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    BA in Christian Studies

    Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies program will utilize biblical studies as the foundation, and an understanding of theology, philosophy, and Christian history as the framework, for communicating Christ to various audiences. In addition to spiritual formation and exegetical skills essential to Christian studies, graduates will be able to employ communication, leadership, and organizational skills necessary for effective ministry.

    Prereq GPA GPA of 2.25 or above
    Prereq Degree High School Diploma or GED
    Credit Transfer Restrictions Credit transfer restrictions vary by state. Please see course catalog for more information.
    Courses
    Ethical Thinking in the Liberal Art »
    Old Testament Historical Perspective »
    New Testament Historical Perspectives »
    World Religion »
    Spiritual Formation for Christian Leaders »
    Moses and the Prophet »
    Jesus and His Interpreters »
    Biblical Interpretation and Application »
    Systematic Theology »
    History of Christianity »
    Contemporary Theology »
    Christian Leadership in the 21st Century »

    BA in Christian Studies: Biblical/Theological Studies

    BIB 355 Biblical Interpretation and Application This writing-intensive course helps equip students to understand and use basic principles of biblical hermeneutics, including an introduction to the nature of Bible interpretation and the application to contemporary issues. The majority of the course focuses on developing practical procedures and stepby- step skills in exegesis of Scripture. Prerequisites: ENG 105, BIB 104, and BIB 105. 4

    Concentration Biblical/Theological Studies
    Prereq GPA GPA of 2.25 or above
    Prereq Degree High School Diploma or GED
    Credit Transfer Restrictions Credit transfer restrictions vary by state. Please see course catalog for more information.
    Courses
    Ethical Thinking in the Liberal Arts »
    New Testament Historical Perspectives »
    World Religions »
    Spiritual Formation for Christian Leaders »
    Biblical Interpretation and Application »
    Systematic Theology »
    History of Christianity »
    Contemporary Theology »
    Christian Leadership in the 21st Century »
    Old Testament Historical Perspective »
    Moses and the Prophet »
    Jesus and His Interpreters »

    BA in Christian Studies: Christian Leadership

    Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies program will utilize biblical studies as the foundation, and an understanding of theology, philosophy, and Christian history as the framework, for communicating Christ to various audiences. In addition to spiritual formation and exegetical skills essential to Christian studies, graduates will be able to employ communication, leadership, and organizational skills necessary for effective ministry

    Concentration Christian Leadership
    Prereq GPA GPA of 2.25 or above
    Prereq Degree High School Diploma or GED
    Credit Transfer Restrictions Credit transfer restrictions vary by state. Please see course catalog for more information.
    Courses
    Old Testament Foundations »
    New Testament Foundations »
    Systematic Theology I »
    Systematic Theology II »
    Spiritual Formation and Mentoring »
    Theories of Leadership »
    Biblical Hermeneutics »
    Leading Through Crisis, Conflict, and Change »

