Bible, Theology, and Ministry Concentration

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Program Requirements

Requirements for the Christian Formation and Ministry (CFM) program leading to a Master of Arts degree consist of the successful completion of 42 semester hours, a comprehensive examination, and a capstone project or internship. 

Students pursuing the Bible, Theology and Ministry concentration are required to take the 24 hours of core CFM courses plus an additional 18 hours (see below).

The Bible, Theology and Ministry concentration is designed for those who desire both advanced grounding in biblical and theological studies and a strong ministry foundation. Students develop an integrated understanding of the biblical narrative, biblical interpretations, Christian theology, and church history. They also develop a ministry philosophy, learn critical ministry skills, and deepen their engagement with personal spiritual formation.

Planning Sheet | Course Sequencing Chart | Candidacy Form

Core Courses (24)

  • CFM 512  Bible in Ministry (2)
  • CFM 513  History & Philosophy of Ministry (4)
  • CFM 514  Ministry in Culture (2)
  • CFM 515  Human Development & Research for Ministry (4)
  • CFM 516  Teaching for Transformation (4)
  • CFM 521  Personal Spiritual Formation (2)
  • CFM 522  History and Traditions of Spiritual Formation (2)
  • CFM 681  Comprehensive Exam (0)
  • CFM 691  Concentration Mentoring Group (0)
  • BITH 566  Foundations for Biblical Interpretation (counts as TSR requirement) (4)

    All graduate students are required to complete a theological studies requirement of 6 semester hours. For CFM students in the Bible, Theology and Ministry concentration, this consists of CFM 512 plus BITH 566. 

Bible, Theology, and Ministry (18)

Biblical Studies (4)

  • BITH 566  Foundations for Biblical Interpretation (TSR requirement) (4)

    This class counts for both the core TSR Requirement and for the concentration requirements.


Theological Studies (4)
Choose one 4 credit hour course or two 2 credit hour

  • BITH 638  OT Theology (4)
  • BITH 648  NT Theology (4)
  • BITH 565  Christian Theology (4)
  • BITH 567  Theology of the Church (2)
  • BITH 561  Theological Anthropology (2)
  • BITH 558  Theology of Luther, Barth, Augustine, Aquinas, etc. (2-4)


Christian History (4)
Choose one 4 credit hour course or two 2 credit hour

  • BITH 576  History of Christianity to 1900 (4)
  • BITH 581  The Reformation (4)
  • BITH 653  Historical Theology: Ancient (2)
  • BITH 654  Historical Theology: Medieval (2)
  • BITH 571  Introduction to the History of Christianity (2) 

Electives (4)

  • BITH or CFM course(s) (2-4)
  • CFM 692 Bible, Theology, and Ministry Final Project (2)

Final Project

The final project within the concentration may be either a thesis/applied thesis (698), creative project (692), or internship (696). Up to four hours of electives within the concentration may be taken through independent study courses. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not be applied to the degree requirements. For courses offered only on a pass/fail basis, two hours of pass/fail credit may be applied to the degree with approval of the department chair.

Program Requirements

Requirements for the Christian Formation and Ministry (CFM) program leading to a Master of Arts degree consist of the successful completion of 42 semester hours, a comprehensive examination, and a capstone project or internship. 

Students pursuing the Bible, Theology and Ministry concentration are required to take the 24 hours of core CFM courses plus an additional 18 hours (see below).

The Bible, Theology and Ministry concentration is designed for those who desire both advanced grounding in biblical and theological studies and a strong ministry foundation. Students develop an integrated understanding of the biblical narrative, biblical interpretations, Christian theology, and church history. They also develop a ministry philosophy, learn critical ministry skills, and deepen their engagement with personal spiritual formation.

Planning Sheet | Course Sequencing Chart | Candidacy Form

Core Courses (24)

  • CFM 512  Bible in Ministry (2)
  • CFM 513  History & Philosophy of Ministry (4)
  • CFM 514  Ministry in Culture (2)
  • CFM 515  Human Development & Research for Ministry (4)
  • CFM 516  Teaching for Transformation (4)
  • CFM 521  Personal Spiritual Formation (2)
  • CFM 522  History and Traditions of Spiritual Formation (2)
  • CFM 681  Comprehensive Exam (0)
  • CFM 691  Concentration Mentoring Group (0)
  • BITH 566  Foundations for Biblical Interpretation (counts as TSR requirement) (4)

    All graduate students are required to complete a theological studies requirement of 6 semester hours. For CFM students in the Bible, Theology and Ministry concentration, this consists of CFM 512 plus BITH 566. 

Bible, Theology, and Ministry (18)

Biblical Studies (4)

  • BITH 566  Foundations for Biblical Interpretation (TSR requirement) (4)

    This class counts for both the core TSR Requirement and for the concentration requirements.


Theological Studies (4)
Choose one 4 credit hour course or two 2 credit hour

  • BITH 638  OT Theology (4)
  • BITH 648  NT Theology (4)
  • BITH 565  Christian Theology (4)
  • BITH 567  Theology of the Church (2)
  • BITH 561  Theological Anthropology (2)
  • BITH 558  Theology of Luther, Barth, Augustine, Aquinas, etc. (2-4)


Christian History (4)
Choose one 4 credit hour course or two 2 credit hour

  • BITH 576  History of Christianity to 1900 (4)
  • BITH 581  The Reformation (4)
  • BITH 653  Historical Theology: Ancient (2)
  • BITH 654  Historical Theology: Medieval (2)
  • BITH 571  Introduction to the History of Christianity (2) 

Electives (4)

  • BITH or CFM course(s) (2-4)
  • CFM 692 Bible, Theology, and Ministry Final Project (2)

Final Project

The final project within the concentration may be either a thesis/applied thesis (698), creative project (692), or internship (696). Up to four hours of electives within the concentration may be taken through independent study courses. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not be applied to the degree requirements. For courses offered only on a pass/fail basis, two hours of pass/fail credit may be applied to the degree with approval of the department chair.