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MA in Biblical Leadership

Phoenix Seminary is no longer admitting new students to the 64-credit Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership as of September 9th, 2013. New students should instead apply to the new 48-credit Master of Arts in Ministry. For more information, see the Master of Arts in Ministry Program Overview.

Degree Purpose

What is the purpose of the Master of Arts degree in Biblical Leadership?

The Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership degree prepares students for Christian leadership other than pulpit/preaching ministries. It specifically equips students for a variety of professional church and para-church ministries or as church lay leaders. It is expressly not designed to prepare students academically for doctoral studies or for ordination in those churches that require the Master of Divinity degree.

Students will engage in the systematic study of the Scriptures and theology while being exposed to current theological issues and positions with the goal of equipping the student to think biblically, independently and constructively in vital areas of ministry.

The student will also be directed by a Seminary mentor or local church mentor during his or her training for the personal development of character.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership degree program should be able to:

  1. Know and interpret Scripture according to proper hermeneutical principles;
  2. Apply Scripture according to proper hermeneutical principles;
  3. Articulate sound doctrine consistent with the Phoenix Seminary Statement of Faith and the historic doctrines of the Christian church;
  4. Explain the aspects of leadership from the Bible;
  5. Justify biblical lay leadership development in a ministry setting;
  6. Recruit workers using a Bible-based philosophy, vision, and strategy;
  7. Explain from Scripture how to be a Christian leader in a non-Christian world;
  8. Shepherd God’s people with biblical wisdom, compassion, and justice. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Arts program must have earned an accredited baccalaureate degree (or its equivalent) that includes exposure to a breadth of liberal arts. Phoenix Seminary encourages undergraduate course work in philosophy and the history of western civilization. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. Those who do not meet these general academic requirements may petition the Admissions Committee for special consideration. Applicants must have vocational goals consistent with the design of the Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership. Applicants must also demonstrate evidence of mature Christian character and ministry potential. 

Degree Requirements (64 Hours)

MA Biblical Leadership Core Requirements

Course Title Hours (40)
BIBLICAL LITERATURE 16
BC499 Graduate Writing Workshop Transcripted
BL501 Principles for Biblical Interpretation 4
BL502 Survey of the Pentateuch 2
BL503 Survey of the Historical and Wisdom Lit. 2
BL504 Survey of the Prophets 2
BL505 Survey of the Gospels 2
BL506 Survey of Acts and the Pauline Epistles 2
BL507 Survey of the General Epistles and Rev. 2
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT 4
CD501 Living in God’s Presence 2
CD504 Foundations of Intimacy 2
CD530 30-Hour Faculty Review Transcripted
INTERCULTURAL STUDIES 6
IS501 Cross-cultural and Diversity Competency 2
IS502 Global Outreach 2
IS503 Evangelism and Discipleship 2
THEOLOGY 14
TH501 God, Scripture, Revelation, and the Holy Spirit 4
TH502 Humanity, Angels, and the Person and Work of Christ 4
TH503 Salvation, the Church, and the Future 4
TH506 Contemporary Moral Issues 2
TH599 Theological Oral Examination Transcripted
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 8
LD501 Shepherding God’s People 2
LD502 Developing Leaders who Develop Leaders 2
LD510 Christian Leadership in
a Non-Christian World
2
LD591 Leadership Development Internship I* 2
MINISTRY SKILLS 10
MS501 Principles for Ministry Leadership 2
–5## Apologetics Elective: Choose from
TH504, TH505, IS509, or IS510
2
–5## Homiletics / Teaching Elective: Choose from
BC501, BC509, or MS506
2
–5## Ministry Skills Elective: Choose from
LD507, LD508, LD509, MS502, or MS508
2
–5## Ministry Skills Elective: Choose from
LD507, LD508, LD509, MS502, or MS508
2
GENERAL ELECTIVES* 6

*Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) may in some cases be undertaken to fulfill requirements for LD591 and / or general elective credit.

Note: Courses which list “Transcripted” are recorded on the transcript as S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory). No tuition or fees are charged except in the case of BC499.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 50 percent (32 semester hours) of the course work required for the Master of Arts may be transferred from another seminary or graduate school when the transfer credit fits the nature of the program and other requirements are met. 

Graduation Requirements

The Master of Arts requires the completion of 64 semester hours within four years with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Ready to Get Started?

Phoenix Seminary is no longer admitting new students to the 64-credit Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership as of September 9th, 2013. New students should instead apply to the new 48-credit Master of Arts in Ministry. For more information, see the Master of Arts in Ministry Program Overview.

 

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