    BA in Christian Studies: Pastoral Ministry

    Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies program will utilize biblical studies as the foundation, and an understanding of theology, philosophy, and Christian history as the framework, for communicating Christ to various audiences. In addition to spiritual formation and exegetical skills essential to Christian studies, graduates will be able to employ communication, leadership, and organizational skills necessary for effective ministry. General Education: Competency Requirements Credits University Foundations Graduates of Grand Canyon University will complete one of the following UNV Foundational courses: UNV 103 for students entering with under 24 credit hours or UNV 303 for students transferring 24 or more credit hours. 4 Effective Communication Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition. 9-12 Christian Worldview Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV 101. 4 Critical Thinking Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of college-level mathematics. 11-12 Global Awareness, Perspectives, and Ethics Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). 6-8 Total General Education Credits: 34-40 © 2010 Grand Canyon University. All Rights Reserved. Updated: 03/05/2010 2 of 3 Christian Studies Major Courses: Course Number Course Title Course Description Credits PHI 305 Ethical Thinking in the Liberal Arts This course considers the role that ethical thinking plays in the liberal arts. Topics are set in historic, literary, artistic, political, philosophical, religious, social, and scientific perspectives. The impact and contributions of leaders in these fields are also considered. 4 BIB 104 Old Testament Historical Perspectives This course is an introductory historical survey of the Old Testament. Attention is given to the study of the Bible itself, its institutions, its literature, and the history of the national life of the Hebrew people from earliest times to the close of the Old Testament period. The course also explores the impact of the Old Testament on the development of Christianity and Christian values. 4 BIB 105 New Testament Historical Perspectives This course is an introductory historical survey of the New Testament, beginning with the interbiblical period. The main emphasis of this course is the Gospels and Acts, and the development of Christian faith and perspectives throughout this historical period. 4 INT 244 World Religions This course is a study of the major contemporary religions of the world including Abrahamic religions, Eastern religions, and other religions. The course covers religious texts, historical background, and current beliefs and practices. Emphasis is given to the ideological foundations of a Christian worldview, a comparison of worldviews, and the application of worldviews within a global society. 4 MIN 350 Spiritual Formation for Christian Leaders This writing-intensive course is a study of the basic disciplines of Christian discipleship, focusing on the formation of character, values, disciplines, and habits, especially related to the inner development of spirituality. The study makes use of some of the Christian devotional classics. Beyond personal spiritual development, this course addresses students’ preparation for being spiritual leaders, encouragers, and/or disciplers of others. Prerequisites: BIB 104 and BIB 105. 4 BIB 351 Moses and the Prophets This course examines the tradition of the pentateuch tradition and its elaboration in the prophetic tradition. The scriptural record of beginnings and of early Hebrew history, religion, and law is the foundation for the study, with corresponding attention given to Old Testament prophetic writings. Aspects of the prophetic study include the messianic element, the occasion of writing, authorship, content, and interpretation. Prerequisite: BIB 104. 4 BIB 354 Jesus and His Interpreters This course focuses on the teachings and major events in the life of Jesus and the elaboration on those teachings in Paul’s writings. Special attention is given to the person, teachings, and work of Jesus. Some pertinent issues in Pauline studies, such as the Judaizer conflict, the effect of Paul’s conversion on his thinking and writing, and the sequence of his letters will be examined for their role in the development of the Gospel tradition. Prerequisite: BIB 105. 4 BIB 355 Biblical Interpretation and Application This writing-intensive course helps equip students to understand and use basic principles of biblical hermeneutics, including an introduction to the nature of Bible interpretation and the application to contemporary issues. The majority of the course focuses on developing practical procedures and stepby- step skills in exegesis of Scripture. Prerequisites: ENG 105, BIB 104, and BIB 105. 4 © 2010 Grand Canyon University. All Rights Reserved. Updated: 03/05/2010 3 of 3 Course Number Course Title Course Description Credits HTH 359 Systematic Theology This course is a systematic study of the major doctrines of the Christian religion, including revelation and the Bible, the Trinity, the doctrine of man, the atonement, salvation and Christian growth, the church and it ordinances, and eschatology, examining the biblical foundation for these teachings and their development over time. The course also discusses the relationship between Christianity and other world religions and the relationship between Christian theology and philosophy. Prerequisites: BIB 351 and BIB 354. 4 HTH 379 History of Christianity This course addresses the significant movements and turning points within the church from New Testament times through the Reformation and into modern day America and the world. Special emphasis is given to the ancient Christian church, the church fathers, heresies, monasticism, the Papacy, the practices and problems of the church, the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic Counter-Reformation, and the mission movement, both Catholic and Protestant. Attention will also be given to the relationship between Christianity and culture as Christianity in its geographical expansion through the course of history has interfaced with various cultures ranging from the Jewish world, to the Greco-Roman world, to the barbarian cultures of northern Europe, to the varying cultures encountered as Christianity spread to the New World and then to African and Asian cultures. Prerequisites: BIB 104 and BIB 105. 4 HTH 469 Contemporary Theology This course begins with a brief background of the development of Protestant liberal theology starting with Schleiermacher. Then attention is given to the 20th century schools of theological thought: neo-Orthodox, existential, process, theology of hope, Latin American liberation theology, African- American liberation theology, feminist liberation theology, new Catholic theology, theological expressions of Christianity in Africa and Asia, narrative/post modern approaches to theology, and variations and popular expressions in Protestant theology particularly in America. Even as Christianity must be clothed in various cultures, so the various contemporary theologies attempt to relate theological truth in ways that are relevant to particular cultures or sub-cultures. In the process of studying each contemporary theology, attention will also be given to how that theology is expressed in cultural clothing. Prerequisite: HTH 359. 4 CHL 465 Christian Leadership in the 21st Century This course is an examination of Christian leadership with an emphasis on ethics, community, the environment, and the intricacies of cross-cultural leadership. The course helps students identify administrative skills necessary for leading a successful organization, examine how their Christian values influence their actions and decisions as they live out their faith in their vocations and positions, develop a framework for practicing global citizenship, and initiate an informed dialogue concerning the nature of leadership in other cultures and in diverse situations. Prerequisites: BIB 351, BIB 354, MIN 350, and HTH 469. 4 Total Christian Studies Major Credits: 48 Total General Education Credits: 34-40 Total Christian Studies Major Credits: 48 Total Elective Credits: 32-38 Total Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies Credits: 120

