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Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Pittsburgh Extension Site

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School offers two ideal paths for nontraditional learners who are interested in pursuing a program marked by breadth, depth and flexibility. For mature learners who are unable to relocate to Trinity's Deerfield campus for theological education, Trinity offers the Master of Arts in Christian Studies and the Certificate in Christian Studies. Both the 42 semester hour MA in Christian Studies and the 24 semester hour Certificate enable you to deepen your biblical and theological knowledge base, while broadening your ministry scope through relevant course work in any or all of our academic departments at Trinity. Your goals, effectiveness in ministry and impact in the secular workplace will be significantly enhanced by the training you receive in these quality programs.

A most attractive feature of both the Certificate and the MA/CS program is their flexibility. These programs allow you to either devote your large number of electives to concentrated study in one or two areas of interest, or to develop a comprehensive program from Trinity's broad selection of course offerings, which have been drawn from several masters level programs, including the MDiv. You will have the opportunity to pursue study of both theoretical and practical concerns, integrating the two for greater Christian growth and ministry effectiveness.

Another appealing feature for many nontraditional learners is that either program can be pursued in a non-traditional educational format. The Certificate of Christian Studies and up to 5 courses of the MA in Christian Studies can be done through Distance Education (DE) courses online. Further, if you are within driving distance to one of our Extension sites, you can complete the entire MA Christian Studies degree at the extension site.

Master of Arts in Christian Studies

The Master of Arts concentration in Christian Studies (MA/CS) provides a basic understanding of Christianity for general educational purposes. Trinity’s MA/CS program draws from the breadth of the curriculum requiring substantive study in biblical, theological, historical, and global areas, combined with a significant number of hours in the student’s area of interest. The program is particularly suited for Christians desiring to better understand God’s revelation to humanity in the biblical and theological context of orthodox, historic Christianity and who are engaged in non-church-related vocations or for those seeking a general theological degree to accompany a specialized master’s degree. As a seminary degree, it relates Christian studies to the work of the church.

 

Objectives include:

  • Enabling participants to understand the biblical and theological concepts that form the foundation of the Christian faith
  • Thinking critically and constructively about the historic and global contexts of Christianity
  • Examining closely an area of personal interest related to Christian studies
  • Articulating Christian faith in light of present vocational engagement  
  • Growing in personal and spiritual maturity   
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    MA/CS Curriculum

    Biblical Studies (Select from OT and NT studies) ............................................................. 8-12 hours

    Recommend OT 5000, NT 5000

    Theological Studies (Select from ST, PR, CC, BE studies) ................................................ 9-12 hours

    Recommend ST 5101, ST 5102, ST 5103

    Historical and Global Studies (Select from CH and ME studies) ......................................... 5-9 hours

    Recommend CH 5010, CH 5060, ME 7700, ME 7450, ME 7570

    Free Electives (Select from across the curriculum) ........................................................ 12-15 hours

    PT 5000 ...............................................................................................................................1 hour

    Capstone Project (ID 7480 ................................................................................................. 2 hours

    Field Education (2 semesters) ............................................................................................. 0 hours

    TOTAL ................................................................................................................................. 42 HOURS

     

    Courses are available to audit ($225) or to take for credit ($375 per credit hour).

    Summer 2014

    ST5101 Intro to Theology, with Dr. Henry Knapp, Three Credit Hours

    Fridays and Saturdays, May 23-24, June 27-28, July 18-19, August 8-9

    Fridays, 5:30pm -9:30pm and Saturdays, 8:30 am – 12pm and 12:45-3:15pm 
    This course begins by clarifying the nature, method, and necessity of theology. Discussion then moves to the doctrine of Scripture, including the revelation, inspiration, illumination, and inerrancy. This course concludes with the study of the existence and nature of God (including the Trinity), God’s works of creation (including angels), and providence.

