Masters Level Programs

Seminary Masters programs are designed as Professional Degrees leading to full time ministry (e.g. Administrator, missionary, pastor, etc.). As such they require extensive study and proficiency. Seminary Master degrees are not terminal degrees, but are preparation for Doctoral study. All graduate and post-graduate degrees are issued by Saint Thomas Christian University & Theological Seminary.

 

We offer Masters Degrees in ten (10) major areas of study:.

Biblical Studies

Pastoral Ministry

Christian Counseling

Pastoral Counseling

Christian Marriage & Family Counseling

Divinity Chaplaincy

Religion

Religious Education

Divinity

Theology

 

Masters Level Admission Process

 

Admission to the masters level degree program area requires that students have earned an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in a related field. Students who have an undergraduate in a non-related field must take core prerequisites before entering the masters level program.

 

If a student has earned an undergraduate degree from S.T.C.C., no new application is necessary. Those students should contact our Business office and inform them they will be enrolling in our graduate program. Students who have earned an undergraduate degree from another institution of higher learning must complete an application and send in the appropriate fees. Students must also order an official transcript from the institution that granted them their undergraduate degree before full admission is granted into graduate program.

 

Tuition Cost (Masters Level) $80.00/credit hour

Masters - Biblical Studies

This program is designed to provide the student an in-depth study of the Scriptures on a graduate level. Hermeneutical principles and Theological Studies will be taught and then applied to study of the Scriptures. The program consists of 36 credit hours of classroom, specific and/or independent studies. There are 24 Core credit hours in this curriculum with the remaining 12 credit hours as electives from the Biblical Studies area.

 

 CORE Credit Hours

 

THE 561- Systematic Theology l 3

THE 562 - Systematic Theology II 3

THE 563- Systematic Theology 111 3

THE 66 1 - Biblical Hermeneutics 3

NTS 501 - New Testament Survey and Intro. 3

THE 571- Christian Apologetics 3

THESIS 6

Total Core 24

 

Graduate level Electives - Biblical Studies 12

Total Masters Biblical Studies 36

 

 Pastoral Ministry

 

This Degree Program is designed to prepare the student who will occupy the office of Pastor or related church ministry. The various functions, duties, and responsibilities of the Pastor will be examined, as will the preparation for dealing with each of these aspects. This program consists of 36 credit hours of classroom, specific and/or independent studies.

 

CORE Credit Hours

 

MIN 611 -Pastoral Theology 3

CCO 620 - Pastoral Counseling Across Cultures 3

THE 66 1 - Biblical Hermeneutics 3

MIN 601-Homileticsll 3

MIN 612 - Pastoral Care in the Church 3

MIN 609-Leadership Handbook of Practical Theology II 3

CCO 618 - Pastoral-Counseling 3

HIS 600 - History of Christianity 3

THESIS 6

Total Core 230

 

Masters Level Electives - Pastoral Ministry area 6

 

Total Masters Pastoral Ministry 36

 

Masters Christian Counseling

 

This program consists of 51 credit hours of study, clinical supervision, counseling practicum, and a thesis. Individuals who fulfill the requirements of the program will receive the Masters degree in Christian Counseling. The degree in Christian Counseling does not qualify for Florida state licensure. However, it does qualify one with this degree who comes under a religious organization to operate as a "Christian Counselor" under Florida Statutes Title XXXII, Chapter 491.014 Exemption. See the following website:www.flsenate.gov/statutes. For other than Florida check, with your state statutes.

 

CORE Credit Hours

CCO 618 - Pastoral-Counseling 3

CCO 610 - Law for the Christian Counselor 3

CCO 622 - Mediation 3

CCO 624 - Administrative and Organizational Procedures 3

CCO 632- Psychotherapy 3

CCO 634- Marriage Counseling 3

CCO 636 - Psychology in Religion 3

CCO 616 - Diagnostic & Statistical Manual

of Mental Disorders 3

CCO 626 - Statistics 3

CCO 612 - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders 3

CC0 652- Christian Counseling 3

LAB 6

THESIS 6

Total Core 45

 

Masters level Christian Counseling - Electives 6

Total Masters level Christian Counseling 51

 

Please meet with your student advisor regarding the different licenses available and the direction you may want to pursue, so we can tailor a program to meet your specific needs.

