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Master of Arts (Talbot School of Theology)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Arts is to produce biblically, theologically, and spiritually discerning Christian thinkers who can serve the body of Christ in lay, parachurch or academic ministries. The Master of Arts program provides both a general biblical, theological, and spiritual foundation for reflection and a specialized focus on a discipline crucial to fulfilling Talbot's mission and from which students can serve or go on for advanced study. These disciplines include Bible Exposition, Biblical and Theological Studies/Diversified, New Testament, Old Testament, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation, and Theology.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Arts, students will be able to:


Integrate a sound understanding of Scripture with the contents of their respective emphasized disciplines.


Explain the major doctrines of Christianity, including their biblical basis, historical development, and contemporary relevance, and assess non-evangelical doctrines from an evangelical perspective.


Demonstrate an integrative understanding of spiritual theology and formation such that the student can:

    1. explain the basic elements of Spiritual Theology, namely, the nature, process, and practices of spiritual growth;
    2. demonstrate how knowledge of self integrates with knowledge of God in one's own life;
    3. demonstrate relational skills that develop community;
    4. articulate how the biblical teaching on vocation shapes one's own understanding of vocation and gainful employment.

Perform and report research in their respective disciplines at a level sufficient to begin a doctoral program.


Curriculum Map

A Curriculum Map shows which courses in a degree program are responsible to intentionally develop each PLO at the Introductory, Developing, and Mastery levels.

Assessment Plan

An Assessment Plan is a listing of the student work that will be used to assess achievement of each learning outcome.

Assessment Schedule

An Assessment Schedule is a 5-year schedule that indicates when each of the PLOs will be assessed and when the comprehensive Program Review will occur.

Annual PLO Assessment Reports

The Annual Reports from each year’s PLO assessment.

Program Review Executive Summary

The Executive Summary report from the most recent comprehensive Program Review.