Degrees

Harding School of Theology offers five master’s degrees and a doctoral degree. These overviews will help you see the various emphases of the degree. Please be sure to consult the catalog for additional information and requirements.

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree program prepares students for teaching and for further research in their chosen area of concentration. Emphasis in the program is on scholarly research. The M.A. degree is designed to provide a foundational understanding of one of four areas: New Testament, Old Testament, Historical Theology or Systematic Theology. Beginning Fall 2012, The M.A. will also be available with a concentration in New Testament Backgrounds and Archaeology.

Program: 54 hours
Please see the catalog for a full description of the degree and additional requirements.

I. Advanced Standing or Leveling Work: (18 hours)
II. CORE (12 hours)

BMIN 5990 – Advanced Theological Research
BOLD 5001 – Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament
BNEW 5201 – Advanced Introduction to the New Testament

Choose one:

BNEW 5230 – Basic New Testament Exegesis
BNEW 5321 – Advanced New Testament Exegesis (required for New Testament concentration)

III. Area of Concentration (12 hours)
IV. From Area(s) other than Area of Concentration (6 hours) (See the division system in the Course Descriptions.)
V. Research (6 hours)

Thesis (6)
or
Guided Research (3) and Elective (3)

MASTER OF ARTS IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree is designed to equip students for leadership in some form of specialized ministry in churches or other settings, such as missions, youth ministry, campus ministry, women’s ministry or worship ministry.

Program: 54 hours

Please see the catalog for a full description of the degree and additional requirements.

 

I. Nondepartmental (3 hours)

BMIN 5990 – Advanced Theological Research

II. Ministry Core (18 hours)

MFT 5730 – Counseling Skills
BMIN 5850 – Congregational Ministry
BMIS 5901 – Spiritual Leadership
Two ministry electives (6)

Choose one:

BMIN 5720 – Integrated Practicum
BMIN 5721 – Specialized Practicum

III. Theological Foundations (6 hours)

BDOC 5400 – Systematic Theology
BHIS 5640 – American Restoration Movement

IV. Biblical Foundation (18 hours)

BOLD 5001 – Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament
BNEW 5201 – Advanced Introduction to the New Testament

Choose either the biblical languages or English text track:

Biblical languages track (12)

BNEW 5310 – Elementary Greek I (see catalog for Hebrew option)
BNEW 5311 – Elementary Greek II
BNEW 5230 – Basic New Testament Exegesis (see catalog for other recommendations)
Any textual course (3)

English language track (12)

BNEW 5230 – Basic New Testament Exegesis
Old Testament textual course (3)
Course in the Gospels (3)

Choose one:

Course in Pauline literature (3)
BNEW 5235 – Acts

V. Electives: (9 hours)

MASTER OF ARTS IN COUNSELING

The Master of Arts in Counseling degree fulfills the academic requirements for state licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and/or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). This includes Mental Health Services Provider (MHSP). It is a professional degree emphasizing clinical skill development for effective ministry in counseling, both in church and community settings.

 

Program: 66 Hours

Please see the catalog for a full description of the degree and additional requirements.

I. CORE: (60 hours)

BNEW 5290 – Counseling Issues in Biblical Texts
BDOC 5550 – Ethics and Character Formation
MFT 5730 – Counseling Skills
MFT 5732 – Foundations of Counseling
MFT 5740 – Theories of Personality and Counseling
MFT 5741 – Psychopathology
MFT 5742 – Treatment Planning and Clinical Intervention
MFT 5751 – Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy
MFT 5752 – Marriage Therapy
MFT 5753 – Family Therapy
MFT 5754 – Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy
MFT 5755 – Addiction and Violence in Families
MFT 5757 – Families in Context
MFT 5760 – Family Development and Parenting
MFT 5770 – Research in Counseling
MFT 5771 – Counseling Ethics and Professional Issues
MFT 5772 – Testing and Assessment in Counseling
MFT 5773 – Career Counseling
MFT 5774 – Multicultural Counseling
MFT 5780 – Group Counseling

Sequence note: Foundations of Counseling (MFT 5732) must be taken within the first nine hours and passed with a grade of C or better. If a lower grade is earned, the class must be retaken the next available semester until an acceptable grade is received.

II. Internship/Practicum: (6 hours)

MFT 5790 – Practicum in Counseling
MFT 5791 – Internship in Counseling
MFT 5793 – Internship in Counseling (Additional requirement for some states)

MASTER OF DIVINITY

The Master of Divinity degree lays a solid foundation for a lifetime of ministry through a focus on spiritual growth, research tools and methodology. This degree provides opportunities and encouragement for personal spiritual growth, an understanding of Scripture and theology, an introduction to the historical and cultural contexts of churches, and both an understanding of and supervised experience in major aspects of ministry.

Program: 84 Hours

Please see the catalog for a full description of the degree and additional requirements.

I. Nondepartmental: (3 hours)

BMIN 5990 – Advanced Theological Research

II. Biblical Division: (33 hours)

BOLD 5001 – Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament
BNEW 5201 – Advanced Introduction to the New Testament
BNEW 5320 – Readings in the Greek New Testament
BNEW 5321 – Advanced New Testament Exegesis
Three textual courses (one each from the areas of Old Testament, the Gospels, and Pauline literature and Acts) (9)

Languages:

BOLD 5090 – Beginning Hebrew I
BOLD 5091 – Beginning Hebrew II
BNEW 5310 – Elementary Greek I
BNEW 5311 – Elementary Greek II

III. Theological Division: (15 hours)

Recommended sequence: 5601, 5602, 5640, 5400 and BDOC 5450 or BDOC 5550 or BDOC 5555.

BDOC 5400 – Systematic Theology
BHIS 5601 – Early and Medieval Church
BHIS 5602 – Reformation and Modern Church
BHIS 5640 – American Restoration Movement

Choose One:

BDOC 5450 – Contemporary Christian Thought
BDOC 5550 – Ethics and Character Formation
BDOC 5555 – Seminar in Theology

IV. Ministerial Division (18 hours)

BMIN 5720 – Integrated Practicum
BMIN 5721 – Specialized Practicum
MFT 5730 – Counseling Skills
BMIN 5850 – Congregational Ministry

Choose one:

HOML 5810 – Sermon Development and Delivery
HOML 5830 – Biblical Preaching

Choose one:

BMIS 5910 – Global Evangelism
BMIS 5920 – Urban Ministry

V. Electives (15 hours)

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY

The Doctor of Ministry degree advances the knowledge and skills of the candidate by providing both the stimulus and the curriculum for increased competency in ministry. The D.Min. program focuses primarily on the practical aspects of ministry and provides the candidate with opportunities to cultivate self-directed learning skills; to integrate biblical, historical and theological disciplines into ministry; to participate in peer learning; and to connect the resources of the library and faculty to a specific ministry context. Admission assumes the student has earned a Master of Divinity or its equivalent.

Program: 30 hours

Please see the catalog for a full description of the degree and additional requirements.

I. Research in Ministry (3 hours)

BMIN 7980 – Research in Ministry

II. Seminars (6 total, 18 hours)

III. Final Project (9 hours)

BMIN 8000 – D. Min. Dissertation (6 hours) and
BMIN 7990 – Internship in Ministry (3 hours)

or

BMIN 8001 – D. Min. Dissertation/Project (6 hours) and
Additional Seminar (3 hours)