Rocky Mountain Seminary offers three programs majoring in Bible or professional studies. RMS believes the three programs of the seminary offer a viable alternative to traditional theological studies. A student will receive a Bible specialization, guidance in personalized biblical research, and professional internship experience – all in the equivalent time of a traditional seminary degree.
The Graduate Certificate in Bible provides in one year a 32-credit course of study that gives a sound foundation in Bible and theology to graduates of colleges, universities, and professional schools. The emphasis on Bible meets students’ personal goals for formal Bible study and development of spiritual life. The Graduate Certificate satisfies the Bible requirement for entrance into various forms of Christian vocation or additional graduate study. It is equivalent to the first year of Rocky Mountain’s standard-track master’s program.
Master of Arts: Biblical Studies
The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies offers in a two-year program (standard track) a graduate specialization in Bible, biblical interpretation, and theology. Students who qualify for the advanced track may complete the MA(BS) program with two semesters of coursework plus an academic thesis. This program aims to produce graduates who know Scripture well, are skilled in independent biblical and theological research, and are committed to a biblical view of faith and life.
The atmosphere of study is both informative and informal. Lectures, discussion, and meaningful assignments are the means of instruction. The program is designed to give students exposure to the Old and New Testaments and the major doctrines of the Christian faith in order to construct a Biblical and doctrinal framework for living and ministering effectively in their own culture.
Master of Theology
The Master of Theology is designed to prepare graduates for teaching ministries, for biblically and theologically enhanced pastoral ministry, and for doctoral studies.
The degree is two years of advanced study that provides additional competencies to two year Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree or its equivalent. The Th.M. at Rocky Mountain Seminary may be approached in one of two ways:
1. Earn the M.A.B.S. at Rocky Mountain Seminary and begin the Th.M. curriculum at year three.
2. Earn the M.A.B.S. or M.Div. at another accredited seminary and begin the Th.M. curriculum
at year three or four. Students with M.A. or M.Div. degrees from other seminaries should
submit their transcripts for evaluation by the Rocky Mountain Seminary Registrar to
determine which Th.M. concentrations they will be eligible to pursue.
The Th.M. in Biblical Studies is uniquely designed for ministry professionals who are unable to relinquish or suspend their full-time ministries or change locations in order to pursue a doctorate. The RMS Th.M. may be earned in-service. This is accomplished through a twelve-week external residency and a one-week internal residency for each course.
While Th.M. degree program is designed to provide in-service learning, it may also be earned in much less time by living in the area and carrying a larger load of courses. This allows the student to also pursue the Th.M. right after a seminary M.A.B.S. degree program.
The Th.M. is web-enhanced. With current technology, it is possible to engage in scholarly research, group interaction, independent study, instructor mentoring, and writing via the Internet. This program takes advantage of leading-edge technology and teaching techniques to assure in-depth learning.
Graduate Education Especially Designed for:
- Bible or Christian college and seminary instructors
- Pastors desiring a strong Bible teaching ministry in their church
- Theological writers and scholars
- Missionaries engaged in global instruction situations cross-culturally
- To develop a high level of skill in studying and researching the Scriptures.
- To be able to utilize the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew as well as theological research tools in the pursuit of biblical knowledge.
- To be able to teach and communicate biblical knowledge with clarity in the church pulpit, college or seminary classroom, or through writing.
- To develop of heart for God and the students or church people that the graduate would teach.
Key Training Components
- A focus on the original Greek and Hebrew languages. This is designed to facilitate research in biblical text. RMS prioritizes the biblical languages as foundational for the Th.M. degree in OT/NT Studies.
- Faculty mentoring and peer group interaction via the Internet. The Internet component allows students to access extensive information resources as well as experience continual mentoring contact throughout the 14-week course period. A high degree of faculty mentoring is available through Internet interaction.
- A strong, required component of communicating and presenting before peers and faculty in educational teaching environments.
The Th.M. program will continually explore and utilize training and techniques, instructors, and materials that plant, cultivate, and produce and local church ministry heart in combination with academic excellence.
The RMS Th.M. program utilizes a creative external and internal residency that blends face-to-face, one-week, on-campus modules with pre- and post-module Internet interaction in the student's home or ministry setting. This format allows gifted students to sharpen and develop their teaching, research, and communication skills while continuing in their places of ministry.