The Master of Arts in Biblical Ministry incorporates the Graduate Diploma in Biblical Ministry.
The Master of Arts in Biblical Ministry is a professional degree designed to:
- be appropriate for students in Christian ministry
- reflect the VCI Graduate School’s unique Competency-Based Theological Education (CBTE) approach of Integrated Leadership Development (ILD)
- provide a graduate qualification for people in Christian ministry whose first degree is not necessarily in theology.
Students will be able to practice independently as Christian ministers, with skills defined in terms of particular cultural milieus and areas of gifting. In particular, they will be able to:
- form an overview of Scripture so that their theology can be based on an understanding of the overall message of all the Bible books
- do exegesis of all the major types of literature applied to all the groups of Bible books using a practical form of semantic discourse analysis and compare their findings with that of leading commentaries
- discern the absolutes of a passage on which exegesis has been done and apply them to their local ministry context that they have analyzed
- apply the biblical absolutes in such a way that a biblical worldview is cultivated
- develop ministry skills that are effective in their own ministry setting.
These five main learning goals are taught in an interdisciplinary fashion, weaving them together as strands through an integrated educational approach. Students are required to integrate spiritual development during the completion of each competency unit.
The educational objectives of the Foundation Training are incorporated in the MA. Therefore, if students have achieved these educational objectives before enrollment, and as the Graduate Diploma in Biblical Ministry is a requirement for enrollment, the remainder of the MA will typically be done over five semesters.
Should VCI decide to run MA cohorts for which prior completion of the Foundation modules is not required, this material must then be covered in the program itself, which will likely result in extending the typical program duration by additional semesters.
As the qualification is offered within a cohort, students who do not complete within the five semesters will need to obtain special permission to continue to work on the qualification and be required to pay a continuous enrollment fee.
To be considered for admission, a student should have all of the following:
- successful and timely completion of the Graduate Diploma in Biblical Ministry (any exceptions will be at the sole discretion of the Graduate School)
- a suitable position in Christian ministry.
For general requirements: See General Admission Policies and Procedures in the Catalog.