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«2015 – 2016 CALVIN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Academic Catalog 3233 Burton Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 Phone 800.388.6034 | Fax 616.957.6101 © ...»

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Continuation Requirements Continuation in the MA (Bible and Theology) program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67. While a student is not immediately expelled for falling below 2.67, s/he may be placed on probation and allowed to remain on probation for only two terms. Any student who has a 2.50 GPA or lower will be terminated from the seminary program. Funding sources such as the Veterans Administration, Classes and the guaranteed student loan program will be promptly notified when a student receiving funds is placed on probation or terminated.

MA (Bible and Theology) Program

• Gateway Orientation

• Biblical Interpretation for Ministry (1) One week before the fall semester

• Bible Survey (3)*

• Two of the following three: Christian Theology in Reformed Confessions (3)*, Systematic Theology I (3), Systematic Theology II (3)

• Digital Bible Tools (1)

• Church in Historical Context I (3)

• Church in Historical Context II (3)

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*courses with possibility for Advanced Standing The degree must total 48 credits, and will include an oral comprehensive exam.

Residential students can complete their studies in two years at the Grand Rapids campus. They will be able to attend weekly chapels, participate in club activities and interact with peers on a daily basis.

The distance learning MA maintains the same high quality of education as our residential program.

Taking approximately 3 courses per semester, Distance Learning students will complete much of their work online, traveling to the campus in Grand Rapids twice a year for five-day intensives. Formation for ministry is a strong emphasis as students experience the program in learning cohorts, and receive support through mentoring groups.

Advanced Standing Students may receive up to six semester hours of credit through Advanced Standing testing for prior study or knowledge in Bible and Theology. Advanced Standing means demonstrating competence equivalent to one or more of the courses listed below.

The following courses are available for Advanced Standing. Study guides for the Advanced Standing tests are available on the website.

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Student competence is demonstrated by way of a written exam and evaluated by faculty. If granted, Advanced Standing reduces the number of credit hours needed to complete one’s degree and can open doors to specialized coursework.

Additionally, a student whose undergraduate major was in Biblical Studies, Religion or Theology may be able to complete the degree in one year of full-time study. See the Director of MA Programs for more details.

Goals of the MA (Bible and Theology) Program

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2. PERSON

2.1 Students exhibit the fruit of Spirit, a commitment to the gospel of grace, and an eagerness to serve the mission of Christ’s church.

2.2 Students provide thoughtful and respectful analysis and interpretation of Biblical and theological positions when expressing differences of beliefs, values or practices.

3. CONTEXT

3.1 Students demonstrate skills in discerning various cultural contexts.

3.2 Students faithfully communicate their biblical and theological understanding in a variety of settings depending on their personal and occupational goals.

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4.1 Students invite and disciple others to faithfully follow Christ in word and deed so that the community of faith is strengthened.

4.2 Students recognize that, as disciples of Jesus Christ, the primary purpose of Biblical and theological studies is to serve the church so that the church might better equip God’s people to advance the mission of God in the world.

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The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is an academic program that is designed either for those who intend to go on for further academic studies or for those who desire a strong theological education for various vocational goals. Possible vocations include teaching, theological research, and editing.

A full-time student can typically complete the MTS program in two years. The program includes core courses in Bible and theology.

Concentrations In addition, each student may choose an area of concentration. Concentrations allow for more specialized study related to a student's interests and calling. Concentrations also provide more thorough preparation for students who are considering doctoral study in a particular field.

To obtain a concentration, students must take six elective credits (generally 3 electives) in their area of concentration. All of those credits can be used for elective credit in their MTS program. The following

concentrations are available:

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Admission The admissions process reflects Calvin Seminary’s goal to train capable stewards of the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. A strong liberal arts education provides an excellent foundation for graduate level theological education. A liberal arts education shapes well-rounded, intellectually and culturally astute graduates. Therefore, it is recommended that a candidate’s baccalaureate preparation consist of courses in the liberal arts, including English, philosophy, history, literature, social science and natural science.





The Registrar’s Office, with oversight from the Admissions and Standards Committee, will examine the academic, professional and ministry background of each applicant. If an applicant would benefit from further study in a particular area, a learning plan will be developed which could include specific seminary electives or additional courses from another academic institution.

In some circumstances an applicant without a bachelor’s degree, or with a bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited institution, may be admitted into a degree program at CTS under a special provision of the Association of Theological Schools. In such cases, the Registrar under the supervision of the Admissions and Standards Committee will determine the program the applicant must take in order to meet the requirements for graduation.

To apply to the MTS program you must have a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college and have a grade-point average of 2.67 (B-) or higher. (Non-native English speakers need to submit a minimum internet based TOEFL score of 80 total, with 23 in the writing section, OR a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5, with at least a 6.5 in the writing section.) You should also give evidence of academic and personal preparedness for theological education.

