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Master of Arts in Christian Studies (M.A.C.S.)

Program Mission

Roosevelt College

The Master Arts in Christian Studies degree program prepares students for attaining biblical and theological foundations and being church leaders. This program is designed primarily for lay leaders, administrations or missionaries who desire training so as to better serve within their churches, parachurch organization, and/or mission fields. Students may be qualified to pursue a graduate program in pastoral ministry, including the M.Div. program.

Program Goal

The Master of Arts in Christian Studies degree program enables students to:
                1.exhibit a maturing relationship with Jesus Christ;
                2.demonstrate ability to exegete the whole Word of God using original biblical languages based upon
                sound knowledge and theology;
                3.integrate their learning into a Christian worldview based upon sound biblical exegesis; and
                4.demonstrate ministerial abilities for a faculty or any professional clergy

Students receive the M.A.C.S degree when they complete:
                A minimum of 56 semester units
               1. Old Testament (6-9 Units)
               2. New Testament (9-12 Units)
               3. Systematic Theology (12 Units)
               4. Historical Theology (9 Units)
               5. Practical Theology (6 Units)
               6. Common Electives (12 units)

The last 24 units must be taken at IRUS.

A minimum full-time course load is 9 units per semester. A maximum full-time load is 15 units per semester; however, students may petition for additional units if their cumulative average is 3.0 or higher.
Official classification is based on the number of units completed toward graduation as follows: 1st-year students 0-26; sophomores 27-56.
The following are the course requirements for the M.A.C.S.

Course Requirements

1. Old Testament (6-9Units)

      OT 501 Hebrew I ·········································    3
      OT 510 Pentateuch ·········································    3
      OT 610 Historical Books ·········································    3
      OT 620 Poetic Books ·········································    3
      OT 630 Prophetic Books ·········································    3
      OT 710 Old Testament Exegesis ·········································    3
      Selective Total Units: ·········································    6-10

2. New Testament (9-12 Units)

      NT 501 Greek I ·········································    3
      NT 504 Gospels ·········································    3
      NT 605 Biblical Hermeneutics ·········································    3
      NT 701 General Epistles & Revelation ·········································    3
      NT 702 N.T. Exegesis ·········································    3
      NT 704 Pauline Epistles ·········································    3
      Selective Total Units: ·········································    9-12

3. Systematic Theology (12 Units)

      ST 501 Prolegomena & Theology Proper ·········································    3
      ST 505 Anthropology & Christology ·········································    3
      ST 602 Pneumatology & Soteriology ·········································    3
      ST 605 Ecclesiology & Eschatology ·········································    3
      Total Units: ·········································    12

4. Historical Theology (9 Units)

      HT 501 Early Church ·········································    3
      HT 502 Medieval Church & Reformation Period ·········································    3
      HT 603 Modern Church ·········································    3
      Total Units: ·········································    9

5. Practical Theology (6 Units)

      PT 502 Missions ·········································    3
      PT 511 Christian Education ·········································    3
      Selective Total Units: ·········································    6

6. Electives (12 Units)

      HT701 History of American & Korean ·········································    3
                  Presbyterian Church   
      NT507 New Testament Theology ·········································    3
      NT601 New Testament Greek II ·········································    3
      NT602 Life and Message of Paul ·········································    3
      NT710 Parables of Jesus ·········································    3
      NT720 Gospel of John ·········································    3
      NT730 Romans ·········································    3
      OT601 Hebrew II ·········································    3
      OT625 Psalms ·········································    3
      OT720 Old Testament Theology ·········································    3
      PT500 Research & Writing ·········································    3
      PT501 Introduction to Church Music ·········································    3
      PT603 Pastoral Counseling ·········································    3
      PT701 Church Polity ·········································    3
      PT705 Theology of Ministry and Administration ·········································    3
      ST701 Christian Ethics ·········································    3
      ST702 Cults ·········································    3
      ST705 Christian Philosophy ·········································    3
      ST710 Contemporary Theology ·········································    3
      ST720 History of Christian Doctrine ·········································    3
      Selective Total Units: ·········································    12

Total Degree Units: 56 units