    Concentration Pastoral Ministry
    Prereq GPA GPA of 2.25 or above
    Prereq Degree High School Diploma or GED
    Courses
    Old Testament Foundations »
    New Testament Foundations »
    Systematic Theology I »
    Systematic Theology II »
    Spiritual Formation and Mentoring »
    The Work of the Pastor »
    Biblical Hermeneutics »
    Leading Through Crisis, Conflict, and Change »
    Christian Worldview and Contextualization »

    BA in Christian Studies: Youth Ministry

    Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies program will utilize biblical studies as the foundation, and an understanding of theology, philosophy, and Christian history as the framework, for communicating Christ to various audiences. In addition to spiritual formation and exegetical skills essential to Christian studies, graduates will be able to employ communication, leadership, and organizational skills necessary for effective ministry.

    Concentration Youth Ministry
    Prereq GPA GPA of 2.25 or above
    Prereq Degree High School Diploma or GED
    Courses
    Old Testament Foundations »
    New Testament Foundations »
    Systematic Theology I »
    Systematic Theology II »
    Spiritual Formation and Mentoring »
    Youth Issues and Crises »
    Biblical Hermeneutics »
    Christian Worldview and Contextualization »
    Mentoring and Counseling Youth »

    MA in Christian Studies: Christian Leadership

    Program of Study: Master of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Christian Leadership Program Description The Master of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Christian Leadership is a program designed for individuals who desire to lead as Christians in their arenas of influence, be they secular, religious, professional, or personal. The program focuses on the preparation of leaders in biblical and theological knowledge, practical application of that knowledge in leadership settings, and the development of character and integrity in all aspects of life. Emphases include urban ministry, youth ministry, Christian leadership, and pastoral ministry.

    Concentration Christian Leadership
    Prereq Degree Undergraduate degree from an accredited, GCUapproved college, university, or progra
    Credit Transfer Restrictions The first course of the graduate Programs of Study cannot be satisfied by transferred credits.
    Courses
    Old Testament Foundation »
    New Testament Foundation »
    Systematic Theology I »
    Systematic Theology II »
    Biblical Hermeneutic »
    Spiritual Formation and Mentoring »
    Theories of Leadership »
    Christian Worldview and Contextualization »
    Leading Through Crisis, Conflict, and Change »

    MA in Christian Studies: Pastoral Ministry

    The Master of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Pastoral Ministry is a program designed for individuals who desire to lead as Christians in their arenas of influence, be they secular, religious, professional, or personal. The program focuses on the preparation of leaders in biblical and theological knowledge, practical application of that knowledge in leadership settings, and the development of character and integrity in all aspects of life. Emphases include urban ministry, youth ministry, Christian leadership, and pastoral ministry.

    Concentration Pastoral Ministry
    Courses
    The Work of the Pastor »
    Old Testament Foundations »
    New Testament Foundations »
    Systematic Theology I »
    Systematic Theology II »
    Spiritual Formation and Mentoring »
    Christian Worldview and Contextualization »
    Biblical Hermeneutics »
    Homiletics »

    MA in Christian Studies: Urban Ministry

    The Master of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Urban Ministry is a program designed for individuals who desire to lead as Christians in their arenas of influence, be they secular, religious, professional, or personal. The program focuses on the preparation of leaders in biblical and theological knowledge, practical application of that knowledge in leadership settings, and the development of character and integrity in all aspects of life. Emphases include urban ministry, youth ministry, Christian leadership, and pastoral ministry.

