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GOLDEN STATE


SCHOOL

OF

THEOLOGY




CATALOG

2015-2017



P.O. Box 693455

Stockton, CA 95269





General Number 1-209-740-7222

Office: (209) 518-0888

Office: (888) 920-GSST (4778)

General Number 1-209-740-7222


WEPBSITE: WWW.GOLDENSTATE.EDU

EMAIL: INFO@GOLDENSTATE.EDU




GOLDEN STATE

SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY

P.O. Box 693455

Stockton, CA 95269








FOR ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

1-888-920-GSST (4778)

CALL 209-931-1888

Email: admissions@goldenstate.edu

www.goldenstate.edu

TABLE OF CONTENTS


ITEM: PAGE:

GENERAL INFORMATION..................................................................... ....4

Affiliation with the Association of Biblical Higher Education.............4

Associate Institution Policy ..........................................................4

Message from the President............................................................ 6

Doctrinal Statement......................................................................... 6

Philosophy of Education.................................................................. 7

GSST Administration....................................................................... 8

GSST Board of Trustees................................................................. 8

GSST Faculty.................................................................................. 9

Catalog Information........................................................................ 10

Admissions Policies and Procedures............................................. 10

Registration Information................................................................. 12

Required Fees................................................................................ 13

GSST Payment Plan Options......................................................... 16

Text Books..................................................................................... 22

Library Resources and Research Material..................................... 22

Academic Policy............................................................................. 23

Student Services............................................................................ 25

Code of Conduct............................................................................ 27

Changing Existing Policy................................................................ 28


DIPLOMA PROGRAMS............................................................................ 29


UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS........................................... 31


UNDERGRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 35


GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS 46


POST-GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS 56


GRADUATE AND POST-GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 64

GENERAL INFORMATION

GOLDEN STATE

SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY


Since 1979, Golden State School of Theology has been training men and women for ministry in the Lord’s service. Our current student population represents more than a dozen nations and virtually every inhabitable continent. Nearly every ethnicity is represented, as our students come from a multiplicity of languages, social strata, and nations.

More than 300 GSST graduates serve the Lord in various ministries and on every continent. Combined with our current students, someone has estimated that the GSST Family reaches out to literally hundreds of thousands of people every week.

ACCREDITATION


Golden State School of Theology is authorized and approved to grant degrees in Bible and theological studies by the State of California.


We are not affiliated or accredited with or by any regional or national accrediting agency. We have operated, successfully, as a school of ministry for over 35 years. GSST graduates and students are serving around the world in a variety of ministries, including teaching, preaching, missions, and counseling. GSST clearly understands the purpose of accreditation. However, as noted by the US Department of Education and all US DOE recognized accreditors, accreditation is a voluntary process.


GSST and many other good schools which serve the adult learner population, believe the true measure of the quality of an education, and the institution itself, is the extensive experience and credentials of its faculty, the integrity of its courses and programs, and ultimately the ministry and professional achievements of its students and graduates.



ASSOCIATE INSTITUTION POLICY


GSST is, philosophically and through our primary delivery system, an Internet school. We normally do not offer any official form of traditional, on-campus programs/courses. However, from time to time, GSST students and others in Christian ministry request assistance in the development of traditional classroom study opportunities. This is especially true for students living abroad. GSST accommodates these requests by providing materials and advice. Such schools are not official organs of GSST. We accept credits earned through these associates only when they have demonstrated to our satisfaction that sound educational practices have been followed, including the verification of the credentials of the Faculty and Staff.


The use of the GSST name by affiliate schools is TOTALLY DEPENDENT upon those who offer the program. GSST neither requires nor denies the use of our name, provided sound educational and business practices are followed. Institutions in association with GSST MUST operate under their own auspices. The role of GSST is to provide these institutions with our educational product and advice.



MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
















Innovative! Imaginative! Insightful! Investigative! These are words which we have heard from our students since the inception of GSST in 1979. For over thirty-five years, GSST has been meeting the educational, spiritual, and ministry training needs of people around the world. The vision of the founders of the school including Drs. Stanley L. Hay, John Alber, and Paul Graves continues today. Delivering qualitative and quantitative theological education to those who desire it, wherever they live and whenever they want it is the GSST ministry. Our Mission Statement is a living entity: We exist to equip Christians everywhere for the work of the ministry and missions.


Come unite with us, experiencing the joy of learning as gathered by hundreds of current and past students who hail from every inhabited continent. Begin and complete an educational journey of discovery and enlightenment. Travel with the Lord as He opens the doors of eternal wisdom found in the Bible. All of this comes to you through our unique Directed Internet Studies (DIS) program. No matter where you live, your personal Mentor and the rest of the GSST Team are right there with you. No matter how many miles or even how many oceans, continents, or nations we are apart geographically, we are together in real time through the Internet. The DIS program has met the needs of hundreds of people. I am sure it will meet your needs and wants as well.


Use your email and write me a note. Let’s talk about your educational wants and needs. Each and all of our programs are geared to the individual, to you. Let’s talk about what God has for you to accomplish through a GSST education. Please write us at info@goldenstate.edu .


DOCTRINAL STATEMENT


All members of the faculty and administration, as well as the curricular and other programs of Golden State School of Theology, adhere to the following statement of convictions.


