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Masters Degree Program

Those who are interested in preparing themselves to serve as a chaplain, either in a hospital, hospice, jail, military, or corporate setting, are invited to consider the 16-credit hour Chaplaincy Program, either as an emphasis in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program, as a track in the Master of Arts in Ministry degree program.

  1. For those combining the Chaplaincy program with the Master of Divinity degree, the counseling courses listed below will be substituted for the following courses: PPT 5813, Administration of the Congregational Body, PPT 5811, Congregational Administration Field Experience,CCH 5623, Church History II, CWM 5913, Congregation Planting and Development, PRE 5023, Philosophy of Religious Education, PRE 5021, Philosophy of Religious Education Field Experience (total: 14 cr. hrs.).  NOTE: The Chaplaincy Concentration of 16 cr. hrs. will add 2 cr. hrs. to the total required for the MDiv.

  2. Those who elect to pursue the Master of Arts in Ministry degree will follow the Chaplaincy track of that degree, including these courses (16. cr. hrs.).

Course Requirements for the Chaplaincy Program, 16 hoursCredits

PSY5003Basic Counseling Techniques3

PSY6013Psychosocial Theory3

PSY6513Pastoral Care Through Chaplaincy3

PSY6521Chaplaincy Practicum (may be repeated)1

And two of the following three courses

PSY6703Diagnosis, Appraisal, Assessment and Testing
for Individual or Interpersonal Disorders3

PSY6033Psychopathology3

PSY6103Substance Abuse Theory and Counseling Techniques3

 

The Master of Divinity Program

The following is a recommended organization of the courses that make up the content of the Master of Divinity degree. Because this is not a required sequence, the student must consult with a faculty advisor to determine the best order of course selection, given the special needs of each student.

First YearSemester 1Semester 2

CJS5103The Jewish Experience: Judaism 101*3

CJS5313,

 

5323

Jewish Roots and Foundations of Scripture, I and II33

BST5313Introduction to Theology3

BST5833Biblical/Messianic Apologetics3

BOT, BNTSurvey or other Bible course33

BIE6823Biblical Hermeneutics3

CWM5103Personal Evangelism3

BNT, BOTBeginning NT Greek or Beginning Hebrew33

                                                              TOTALS:    18                  15

*CJS 5103 The Jewish Experience: Judaism 10, is prerequisite for BIE 6823, Biblical Hermeneutics, BST 5833, Biblical/Messianic Apologetics, and all CJS (Judaic Studies) courses, unless exempted by instructor permission, examination, or prior applicable course work.  If exempted from taking CJS 5103, any elective approved by the student’s advisor may be taken in its place.

Second YearSemester 1Semester 2

BOT6543The Pentateuch/Torah3

BNT5523The Gospels in Their Jewish Context3

PPT5713Homiletics: Sermon Preparation
and Delivery3

PPT5603Aspects of Spiritual Formation3

CCH5613

 

5623

Church History I and II33

CWM5613Introduction to Missions3

PSY5003Basic Counseling Techniques3

PPT5813Admin. of the Congregational Body3

PPT5811Cong. Administration Field Exerience1

PRE5023Philosophy of Religious Education3

PRE5021Philosophy of Religious. Ed. Field Experience1

                                                             TOTALS:    16                  16

 

Third YearSemester 1Semester 2

BOT/ BNTBible courses33

PPT6813Expository Preaching3

CCH5933American Church History3

BST5423History of Doctrine3

CWM5913Congregation Planting
and Development3

CWM5703Leadership Development3

CWM5701Apply Leadership Principles in the
Ministry Setting1

PPT5833Planning and Administering the Worship
Service3

PSY6313Pre-Marital Marriage Therapy and
Counseling Theory and Techniques                                              3

                                                             TOTALS:    12                   19

Total Credits required for Master of Divinity Degree:96

 

Field Experience an Integral part of the Master of Divinity Program

The Master of Divinity degree program is designed to emphasize the parish ministry.  Thus, those skills that are needed for the care and discipleship of God’s people are given not only in the classroom, but also in field experience.  This is combined with a course taught in the classroom.  It is important for students to work with their advisor to be sure to include these components progressively.  The degree is designed to provide experience in several field service applications that move throughout the development of the program.  In each of the field experience credits students will be assigned either to a parish ministry or ministries that are extensions of the parish ministry, e.g., hospital, hospice care, personal counseling, mentoring, etc.

