Christian Studies to be Bryan's second Master's program
November 25, 2009

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Bryan College’s second Master’s degree program, a Master of Arts in Christian Studies, has been approved and college officials are planning to offer the first class in the spring.


Bryan President Dr. Stephen Livesay said Bryan received word this week of the decision by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


“This is a natural for us,” Dr. Livesay said. “It is an opportunity to offer a degree with a worldview and apologetics emphasis to a constituency which may not be Bryan undergraduates. We believe the program will meet a great need for church leaders and for others who do not intend to go on to further seminary study.”


The MACS will be structured like the MBA at Bryan, the college’s first graduate program, with students meeting at Bryan’s facilities in the Krystal Building in Chattanooga every other weekend for about 14 months. Fifteen to twenty students will form a class cohort that will progress through the program together.


Academic Vice President Dr. Bradford Sample said prerequisites for participating in the program include holding an undergraduate degree and having successfully completed basic Bible courses. The curriculum will include courses such as Foundations of Biblical Interpretation, Cultural Contexts of the Old and New Testaments, Christian Theology, and Worldview and Apologetics.


Regular Bryan faculty and area pastors with earned doctoral degrees will teach the courses, Dr. Sample said.


For more information about the Master of Arts in Christian Studies degree, contact Dr. Adina Scruggs, director of graduate programs, at 423.634.1114.