Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

Thesis Track
N.Y. State Ed. Hegis Code 2301.00

This program is designed for those students intending to teach or pursue further graduate studies. The candidate will choose an area of concentration in one of the following areas of study: Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology Studies, or Ministry Studies.

General learning outcomes for this degree include developing in-depth knowledge in designated areas, critical thinking and excellent writing skills, methodological rigor, ability to integrate disciplines, openness to different perspectives and viewpoints of knowledge and ability to produce work for publication.

Course Work
Foundational courses (2)
C215  Orientation to Theological Studies
I350   Introduction to Research
Courses in the Area of Concentration (8)
Courses in other Areas (3)
(At least One in each of the other areas)
Thesis (Equivalent to 2 courses)
Total number of courses - 15      

Other Requirements:
Portfolio
Language Requirement
Comprehensive Exams

Thesis
A scholarly research project written under the guidance of a faculty advisor on a topic approved by the faculty. The thesis project is equivalent to two courses. Consult the Student Handbook for  procedural information.

Portfolio
As part of the advisement process, each student will maintain a Portfolio consisting of samples of what they consider to be their best work. The MA students will choose a total of two samples. They are to represent different stages in the course of a student's study. The samples are primarily works/papers submitted as part of the study at St. Bernard's. For each work included, the student will prepare a brief critique (about 300 words) of its strength and weaknesses. The portfolio as a whole may be used as a point of reference for assessing the growth of the student.

Language Requirement
1. For Area A: a reading proficiency for research purposes in either German or French, and the successful completion of a course in biblical Greek or Hebrew. The latter course will be factored into the total number of courses.

2. For Area C: a reading proficiency for research purposes in either French, German, or Spanish.

3. For Area D: a reading proficiency for research purposes in either French, German, Spanish, or a course in statistics (one semester).

Language proficiency is determined by a written exam in translation demonstrating 85% comprehension or by transcript evidence of a least a B grade in college-level introductory and intermediate courses (a total of 2 semesters) in the relevant language.

Comprehensive Examination
1. An oral defense of the thesis, and
2. Written and oral responses to six questions. Three of the questions are written by the student and approved by the faculty advisor and the dean and three are written by the faculty.

Additional Requirements
1.  A quality point average (QPA) of 3.00.
2.  Completion of the degree within five years of matriculation.  If a student fails to matriculate in a timely fashion (after the fourth course), the duration of program completion will be calculated from the time the student completes the fourth course.


Master of Arts (Theological Studies)


All-course Track
NY State Ed. Hegis Code 2301.00

Under the new curriculum, in the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) degree program there is now an option for an all-course track. This is not a different degree. It simply provides the option to pursue an all-course track for those who do not wish to write a thesis nor have aspirations for further academic work or pastoral ministry.

General learning outcomes for this degree include developing in-depth knowledge in designated areas, critical thinking and excellent writing skills, methodological rigor, ability to integrate disciplines, openness to different perspectives and viewpoints of knowledge and ability to produce work for publication.

Course Work
Foundational Courses (2)
C215  Orientation to Theological Studies
D214  Spiritual Formation
Courses in Area of Concentration (8)        
Courses in other Areas (5)
Total - 15

Other Requirements
Portfolio
Comprehensive Exam

Additional Requirements
1.  A quality point average (QPA) of 3.00.
2.  Completion of the degree within five years of matriculation.  If a student fails to matriculate in a timely fashion (after the fourth course), the duration of program completion will be calculated from the time the student completes the fourth course.