The Master of Divinity Program – Flexible Tracks

The following chart displays the Master of Divinity required courses in a more flexible arrangement to accommodate several purposes: 1) to guide those who have an accredited MA and wish to complete additional courses to meet the requirements for the MDiv (the Seminary gives advanced standing toward the MDiv for those who already have the prerequisite courses [see below], as well as allowing credit for any additional SPS&Y MA-MS courses that meet the regular MDiv requirements, to further reduce the hours needed for the MDiv, hour for hour), 2) for those who have an accredited MA and need to complete an MDiv in preparation for doing the Doctor of Ministry degree program, 3) for those who have a BA and wish to work toward an MDiv, while completing the requirements for an MA in Ministry degree on the way.  The Pastoral Ministry Track (column 1) and the Religious Educator Track (column 4) in this chart are exemplary for any of the seven MA in Ministry concentrations. The specialized courses for any of these seven concentrations are shown (here for the Congregational Education track) in the last cell of the “Further area requirements” row.

Master of Divinity Requirements, 96 hours

Pastoral
MinistryMilitary
ChaplainHospital
ChaplainReligious
Educator

BibleHermeneutics 3,

 

Biblical Language 6,

Bible Electives 18

Hermeneutics 3,

 

Biblical Language 6,

Bible Electives 12

Hermeneutics 3,

 

Biblical Language 6,

Bible Electives 12

Hermeneutics 3,

 

Biblical Language 6,

Bible Electives 12

CreditsTotal 27Total 21Total 21Total 21

TheologyIntroduction 3,

 

Historical Theology 3,

Aplogetics 3,

Jewish Roots 6

Spiritual Formation 3,

Evangelism 3,

Elective 3

Introduction 3,

 

Historical Theology 3,

Aplogetics 3,

Jewish Roots 6

Electives 6

Introduction 3,

 

Historical Theology 3,

Aplogetics 3,

Jewish Roots 6

Electives 6

Introduction 3,

 

Historical Theology 3,

Aplogetics 3,

Jewish Roots 6

Electives 6

Total 24Total 21Total 21Total 21

Pastoral
MinistryHomiletics and
Expository Preaching 6,

 

Counseling 3,

Religious Ed. 3,

Leadership 3,

Worship 3,

Internship 6,

Church
Administration 3,

Congregation Planting 3

Homiletics and
Expository Preaching 6,

 

Counseling 3,

Religious Ed. 3,

Leadership 3,

Worship 3,

Internship 3

Homiletics and Expository

 

Preaching 6,

Counseling 3,

Religious Ed. 3,

Leadership 3,

Worship 3,

Internship 3

Homiletics and
Expository Preaching 6,

 

Counseling 3,

Religious Ed. 3

Leadership 3,

Worship 3,

Internship 3

CreditsTotal 30Total 21Total 21Total 21

History
and MissionsChurch History 6,

 

American Church
History 3,

World Mission 3

Church History 6,

 

World Mission 3,

Elective 3

Church History 6,

 

World Mission 3,

Elective 3

Church History 6,

 

World Mission 3,

Elective 3

CreditsTotal 12Total 12Total 12Total 12

Further
Area
Require-
mentsElective 3Chaplaincy 3,

 

PTS Disorder 3,

Debriefing 3,

Sex Trauma 3,

Bio/Med. Ethics 3,

Elective 6

Chaplaincy 3,

 

PTS Disorder 3,

Debriefing 3,

Sex Trauma 3,

Bio/Med. Ethics 3,

Elective 6

Philosophy of Education 3,

 

