Courses

 

Majors and Areas of Specialization

Biblical Studies

The Biblical Studies program is designed to train students in actual text of the Bible. With a heavy focus in exegesis and exposition, the program takes a student into the text itself, training a student how to draw out meaning and to proclaim that meaning through lectures, lessons, and sermons. The program is ideal for any Christian desiring to study God’s word in an in-depth manner.

Undergraduate Programs

Associate of Biblical Studies Program: 60 Semester Hours

The foundation of all ATS programs, the Associate of Biblical Studies program introduces students into the world of higher biblical education, focusing heavily upon exposition of key biblical books.

 
 
 

Bachelor of Biblical Studies Program: 120 Semester Hours

The B.BS. program continues the training begun in the ABS program with the addition of basic language training in both New Testament Greek and Old Testament Hebrew. The program is ideal for all students wishing to advance into the Master of Divinity or Master of Biblical Studies programs.

Graduate Programs

Master of Biblical Studies Program: Old Testament Studies 30 Semester Hours

The Old Testament Studies area of specialization allows students to focus primarily upon exegetical training in the Old Testament. For students who have completed the BBS program, a second year of basic Hebrew is completed, with the program culminating in advanced Hebrew translation work. The program is ideal for all students who desire a deeper understanding of the Hebrew Text.

Master of Biblical Studies Program: New Testament Studies 30 Semester Hours

The New Testament Studies area of specialization allows students to focus primarily upon exegetical training in the New Testament. For students who have completed the B.BS. program, a second year of basic NT Greek is completed, with the program culminating in advanced NT Greek translation work. The program is ideal for all students who desire a deeper understanding of the Greek Text.

Doctor of Biblical Studies Program: 30 Semester Hours

The D.BS. program is currently a work in progress. In upcoming semesters, ATS students will be able to continue with their areas of specialization from the M.BS. program into a 36 Semester Hour program. Currently, however, the program is a 30 Semester Hour program with training in both OT & NT exposition. Be sure to check the current catalog for all updates to the DBS program.

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Ministry

The Ministry program is designed to train students in practical ministry applications. The core of the program consists of expositional courses, with supplemental courses in pastoral counseling, pastoral leadership, and theology being added. The program is ideal for pastors and other Christian leaders within the church who desire a well-rounded general Bible education.

Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Ministry: 120 Semester Hours

Currently, the BMin program focuses upon Bible exposition and practical ministry courses. The program is ideal for students wishing to advance into graduate programs offering the Pastoral Leadership area of specialization and for students seeking a terminal undergraduate program.

Graduate Programs

Master of Ministry (M.Min.): Pastoral Leadership 30 Semester Hours Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.): Pastoral Leadership 30 Semester Hours

The Pastoral Leadership area of specialization is designed primarily for pastors and assistant pastors within the church. It combines biblical exposition with practical pastoral counseling courses, giving pastors a firm foundation for leading the modern church. The program is also an excellent entry program into the MDiv Pastoral Leadership program and the DMin program.

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Theology

The Theology program is a dynamic program, offering students training in biblical exposition and key biblical doctrines. With new areas of specialization currently being developed, the program is sure to remain the cornerstone of ATS for years to come. The program is ideal for pastors, assistant pastors, and other Christian leaders within the church seeking additional training in theological application as opposed to practical ministry application.

Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Theology: 120 Semester Hours

Currently, the Th.B. program focuses upon exposition of key biblical books and practical theology courses. The program is ideal for students wishing to advance into almost any ATS graduate program, and is an excellent terminal degree program.

Graduate Programs

Master of Theology (Th.M.): Pastoral Theology 30 Semester Hours Doctor of Theology (Th.D.): Pastoral Theology 30 Semester Hours

The Pastoral Theology area of specialization is designed for students active in the ministry with a desire to understand key theological concepts more thoroughly. Although the program does not focus upon practical ministry training, the Pastoral Theology specialization maintains a practical atmosphere for students actively serving in the church. Other areas of specialization are currently being developed, so please be sure to check the current ATS catalog for all current offerings.

The Doctorate of Theology program is a 30 semester hour program which is specifically designed for pastors who are seeeking to advance their understanding of critical biblical doctrines and texts.  The ThD program is the most popular program among seasoned pastors and has a proven record of success.  

