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The Masters Degree Programs

Masters of Theology(ThM)
Masters of Christian Education(M.Ce)
 

"Amherst Theological Seminary is a religious institution exempt from

state regulation and oversight in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Amherst Theological Seminary offers 2 different Masters Degree programs as shown above. Successful completion of a Bachelors Degree is required to take courses in a Masters Degree program. Upon successful completion of all course requirements the student will be conferred a Master's degree. The student may then continue to the Doctorate Level. Masters course sequences are as follows:

MASTER OF THEOLOGY DEGREE PROGRAM:

The Masters program is designed to give the student a comprehensive understanding of  significant books in the Bible and important concepts in the Christian environment.  Please note that each course has been specifically designed to be as concise and clear as possible while communicating the message of the book. Our courses are designed to present the material in such a way as to economize on time spent yet facilitate a comprehensive understanding.

The 8 survey courses listed here require the student to answer open book, short answer questions

that are thought provoking and insightful. The questions require the student to think and reflect.

Upon submission of the students answers, the student will review their answers with the mentor. 

The student may use any valid christian resources.

NEW TESTAMENT SURVEYS

CFNT-210:  ACTS, JUDE

Studies ther founding of the Christian Church and illustrates God's judgment on rebellion.

CFNT-220: PETER'S EPISTLES

Examines the teachings of Peter the Apostle

CFNT-230: JOHN'S EPISTLES

Examines the teachings of John

CFNT-240: REVELATION

Review of the Book of Revelation - the final book of the New Testament

OLD TESTAMENT SURVEYS

CFOT-210: THE MAJOR PROPHETS

Explores the Major Prophets:  Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel

CFOT-220: THE MINOR PROPHETS

Examines the Minor Prophets:  Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obabiah,  Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk

Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi

CFOT-230:  JOB, ECCLESIATES, SONG OF SONGS

Study of the trials of Job and reviews Ecclesiastes.  Song of Songs is a series of lyrical poems.  

CFOT-240:  EZRA, NEHEMIAH, ESTHER

Studies of Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther

The following courses consist submission of short essays 5 to 10 pages and a sermon outline

in which the student will research the topic using valid Christian resources. Upon submission of

of the essays, the student will review their essays with the mentor. 

THEOLOGY

TH-210: PASTORAL THEOLOGY

Study of the theological bases of well as the pracitcal implications of the professional activities                   of religious workers

TH-220: CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY

The directing of the process of human development toward God's objective for man's    

godliness of character

CHURCH HISTORY

HI-210 THE EARLY CHURCH

Understanding how early Christians lived and triumphed in ancient Rome 

HI-220 HISTORY OF FUNDAMENTALISM

Start of fundamentalism and it's place in Christianity

EDUCATION: CHURCH STUDIES

(THE MASTERS OF EDUCATION MUST PICK 6 DOCTRINAL STUDIES CLASSES)

CH-210 TEACHER TRAINING

Discussion of how to train Teachers

CH-220 CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Examination of church leadership

CH-230 CHURCH MINISTRY

Discussion of the various church ministries purpose and function

CHRISTIAN TOPICS

The Masters candidate must complete these topics courses IF

they were not completed as part of the Bachelor's program. 

   

CT-100 THE SIN NATURE & THE HEART

Introduces the "Walk Applied" Christian Counseling Model 

CT-110 GODLY HEALING

Studies the "Walk Applied" christian healing methodologies

CT-120 EVANGELIZATION

Research & discuss the various ways to spread the great news.

CT-130 HEALING & RESTORATION

Research & discuss various ways of biblical healing and restoration

CT-140 SANCTIFICATION & RENEWAL

Research and discuss sanctification  

CT-150 CHRISTIAN MINDFULNESS

Research and discuss “Christian Mindfulness”

CT-160 UNDERSTANDING THE KINGDOM

Research and discuss “The Kingdom of Heaven here on earth”

CT-170 SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

The nuts and bolts of communing with Christ on a daily basis 

CT-180 ISSUES IN MINISTRY

Research and discuss issues facing those who enter into ministry 

CT-190 THE SPIRITUAL IDENTITY

Research and discuss the notion that our identity is found in Jesus

CT-200 "THORNY" ISSUES IN CHRISTIANITY

Research and discuss various issues that face Christianity today. What

are appropriate, thoughtful, and empathetic responses to the LGBTQ?

Same-sex marriage? Abortion? Women in leadership? Politics in the pulpit?

Racism? "White sovereignty"? Sexism and patriarchy?

You will pick 5 "thorny" issues facing the church and address them following the 

instructions given above.

CT-210 THE BIBLE

Research and discuss the concept of Biblical Inerrancy:

The history of the development of the Bible, How it is the standard of truth,

and how it is applicable to our lives today even though it was written long ago

as well as modes of Bible study, resources, and interpretation.

CT-220 MIRACLES & SPIRITUAL GIFTS

Research and discuss the notions of miracles and spiritual gifts. Present

arguments for both sides: Do miracles still happen? Are spiritual gifts valid?

DOCTRINAL STUDIES

DO-210 ANTHROPOLOGY – DOCTRINE OF MAN

Studies of man

DO-220 COVENANTS AND DISPENSATIONS

Study of God's timeline through human history.  

DO-230 HOMILETICS – PREPARATION OF THE SERMON

The art of writing and preaching a sermon.  Inspiration, commentary and worship resources

DO-240 ECCLESIOLOGY – STUDY OF THE CHURCH

The origins of Christianity.  Its relationship to Jesus, it's role in salvation, it's polity, it's   

discipline, it's eschatology and it's leadership.     

DO-250 ESCHATOLOGY – STUDY OF PROPHECY

A study concerning the ultimate of final things.  Death, the destiny of humanity,

the Second Coming or the Last Judgement

DO-260 HERMENEUTICS - BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION

To study the truths and values expressed in the Bible

DO-270 ISSUES IN ESCHATOLOGY

A discussion of the various debates in eschatology

DO-280 DISPENSATIONALISM

This Involves an analytical system for interpreting the Bible based on a literal translation

DO-290 PHILOSOPHY OF CREATIONISM

The study of the belief that the universe and the various forms of life were created by God.

     

CHURCH STUDIES

CH-210 TEACHER TRAINING

Training course designed to give teachers and other educators the skills to lead their students.                     Examines teacher resources

CH-220 CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Examines the meaning of  church leadership, jobs in the church and leaders responsibility.

CH-230 CHURCH MINISTRY

Discusses the offices held by persons who are set apart by ecclesiastical authority to be
ministers in the church.  Includes those who have a calling to vocational service in a church. 

The type of ministry varies in the different churches. 

 

MASTERS THESIS

The Masters thesis will consist of  1 of the following:

     - Write a 25 page paper on the subject of the student's choice,

        with the approval of the student's mentor and the Vice-Chancellor

OR

     - Create a sermon series consisting of at least 3 sermon outlines 

        on the subject of the student's choice,  with the approval of the

        student's mentor and the Vice-Chancellor

 THE STATEMENT OF THE CALL

      - Write a short essay that describes what you  feel your calling is

         and how you think the Spirit is leading you.

FELLOWSHIP BIBLE INSTITUTE ("FBI"): 

    An open book final assessment. (If the student has taken the FBI

    previously, they are exempt.) 

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