Degrees

The Christian tradition is rich with thousands of years of deep philosophical and theological thought. One could spend a lifetime studying the breadth of knowledge God has given us about Himself, the Christian Faith, and how to effectively live the Christian life. To paraphrase C. S. Lewis, if Christianity is true, there is nothing more important about which we can think. Whether you are trying to answer your own questions or of those nearest you; need equipping to be a better teacher, missionary, or pastor; or pursuing an academic career, SES has something to offer you.

Undergraduate Degrees

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES (B.A.)

The SES Undergraduate Program offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in Religious Studies. The B.A. is a four-year academic degree for persons interested in completing an undergraduate degree that will increase their knowledge and effectiveness by developing a more complete biblical and theological understanding. General education credits taken elsewhere (60 hours) are combined with 60 credit hours from SES to earn the B.A. Students may also begin working on a Master’s Degree while still completing the undergraduate requirements.

Graduate Degrees

MASTER OF ARTS IN RELIGION (M.A.R.)

The Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) is a one (1) year academic degree for persons interested in increasing their knowledge and effectiveness by developing a more complete biblical and theologi - cal understanding. The program provides training for committed Christians for non–professional ministries. The degree also provides training for persons committed to other ministry, such as evangelism, missions, Christian education, etc.

MASTER OF ARTS IN PHILOSOPHY (M.A.)

The Masters of Arts in Philosophy is designed to provide the philosophical skills and understanding to help students to discern major issues in current philosophical debate. The degree provides specialized training in both contemporary philosophical and apologetical issues. The philosophy major is also geared to help the student meet the requirements for admission to Doctorate programs in philosophy and religious studies.

MASTER OF ARTS IN APOLOGETICS (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in Apologetics is designed to provide the apologetic skills and understanding to lead and teach a congregation or other groups in reaching out to the world around them. It also provides specialized training for committed professional or non–professional Christians for non–pastoral ministries particularly in apologetics and counter–cult ministries. This degree is also preparatory for doctoral degrees in similar areas.

MASTER OF ARTS IN CHURCH MINISTRY (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in Church Ministry prepares persons for ministry in the evangelical Chris - tian church to lead and teach a congregation or other groups to grow, mature, and reach out to the world around them, near and far. The degree also provides training for persons com - mitted to other ministry, such as evangelism, missions, Christian education, etc., in either a church–related or parachurch context. It may also be used to provide training for parachurch ministry, or other church–related ministry.

MASTER OF ARTS IN BIBLICAL STUDIES (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies prepares persons for ministry in the evangelical Christian church, persons able to lead and teach a congregation or other groups to grow, mature, and reach out to the world around them, near and far. The degree also provides training for persons committed to other ministry, such as evangelism, missions, Christian education, etc., in either a church–related or parachurch context. It may also be used to provide training for parachurch ministry, or other church–related ministry.

MASTER OF DIVINITY IN APOLOGETICS (M.DIV.)

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a three year professional degree that prepares individuals for ministry in pastoral and non–pastoral positions. This degree, which usually is a terminal pro - gram, may also be preliminary to further study toward a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree. The M.Div. degree helps prepare pastors and teachers for evangelical Christian church ministry to assist them in leading and teaching a congregation or other group in growth, maturity, and outreach to the world around them.

MASTER OF DIVINITY IN BIBLICAL STUDIES (M.DIV.)

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a three year professional degree that prepares individuals for ministry in pastoral and non–pastoral positions. This degree, which usually is a terminal program, may also be preliminary to further study toward a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree. The M.Div. degree helps prepare pastors and teachers for evangelical Christian church ministry to assist them in leading and teaching a congregation or other group in growth, maturity, and outreach to the world around them.

MASTER OF THEOLOGY (TH.M.)

The Master of Theology (Th.M.) is a four year professional degree that prepares individuals for aca demic research and teaching and/or ministry in pastoral and non–pastoral positions. This degree, which usually is a terminal program, may also be preliminary to further study toward a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The Th.M. degree helps prepare teach ers for academic research related to Christian higher education and pastors for evangelical Christian church or other related ministry to assist them in leading and teaching a congregation or other group in growth, maturity, and outreach to the world around them.

Doctoral Degrees

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY IN APOLOGETICS (D.MIN.)

The Graduate School of Ministry and Missions in conjunction with the Veritas Graduate School of Apologetics offers the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) as a three year professional degree that purposes to equip those actively involved in ministry with a higher level of competency. This degree, which usually is a terminal program, prepares pastors and teachers for apologetic and evangelistic Christian ministry and outreach.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION (PH.D.)

The Veritas Graduate School of Apologetics offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Philosophy of Religion as a three year academic degree that equips those interested in pursuing a professional career in academic research and teaching. This degree, which is a terminal program, prepares pastors, teachers, and others for apologetic and philosophy of religion research and teaching positions.

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