 

Pastoral Counseling

This program consists of 51 credit hours of study, clinical supervision, counseling practicum, and a thesis. Individuals who fulfill the requirements of the program will receive the Masters degree in Pastoral Counseling.

 

CORE Credit Hours

CC0 620 - Pastoral Counseling Across Cultures 3

CC0 618 - Pastoral-Counseling 3

CC0 652-Christian Counseling 3

CC0 600 - Women: the Misunderstood Majority 3

CC0 610 - Law for the Christian Counselor 3

CCO 622 - Mediation 3

CC0 634- Marriage Counseling 3

CC0 654 - Bruised and Broken 3

CC0 656 - Abnormal Psychology for Pastoral Counseling 3

CCO 626 - Statistics 3

HIS 600 - History of Christianity 3

LAB 6

THESIS 6

Total Core Hours 45

Electives 6

 

Total Masters Pastoral Counseling 51

The electives can be selected from any of the graduate level course. See other course listing for your selection.

 

 Christian Marriage and Family Counseling

 

This program consists of 60 credits hours of study, clinical supervision, counseling practicum, and a thesis. Individuals who fulfill the requirements of the program will receive the Masters degree in Christian Marriage and Family Counseling.

 

CORE Credit Hours

CCO 622-Mediation 3

CCO 610 -Law For The Christian Counselor 3

CCO 624 - Administration and Organizational Procedures 3

CCO 634- Marriage and Family Counseling 3

CCO 658- Developmental Psychology 3

CCO 660- Man and Woman 3

CCO 607 - Faithful Parents, Faithful Kids 3

CCO 664 - Portrait of a Family 3

CCO 667 - Marriages and Families 3

CC0 668-Stress and Your Child 3

CC0 652-Christian Counseling 3

LAB 6

THESIS 6

Total Core for Christian Marriage & Family Counseling 45

 

Masters Level Electives 15

 

Total Masters Level Christian Marriage & Family Counseling 60

Please meet with your student advisor regarding the different licenses available and the options you wish to pursue, so we can customize a program to meet your specific needs.

 

Master of Divinity Chaplaincy

 

The Chaplaincy Master of Divinity Program is the basic professional degree for the minister wanting to become a Chaplain. It is a balanced program that integrates the fields of Biblical literature, Theological/Historical Studies, the Practice of Ministry, and Counseling. This program prepares persons for effective ministry as pastors, church associates, chaplains, and a broad variety of ministries. This program consists of 75 credit hours of specific and independent studies.

 

CORE Credit Hours

 

THE 561 -Systematic Theology 3

THE 562-Systematic Theology 3

THE 563-Systematic Theology 3

HIS 502 - Church History I 3

HIS 503 - Church History II 3

THE 661 - Biblical Hermeneutics 3

THE 511-New Testament Theology 3

THE 512- Old Testament Theology 3

NTS 523 - Pastoral Epistles 3

NTS 524 - General Epistles 3

CED 5 1 2 - Basics of Biblical Greek 3

CED 5 1 4 - Basics of Biblical Hebrew 3

PSY 462-Intro. to Psychology & Counseling 3

PSY 519-Psychology of Adult Development and Aging 3

CC0 506- Abnormal Psychology 3

CC0 632 - Psychotherapy 3

CC0 634- Marriage & Family Counseling 3

CCO 610 - Law for the Christian Counselor 3

CC0 622- Mediation 3

CC0 652-Childhood and Adolescence 3

CC0 657-Human Growth & Development 3

CC0 624 - Counseling for Substance Abuse 3

CC0 656- Counseling and Marriage 3

Thesis 6

Total Masters Divinty Chaplaincy 75

 

Master of Religion

 

The Masters in Religion is preparation for the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Theology Degrees. This program consists of 45 credit hours of specific and independent studies.

 

CORE Credit Hours

 

THE 511 - New Testament Theology 3

THE 5 1 2 - A Biblical Theology of the Old Testament 3

THE 661 - Biblical Hermeneutics 3

THE 561-Systematic Theology I 3

THE 562-Systematic Theology II 3

THE 563-Systematic Theology III 3

THE 571-Christian Apologetics 3

THEIS 6

Total Core 27

 

CED-Electives 18

Total Masters in Religion 45

 

The remaining credits are electives in the field of Religion/Christian Education. Please select your Electives (18 credit hours) from the list below.

