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ACADEMIC DEGREES

A full offering of accredited academic programs taught by experts in their field is core to our ministry training.

MAET
Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology
DEGREE
60
HOURS TO COMPLETE
2
AVERAGE NO. OF YEARS
Degree Plan
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The MAET is an academic and research degree that prepares students pursuing academic leadership for advanced study at the doctoral level, usually in either the Old or New Testaments. Requiring extensive immersion in the original languages of Scripture, the two-year program combines work in biblical and systematic theology with studies in the history and heritage of Christianity and culminates in the writing of a thesis.

Distinctives of the MAET
Covenant Seminary’s MAET provides the opportunity to delve deeply into the study of the biblical texts and enhance one’s understanding of the Scriptures. Supplemented with some study of Christian heritage, students use biblical exegesis to produce a thesis, honing and showcasing their skills for further academic study.

Exegetical Study
The MAET requires students to learn and demonstrate proficiency in Greek and Hebrew. Students are supervised in their study of the Bible in its original languages to help them develop the necessary tools for in-depth exegesis and hermeneutical analysis. Prospective students are encouraged to study Greek or Hebrew prior to enrolling at Covenant Seminary. Students who have not previously studied Greek or Hebrew will likely need to add six more credit hours to the normal degree requirements (see the Degree Plan for the MAET).

Thesis
The MAET is Covenant Seminary’s only entry-level degree that requires students to produce a thesis. As such, the MAET is excellent preparation for students who desire to pursue further academic study in the New or Old Testaments or systematic theology. The MAET trains students in research and writing skills and gives them a completed thesis to submit with applications for doctoral study.

DEGREE DESCRIPTION

Master of Arts (Exegetical Theology) (MAET)

First Year Summer Fall Jan-Term Spring
NT301 Greek I 4
NT302 Greek II 2
CH310 Ancient & Medieval Church History 3
EM301 Educational Foundations§ 3
NT203 Greek in Exegesis 2
OT301 Hebrew I 4
ST300 Covenant Theology I 2
OT302 Hebrew II 2
NT320 Gospels 3
OT203 Hebrew in Exegesis 2
OT320 Pentateuch 2
ST301 Covenant Theology II 2
Electives‡ 4
Total Units: 35 6 14 2 13
Second Year Summer Fall Jan-term Spring
Electives‡ 4
MA397 MA Thesis Supervision I (2)
NT330 Acts & Paul 3
OT330 OT Historical Books 3
OT340 Psalms & Wisdom Literature and Worship 4
Electives‡ 2
CH320 Reformation & Modern Church History 3
MA398 MA Thesis Supervision II (2)
NT350 Pastoral & General Epistles and Revelation 3
OT350 Prophetical Books 2
Electives‡ 2
Total Units: 27 4 12 0 11

BIBLE CONTENT EXAM Entering students must attempt to pass the Bible Content Exam prior to their first class; prior to graduation all students must pass the Bible Content Exam, or satisfactorily complete for-credit both OT410 OT Bible Content Overview and NT410 NT Bible Content Overview.

BIBLE CONTENT EXAM
CURRICULUM UNITS 62 (50 core hours; 6 systematic elective hours; 6 exegetical elective hours)
THESIS UNITS 4 (awarded upon successful thesis completion)
SUMMARY OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

§ MAET students may substitute CM310 Communicating the Scriptures and CM321 Exegesis & Communication Lab I for the course so marked.

‡ 6 elective hours must be in systematic theology courses (courses with the ST prefix) and 6 elective hours must be exegetical courses (courses numbered 600–900 with the OT or NT prefix). Electives may be taken in any term.

Master of Divinity
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93
Credit Hours
3-4
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Minimum 2.25 undergradate GPA required. Prior study of biblical languages encouraged but not required. Working knowledge of Bible content strongly encouraged; helpful Bible content resources available for preparatory study.
Master of Arts in Counseling
The MAC prepares students to work as licensed counselors, whether in public or church-related settings, and also prepares them for further study.
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64
Credit Hours
3
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
3.0 undergraduate GPA. Application must be complete by January 31. An on-campus interview must be complete by February 28. Generally, incoming students begin in Fall term.
Master of Theology
The ThM degree, an advanced preparation program, provides Master of Divinity graduates the opportunity for further study in areas of particular interest.
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30
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Successful completion of MDiv degree (including Greek and Hebrew study) or its educational equivalent with at least a 3.1 GPA required. Thesis or writing project required.
Doctor of Ministry
The DMin program further equips pastors and other ministry leaders through a cohort-based learning model in which students learn with and from other seasoned ministry practitioners in the context of trusted peer relationships under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors.
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30
Credit Hours
3-4
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Admissions approval of DMin committee. MDiv or MA GPA of 3.1.
Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology
The MAET is an academic and research degree that prepares students pursuing academic leadership for advanced study at the doctoral level, usually in either the Old or New Testaments.
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60
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
3.0 undergradate GPA. Prior Greek and Hebrew study is encouraged. Thesis required for graduation. Remedial coursework may be required for students weak in Bible knowledge.
Master of Arts in Educational Ministries
The MAEM integrates classroom theory with practical application of biblical and educational principles to meet the need for theologically equipped ministry leaders in diverse ministry settings.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts in Religion and Cultures
The MARC prepares students for cross-cultural ministry with a focus on city and/or international ministry in light of globalization, urbanization, and religious pluralism.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
The MATS trains students biblically and theologically to bring an informed Christian perspective to their world and their callings. NEW FOR 2014: Earn this degree through our FULLY ONLINE OPTION!
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts in Worship and Music
The MAWM shapes students for ministry through understanding, planning, and leading gospel-centered worship.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA. Musical proficiency.
Graduate Certificate
The GC provides biblical and theological training that equips lay people to bring an informed Christian perspective to a variety of callings and non-ordained ministries.
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20
Credit Hours
1
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.