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6.5.1 Admission and
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6.5.2 Degree...

6.5.2 Degree Requirements


6.5.2.a Degree Requirements

See the following sections: Beginning the Program, Program Requirements, and Placement/Competency Exams: Greek and Hebrew.

The student chooses one of the following emphases: Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Urban Mission, or General Studies. A student desiring to proceed to the Ph.D. in Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation should choose the M.A.R. Biblical Studies, and a student desiring to proceed to the Ph.D. in Historical and Theological Studies should choose the M.A.R. Theological Studies.

A total of at least 55 credit hours, including the Summative Evaluation Experience, plus required Hebrew (OT 011-2-3) and Greek (NT 011-2-3) courses, is required for the M.A.R. degree. Courses are to be selected from the three categories below. Additional requirements are noted in the section, “Major Courses, Electives, or Other Requirements.”

Core Courses - Total of 23 credit hours plus Elements of Hebrew and Greek.
All students must take the same core courses. These are:

OT 211 Old Testament History and Theology I 3 hrs.
NT 101 General Introduction to the New Testament I 2 hrs.
NT 103 General Introduction to the New Testament II 1 hr.
NT 123 Hermeneutics 4 hrs.
CH 321 The Modern Age 4 hrs.
ST 101 Prolegomena to Theology 2 hrs.
ST 313 Doctrine of Salvation 4 hrs.
AP 101 Introduction to Apologetics 3 hrs.
    23 hrs.

         
     (Hebrew track)
     (Greek track)

Courses shown in parentheses represent language requirements of 19 hours. These are needed by students without knowledge of Hebrew or Greek and are not counted in the required hours for graduation but are counted in the grade point average. Those who have had Hebrew or Greek before entrance will need to take a placement exam for advanced standing or exemption.

6.5.2.b Departmental Courses

Total credit for courses needed from the below will vary, depending on the hours in the courses chosen; however, these choices are governed by the choice of a major.

All students must take one course in each department from the following:

Old Testament
OT 113
Old Testament Introduction 3 hrs.
OT 223 Old Testament History and Theology II 3 hrs.
OT 311 Prophetical Books 3 hrs.
OT 323 Poetry and Wisdom 2 hrs.
New Testament
NT 211 The Gospels 4 hrs.
NT 223 Acts and the Pauline Epistles 4 hrs.
Church History
CH 211 The Ancient Church 2 hrs.
CH 223 The Medieval Church 2 hrs.
CH 311 The Reformation 3 hrs.
Systematic Theology and Apologetics
ST 113 Doctrine of God 2 hrs.
ST 211 Doctrine of Man 2 hrs.
ST 223 Doctrine of Christ 3 hrs.
ST 333 Christian Ethics 2 hrs.
AP 213 Principles in Christian Apologetics 3 hrs.
PT/ST 211 Doctrine of the Church (required for
 M.A.R. - Urban Mission emphasis) 
4 hrs.

6.5.2.c Major Courses, Electives, or Other Requirements

M.A.R. students take the remainder of their required hours in major courses or electives, and fulfill additional requirements, as follows:

  1. A student choosing the Biblical Studies emphasis needs all M.Div., OT, and NT courses as listed in the sample schedules on the following pages.
  2. A student choosing the Theological Studies emphasis needs all M.Div., CH, ST, and AP courses as listed in the sample schedules on the following pages. 
    • A student choosing the Urban Mission emphasis must take the remainder of their required hours with electives from Practical Theology courses
  3. A student choosing the General Studies emphasis may complete the remaining hours of the program by choosing any courses offered in the M.A.R. or M.Div. programs, except where limitations are noted in the course descriptions. Under an arrangement with the Jerusalem University College (JUC), students choosing the General Studies emphasis may complete some of their program requirements at JUC. See section 5.9 for further details.

6.5.2.d The M.A.R. Summative Evaluation Experience

To provide students in the various M.A.R. programs with an opportunity to review and draw into a comprehensive unity the material of the different courses in the curriculum, there will be a concluding examination that allows for a summative evaluation of the student’s total program. For all emphases, this will involve an “open book” take-home examination to be completed within 24 hours in the spring semester of a student’s final year. Students finishing their course work by the end of December or January, prior to May graduation, will take the exam in the fall semester.

The examination will involve three questions. For the M.A.R. Biblical Studies student, there will be one in Old Testament, one in New Testament, and one in hermeneutics. For the M.A.R. Theological Studies student, there will be one in systematic theology, one in apologetics, and one in church history. For the M.A.R. General Studies student, there will be a choice of any three from the six topics above. For the M.A.R. Urban Mission student, there will be one from gospel communication, one from PT 123 Gospel Communication and one from PTM 151 Mission to the City. The examination answers must be typed (double-spaced) with each question answered separately in two to four pages. The examinations will be made available on Kees on the Thursday of the sixth full week of the spring semester and are to be returned by the end of the next day (4:30 p.m. on Friday of the sixth full week of classes). Late submissions will result in a failure.

Students must register for the M.A.R. Summative Evaluation Experience during the normal registration period. The summative examination will count for one semester hour of credit (taking the place of one hour of elective credit in the current curriculum). It will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis. The questions of the summative examination aim at giving students the opportunity to demonstrate that they can apply the knowledge acquired in the M.A.R. programs. Research will not be necessary for answering these questions. Rather, the questions will be designed to allow the student to draw upon their Westminster course work. Given that it is an “open book” examination, students may make use of any course materials that they see fit. The examination is administered through the Academic Affairs Office.

If a student should fail the exam, a petition for a retake examination within a three-week period may be considered.  Students who fail two or more courses their final semester will be required to repeat the M.A.R. Summative Evaluation Experience during the semester in which courses are retaken.

6.5.2.e Sample Schedules

The following recommended sample schedules place the courses in proper order, according to the term offered and the prerequisites needed. Students should consult the Registrar’s Office before deviating from these sample schedules.

Hebrew Language Track

Greek Language Track

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