Curriculum 3,

Adm. Congregation. Ed 3,

Electives 12 ,

CreditsTotal 3Total 21Total 21Total 21

Grand Total96969696

 

The Master of Arts and Master of Science Degree Programs

The Master of Arts and Master of Science degree programs require prerequisite courses from among the following, to ensure that all graduates have a familiarity with the distinctives of the Seminary. Students who received their undergraduate degree at St. Petersburg Theological Seminary are not required to repeat these courses. Graduates from other institutions, who have similar courses on their transcripts, may be exempted from taking them if they can demonstrate that those courses were closely comparable to these. Some of these may be exempted by examination. However, a student may be required to take other courses to complete the required minimum number of credit hours for that degree.

Prerequisite Course Requirements for Master of Arts and Master of Science Degrees (see following degree program descriptions for which of these courses are required in each degree program):

CJS5103The Jewish Experience: Judaism 101*3

BIE6823Biblical Hermeneutics3

BNT5603New Testament Survey*3

BOT5503Old Testament Survey*3

BST5313Introduction to Theology*3

BST5833Biblical/Messianic Apologetics3

CCH5613, 5623Church History I, II6

BIE5823Biblical Hermeneutics3

CJS5313, 5323Jewish Roots and Foundations
of Scripture I and II6

*CJS 5103 The Jewish Experience: Judaism 10, is prerequisite for BIE 6823, Biblical Hermeneutics, BST 5833, Biblical/Messianic Apologetics, and all CJS (Judaic Studies) courses, unless exempted by instructor permission, examination, or prior applicable course work.  If exempted from taking CJS 5103, any elective approved by the student’s advisor may be taken in its place.

Master’s Thesis, Survey Research or Basic Research Requirement:

A Master’s thesis is required for each Master of Arts and Master of Science degree, except the Master of Arts in Ministry, for which a survey research project may be substituted for the thesis, and the Master of Arts in Counseling, for which a basic research project may be substituted for the thesis. When the student is ready to begin the research and writing of the Master’s thesis, survey research project, or basic research project, he or she will register for the Master’s thesis writing course, TRW 6971, Thesis Writing and Research Design, which is the same for all areas of study. However, since it generally takes more than one semester to complete the thesis or project, after the student has completed the required courses for that degree program and TRW 6971, he or she will continue to register for 1 credit hour of Master’s thesis/survey research continuation, TRW 6970, each Fall and Spring term until the thesis or project and all other requirements are completed (see pg. 18, “Continuing Matriculation Requirement”).

Minimum Total Required Hours: The minimum total number of credit hours for the degree programs varies from 36 to 45, including 3 credit hours for the thesis, but exclusive of the master’s thesis matriculation continuation credits (see previous paragraph).

The Master of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies is an academic degree designed to enhance scholarship in Biblical Studiess and prepares men and women to provide congregational leadership as teachers or elders, to teach Bible in a Christian or synagogue school, or to prepare for doctoral study to teach in higher education institutions.  Course requirements for the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies are:

A. Prerequisite
Course Requirements30 crs., as needed, in addition to the requirements
in Parts B or C

CJS5103The Jewish Experience: Judaism 101*3

BNT5603New Testament Surveny*3

BOT5503Old Testament Survey*3

BST5313Introduction to Theology*3

BST5833Biblical/Messianic Apologetics3

CCH5613, 5623Church History I, II6

CJS5313, 5323Jewish Roots and Foundations
of Scripture I, II6

*CJS 5103 The Jewish Experience: Judaism 10, is prerequisite for BIE 6823, Biblical Hermeneutics, BST 5833, Biblical/Messianic Apologetics, and all CJS (Judaic Studies) courses, unless exempted by instructor permission, examination, or prior applicable course work.  If exempted from taking CJS 5103, any elective approved by the student’s advisor may be taken in its place.