    Concentration Urban Ministry
    Courses
    Cross-Cultural and Multicultural Ministry »
    Old Testament Foundations »
    New Testament Foundations »
    Systematic Theology I »
    Systematic Theology II »
    Spiritual Formation and Mentoring »
    Christian Worldview and Contextualization »
    Biblical Hermeneutics »
    Issues in Urban Ministry »

    MA in Christian Studies: Youth Ministry

    The Master of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry is a program designed for individuals who desire to lead as Christians in their arenas of influence, be they secular, religious, professional, or personal. The program focuses on the preparation of leaders in biblical and theological knowledge, practical application of that knowledge in leadership settings, and the development of character and integrity in all aspects of life. Emphases include urban ministry, youth ministry, Christian leadership, and pastoral ministry.

    Concentration Youth Ministry
    Courses
    Youth Issues and Crises »
    Mentoring and Counseling Youth »
    Old Testament Foundations »
    New Testament Foundations »
    Systematic Theology I »
    Systematic Theology II »
    Spiritual Formation and Mentoring »
    Biblical Hermeneutics »
    Christian Worldview and Contextualization »

    AA in Psychology - Christian Counseling

    The online Associate of Arts in Psychology - Christian Counseling degree program from Liberty University has been specifically created to guide students in developing a basic understanding of the multi-faceted field of christian counseling. Through this online psychology - christian counseling degree program, students will learn about the field of psychology through the lens of a Christian perspective.

    Concentration Christian Counseling
    Prereq Degree High school diploma or equivalent (GED).
    Credit Transfer Restrictions Only courses and degrees from regionally accredited institutions or those accredited by other accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, AABC, etc.) will be evaluated for transfer credit. Applicants must request that official transcripts be sent directly from the Registrar(s) of the previous school(s) to the Office of Admissions. These transcripts must be received before an admission decision will be made. Credit will be accepted for those courses that are equivalent to courses offered at Liberty in which applicants have made a grade of C or better. Transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s Office under the guidelines established by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards. Undergraduate credit may be allowed for courses completed at military service schools if this credit is recommended in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (ACE Guide). The work must also be applicable to the student’s program of study. Internship credit is not transferable.
    Courses
    Fundamentals of Mathematics »
    Environmental Science »
    History of Western Civilization I »
    Introduction to Sociology »
    Humanities in Western Culture »
    Composition and Rhetoric »
    Composition and Literature »
    Speech Communication »
    Contemporary Worldviews »
    Survey of Biblical Literature »
    Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas »
    Introduction to Christian Thought »
    Developmental Psychology »
    Psychology of Childhood »
    Psychology of Personality »
    Introduction to Christian Counseling »
    Issues of Christian Counseling »
    Christian Counseling for Marriage and Family »

    BS in Psychology -  Christian Counseling

    Through Liberty University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology program, you will master skills that will prepare you to work in counseling and psychological development and behavior. You will gain insight into the development and influence of personality based on current theories, as well as study human personality in relation to others through the application of ideas about group dynamics relative to business, industry, public and private life. Courses give you the opportunity to tap into the diverse theoretical approaches of counseling and psychotherapy by evaluating associated methods and techniques. Furthermore, you will explore the complex functioning of the human body to acquire an understanding of primary mechanisms of behavior. You will also examine the origin, classification and symptoms of neurotic and psychotic behavior. A Christian Counseling specialization is available. This degree can also prepare you for non-clinical positions in the field of psychology counseling.

    Concentration Christian Counseling
    Prereq Degree High school diploma or equivalent (GED).
    Credit Transfer Restrictions Only courses and degrees from regionally accredited institutions or those accredited by other accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, AABC, etc.) will be evaluated for transfer credit. Applicants must request that official transcripts be sent directly from the Registrar(s) of the previous school(s) to the Office of Admissions. These transcripts must be received before an admission decision will be made. Credit will be accepted for those courses that are equivalent to courses offered at Liberty in which applicants have made a grade of C or better. Transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s Office under the guidelines established by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards. Undergraduate credit may be allowed for courses completed at military service schools if this credit is recommended in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (ACE Guide). The work must also be applicable to the student’s program of study. Internship credit is not transferable.
    Courses
    Developmental Psychology »
    Introduction to Research »
    Psychology of Personality »
    Statistics in Psychology »
    Theories in Counseling and Psychotherapy »
    Abnormal Psychology »
    Internship »
    Introduction to Christian Counseling »
    Issues of Christian Counseling »
    Christian Counseling for Marriage and Family »
    Christian Counseling for Children »
    Christian Counseling for Women »
    Healthy Sexuality »