2015-2016 Academic Catalog |CALV IN THEOLOGICA L SE MINARY 20 Continuation Requirements Continuation in the MTS program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67. While a student is not immediately expelled for falling below 2.67, s/he may be placed on probation and allowed to remain on probation for only two terms. Any student who has a 2.50 GPA or lower will be terminated from the seminary program. Funding sources such as the Veterans Administration, Classes and the guaranteed student loan program will be promptly notified when a student receiving funds is placed on probation or terminated.

MTS Program Curriculum Sample course sequences for residential and distance students in the MTS program with no prior study in Bible or theology are on the following two pages.

Residential students can complete their studies in two years at the Grand Rapids campus. They will be able to attend weekly chapels, participate in club activities and interact with peers on a daily basis.

The distance learning MTS maintains the same high quality of education as our residential program.

Taking approximately 3 courses per semester, Distance Learning students will complete much of their work online, traveling to the campus in Grand Rapids twice a year for five-day intensives.

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The following courses are available for Advanced Standing. Study Guides for the Advanced Standing tests may be obtained from the Academic Affairs Office.

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If granted, Advanced Standing reduces the number of credit hours needed to complete one’s degree.

Students can obtain Advanced Standing for a maximum of 9 credits.

Language Requirements The program requires Greek and Hebrew. MTS students who intend to focus on theological rather than

biblical studies may make the following program adjustments:

1. Two semesters (typically 8 credits) of college Latin will replace Biblical Hebrew I (301) and Biblical Hebrew II (321).

2. Two MA Old testament courses will replace 402 and 403/404.

3. Students must use one of their electives to take a New Testament course.

Any MTS student may take a semester of Latin in place of an elective, or two semesters of Latin in place of two electives.

In order to receive credit for Latin, students will be required to pass a competence exam administered by CTS Faculty.

Latin may be taken prior to a student’s matriculation at Calvin Seminary or during a student’s course of study. Although Calvin Seminary does not currently offer Latin, MTS students are encouraged to take Latin at a local college or study it on their own.

Goals of the M.T.S. Program

1. MESSAGE

1.1 Students are equipped with the necessary tools for responsible Biblical interpretation including facility in the original Biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew, and Reformed hermeneutics.

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2.1 Students know how to practice various spiritual disciplines and have learned how theological education is itself spiritually formative.

2.2 Students exhibit the fruit of the Spirit by providing thoughtful, fair, and respectful analysis and interpretation of Biblical and theological positions with which they disagree, as well as recognizing the weaknesses of the positions with which they agree.

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3.1 Students are able to clearly articulate their biblical and theological knowledge in a variety of settings depending on their vocational goals.

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4.1 Students recognize that, as disciples of Jesus Christ, the primary purpose of theological study is to serve the church so that the church might better equip God’s people to advance the mission of God in the world.

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The Master of Theology (ThM) program is designed as a post-MDiv/MTS degree to introduce students to study and academic research in a specialized area of the theological disciplines. It is designed to give pastors and others the opportunity to extend their education and training in a particular field, and to serve as excellent preparation for doctoral level work.

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Admission Admission to the Master of Theology program requires a Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Bachelor of Divinity, or an equivalent degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B). In addition you need to have completed Calvin Theological Seminary’s core curriculum in the department of your specialization or its equivalent at another seminary. (Non-native English speakers need to submit a minimum internet based TOEFL score of 80 total, with 23 in the writing section, OR a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5, with at least a 6.5 in the writing section.) You also need to provide transcript evidence of having completed a minimum of two semesters each in Hebrew and Greek. No one will be admitted with admission deficiencies.

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One of the following options: 6 credits

• ONE general elective in any department (3 credits); and ONE research paper in the department of specialization (3 credits) OR

• Thesis in the department of specialization (6 credits) with an oral exam based on the thesis

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Note: For students specializing in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature, two of the three electives in the area of specialization must be Ancient Near Eastern languages (Akkadian, Aramaic, Ugaritic). Students are encouraged to take four electives in the area of ANE Language and Literature when possible.

ThM students may select courses with numbers from 500-699, 800-899, and 403, 404, and 412 (other 400-level courses may be taken with special permission). All of these courses are 3 credits for ThM students. ThM students may also take independent study courses.

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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) equips scholars for teaching and research in colleges, theological seminaries, and universities, as well as for general church leadership. Degrees are offered in the history of Christianity, systematic theology, philosophical theology, and moral theology, with concentrations in Reformation studies, post-Reformation Protestant theology, and modern and contemporary theology.

Admission

To qualify for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program, an applicant must be the graduate of an accredited college and must possess a Master of Theological Studies, Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Divinity, or Master of Theology degree from an accredited school or must possess the equivalents of such degrees. The applicant's previous record must show outstanding academic performance, with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.3. The applicant must also present evidence by way of transcript or otherwise that he or she knows Hebrew, Greek, and a modern foreign language (preferably Dutch, French, German, or Spanish). Under certain circumstances a waiver of part of this language requirement is possible.

Applicants must submit scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as part of the application process. They must also submit a twenty- to forty-page research paper that in their estimation exhibits their best ability to do theological research and analysis. The paper may be one submitted for academic credit in a previous degree program, or it may be the result of independent research. In addition, an

applicant whose first language is not English must submit one of the following:



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