M.Div. Program Reduced From 96 to 79 Credits
Over the past two years, Talbot faculty have been working hard and creatively to streamline the curriculum in the Master of Divinity program. Talbot has sought to maintain the same learning outcomes but by doing so in a much more efficient manner. Curriculum changes have resulted in a M.Div. program that is 22 percent shorter. For students, this will mean a savings in both money and time. Talbot has done this without compromising the commitment to training in the biblical languages and exegesis — something the school of theology believes is foundational to solid biblical teaching and preaching in ministry. Talbot has also sought to make the M.Div. classes more accessible and convenient for students’ schedules, with half of the M.Div. now also available online.
M.A. Programs Reduced From 64 to 49 Credits
While working on the M.Div. program, Talbot’s faculty also worked on refashioning the Master of Arts curriculum. Most Talbot M.A. programs are now 49 credits. Two exceptions are the M.A. with an emphasis in preaching and pastoral ministry, which has been reduced to 58 credits, and the M.A. in spiritual formation and soul care, which is now 56 credits. As with the M.Div. program, Talbot’s goal was to identify ways for students to achieve the same learning outcomes with fewer classes. The end result was a 23 percent reduction in course- work. Full-time students will now find it easier to complete their program within two years and with less expense.
Talbot Rolls Out Three Fully Online M.A. Program Concentrations
Beginning in the fall of 2017, students will be able to take Talbot classes while living in Seoul, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Wichita — or nearly anywhere else in the world. Talbot will be offering the M.A. program with concentrations in Bible exposition, theology and New Testament fully online. This will make it possible for students to remain in their ministry context, wherever they live, and earn a Talbot degree. Talbot has intentionally entered the arena of online education later than many institutions, and in this time has learned how best to shape online programs that enhance learning, connection and formation. Looking ahead, Talbot is excited to offer more online programs in the future.