    MA in Christian Leadership

    Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary's Master of Arts in Christian Leadership program prepares men and women to serve the church in a variety of leadership positions. Courses provide students with a solid understanding of biblical leadership principles and strategies, equipping them to effectively serve in leadership positions. The degree is grounded in a core of specialized courses that provide students with an in-depth biblical foundation to supply the values, knowledge and skills needed to effectively serve in church ministry. Potential Career Options • Lay Leader • Ministry Worker • Missionary • Pastor • Teacher

    Prereq Degree Bachelor's degree
    Credit Transfer Restrictions Only courses and degrees from regionally accredited institutions or those accredited by other accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, AABC, etc.) will be evaluated for transfer credit. Applicants must request that official transcripts be sent directly from the Registrar(s) of the previous school(s) to the Office of Admissions. These transcripts must be received before an admission decision will be made. Credit will be accepted for those courses that are equivalent to courses offered at Liberty in which applicants have made a grade of C or better. Transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s Office under the guidelines established by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards. Undergraduate credit may be allowed for courses completed at military service schools if this credit is recommended in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (ACE Guide). The work must also be applicable to the student’s program of study. Internship credit is not transferable.
    Courses
    The Life of the Leader »
    Team Leadership/Conflict Resolution »
    Ministry Teaching »
    Expository Preaching »
    Communication in Christian Ministry »
    Biblical Foundations of Leadership »
    Preparation of the Sermon »

    MA in Discipleship Ministries

    Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary's Master of Arts in Discipleship Ministries program is designed to meet the growing need of ministry leaders across the country seeking specialized training in Christian discipleship. Courses teach students biblical leadership principles and strategies to make disciples within their local churches. This program is well-suited for associate pastors, discipleship pastors, small group pastors and Christian education pastors. Potential Career Options Christian Administrator * Christian Educator * Church Education Administrator * Discipleship Pastor * Sunday School Teacher * Sunday School Administrator * Pastor Key points: * Ranked among the top 10 online colleges in the nation for three years in a row * Rated as one of the Best Distance Learning Graduate Schools by Get Educated.com * Nationally renowned Seminary and Professional Studies program offered from a sound moral and biblical perspective * Most cost-effective, accredited online Seminary program offered by a national educational institution * Nationally acclaimed Seminary faculty teaching online courses

    Prereq Degree Bachelor's degree
    Credit Transfer Restrictions Only courses and degrees from regionally accredited institutions or those accredited by other accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, AABC, etc.) will be evaluated for transfer credit. Applicants must request that official transcripts be sent directly from the Registrar(s) of the previous school(s) to the Office of Admissions. These transcripts must be received before an admission decision will be made. Credit will be accepted for those courses that are equivalent to courses offered at Liberty in which applicants have made a grade of C or better. Transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s Office under the guidelines established by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards. Undergraduate credit may be allowed for courses completed at military service schools if this credit is recommended in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (ACE Guide). The work must also be applicable to the student’s program of study. Internship credit is not transferable.
    Courses
    Foundations of Youth Ministry »
    Current Issues in Youth Ministry »
    Campus Ministry »
    Camping Ministry »
    Managing the Christian Youth Organization »
    Professional Orientation to Youth Ministry »
    Programs for Youth Ministry »
    Special Topics in Youth Ministry »
    Youth Ministry Internship »
    Survey of Youth Ministries »
    Internship »
    Discipleship in Youth Ministry »
    Contemporary Youth Communication »
    Directed Research »

    MA in Evangelism & Church Planting

    Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary's Master of Arts in Evangelism and Church Planting program prepares students to serve the church as staff and leaders for ministry in evangelism and church planting. This program is specifically suited to individuals who are seeking to lead in church planting, localized evangelism and church growth. Specialized courses provide students with in-depth, biblical training to supply the values, knowledge and skills needed to effectively serve the church in an evangelistic capacity.