B. Courses Required
in the Area of Bible:30 crs. plus Thesis

BOT5203, 5213Beginning Hebrew I, II*6

BNT5213, 5223Beginning N. T. Greek I, II*6

BIE6923Historical Geography of the Bible3

BNT6913New Testament Introduction3

BOT6713Former Prophets3

BOT6543The Pentateuch/ Torah3

BNT5523The Gospels in their Jewish Context3

BIE,
BNT,
BOT,
BST,
or CJSxxxxSix (6) crs. chosen under the
direction of the student’s advisor
and the area head6

TRW6971Thesis Writing and Research Design3

Total36

*If either or both of these language courses were taken as an undergraduate, the Intermediate year or an advanced exegesis course should be taken to total 12 credits of graduate language study.

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies with a Concentration in Apologetics

The Seminary offers a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies with a concentration in apologetics for those interested in an apologetics-related ministry or a ministry to college campuses. This degree concentration incorporates the requirements under A. as needed, and those of B. above, with the following changes: Instead of BOT 6713, Former Prophets, BOT 6543, The Pentateuch (Torah), BNT 5523, The Gospels in their Jewish Context, and the 6 elective credits under B. above, the following courses are required for this degree with the apologetics concentration:

C. Courses Required for an
Apologetics Concentration:30 crs. plus Thesis

BOT5203, 5213Beginning Hebrew I, II*6

BNT5213, 5223Beginning N. T. Greek I, II*6

BIE6923Historical Geography of the Bible3

BNT6913New Testament Introduction3

BST5663Evolution and Creation3

BST5563The Bible and Science3

BST5823Cults3

BST5843World Religions3

BIE6913Bible Introduction3

TRW6971Thesis Writing and Research Design3

Total36

Master of Arts Degree in Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling program integrates professional standards with biblical applications.  Course requirements for the Master of Arts in Counseling are:

A. Prerequisite Course
Requirements:(12 crs. as needed, in addition
to the requirements in Part B)

BIE6823Biblical Hermeneutics3

BST5833Biblical/ Messianic Apologetics3

CJS5316, 5325Jewish Roots and Foundations
of Scripture I and II6

 

B. Courses Required in the
Area of Counseling:39 crs. plus Basic Research or Master’s Thesis

PSY5003Basic Counseling Techniques3

PSY6013Psychosocial Theory3

PSY6023Human Sexuality Theory and Counseling Techniques3

PSY6103Substance Abuse Theory and Counseling Techniques3

PSY6313Pre-Marital/ Marriage Therapy and Counseling Theory and Techniques3

*PSY6353Family Therapy and Counseling Theory and Techniques3

*PSY6703Diagnosis, Appraisal, Assessment, and Testing
for Individual or Interpersonal Disorders3

*PSY6903Legal, Ethical, and Professional Standards in the
Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy3

*PSY5003Dynamics of Marriage and Family Systems3

*PSY5113Individual Human Development Theories Throughout
the Life Cycle3

*PSY5613Supervised Clinical Practicum I3

*PSY6033Psychopathology3

*PSY6613Supervised Clinical Practicum II3

*PSY

 

*TRW

6910, OR

 

6971

Basic Research OR

 

Thesis Writing and Research Design

3

Total42

*Listings require a prerequisite.

 

The Master of Arts Degree in Judaic Studies

The Master of Arts in Judaic Studies is an academic degree designed to assist men and women who desire to learn more about our Jewish heritage in order to serve as lay leaders in Messianic Jewish congregations, or other ministries, to teach in a Christian or synagogue school, or to prepare for doctoral study to teach in higher educational institutions. This program is essentially the same as that offered through the Netzer David International Yeshiva, described on pp. 31 and 32 of this catalog.  Course requirements for the Master of Arts in Judaic Studies are:

 