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Divinity

The Divinity degree program offers all pastors and church leaders extensive training in critical areas of Christian ministry within the church. With two very diverse areas of specialization, the Divinity degree program is well rounded in its offerings. One of the most recognized and sought after degree programs, the Divinity degree program allows a student to receive training in all the core areas of ministry under one program.

Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Divinity: 120 Semester Hours

The Bachelor of Divinity is closely akin to the undergraduate Ministry program, being designed primarily for the church leaders seeking practical training in biblical exposition and ministry applications. The program is ideal for those seeking a terminal undergraduate program.

Graduate Programs

Master of Divinity (M.Div.): Biblical Languages 90 Semester Hours

The Biblical Languages area of specialization is designed for pastors and other Christian leaders seeking to enhance their leadership skills with practical ministry and theological training, and with translation skills. Understanding of key language concepts allows pastors and teachers to prepare and present dynamic and in-depth Bible lessons, drawing congregations and classrooms into deeper discussion of the text and its meaning for today’s world. The program is ideal for those seeking a terminal graduate degree program or for those students seeking to advance into the D.BS. or specialized Th.D. programs.

Master of Divinity (M.Div.): Pastoral Leadership 60 Semester Hours

Pastoral Leadership (M.Div.) offers pastors and other Christian leaders a well-rounded and practical ministry program that focuses upon biblical exposition, key areas of theology, and pastoral counseling. More developed than the Ministry program, the M.Div. Pastoral Leadership program is ideal for students seeking a terminal graduate Divinity degree or for those who wish to advance into the D.Min. program.

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Christian Counseling

The Christian Counseling Program is a dual program leading to a both an ATS degree and Clinical Pastoral Licensure (graduate level) or Temperament Counselor Certification (undergraduate) from the National Christian Counseling Association. The program is designed primarily for those Christian workers and pastors whose ministries involve significant Christian counseling work.

Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Christian Counseling: NCCA Certified 120 Semester Hours Temperament Counseling

The Bachelor of Christian Counseling provides a student with abundant hours specific to Christian Counseling and leads to certification by the NCCA as a Certified Temperament Counselor. This is the best program of study for students wishing to advance into the Master of Christian Counseling program, as it allows graduate level students to progress at a rapid rate deeper into the course offerings.

Graduate Programs

Master of Christian Counseling: NCCA Licensed Clinical 30 Semester Hours Christian Counselor

Doctor of Christian Counseling: NCCA Licensed Clinical 30 Semester Hours Christian Counselor

The Christian Counseling graduate programs are highly specialized programs of study, leading to both an ATS degree and licensure by the NCCA. Students who begin their training in the undergraduate program can advance into very specific areas of NCCA Board Certification. The program is wholly designed for Christian workers primarily and significantly engaged in Christian Counseling work.

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Pastoral Counseling

The Pastoral Counseling program differs considerably from the Christian Counseling program. Whereas the Christian Counseling program is designed for those Christian workers engaged primarily in counseling, the Pastoral Counseling program is designed for those pastors and Christian workers who find that counseling is a small but necessary portion of their ministry. Thus, the Pastoral Counseling program focuses upon practical application courses designed primarily for pastors who must counsel in areas such premarital counseling, marriage counseling, and bereavement counseling. As the program is designed primarily for pastors, it is not offered at the undergraduate level, for the Pastoral Counseling assumes a thorough Bible training for students who enroll into the program.

Graduate Programs

Master of Pastoral Counseling: 30 Semester Hours Doctor of Pastoral Counseling: 30 Semester Hours


Christian Education

The Christian Education program prepares students for teaching Christian doctrines and for leading Christian institutions under the umbrella of the church. Christian school teachers, Christian school administration, and educational ministers will all find that the program offers a well rounded selection of course offerings built around a strong core of biblical exposition.

 
 

Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Christian Education (B.Ed.C.): 120 Semester Hours

The Bachelor of Christian Education currently follows the Ministry and Divinity majors closely in its curriculum, believing a strong core of Bible exposition is the surest foundation for Christian teaching and administration. The program supplies an outstanding platform for advancing into the graduate Christian Education programs.

Graduate Programs

Master of Christian Education: Christian Teaching 30 Semester Hours Doctor of Christian Education: Christian Administration 30 Semester Hours

The graduate programs serve to compliment one another, with the Master of Christian Education focusing upon teaching methods and applications, and the Doctor of Christian Education focusing upon administrative applications and teaching specializations.

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