    Prereq Degree Bachelor's degree
    Credit Transfer Restrictions Only courses and degrees from regionally accredited institutions or those accredited by other accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, AABC, etc.) will be evaluated for transfer credit. Applicants must request that official transcripts be sent directly from the Registrar(s) of the previous school(s) to the Office of Admissions. These transcripts must be received before an admission decision will be made. Credit will be accepted for those courses that are equivalent to courses offered at Liberty in which applicants have made a grade of C or better. Transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s Office under the guidelines established by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards. Undergraduate credit may be allowed for courses completed at military service schools if this credit is recommended in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (ACE Guide). The work must also be applicable to the student’s program of study. Internship credit is not transferable.
    Courses
    Church Planting Methods and Culture »
    Seminar in Church Planting »
    Church Planting »
    Leading a Healthy Church »
    Spiritual Warfare »
    Ministry Teaching »
    Spiritual Formation »
    Theology of Pastoral Ministry »

    MA in HS - Christian Ministries

    Liberty University's Master of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Christian Ministries is designed for you to master the study of human behavior in a ministry environment. You will expand your knowledge of strategic-driven ministries, study the ministry of teaching and communication, as well as focus on your core interests such as youth or student ministries. The program is grounded in a core of specialized courses offered through Liberty's Center for Counseling and Family Studies.

    Concentration Christian Ministries
    Prereq Degree Bachelor's degree
    Credit Transfer Restrictions Only courses and degrees from regionally accredited institutions or those accredited by other accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, AABC, etc.) will be evaluated for transfer credit. Applicants must request that official transcripts be sent directly from the Registrar(s) of the previous school(s) to the Office of Admissions. These transcripts must be received before an admission decision will be made. Credit will be accepted for those courses that are equivalent to courses offered at Liberty in which applicants have made a grade of C or better. Transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s Office under the guidelines established by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards. Undergraduate credit may be allowed for courses completed at military service schools if this credit is recommended in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (ACE Guide). The work must also be applicable to the student’s program of study. Internship credit is not transferable.
    Courses
    Strategic Driven Ministries »
    Foundations in Youth Ministries I »
    Foundations in Youth Ministries II »
    Seminar in Youth Ministries »
    The Role of the Youth Leader »
    Student Ministries »
    Communication in Christian Ministry »
    Ministry Teaching »

    MA in Marketplace Chaplaincy

    Liberty University's Master of Arts in Marketplace Chaplaincy program prepares servant leaders to be wise, faithful stewards of the Gospel, developing very specific ministry skills, strategies and Christian character traits relevant for successful ministry in an institutional chaplaincy setting. Students will examine the theological and cultural issues of a formal and informal ministry setting. Students will observe the similarities and differences among the various types of chaplaincies, giving careful attention to ministry in religiously pluralistic, multicultural and multi-staff environments. Some of these settings may include corrections facilities/prisons, geriatric/eldercare homes, emergency response arenas, hospitals and workplace/industrial settings. Potential Career Options • Company Chaplain • Marketplace Chaplain • Non-Profit Organization Chaplain

    Prereq Degree Bachelor's degree
    Credit Transfer Restrictions Only courses and degrees from regionally accredited institutions or those accredited by other accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, AABC, etc.) will be evaluated for transfer credit. Applicants must request that official transcripts be sent directly from the Registrar(s) of the previous school(s) to the Office of Admissions. These transcripts must be received before an admission decision will be made. Credit will be accepted for those courses that are equivalent to courses offered at Liberty in which applicants have made a grade of C or better. Transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s Office under the guidelines established by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards. Undergraduate credit may be allowed for courses completed at military service schools if this credit is recommended in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (ACE Guide). The work must also be applicable to the student’s program of study. Internship credit is not transferable.
    Courses
    Chaplaincy Ministry »
    Crisis Counseling and Brief Therapy »
    Practicum »
    Pastoral Counseling »
    Multicultural Issues in Human Services »

    MA in Theological Studies

    Today you have the opportunity to make an important decision that could significantly impact the lives of others, further your personal ministry, and influence your participation in shaping the future of Christian ministry. By choosing to earn your Master of Arts in Theological Studies you can set that opportunity in motion. Liberty Theological Seminary's Master of Arts in Theological Studies program is geared toward individuals seeking an introductory graduate degree in religion for service in a supportive role in their local church. Courses include surveys of the Old and New Testament and systematic theology, providing students with a solid foundation from which to understand the fundamentals of the Bible, Christianity, Christian theology, and the Christian church. This program is well-suited for pastors, Christian educators, informed lay leaders, and pastors' wives.

