Masters Degree

Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

Christian Ministry Doctor of Ministry D. Min. Theology Masters DegreeThe Internet Bible College offers the Masters Degree – Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), through Vision International University or the Texas University of Theology. The Masters is an advanced degree in theology for students with an undergraduate degree in theology or ministry. It provides an extensive, advanced education in a specialised area of Christian ministry.

The degree has a high degree of flexibility, allowing students to develop breadth in several areas or depth in one or two areas.

The Master of Theological Studies provides for extensive, advanced education in a specialised area of Christian ministry. The Masters is a 36 credit hour program that integrates theological education and professional courses. The Master of Theological Studies may serve as the foundation of the Master of Divinity, an academic degree. It is a 90 credit hour program. These programs are specifically suited for students desiring to continue towards doctoral preparation.

The Masters Degree is for

The Master of Theological Studies provides for extensive, advanced education in a specialised area of Christian ministry. The Master’s Degree is a 36 credit hour program that integrates theological education and professional courses. The Master of Theological Studies may serve as the foundation of the Master of Divinity, which is an academic degree. It is a 90 credit hour program.

These programs are especially suited for students who seek to continue towards doctoral preparation or:

  • They are involved in ministry and want to develop their understanding of the word of God.
  • Are seeking Christian ministry studies without secular impost.
  • They need to study at their own pace in their place.
  • Are time poor but desire deeper levels of study.
  • They are preparing themselves for graduate-level education.
  • Are interested in some aspect of teaching and research or engagement in socio-religious issues.
  • Are looking for a bridge to further studies toward a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or doctoral degree.

All of the University Master’s programs are viewed as complete programs. However, transfer of credit may be allowed (up to 6 credits) if course offerings from other institutions are substantially equivalent to the program of Vision and are recognised by C.H.E.A. or a foreign equivalent. There are no modifications of the basic program listed here without the specific permission of the University.

Goals of the program

  • To provide advanced knowledge and understanding of the Bible and the relationship between scripture and the applied discipline.
  • To provide knowledge and skills in effective, professional ministry.
  • To provide academic and professional training equal to programs required for advanced vocational placement.

Masters Degree Subjects

The twelve courses listed below comprise the degree Master of Theological Studies in Theological Studies. The program is a 36 credit hour program that integrates theological education and professional studies. The program consists of 12 courses, three semester credit hours each, 36 credit hours, and a Thesis.

Leadership Studies
Church History
Ministry Studies
New Testament
Old Testament
Philosophical & Systematic Theology
World Missions
Thesis

The thesis must be of a length between 20,000 to 25,000 words, providing the student with an opportunity to demonstrate their capacity to explore, research, understand and develop a theme in a subject of their own choosing. The student must submit an outline for approval to the office, and the decision on the suitability of the subject rests with the Principal and is final. Guidelines for writing the thesis are contained in the booklet Student Study Helps and Hints and is provided to the student. Further copies are available from our office.

Recognition Given To The Masters Degree

After completing the Master of Theological Studies degree, you will be able to –

  • Provide advanced knowledge and understanding of the Bible and the relationship between scripture and the applied discipline.
  • Provide knowledge and skills in effective, professional ministry.
  • Lead congregations to creative, biblically–informed transformational endeavours.
  • Respond appropriately to societal trends that impact church ministry.
  • Critically and sympathetically engage new models with the historic resources of the Christian tradition.
  • Demonstrate biblical literacy and theological reflection.
  • Serve in a variety of ministry service roles.
  • Demonstrate a range of general and specialist ministry skills.
  • Minister to people with a wide range of needs, selecting appropriate approaches.
  • Demonstrate practical skills in Christian teaching, preaching, leadership, pastoral, counselling, and cross-cultural situations.
  • Advance toward a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or doctoral degree.