A. Prerequisite Course Requirements21 crs., as needed

CJS5103The Jewish Experience: Judaism 101*

3

BIE6823Biblical Hermeneutics

3

BNT5603New Testament Survey*

3

BOT5503Old Testament Survey*

3

BST

5833

Biblical/Messianic Apologetics

3

CJS5313, 5323Jewish Roots and Foundations of Scripture I, II

6

*CJS 5103 The Jewish Experience: Judaism 10, is prerequisite for BIE 6823, Biblical Hermeneutics, BST 5833, Biblical/Messianic Apologetics, and all CJS (Judaic Studies) courses, unless exempted by instructor permission, examination, or prior applicable course work.  If exempted from taking CJS 5103, any elective approved by the student’s advisor may be taken in its place.

 

B. Courses Required in the Area of Judaic Studies42 crs. plus Thesis

BOT5203, 5213Beginning Hebrew I, II*

6

BOT6103, 6113Intermediate Hebrew I, II

6

CJS5873Messianic Jewish Theology

3

CJS5403The Intertestamental Period

3

CJS5443Introduction to Jewish History

3

CJS21 Credits, as directed by the Area Head

21

TRW6971Thesis Writing and Research Design

3

Total

45

 

The Master of Arts Degree in Ministry

The Master of Arts in Ministry is a professional degree which prepares men and women to work in various congregation ministries or venues in a church- or synagogue-related setting.  Course requirements for the Master of Arts in Ministry are: in addition to any prerequisite courses needed (Letter A), select one of the following seven concentrations (Letters B through H):

A. Prerequisite Course Requirements:30 crs., as needed, in addition to the requirements in Parts B or C

CJS5103The Jewish Experience: Judaism 101*

3

BIE6823Biblical Hermeneutics

3

BNT5603New Testament Survey*

3

BOT5503Old Testament Survey*

3

BST5313Introduction to Theology*

3

BST

 

BST

5833, OR

 

5743

Biblical/Messianic Apologetics, OR

Ethics from the Perspective of Jesus’ Teaching

3

CCH5613, 5623Church History I or II

3

CJS5313, 5323Jewish Roots and Foundations of Scripture I, II

6

*CJS 5103 The Jewish Experience: Judaism 10, is prerequisite for BIE 6823, Biblical Hermeneutics, BST 5833, Biblical/Messianic Apologetics, and all CJS (Judaic Studies) courses, unless exempted by instructor permission, examination, or prior applicable course work.  If exempted from taking CJS 5103, any elective approved by the student’s advisor may be taken in its place.

 

B. Courses Required in the Area of Congregational Education:33 crs., Plus Thesis or Project

PRE5023Philosophy of Religious Education

3

PRE5221Religious Education Field Experience

1

EDG5046Learning Differences

3

PRE5223Administering Cong. Educational Programs

3

EDG5620Cognitive Curriculum and Instruction

 

Twenty (20) crs. chosen under direction of the student’s advisor and the Area Head

20

TRW

6971

Thesis Writing and Research Design

3

Total

36

 

C. Courses Required in the Area of Pastoral Ministry:33 crs., Plus Thesis or Project

PPT5603Aspects of Spiritual Formation

3

PPT5813Administration of the Congregational Body

3

PPT5811Congregational Administration Field Exp.

1

PPT5833Planning and Administering the Worship Serv.

3

PPT5831Worship Planning Field Experience

1

PPT5713Homiletics: Sermon Prep. And Delivery, I

3

PSY5003Basic Counseling Techniques

3

Sixteen (16) crs. Chosen under direction of the student’s advisor and the Area Head

16

TRW6971Thesis Writing and Research Design

3

Total

36

 

D. Courses Required in the Area of Youth Ministry:33 crs., Plus Thesis or Project

CWM5133Teaching Youth

3

CWM5233Youth Ministry Discipleship

3

CWM5143Youth Ministry Dynamics

3

CWM5243Youth Ministry Theories

3

Twenty-one (21) crs. Chosen under direction of the student’s advisor and the Area head, including one course with field experience (see NOTE 2)

21

TRW6971Thesis Writing and Research Design

3

Total

36

 

E. Courses Required in the Area of Evangelism and Congregation Planting:33 crs., Plus Thesis or Project

CWM5103Personal Evangelism

3

CWM5101Personal Evangelism Field Experience

1

CWM5403Discipleship in the Congregation

3

CWM5913Congregation Planting and Development

3

CWM5911Congregation Planting and Admin. Field Exp.