    Prereq Degree Bachelor's degree
    Credit Transfer Restrictions Only courses and degrees from regionally accredited institutions or those accredited by other accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, AABC, etc.) will be evaluated for transfer credit. Applicants must request that official transcripts be sent directly from the Registrar(s) of the previous school(s) to the Office of Admissions. These transcripts must be received before an admission decision will be made. Credit will be accepted for those courses that are equivalent to courses offered at Liberty in which applicants have made a grade of C or better. Transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s Office under the guidelines established by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards. Undergraduate credit may be allowed for courses completed at military service schools if this credit is recommended in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (ACE Guide). The work must also be applicable to the student’s program of study. Internship credit is not transferable.
    Courses
    Revelation, Authority and Reason »
    The Person and Work of Christ »
    Theology and Politics »
    The Church: Its Mission and Hope »
    Modern and Contemporary Theology »
    Theology Survey I »
    Theology Survey II »
    Fundamental Theological Issues »
    Apologetics »
    Christian Leadership »
    Homiletics I »

    MA in Worship Studies

    Liberty University's Master of Arts in Worship Studies program is designed to equip worship leaders to better serve the church as skilled, passionate leaders of worship, equipped to fit the needs of today's post-modern culture. This specialized program allows students to study and practice context-specific Biblical and theological competencies in worship and worship theories practical to the local church. Students will receive comprehensive training in qualitative and quantitative research methods, developing knowledge and expertise to function in a variety of worship cultures and contexts within the evangelical community. Courses are taught by today's top Christian leaders in worship music, song writing, and arranging. Instructors include Al Denson (worship leader/CCM artist/songwriter), Rick Muchow (worship pastor, Saddleback Community Church), Todd Bell (worship pastor/producer, Prestonwood Baptist Church), and Mark Harris (worship leader/song writer/band member of 4Him). The online MA in Worship Studies from Liberty University is a 36 credit hour program offered in two convenient formats: Resident (on campus) or Blended (which combines online learning with campus residency options). Tuition is $250 per credit hour, there is a $150 technology fee per semester, a one time $50 MA Counseling Assessment fee, and a $50 application fee. Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees.

    Prereq Degree Bachelor's degree
    Credit Transfer Restrictions Only courses and degrees from regionally accredited institutions or those accredited by other accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, AABC, etc.) will be evaluated for transfer credit. Applicants must request that official transcripts be sent directly from the Registrar(s) of the previous school(s) to the Office of Admissions. These transcripts must be received before an admission decision will be made. Credit will be accepted for those courses that are equivalent to courses offered at Liberty in which applicants have made a grade of C or better. Transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s Office under the guidelines established by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards. Undergraduate credit may be allowed for courses completed at military service schools if this credit is recommended in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (ACE Guide). The work must also be applicable to the student’s program of study. Internship credit is not transferable.
    Courses
    Introduction to Worship Studies »
    Introduction to Creative Worship »
    Harmonic Practices and Theory I »
    Musicianship I »
    Musicianship II »
    Beginning Group Voice »
    Beginning Group Piano I »
    Beginning Group Piano II »
    Keyboard Instruments (Freshman) »
    Beginning Group Guitar »
    Worship Chorale »
    TRBC Choir »
    Old and New Testament Principles of Worship »
    Harmonic Practices and Theory III »
    Musicianship III »
    Intermediate Group Voice »
    Intermediate Group Voice II »
    Intermediate Group Piano »
    Intermediate Group Guitar »
    Intermediate Group Guitar II »
    The Gospel Choir »
    Worship Guitar Ensemble »

    MA in Worship Studies: Church Planting

    Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary's Master of Arts in Evangelism and Church Planting program prepares students to serve as staff and ministry leaders in the areas of evangelism and church planting. This program is specifically suited to individuals who are seeking to lead initiatives in church planting, evangelism and church growth. Biblically based courses provide students with the values, knowledge and skills needed to serve effectively in the church in an evangelistic capacity. Potential Career Options * Church Planter * Evangelist * Lay Leader * Ministry Worker * Missionary * Pastor * Teacher Key points: * Ranked among the top 10 online colleges in the nation for three years in a row * Rated as one of the Best Distance Learning Graduate Schools by Get Educated.com * Nationally renowned Seminary and Professional Studies program offered from a sound moral and biblical perspective * Most cost-effective, accredited online Seminary program offered by a national educational institution * Nationally acclaimed Seminary faculty teaching online courses

