The Seminary

Master in Biblical Studies

The M.B.S. is offered to students with either a A.B. Theology (Major in NT Greek) or a B.A. (or its equivalent). Students with a background in NT Greek are given preference for entrance into the program. However, exceptional students with an earned undergraduate degree may also be accepted into the program in a probationary basis. Their continuation in the program will depend on their ability to master NT Greek. Students with undergraduate Greek studies may take a test in order to waive some or all of the required Greek courses. A student without a New Testament Greek background could finish the degree in three-year full-time study. It generally takes longer due to the existence work in required in the Biblical languages.

Entrance Requirements

In order to be admitted as a regular student, the following credentials must be presented to the Registrar’s Office:

  1. A completed application form, which includes 200-word statement by the application indicating his faith and purpose, along with his reasons for desiring a course of theological study.

  2. A full academic transcript of college or undergraduate work, with proof of having received a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. If more than one college was attended, there should be a transcript from each.

  3. A letter of character reference from three people who know the applicant well, including the pastor of his church (or a church official), an undergraduate professor, and a friend. The applicant should list these three persons in the space provided on the application form, and letters will be sent to them directly from the Registrar’s office.

  4. A recent passport-type photo should be attached on the application.

Pastors' Study Grant

Because of the economic hardship that many young pastors face, the Seminary thought the assistance of the Christian Training and the Missionary fellowship offers a limited number of study grants each year to qualified students who are active in the pastorate. These grants are given on a yearly basis and are contingent on a continued good standing in the program. Such grants are not guaranteed and depend on the availability of funds. Study grant guidelines and applications are available from the registrar.

Fees

Application
CBS Alumni P 50.00
Non-Alumni P 300.00
Tuition (per credit hour) P 50.00

Preliminary Tests

Students may be required to take a number of special tests prior to, or upon admission into the program. Students who are not available for personal interview upon application (especially those applying from overseas) may be required to take an English proficiency test prior to acceptance at the Seminary. Upon admission and during orientation, new students will be given a general NT knowledge test. Likewise students who wish to by-pass the basic Greek courses will be tested at this time.

Course Requirements

OT DEPARTMENT
Course Code Course Name Units
LA 511, 512 Hebrew I, II 6
OT 801 Hebrew Reading 2
OT 802 Hebrew Exegesis 4
OT 803, 804 OT History I, II 4
OT 805 OT Introduction 2
NT DEPARTMENT
LA 505-8 Greek I, II, III, IV 12
LA 509 NT Exegesis I 3
LA 510 NT Exegesis II 3
NT 901 Intertestamental Period 2
NT 902 NT Introduction 2
THEOLOGY DEPARTMENT
TH 1001 -4 Systematic Theology I, II, III, IV 8
TH 1005 Contemporary Theology 2
PRACTICAL DEPARTMENT
PT 1101 Teaching Apprenticeship 8
PT 1102 Homiletics 2
Electives 6
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Academic Probation

Students may be accepted into the program on academic probation. This may indicate one of several things. For example, if one’s ability to handle the English readings and lectures is questionable, he may be admitted on a probationary basis. Likewise, a student’s proficiency in learning the biblical languages may be questioned. If, however, a student is admitted n probation, he must prove himself during the first semester. After that point he will be either dropped from the program, or if his progress has been satisfactory, he may continue as a regular student. A student is automatically placed on academic probation at any point at which his cumulative grade point average drops below 2.5. The student must bring his average up within one semester or he will be dropped from the program.

Grading

In unusual situations a student’s work in a course maybe incomplete, in which case the instructor will turn in a grade of incomplete along with the grade that would be given if no other work were done in the course. This grade will be used for averaging purposes until the completed grade has been received. The incomplete work must be made up within a period of 30 days from the end of the semester examinations. The grade accompanying the incomplete becomes the final grade after the designated period, if the additional work is not turned into the instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to see that incomplete work is made up.

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