Transfer Credits. A maximum of 6 masters level semester hours of coursework, with a B (3.00) or above, may be transferred from an approved seminary or university if applicable to the student’s program. Transfer courses must have been completed within the six-year time limit.
Time Limits. A student must complete the requirements for the MA (Religion) degree and graduate within six years of first enrolling in the program regardless of admission classification.
Admission to the Religion MA (Specialized) program is based on the general admission requirements for all graduate students and the general Seminary admission requirements. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, preferably with a major in religion or theology with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or above.
In addition to the General and Seminary Admission requirements specified above, applicants must meet the following:
Applicants must provide a transcript showing that they have taken the following courses at the undergraduate level with a GPA of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 system). Prerequisites do not count as part of the 38 credits required for the MA (Religion) degree.
Prerequisites may be taken at any accredited educational institution. Students needing to take prerequisite courses, after applying to the MA Religion program, may submit courses by providing an official transcript showing that the course(s) taken meet the Transfer Credit Policy (see below) and the MA Religion prerequisite requirements to fulfill the course or language prerequisites.
- Church History - 2 credits
- New Testament Studies - 2 credits
- Old Testament Studies - 2 credits
- Theological Studies - 2 credits
- Ellen G. White Writings – 2 credits
- Adventist Studies – 2 credits
- Total prerequisite credits – 12
*(CHIS504 - Adventist Heritage or its equivalent meets Adventist Studies and E. G. White Writings requirements)
The applicant must demonstrate proficiency, in languages other than English, or show a plan for acquiring language proficiency as determined by the selected area of concentration. Proficiency is defined as the reading knowledge of a language at the intermediate level. Examinations are generally required to demonstrate proficiency. Language proficiency courses do not apply toward the 38 credits of the MA degree requirements.
Applicant must demonstrate Biblical Greek and Hebrew proficiency at the intermediate level. Students who have already taken Greek or Hebrew at the undergraduate level must take the placement exam and show that they have an intermediate level of competency in both languages. If the appropriate score(s) are not earned, the student will have to retake the language courses at Andrews. Biblical language proficiency must be demonstrated before registration of exegesis courses.
Registering for Greek and Hebrew Placement Exams
A student who passes the Hebrew or Greek placement exam must register for the zero credit section of the course in order for their academic transcript to show a grade of “P” for passing, which is the designation for Challenge by Examination. No entry shall be made on the transcript if the student fails the examination. However, a student who fails the examination will be required to take the prerequisite course for credit. Placement exams must be taken the first year of starting the program and can only be taken once.
Students will register for placement exam(s) as follow:
- NTST 551 - Beginner Greek Placement Exam, 0 credits, must receive a score of 45% or higher to pass.
- NTST 552 - Intermediate Greek Placement Exam, 0 credits, must receive a score of 60% or higher to pass.
- OTST 551 - Beginner Hebrew Placement Exam, 0 credits, must receive a score of 65% or higher to pass.
- OTST 552 - Intermediate Hebrew Placement Exam, 0 credits, must receive a score of 65% or higher to pass.
Students who choose to demonstrate proficiency in Hebrew and/or Greek by taking the courses at Andrews may use the credits to fulfill course Prerequisite Elective requirements.
A modern language of French or German must generally be completed by examination and/or course work (FREN 505, GRMN 505). Exceptions to this rule are listed under areas of Concentration. This is in addition to the minimum 38 program credits. Other modern research languages may be considered by the program director if the language is relevant to the topic of the thesis/project. Modern language deficiencies must be completed before registering for the MA thesis/project.
Sixteen Personality Factor (16PF) Questionnaire
This assessment must be completed and submitted as directed on the online application - on campus and online only.