UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (BABS)

Purpose

The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies program prepares students to learn and embrace the message of the Bible, accurately interpret the Scriptures, and integrate faith into the world. The BABS degree program equips students with a relevant Christian worldview for positions of lay leadership in church or in society or for a variety of Christian ministries at home and abroad. The degree meets the needs of individuals who wish to begin or to continue graduate theological education for their personal or vocational enrichment.

 

Objectives

Graduates of the BABS will be prepared to:

  1. acquire a general understanding of Biblical literature, Biblical history, Biblical interpretation, and Biblical theology.
  2. form a balanced Christian worldview that is deeply rooted in the Bible and applicative to the intercultural and multi-religious world.
  3. apply a deeper understanding of key theological issues to a lifelong journey of spiritual growth and personal development.
  4. serve the local church and global community with servant leadership, as epitomized in the life of Jesus Christ, thereby glorifying the Triune God.

 

Program Requirements (120 Credits)

The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies degree program requires 120 semester hours for graduation. The curriculum includes 36 credit hours of general education coursework, 60 credit hours of major core coursework (consisting of 36 credits of Biblical/Theological studies and 24 credits of Practical/Professional studies), and 24 credits of Elective & Concentrations. A full-time student following the course sequencing provided will be able to complete the program in eight semesters, or four years. Complete details of program credit requirements, including suggested course sequencing, may be found in the Catalog.

 

GRADUATE STUDIES

  I. MASTER OF ARTS IN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (50 credits)

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree is an academic degree that provides a biblical/theological foundation and insights to the contemporary theological issues. It is designed to deepen the understanding of the Bible, doctrines and theological issues arising from multi-ethnic, multi-religious and intercultural contexts.

Objectives

  1. Students will understand the profundity of Christian truths through course work in foundational disciplines, Bible, philosophy/theology, and history
  2. To instill a solid theological foundation in order to allow students to pursue a terminal degree in the fields of theology, biblical studies, or intercultural studies.
  3. To provide students with opportunities to excel as Christian leaders in church, society, and any religious organization through academic competency, critical reflection, and faithful witness.
  4. To equip students with evangelistic perspective and missional spirit for the advancement of the Kingdom of God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete 50 credit hours of study. The MATS program can be completed in two years (four semesters) of full-time study. It must be completed within four years of matriculation into the program. Students will plan their course of studies with an advisor. MATS students are required to enroll in Ministry Formation courses for each of four semesters, and in HTU’s Institutional Requirement (Chapel) course every semester, as below:

  1. PT501-504 Ministry Formation (0.5 credit × 4 semester = 2 credits)

Students must serve in at least two of the ten approved ministry areas over the period of their first to fourth semesters of enrollment.

  1. IR501-IR504 Institutional Requirement (Chapel)

Students are required to attend chapel services once a week for the duration of their enrollment.

MATS students may elect to enroll in MA700 and write a thesis or to complete a project as part of the MATS General Core program. MA700 is a 3-credit-hour course, in which students select a topic in consultation with their advisor and then compose a thesis or project, which demonstrates skill in research, exposition, and interpretation. The thesis or project presents the results of graduate-level research in a publishable form. The thesis is presented in a traditional written format, while the project may include non-written, performance, or other nontraditional formats. Both thesis and project must demonstrate graduate-level abilities to conduct research with skill in investigation, assessment, and expression. Guidelines for MA700 Thesis/Project are available upon request. Complete details of program credit requirements, including suggested course sequencing, may be found in the Catalog.

      II. MASTER OF DIVINITY (90 credits)

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree at Hudson Taylor University is a foundational professional degree program for various forms of ministries and missions. It aims to prepare those called to Bible ministry with theological insights, spirituality, professional skills, social responsibilities and exemplary leadership models that are required of the intercultural and multi-religious ministry/mission setting.

Objectives

Graduates of HTU’s MDiv program will

  1. acquire a comprehensive understanding of the foundational disciplines of Christianity.
  2. focus on shaping a Christ-like character through the Bible.
  3. serve the church and the community of faith with Bible-based principles of leadership and the right application of Biblical/theological knowledge.
  4. participate in the expansion of the Kingdom of God through global evangelism and missions.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to complete 90 credit hours for this program. The MDiv program can be completed in three years (six semesters) of full-time study. It must be completed within six years of matriculation into the program.

The curriculum of the Master of Divinity program provides a balanced focus on traditional and interrelated disciplines (Biblical Studies, Church History and Theology, Practical Theology and Christian Ministry, Christian Education and Leadership, and Inter-Cultural Studies and Missions). Thus MDiv students will receive broad preparation for and comprehensive understanding of effective Christian ministry in a variety of settings. Students seeking ordination are required to have an established working relationship with the appropriate ecclesiastical body in order to be certified as ministerial candidates, or they should go through the process through the responsible governing bodies of their denominations. They should also plan to meet ordination requirements as well as service in chaplaincy programs (military, hospital, and others) according to the policy of their denomination.

General standards for admission to the School of Divinity at Hudson Taylor University may be found in the section of admission policies and procedures in the Hudson Taylor catalog. To be admitted to the MDiv program, students must meet the standards for a graduate program. As an essential part of the admission process, an applicant must furnish a letter of endorsement from a pastor of one’s home church. In addition, the candidate must submit two additional letters of reference from persons in a position to assess his or her qualifications for the MDiv program. Applicants must also pass an exam on Bible content either before admission or later by taking it again before graduation before their graduation will be approved.

Ministry Formation practicum courses are designed for the student to have an opportunity to hone ministry skills in his or her area of specific interest and to build a ministerial leadership. Students are required to complete three credits of Ministry Formation courses to increase their self-awareness, skill sets, a life of leadership and service, and competence based on a healthy theological self-identity. See “Christian Service Program,” elsewhere in this Catalog for details.

MDiv students may elect to enroll in MA700 and write a thesis or to complete a project as part of the MDiv General Elective program segment. MA700 is a 3-credit-hour course, in which students select a topic in consultation with their advisor and then compose a thesis or project, which demonstrates skill in research, exposition, and interpretation. The thesis or project presents the results of graduate-level research in a publishable form. The thesis is presented in a traditional written format, while the project may include non-written, performance, or other nontraditional formats. Both thesis and project must demonstrate graduate-level abilities to conduct research with skill in investigation, assessment, and expression. Guidelines for MA700 Thesis/Project are available upon request. MDiv students are required to enroll in PT701-PT703 Ministry Formation; in PT790 Senior Integrative Seminar; and in Institutional Requirement (Chapel), as below:

  1. PT701-703 Ministry Formation (1 credit × 3 semester = 3 credits)

Students must serve in at least four of the ten approved ministry areas over the period of their entire enrollment.

  1. PT790 Senior Integrative Seminar (3 credits)

Students must enroll in this course during the final semester of their enrollment. This course includes the last part of the practical ministry component.

  1. IR501-IR506 Institutional Requirement (Chapel)

Students are required to attend chapel services once a week for the duration of their enrollment.

Complete details of program credit requirements, including suggested course sequencing, may be found in the Catalog.