1

MAN5149Leadership Development

3

MAN5141Apply Leadership Principles in a Ministry Setting

1

Eighteen (18) crs. Chosen under direction of the student’s advisor and the Area Head

18

TRW6971Thesis Writing and research Design

3

Total

36

 

F. Courses Required in the Area of Liturgical Studies:33 crs., Plus Thesis or Project

PSM5523Music in the Congregation

3

PSM5223Choral Methods and Literature

3

PPT5653Worship Renewal

3

PPT5833Planning and Administering the Worship Service

3

PPT5831Worship Planning Field Experience

1

CJS5453Jewish Worship and Liturgy

3

Seventeen (17) crs. Chosen under direction of the student’s advisor and the Area Head

17

TRW6971Thesis Writing and Research Design

3

Total

36

*NOTE: For performance emphasis, students are required to have a vocal-instrument component.

G. Courses Required in the Area of Missions:33 crs., Plus Thesis or Project

CWM5613Introduction to Missions

3

CWM5313Theology and History of Missions

3

CWM5763Folk Religion

3

CWM5773Cross Cultural Communication of the Gospel

3

CWM5743Cultural Anthropology

1

Eighteen (18) crs. chosen under direction of the student’s advisor and the Area Head

18

TRW6971Thesis Writing and Research Design

3

Total

36

H. Courses Required in the Area of Chaplaincy:33 crs., Plus Thesis or Project

PSY5003Basic Counseling Techniques

3

PSY6013Psychosocial Theory

3

PSY6513Pastoral Care Through Chaplaincy

3

PSY6521Chaplaincy Practicum

1

And TWO of the following three courses:

PSY6703, ORDiagnosis, Appraisal, Assessment and Testing for Individual or Interpersonal Disorders, OR

6

PSY6033, ORPsychopathology, OR

PSY6103Substance Abuse Theory and Counseling Techniques

Seventeen (17) crs. chosen under direction of the student’s advisor and the Area Head.

17

TRW6971Thesis Writing and Research Design

3

 

The Master of Science Degree in Religious Teacher Education

The Master of Science degree in Religious Teacher Education is a professional degree that prepares men and women to teach in congregations and religious and secular schools. The program aligns with the ACSI and FCIS school accreditation requirements, as well as aiding teachers to meet Florida State Competencies, teacher recertification and preparation for a teaching license.

 

A. Prerequisite Course Requirements15 crs.*

CJS5103The Jewish Experience**

3

BIE6823Biblical Hermeneutics

3

BST5833Biblical/ Messianic Apologetics

3

CJS5313, 5323Jewish Roots and Foundations of Scripture

 

I and II

6

*Students who have taken all or some of the named prerequisite courses listed here, or demonstrable equivalents, will take an equivalent number of credit hours of comparable courses under direction of their advisor and the area heads to accumulate a total of 15 credit hours of prerequisite courses for the degree.
**CJS 5103, The Jewish Experience, is a prerequisite for Judaic Studies courses, unless exempted by instructor permission, examination, or prior applicable course work.

 

B. Courses Required in the Area of Education / Religious Education18 crs., Plus Thesis

PRE5023Philosophy of Religious Education

3

EDG5310Managing Your Class

3

EDG

 

EDG

5620

 

6287

Cognitive Curriculum and Instruction, OR

 

Advanced Curriculum and Instruction

3

EDG5019School Leadership and Supervision

3

EDG6362Action Research; Qualitative

3

EDG5326Testing and Assessment

3

TRW6971Thesis Writing and Research Design

3

Total

36