All applicants of our Master’s Programs must either possess or be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree.

 

MASTER OF BIBLICAL STUDIES

The Master of Biblical Studies (MBS) is a 40 credit-hour course of study which emphasized the Biblical text. Students may choose a concentration in either Old Testament or New Testament studies, or they may forgo the concentration and simply major in Biblical Studies which would focus equally on both testaments. The Master of Biblical Studies is specifically designed for those who desire to study the Bible more deeply than ever before and do not wish to spend three years or more pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. The Master of Biblical Studies provides a solid biblical and theological foundation for anyone seeking to further their biblical education beyond the undergraduate level.

Up to 15 credit-hours can be transferred in from another institution’s Master’s-level program.

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MASTER OF DIVINITY

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a 90 credit-hour professional degree designed for those who have a bachelor's degree and are serving or preparing to serve, on a church staff or in other ministry positions. Students develop competencies in Biblical theology, church history, doctrine, spiritual formation, as well as servant leadership skills required for local church ministry. The curriculum may be completed in three years, although many students take longer due to family, church, and job responsibilities. Is the Master of Divinity right for you? It only takes a few minutes to apply now.

Up to 60 credit-hours of coursework can be transferred in from another institution or Master’s degree.

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MASTER OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING

Word Theological Seminary has partnered with the National Christian Counselor’s Association (NCCA) to utilize its extensive curriculum to offer the Master of Christian Counseling (MCC).

Requirements for the Master of Christian Counseling degree include 10 core Biblical and Theological Studies courses, advanced specialized training in Christian Counseling, clinical supervision, internship, practicum, and a 3 credit-hour thesis, and qualify the graduate as a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor or Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor, with Board Certification in his or her chosen specialty areas, certified by the NCCA. More than 1,700 persons in the United States have been certified by NCCA as licensed Christian counselors, making it the largest such credentialing agency in the nation. (Over 4,000 counselors have been licensed world-wide by NCCA.)

Students that do not wish to seek a License through the NCCA may transfer in any 4 Master’s level Christian Counseling courses from another institution. We recommend taking CC101, CC102, CC103, and CC104 from Christian Courses.com at www.christiancourses.com. Each course can be taken for free, but students will need to pay Christian Courses.com $40 per course for grading to receive a certificate which you will then scan and email, fax, or mail a copy to WTS for credit.

The Master of Christian Counseling degree requires a cumulative 60 credit-hours of coursework. 48 credit-hours are taken through WTS. Up to 30 credit-hours can be transferred in from another institution or Master’s degree.

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DOCTOR OF BIBLICAL STUDIES

The Doctor of Biblical Studies (DBS) degree is a 40 credit-hour doctorate degree. The DBS is for students with at least a Master’s degree who wish to study at the doctorate level and concentrate on an objective and thorough study of the text, backgrounds, themes, and history of the Bible. The DBS program focuses on the study of the Bible but does include some foundational Theological and Historical studies courses.

Candidates for the Doctor of Biblical Studies degree must choose a specialization in Old Testament, New Testament, or Biblical Studies (both the Old and New Testaments).

Requirements for the DBS Degree

All applicants must possess or be in pursuit of a Master’s Degree.

Candidates for the Doctor of Biblical Studies degree must complete 34 hours of doctorate-level coursework and a 6 credit-hour thesis on an approved topic within the realm of Biblical Studies.

Up to 10 credit-hours can be transferred in from another institution’s doctorate-level program.

DOCTOR OF THEOLOGY

The ThD degree program is offered to students wishing to enhance their knowledge and ministerial skills or teaching competence in certain advanced areas of theology and ministry. The ThD program at WTS has a strong academic focus and biblical foundation, with a clear connection to the church.

Candidates for the Doctor of Theology degree will specialize in one of the fields of theological scholarship, such as: Biblical Studies; Hebrew Bible/Old Testament; New Testament and Early Christian Studies; History of Christianity; Systematic Theology; Christian Ethics; Spiritual Leadership.

Requirements for the ThD Degree

All applicants must possess or be in pursuit of a Master’s degree.

The Doctor of Theology degree requires 52 credit-hours of study and extends through three stages: coursework, Knowledge Area Modules (KAM), and dissertation. Candidates for this degree must fulfill the following:

· 30 credit hours of coursework

· 20 credit hours of Knowledge Area Modules

· 12 credit hours of dissertation

Up to 20 credit-hours can be transferred in from another institution’s doctorate-level program.