  For more details regarding style guidelines, project or thesis procedures, and suggested timelines, please consult the School of Religion Graduate Handbook.
  5. Credit hours for the project or thesis may be distributed as desired over the course of the work, but since students must remain continuously enrolled until the work has been completed and approved. If all credits have been exhausted before the work is completed, the student must enroll for REL_679 Thesis Continuation (0 credit) and pay the continuation fee.

 

Emphasis in Biblical and Theological Studies


Objectives

  1. To enhance the student’s knowledge of biblical and theological issues.
  2. To prepare the student for academic studies at the doctoral level.
  3. To increase the student’s facility in research and writing.
  4. To increase critical thinking skills and enlarge the student’s awareness of the trends and secondary literature in biblical and theological studies.
  5. To increase the student’s ability to interpret the Bible in harmony with sound principles of biblical hermeneutics.
  6. To establish a sound theological foundation for Christian faith and practice.

Additional Prerequisites for Admission

Six semester credits in a biblical language with a grade of C or higher. (This may be part of the 12 required credits in religion.)

CORE Courses


Subtotal 12 Hours

Subtotal 12 Hours

Research courses


Subtotal 9 Hours

Electives


Select three (3) semester hours from graduate courses in biblical or theological studies offered by the School of Religion

Subtotal 3 Hours

Total 36 Hours


Emphasis in Religious Studies


Objectives

  1. To prepare the student for academic studies in religion at the doctoral level.
  2. To increase the student’s facility in research and writing.
  3. To enhance critical thinking skills and enlarge the student’s awareness of the trends and literature in religious studies.
  4. To provide resources for developing and implementing a biblical philosophy of life.
  5. To establish a sound theological foundation for Christian faith and practice.

CORE Courses


Total 36 Hours


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