DEGREES and PROGRAMS

MASTER OF ARTS IN BIBLE/THEOLOGY
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN BIBLE/THEOLOGY
BA Minor Programs:
Christian Education, Counseling, General Studies, Greek Language, Hebrew Language, Ministry Studies, and Missions.
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS
CERTIFICATE OF BIBLICAL STUDIES

Tri-State Bible College

Master of Arts Program Brochure
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MISSION STATEMENT


The mission of the Tri-State Bible College is “Training Faithful Servants for Tomorrow - Today” by offering a biblically oriented program, which provides for a thorough knowledge of the Bible and for the ability to use effectively the Word of God in Christian living and Christian service.

GRADUATE MISSION


The mission of TSBC’s Masters Program is to equip individuals for God-glorifying, Christian service to meet the needs of the home, the community, the church, and the world. Our aim is to prepare students with the skills necessary to faithfully analyze, interpret, and apply Biblical principles and truth in all spheres of life. We provide our students with the opportunity for rigorous study combined with service-based application in order that they might grow in wisdom and knowledge and be prepared for whatever vocation God may call them.

UNDERGRADUATE MISSION


The mission of the TSBC Undergraduate Program is to equip students in mission, evangelism, and ecclesiology, through biblical knowledge and Christian experience.


Tri-State Bible College


Tri-State Bible College is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational institution of higher education in the traditional Bible college model.  The college exists to train men and women for professional church and church-related ministries and/or vocations. Providing additional training for those interested in lay ministry is likewise a major component of these programs.  Seeking to be faithful to the ideals of this heritage, Tri-State Bible College is committed, in all of its policies and practices, to the unrestricted and rigorous pursuit of truth, to the certainty of values of human life, and to a respect for differing points of view.

Within this framework the college:



(A) creates curricular programs which:
• exposes the student to the entire text of the Bible,
• demonstrates to the student the hermeneutical rules of literal, grammatical and historical interpretation as the indispensable means of arriving at the truth of God's Word,
• provides the student with the opportunity for directed and creative research into biblical truth,
• trains the student in the expository method of preaching as the most effective means of communicating the whole counsel of God and
• develops the concept of world-wide evangelization in the heart and mind of the student;

(B) endeavors to create a learning environment which:
• is responsive to each student's purpose in pursuing a concentrated program of biblical study,
• is aware of the individual differences of each student in educational background, learning ability and Christian maturity,
• constructively assists each student to understand and accept himself/herself and others as individuals before God who sovereignly and lovingly bestowed each believer with specific spiritual gift(s) which are developed and used to the glory of God,
• assists students in satisfying their personal needs through Bible education, counseling experiences and other school activities,
• fosters the spiritual life of each student by emphasizing private and corporate worship, stresses the importance of personal application in the light of spiritual truths and provides a chapel service,
• promotes the adoption of worthwhile intellectual, aesthetical, cultural and ethical values for each student and
• provides a learning atmosphere that gives opportunity for the improvement of the intellectual and ministerial abilities of each student through the development of Bible-centered programs, participation in Christian Service, and the provision of special educational opportunities.

We strive to provide an outstanding education for talented and highly motivated students from a variety of geographic, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and from a diversity of age levels.  To achieve this end, we recruit and retain outstanding faculty members who maintain:
• a godly spiritual life and testimony,
• a dedication to the art of teaching and advising,
• a continuing pursuit of truth through additional scholarship, research and creative endeavor and,
• a desire to serve the college and the larger community.  We also seek to provide a supportive and challenging environment in which students can realize the full potential of their abilities and come to understand their responsibility of acceptable service both to the Lord and to the community.

The principal focus of Tri-State Bible College's curricular programs is both a graduate education in Bible and Theology and an undergraduate education in Bible and Theology.  The undergraduate program is combined with directly career-related professional minor concentrations, auxiliary Bible studies, and appropriate undergraduate courses in the liberal arts. 

Relations between the Bible/Theology major and the liberal arts and professional studies are carefully nurtured to provide mutually reinforcing intellectual experiences for students and faculty.  These programs are designed to prepare individuals for positions of leadership in their chosen careers.  In addition, recognizing its responsibility to the larger community, Tri-State Bible College provides a variety of carefully selected programs of continuing education via such means as seminars, Bible and theology conferences, and occasional cultural enrichment opportunities.  Finally, Tri-State Bible College recognizes its responsibility in maintaining a position of excellence and scholarship in research through its professional development requirements for graduate faculty and the encouragement of undergraduate faculty and administration in such pursuits.

