Biblical Study Specializations

The teaching content was consistently excellent and the atmosphere of conversation always called one to think more clearly and faithfully. But the personal attention (such as several directed studies in advanced Greek with Jeff Peterson) and general accessibility of faculty was truly invaluable. Because of our professors’ care, we were not only taught sound theology, we also were given occasion to be caught by it.Daniel Napier, Alumni & former Professor

Overview

Austin Grad offers a number of Specialization Certificates for those seeking to deepen their understanding of God and His word and to help others with the same goals.

Specializations are typically nine (9) to twelve (12)-credit hours and can be earned in conjunction with a degree program or taken as stand-alone programs of study. Eight (8) Specializations are offered at the graduate-level and four (4) at the undergraduate-level. A certificate will be awarded for each successfully completed Specialization.

Students in a Specialization Certificate Program can pursue education at their own pace, complete a particular area of theological study in as little as three classes, and pursue as many Specializations as they’d like.

All courses applied toward Specializations must be taken at Austin Grad.

Student transcripts will reflect all attempted credit hours.

Enrollment

Degree Students

  • Once students have completed all required courses for a Specialization with a minimum grade of ‘C’, they should contact the Office of the Registrar to request a Certificate Application.

Non-Degree Students

  • Non-degree students seeking an Undergraduate-Level Specialization must have a high school degree or equivalent. Those seeking a Graduate-Level Specialization must have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Must submit a Specialization Intent Form to the Office of the Registrar, identifying your desired area of Specialization.
  • Registration Form — Under Program drop-down box, make sure to select Specializations.
  • Once students have completed all required courses for a Specialization with a minimum grade of ‘C’, they should contact the Office of the Registrar to request a Certificate Application.

Those interested should contact the Office of the Registrar for further details

Specializations

Graduate-Level  

Promotion of Old Testament Literacy
Advanced Promotion of Old Testament Literacy
Old Testament Hebrew
Promotion of New Testament Literacy
Advanced Promotion of New Testament Literacy
New Testament Greek
The Church’s Faith and History
Christian Preaching Skills

Undergraduate-Level

Promotion of Old Testament Literacy
Promotion of New Testament Literacy
New Testament Greek
Christian Ministry Skills

Graduate-Level

Promotion of Old Testament Literacy
Credit hours: 12
Prerequisites: none
Sequence of coursework: NT 5313 must be completed prior to MIN 6307
Course Requirements:
• MIN 6307 The Ministry of Teaching
• NT 5313 Interpreting the Bible
• OT 6301 Reading the Old Testament
• 3 additional hours from the Old Testament Division

Advanced Promotion of Old Testament Literacy
Credit hours: 12
Prerequisites: Completion of Promotion of Old Testament Literacy Specialization
Sequence of coursework: any
Course Requirements:
• 12 hours from the Old Testament Division not previously credited toward Promotion of Old Testament Literacy Specialization

Old Testament Hebrew
Credit hours: 9
Prerequisites: none
Sequence of coursework: 1st – HEB 6310; 2nd – HEB 6311; 3rd – Exegetical course
Course Requirements:
• HEB 6310 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I
• HEB 6311 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II
• One of the following exegetically intensive courses from the Old Testament Division:
o OT 6302 Torah
o OT 6303 Historical Books
o OT 6304 The Prophets
o OT 6305 Psalms and Wisdom Books

Promotion of New Testament Literacy
Credit hours: 12
Prerequisites: none
Sequence of coursework: NT 5313 must be completed prior to MIN 6307
Course Requirements:
• MIN 6307 The Ministry of Teaching
• NT 5313 Interpreting the Bible
• NT 6301 Reading the New Testament
• 6 additional hours from the New Testament Division

Advanced Promotion of New Testament Literacy
Credit hours: 12
Prerequisites: Completion of Promotion of New Testament Literacy
Sequence of coursework: any
Course Requirements:
• 12 hours from the New Testament Division not previously credited toward Promotion of New Testament Literacy Specialization

New Testament Greek
Credit hours: 9
Prerequisites: none
Sequence of coursework: 1st – GRK 5351; 2nd – GRK 5352; 3rd – GRK 5399
Course Requirements:
• GRK 5351 Introduction to Biblical Greek I
• GRK 5352 Introduction to Biblical Greek II
• GRK 5399 Directed Study in Greek

The Church’s Faith and History
Credit hours: 12
Prerequisites: none
Sequence of coursework: CH 5312 and CH 6305 must be completed prior to CH/TH 6307
Course Requirements:
• TH 6301 Introduction to Theology
• CH 5312 The Church’s History: To the Reformation
• CH 6305 The Church’s History: Reformation and Modern
• CH/TH 6307 Christian Theological Traditions

Christian Preaching Skills
Credit hours: 12
Prerequisites: none
Sequence of coursework: any
Course Requirements:
• NT 5313 Interpreting the Bible
• MIN 6301 Introduction to Christian Ministry
• MIN 6302 The Ministry of Preaching
• 3 hours from the Ministry Division

Undergraduate-Level

Promotion of Old Testament Literacy
Credit hours: 12
Prerequisites: none
Sequence of coursework: Only where specified in the Catalogue for courses selected
Course Requirements:
• OT 3310 The Story of Israel
• OT 3311 The Old Testament Prophets
• OT 4312 Old Testament Psalms and Wisdom
• NT 4313 Interpreting the Bible

Promotion of New Testament Literacy
Credit hours: 12
Prerequisites: none
Sequence of coursework: Only where specified in the Catalogue for courses selected
Course Requirements:
• NT 3320 Jesus and the Gospels
• NT 3321 Paul and His Letters
• 6 additional hours from the New Testament Division

New Testament Greek
Credit hours: 9
Prerequisites: none
Sequence of coursework: 1st – GRK 3351; 2nd – GRK 3352; 3rd – GRK 4399
Course Requirements:
• GRK 3351 Introduction to Biblical Greek I
• GRK 3352 Introduction to Biblical Greek II
• GRK 4399 Directed Study in Greek

Christian Ministry Skills
Credit hours: 12
Prerequisites: none
Sequence of coursework: Only where specified in the Catalogue for courses selected
Course Requirements:
• CS 3328 The Greatest Story Ever Told
• NT 4313 Interpreting the Bible
• MIN 4306 Teaching and Preaching
• 3 additional hours from the Ministry Division

Policies

Financial Factors
Tuition, fees, and financial policies are the same for both Degree and Specialization Certificate Programs. See Catalogue for details.

Non-degree students are ineligible for federal aid, but may be eligible for scholarships. See the Office of Financial Aid for information.

Transferability
As a regionally accredited seminary, all for-credit courses are typically transferable to other regionally accredited colleges, universities, and seminaries.  However, each institution handles incoming transfers of credits according to their own policies. If seeking to transfer courses to another institution, be sure to verify transferability.

Course Rotation Schedule
Every effort will be made to ensure each Specialization Certificate can be completed within a reasonable time frame. Check with the Office of the Registrar if you have questions about the likely schedule for specific courses needed. Course schedules are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed.

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