    Fall 2014

    PR5500 Apologetics with Dr. Harold Netland, Director of the PhD (Intercultural Studies), Two Credit Hours

    Fridays and Saturdays, October 17-18, November 7-8, December 5-6

    Fridays, 5:30pm -9:30pm and Saturdays, 8:30 am – 12pm and 12:45-3:15pm 
    An introduction to the discipline of Christian apologetics, its relation to theology and evangelism, and its place in Christian ministry. Selected intellectual challenges to core Christian claims for contemporary culture (e.g., the existence of God, the problem of evil, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, religious pluralism), along with Christian responses to those challenges, are explored.

    NT5100 Luke-Acts, with Dr. David Sloan, Three Credit Hours

    September 19-20, October 17-18, November 14-15, December 12-13

    Fridays, 5:30pm -9:30pm and Saturdays, 8:30 am – 12pm and 12:45-3:15pm 

    A study of the history and theology in the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts with special attention give to their narrative structure. Passages from both books will be selected for in depth study.

    Spring 2015

    CH7225 History of the Reformation, with Dr. Martin Klauber, Three Credit Hours

    Fridays and Saturdays, January 16-17, February 13-14, April 10-11, May 1-2

    Fridays, 5:30pm -9:30pm and Saturdays, 8:30 am – 12pm and 12:45-3:15pm 

    Historical and theological overview of the changes in the history of Western Christendom through Luther’s rediscovery of the gospel is the course focus. Topics covered include condition of the late medieval church; the Lutheran, Zwinglian, and Calvinist reformations; the rise of Anglicanism; the Anabaptists and other movements; and the Counter-Reformation.

    EM5210 Christian Leadership and Administration, with Dr. James Moore, Associate Dean, Three Credit Hours

    Fridays and Saturdays, January 9-10, February 6-7, March 13-14, April 17-18

    Fridays, 5:30pm – 9:30pm and Saturdays, 8:00am – 12pm and 12:45 – 3:15pm

    Consideration of the nature and responsibilities of leadership for church and Christian ministry organizations. Case studies will be used to assist participants in applying leadership theory to practice.

     

    Course Rotation

    As an aid to help you map out a plan to complete your degree, the following is a schedule of courses that the Pittsburgh site will offer on a three-year rotation. Although variations may occur, every attempt is made to follow this schedule:

    Year “A”

    CH 5010 History of Christianity 4 Credit Hours

    ST 5101 Systematic Theology I: Introduction to Theology 3 Credit Hours

    -- ---- Free Elective 2-3 Credit Hours

    -- ---- Free Elective 2-3 Credit Hours

    PT 5000 Personal Assessment/Ministry Orientation 1 Credit Hour

    Year “B”

    OT 5000 Introduction to the Old Testament 4 Credit Hours

    ST 5102 Systematic Theology II: Christ, Man, Sin, Salvation 3 Credit Hours

    ME 5001 Foundations of Evangelism 2 Credit Hours

    -- ---- Free Elective 2-3 Credit Hours

    -- ---- Free Elective 2-3 Credit Hours

    -- ---- Free Elective 2-3 Credit Hours

    Year “C”

    NT 5000 Introduction to the New Testament 4 Credit Hours

    ST 5103 Systematic Theology III: Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things 3 Credit Hours

    -- ---- Free Elective 2-3 Credit Hours

    -- ---- Free Elective 2-3 Credit Hours

    -- ---- Free Elective 2-3 Credit Hours

    Students will also need two semesters of field education and a capstone project (2 credit hours) to complete the Masters of Arts in Christian Studies (MA/CS).


    For more information, or to register, contact Trinity Coordinator, Allison Smith: (724) 935-6800 x3104 or allisons@northway.org. You may pre-register for courses by calling or e-mailing Allison.

     

    Forms & Applications

    TriNet Account Creation Form
    Visiting Student Application

    The TriNet Account Creation Form and the Visiting Student Application must be completed by all credit and auditing extension site students. Please make sure to complete as soon as you decide to take a course.

     
     
     

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