Monday, November 7, 2016

A GPTS Education by Degrees

Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is a biblically grounded institution committed to the doctrines of historic Presbyterianism and the Reformed Faith. If you are considering an advanced education to prepare for the Gospel ministry and service in the church or mission field at an institution that refuses to compromise with the theological trends of the day, we hope you will explore the information offered below and on our web site. There you will find full information about our distinctives and our program, as well as numerous Christian resources to enhance your spiritual life.

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GPTS offers four degree programs:
  1. Bachelor of Divinity
  2. Master of Divinity
  3. Master of Arts in Religion
  4. Master of Ministry for Ruling Elders and Deacons
All of these are graduate level degrees. Read the descriptions and the informational chart below for details of each program. Advanced degree studies beyond these are by invitation of the faculty only and are limited, since the seminary's primary focus is on training individuals for active, practical (though scholarly) pastoral and pulpit ministry more than on academic or scholastic achievements.

Divinity Program – Master of Divinity & Bachelor of Divinity

The Divinity Degrees are for students whose primary vocational goals are focused on ordained pastoral ministry and preaching of the Word of God. Because ordination to the office of teaching elder is the purpose, the Divinity program is open to men only, according to the seminary's understanding of the scriptural requirements for church offices.

The B.Div. program is identical to the M.Div. program in content and requirements, but it designed for mature men (age 30 or older) who do not have a B.A. degree. It should not be seen a substitute for an undergraduate degree.


Master of Arts in Religion

The M.A. program emphasizes knowledge of Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, and Historical Theology, as well as personal piety. This program is designed for men and women involved in the various non-ordained ministries of the church who wish to gain a solid biblical education for their particular work. Those involved in youth ministry, missions, or Christian education will find this program particularly suited to their callings. The program is an excellent opportunity for men and women in non-church professions to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith.


Master of Ministry for Ruling Elders and Deacons

The quality of the ministry of an elder or deacon depends on his personal devotion to the Lord, his knowledge of the Word, his understanding of biblical church government, and his specific function with that system of government. Therefore, the proper training for an elder or deacon or for a candidate for those offices is of great importance. The MMRE/MMD program includes training in personal piety, Presbyterian/Reformed church government, and the role of the elder and deacon in the church.



What a GPTS Education Looks Like

What should you expect to study when enrolling in a theological education program at Greenville Seminary? The chart below provides a thumbnail summary of each program.



Divinity Program

Classroom Credit Hours
Field Education Units
Average Years to Complete
118
12
4-5

Coursework Areas
Credit Hours
Old Testament & Hebrew Studies
22 hours
New Testament & Greek Studies
24 hours
Historical Theology
15 hours
Systematic Theology
17 hours
Applied Theology
16 hours
Apologetics & Ethics
14 hours
Electives: 16 options available
1-2 hours each


Master of Arts in Religion

Classroom Credit Hours
Specialization Options*
Average Years to Complete
44
4
2-4

Coursework Areas
Credit Hours
Pentateuch
2 hours
OT Biblical Theology
2 hours
Gospels & Acts
2 hours
NT Biblical Theology
2 hours
Reformed Spirituality
2 hours
Ancient Church History
3 hours
Medieval Church History
3 hours
Reformation Church History
4 hours
Modern Church History
3 hours
Introduction to Reformed Theology
3 hours
Prolegomena & Theology
3 hours
Creation, Man and Sin
3 hours
Christ & Salvation
3 hours
Ecclesiology & Polity
3 hours
Introduction to Apologetics
3 hours
Ethics
3 hours


*Specialization Options: Biblical Languages, Church History, Apologetics, Systematic Theology


Master of Ministry
For Ruling Elders & Deacons

Classroom Credit Hours
Course Segments
Years to Complete
35
2
2-5

Coursework Areas
Credit Hours
Reformed Spirituality
2 hours
Presbyterian Church History
2 hours
Introduction to Reformed Theology
3 hours
Creation, Man & Sin
3 hours
Christ & Salvation
3 hours
Ecclesiology & Polity
3 hours
Cults
2 hours
Reformed Pastor
3 hours
Evangelism & Missions
4 hours
Christian Education
2 hours
Pastoral Counseling
3 hours