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
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.
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
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
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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
- 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.)