The mission of the Master of Arts program is to produce biblically, theologically, and spiritually discerning Christian thinkers who can serve the body of Christ in lay, parachurch or academic ministries. The Master of Arts program provides both a general biblical, theological, and spiritual foundation for reflection and a specialized focus on a discipline crucial to fulfilling Talbot’s mission and from which students can serve or go on for advanced study.
Biblical and Theological Training
Graduates will know the basic contents of all books of the Old and New Testaments and the broad historical and cultural background information relevant to study of the Old and New Testaments. Graduates will be able to exegete and apply a biblical text properly through application of historical-grammatical hermeneutics. Graduates will know the broad history of the Church and the major elements of orthodox Christian theology, including biblical foundations, and students will be able to integrate their interpretation of a biblical text within a larger biblical and systematic theology.
Graduates will more deeply understand and participate in life in Christ, cooperating with the transforming work of the Holy Spirit, for the purpose of transformation into the image of Christ through union with Him.
Graduates will be able to explain and evaluate the major trends in the history and current state of their respective emphasized disciplines, including important persons, works and issues.
Roles Upon Graduation
Graduates will be able to perform and report research in their respective disciplines at a first-year doctoral level. Our graduates will expect to fill positions in the following areas: doctoral study, teaching positions, youth ministry, and spiritual direction.
Of those May 2013 graduates who completed our 2014 placement survey and who pursued a Talbot degree in order to be employed in a ministry setting (29 respondents), 20 were so employed within the first year from graduation – 70%