Master of Religious Education

 

The goal of this graduate program is to prepare teachers and administrators in the field of Christian Education. Applicants seeking to become involved as teachers and/or administrators in Bible Schools/Colleges or Christian secondary or elementary education should pursue a graduate degree in Religious Education.

 

This program consists of 36 credit hours of specific and independent studies.

 

CORE Credit Hours

CED 506-Foundations of Ministry 3

CED 510- Myths of Sex Education 3

CED 508- Childhood Education in The Church 3

CED 516-Educational Ministry of the Church 3

CED 518-Teaching for Moral Growth 3

CED 520-The Christian Educator's Handbook

on Teaching 3

CED 522 - Design for Teaching and Training 3

CED 524- Building Leaders for Church Education 3

THESIS 6

Total Master of Religious Education Core Courses 30

 

CED-Electives 6

Total Master of Religious Education 36

 

Master of Divinity

 

The Master of Divinity is the basic professional degree of Christian ministry. It is a balanced program, which integrates the fields of Biblical literature, Theological/Historical Studies, and the Practices of Ministry. As the foundational degree for practical ministry, this program prepares persons for effective ministry as pastors, church associates, evangelists, chaplains, and a broad variety of ministries.

 

This program consists of 57 credit hours of specific and independent studies. The student must have completed the Master of Arts in Religion Degree to enter this program.

 

CORE __________ Credit Hours

THE 561-Systematic Theology I 3

THE 562-Systematic Theology II 3

THE 563-Systematic Theology III 3

THE 615 - Christian Ethics 3

HIS 502 - Church History I 3

HIS 503 - Church History II 3

THE 661 - Biblical Hermeneutics 3

THE 511- New Testament Theology 3

THE 512 - Old Testament Theology 3

OTS 511 - Pentateuch I 3

OTS 512 - Pentateuch II 3

NTS 523 - Pastoral Epistles 3

NTS 524-General Epistles 3

CED 512 - Basics of Biblical Greek 3

CED 514 - Basics of Biblical Hebrew 3

THESIS 6

Totals Master of Divinity 51

 

Electives 6

Total Master of Divinity 57

 

Electives should be selected by the student with the approval of their student advisor. Suggested electives: Life and Epistles of Paul, Prophets I, II and III.

 

Master of Theology

 

The Master of Theology is the advanced Seminary Degree. This program prepares the student for pastoral ministry, missions, teaching, and other full time ministries. This Degree also equips the student for Seminary level teaching. This program is preparation for the Doctor of Theology degree.

 

This program consists of 45 credit hours of specific and independent studies. The student must submit a Master's Thesis. The Thesis must be typewritten, double spaced, and not less than 100 pages covering a topic in the student field of study.

 

CORE Credit Hours

THE 512- Old Testament Theology 3

THE 511-New Testament Theology 3

THE 57 1 - Christian Apologetics 3

THE 561-Systematic Theology I 3

THE 562-Systematic Theology II 3

THE 563- Systematic Theology III 3

THE 531-Historical Theology 3

THE 541- Contemporary Theology 3

THE 551-Reformation History and Theology 3

THESIS 6

Total Master of Theology 33

 

Masters level Ministry-Electives 12

Total Master of Theology 45

 

The remaining credits are electives in the field of Ministry. Please select from the course list below.

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STCU Graduate Believes.

The Bible is the revelation of the nature and will of God, the incarnation of the Son, and the work of the Holy Spirit, and is the authority for Christian faith and practice.
Life has meaning only through a relationship with God, recognizing that the pursuit of knowledge in any field is ultimately a quest for understanding of God and His creation. Faith and learning are integral and cannot be separated with impunity.

STCU Purposeful Graduates 

Developing purposeful graduates is the culmination of all aspects

of an STCU education and experience. Purposeful graduates apply skills and knowledge into practice as productive and contributing members in their respective families, churches, communities, and places of work..

STCU takes seriously its history and calling to deliver excellent academic programs within a distinctively Christian learning environment. Faculty and students engage in research and academic dialogue from a faith-based perspective and with a confessional commitment to the authority of the Bible as Holy Scripture

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