Dear current and future applicants:
This letter is to advise that all applications for admission in the year 2022 will be deferred until the Fall 2022 term (applications received in Fall 2022 will be regularly considered for Spring 2023 admission). After a careful review of our previous curricula for our degree programs and feedback regarding the ministerial challenges of our students and graduates, the administration of Berit Theological Seminary has decided, starting this Fall, to phase in new curricula to better equip our students in applying the unchanging Word of God to the challenges of a rapidly changing world. The following is a summary of the planned changes:
- The professional “Master of Divinity” (MDiv) and “Doctor of Ministry” (DMin) programs will consolidate current courses into more comprehensive programs of biblical theology, with added emphasis on practical applications. Additional courses will include seminars and practicums for redemptive-historical teaching, preaching, and spiritual formation.
- The academic “Master of Biblical Studies” (MBS) will be reformatted to the “Master of Arts in Biblical Studies” (MABS). Like the professional programs, previous course material will be consolidated for a more comprehensive instructional design, and more options will be made available for the study of New Testament, systematic theology, and Reformed hermeneutics.
- The academic “Doctor of Biblical Studies” (DBS) will be replaced by the “Master of Theology” (ThM) in Biblical Theology. While maintaining the emphasis on advanced biblical studies, the ThM will have additional research emphases to greater expound on the history of redemption.
- The “Bachelor of Biblical Studies” (BBS) will be replaced with the “Bachelor of Theology” (BTh). The new bachelor’s program will be well-rounded to include practical studies and research so that the BTh graduate can be equipped not only with biblical knowledge, but also with insights for application and future growth in ministry.
A more detailed explanation of the upcoming curriculum and graduation requirements will be published in another report by this Summer for our students and applicants to review. Current students in the programs affected will have until Spring of 2023 to decide if they will stay with their current program or transfer to the newly implemented one (this is most applicable for current BBS and DBS students). In every case, our administration and advisors will work with students and applicants to address questions and concerns so they can get the most out of their theological education at Berit. Any specific questions may be addressed to me directly by email (email@example.com). Thank you all for your continued devotion to the Word of God.
Jabez Park, DMin
President, Berit Theological Seminary