In its recruitment and retention of members of the college community, Tri-State Bible College, consistent with its academic and institutional heritage, maintains openness to all qualified individuals.


EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY



Christian education stands upon the truth revealed in the written Word of God.  We believe that at the heart of a person’s activities is his/her relationship with God.  Tri-State Bible College offers a comprehensive program of Bible-centered training for Bible-centered living.  The biblically oriented program provides for a thorough knowledge of the Bible and for the ability to use effectively the Word of God in Christian service.

Christian living is basic to all Christian activity.  The college expects each student not only to achieve academic excellence but also to maintain a genuine Christian testimony in obedience to God.  Christian living encompasses spiritual maturity, successful family living, church loyalty, and effective citizenship.

Christian service necessitates the finest Christian education.  When God calls a person to serve Him in some special way, God calls that same person to prepare faithfully in order to learn the practical skills essential for the development of Christian character and the communication of biblical truths.

At TSBC, a spiritual classroom environment provides the setting for academically and spiritually qualified teachers to guide students into meaningful learning experiences under the administration of the Holy Spirit.

The college functions independently in its organization, and the school adheres to the fundamental Bible doctrines of the Christian faith.


Masters Program
Goals and Objectives



As a graduate from the Master of Arts in Bible/Theology Program at Tri-State Bible College the student(s) will be able to:
1. enhance  their skill in basic and advanced methods of Bible study, utilizing both Hebrew and Greek language skills and software comparable to Logos 6  Gold,

This objective will be operationalized by implementing the basic skills in the area of Bible study methods, and by utilizing languages required for entrance to the graduate level.  Logos 6 Scholar’s Gold or its equivalent will be required software for graduate work. The student will be taken to advanced levels by means of specific assignments designed to challenge the student toward additional training, growth and discovery. This objective will be primarily operationalized in the four-hour course: BI 501 Advanced Principles of Bible Study.

2. articulate effective research principles applicable to any field of study,
This objective will be operationalized in the course: GS 502 Introduction to Research Methods.  This course is designed to teach graduate students the proper methodology for critical examination of resources found in journals and extra biblical texts.  This objective will be further operationalized in the course: GS 503 Theological Research and Writing in which opportunity for implementing research methods will be emphasized.  The research methods learned can be utilized in any field of study.

3. skillfully and effectively communicate in writing,
This objective will be operationalized in the course: GS 502 Introduction to Research Methods in which the student will be exposed to the Modern Language Association (MLA) style of writing and source citation.  It will be operationalized further in all the courses which require research and writing such as GS 503 Theological Research and Writing.

4. defend a biblical worldview in a transcultural world of philosophies,
This objective will be operationalized throughout the Masters Program.  Principles of biblical studies and research methods with skills in writing will prepare the student for accurate recordings of theological research.  A biblical worldview will be developed upon this foundation as the student researches various philosophical positions that surround and infiltrate existing ministries and challenge pastors, missionaries, and leaders who are on the front lines of ministry in a diverse global society.  The course in apologetics will assist the student to think critically and defend his/her biblical worldview. 

5. authenticate proficiency in missiology by increasing cognitive learning and hands-on examination of a mission agency, and This objective will be operationalized by giving the student skills in principles of Bible study, research methods, writing, and apologetics in which a biblical worldview will be developed and defended.  A mission project will then be pursued in which the student will study the theological basis of missions, evaluate the inner workings of a mission agency as it pertains to a specific endeavor, culminating with a writing project based upon critical thinking, research, apologetics and the student’s biblical worldview.

6. exhibit leadership skills by examining Scripture to discover leadership principles with which to scaffold a working leadership model for ministry.

This objective will be operationalized in the courses:  BI 501 Advanced Principles of Bible Study and CE 603 Leadership in which the student will discover biblical principles of leadership to be utilized in developing a leadership model intended for use in ministry.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
MASTER OF ARTS in BIBLE/THEOLOGY



The Master of Arts in Bible/Theology Program is conferred upon those who satisfactorily complete the required 36-semester hour program.  It is designed to meet the needs of learners who seek further training in biblical and theological studies and who endeavor to enhance skill-sets used in their vocational ministries.  This program advances the college’s mission of “Training faithful servants for tomorrow - today” while fulfilling the program’s specific mission of equipping individuals for God-glorifying, Christian service to meet the needs of the home, the community, the church, and the world.

Our aim is to prepare students with the skills necessary to faithfully analyze, interpret, and apply Biblical principles and truth in all spheres of life. We provide our students with the opportunity for rigorous study combined with service-based application in order that they might grow in wisdom and knowledge and be prepared for whatever vocation God may call them.