    Prereq Degree Bachelor's degree
    Credit Transfer Restrictions Only courses and degrees from regionally accredited institutions or those accredited by other accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, AABC, etc.) will be evaluated for transfer credit. Applicants must request that official transcripts be sent directly from the Registrar(s) of the previous school(s) to the Office of Admissions. These transcripts must be received before an admission decision will be made. Credit will be accepted for those courses that are equivalent to courses offered at Liberty in which applicants have made a grade of C or better. Transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s Office under the guidelines established by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards. Undergraduate credit may be allowed for courses completed at military service schools if this credit is recommended in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (ACE Guide). The work must also be applicable to the student’s program of study. Internship credit is not transferable.
    Courses
    History and Philosophy of Worship »
    Principles of Worship Leadership »
    Congregational Worship »
    Harmonic Practices II »
    Harmonic Practices IV »
    Musicianship IV »
    Worship Practicum I »
    Worship Practicum II »
    Worship Internship »
    Celebration Worship Choir »
    Junior Worship Program »
    Senior Worship Program »
    Primary: choose either Voice, Piano, »
    Secondary: choose either Voice, Piano, or »
    Introduction to Worship Studies »
    Introduction to Creative Worship »
    Old and New Testament Principles of Worship »
    Harmonic Practices and Theory I »
    Musicianship I »
    Musicianship II »
    Harmonic Practices and Theory III »
    Musicianship III »
    Worship Chorale »
    TRBC Choir »

    MA Worship-Ethnomusicology

    Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary's Master of Arts in Worship Studies with a concentration in Ethnomusicology prepares musicians and worship leaders to become missionaries–or musical ambassadors–in various cultural settings. Studying the biblical and theological foundations of worship, you will develop a strong Christian worldview and explore the role of music and art within various cultures. The program includes training in biblical leadership techniques, pastoral–staff relations, the varying roles of the worship leader and the ongoing relationship to global worship. You will study qualitative and quantitative research methods applicable to a variety of worship cultures and contexts within the evangelical community. Courses are taught by today's top Christian leaders in worship music, song writing and arranging, including Al Denson (worship leader/CCM artist/songwriter), Rick Muchow (worship pastor, Saddleback Community Church), Todd Bell (worship pastor/producer, Prestonwood Baptist Church) and Mark Harris (worship leader/song writer/band member of 4Him). Potential Career Options Musician Worship Pastor Music Ministry Key points: Ranked among the top 10 online colleges in the nation for three years in a row Rated as one of the Best Distance Learning Graduate Schools by Get Educated.com Nationally renowned Seminary and Professional Studies program offered from a sound moral and biblical perspective Most cost–effective, accredited online Seminary program offered by a national educational institution Nationally acclaimed Seminary faculty teaching online courses

    Concentration Ethnomusicology
    Prereq Degree Bachelor's degree
    Credit Transfer Restrictions Only courses and degrees from regionally accredited institutions or those accredited by other accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, AABC, etc.) will be evaluated for transfer credit. Applicants must request that official transcripts be sent directly from the Registrar(s) of the previous school(s) to the Office of Admissions. These transcripts must be received before an admission decision will be made. Credit will be accepted for those courses that are equivalent to courses offered at Liberty in which applicants have made a grade of C or better. Transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s Office under the guidelines established by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards. Undergraduate credit may be allowed for courses completed at military service schools if this credit is recommended in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (ACE Guide). The work must also be applicable to the student’s program of study. Internship credit is not transferable.
    Courses
    Biblical Foundations of Worship »
    Building a Theology of Worship »
    Systematic Theology »
    New Testament Introduction »
    Old Testament Introduction »
    Psalms »
    Poetry of the Old Testament »
    Dynamics of Corporate Worship »
    Current Issues in Worship Ministry »
    Building a Balanced Worship Ministry »
    Global Worship »
    American Christianity »
    Introduction to Ethnomusicology »
    Field of Ethnomusicology »
    Anthropology of Music »
    Organology »
    Applied Ethnomusicology »
    New Testament Orientation I »
    New Testament Orientation II »
    Old Testament Orientation II »
    History of Baptists »
    Church Growth II: Evangelism and Church Growth »

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