1. THE BIBLE

The divine and plenary inspired canonical books of the Old and New Testaments as originally given are infallible, authoritative, relevant, and free from error in all matters with which the Scriptures deal.


  1. SPECIAL CREATION

Through divine fiat, God brought the earth and the universe with all its systems and kinds of living organisms into existence.


  1. HISTORICITY

The historical and Biblical record of primeval time, which includes Adam and Eve’s literal fall, the resultant sin and curse entering the world, and the diverse nations evolving from language difficulties at the Tower of Babel are truthful accounts of the status of man following the fall.


  1. THE TRINITY

The trinity is the triune Godhead existing as One God in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Son and Holy Spirit share the same nature with the Father, who is eternal, transcendent, and sovereign, yet personal, immanent, loving, and faithful.


  1. THE FATHER

God the Father, the first person of the Holy Trinity, is eternal, the Creator of all things, unchangeable in all His attributes and sovereign Lord of the universe. He is worthy of praise, adoration, and obedience.


6 THE SON

Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, becoming one sinless, perfect, divine-human person through His incarnation, miraculous conception, and virgin birth.


  1. THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead who convicts, regenerates, indwells, seals, guides and empowers. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts and fills those persons who yield to Him and enables them to bear much spiritual fruit.


  1. REDEMPTION

The substitutionary, literal, physical death of Jesus Christ on the cross for the sin of the world brought hope to the believer by His burial, resurrection and ascension. As He lives, so we also shall live.


  1. SALVATION

Salvation from sin comes from God by grace and is received by personal faith in the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


  1. SATAN

Satan, called the devil or Lucifer, is a malignant being who is a deceiver, liar, tempter, and destroyer. Eternal punishment and torment will be not only for him, but also for all persons who reject Jesus Christ as Savior.


  1. LAST THINGS

The personal, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth to judge and to purge sin and to establish His kingdom will conjugate all His purposes in the works of creation, redemption, rewards, and punishments.


  1. THE CHURCH

The Church is a fellowship of believers both local and universal. It is credited by the Holy Spirit into one redeemed Body of Christ and is identified as the possession of Christ. As the Bride of Christ, the Church is to build the kingdom by strengthening the saints and winning the lost through evangelism.


PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION


Our Mission:


Golden State School of Theology exists to equip Christians for the work of ministry and missions, wherever they live, with Bible-centered education designed to advance Christ’s Kingdom We accomplish our mission by training the saints to minister more effectively where they live and when they are studying with us, without taking them out of their natural environment to accomplish their educational goals. (Eph. 4:12).


Our Values:


The sovereignty of Christ (1 Cor. 15:8; Phil. 2:10-11)

The centrality of the local church (Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 12:27; Eph. 5:30; 1 Pet. 2:5)

The authority of the Bible as the Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21)

Spirit-filled character and service (Rom. 8:29; Eph. 5:17-18)

The worth and dignity of the individual (Gen. 1:26-31; Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 11:7)

Biblical stewardship (Lk. 9:12-27; Matt. 25:14-30)

The Great Mandate: Go make disciples (Matt. 28:19-20)

The Great Command: Love one another (Jn. 13:34-35)


Our Vision: We will equip the saints who…


Develop and defend a Biblical worldview (Ps. 24:1; Ezek. 18:4; Rom. 14:8)

Live Christ-like, Spirit-filled lives of integrity, humility and stewardship (1 Tim. 4:12)

Make service to Christ and His church a priority (Ro. 12:1-2)

Evangelize effectively (2 Tim. 4:5, 1 Pet. 3:15, Jude 23)

Support the local church and missions (1 Cor. 9:14; Phil. 4:10; 1 Tim. 5:18)

Are effective in their spiritual gifting and talents (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-12)


GSST ADMINISTRATION


Paul F. Graves, ThD, PhD, DMin, President

James L. Parker, ThD, DMin, DCE, Chancellor

Donald P. Lyles, DRE, Th.D, DD Registrar

William B. Tucker, ThD, Chief Finance Officer

Ronald Beck, DD, Director of Admissions

William Vun, DMin, Director, GSST-Malaysia

Oscar Diga, DD, Director, GSST-Philippines

GSST BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Dr. Paul Graves, President and CEO, GSST, Stockton, CA

Dr. Ron Beck, Educator and Writer

Dr. Stanley L. Hay, Retired Educator

Dr. Don Lyles, Educator, Oakley, CA



GSST FACULTY


The following personnel comprise the faculty of Golden State School of Theology.


Beck, Ronald T

BS 1974 Bethany College

MA 1996 National University

DMin 2000 Golden State School of Theology


Clay, Charles

BS 1966 University of California, Berkeley


GRAVES, Paul F.

ThB/ThM 1979 San Diego Bible College

ThD 1980 Evangelical Seminary

PhD 1981 Pacific Western University

MA 1985 Beacon College

MS/MS 1992 National University

DMin 1999 American Bible College and Seminary


HAYS, Michael D.

BA 1970 Pentecostal Bible College

MDiv 1984 Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

ThD 2007 Golden State School of Theology


LYLES, Donald P.

BS 1979 Western Baptist Bible College

MABS 1985 Northwest Baptist Seminary

DRE 1999 Golden State School of Theology

ThD 2003 Golden State School of Theology

DD 2011 St. Anthony School of Biblical Theology


Moore Ronald C

ThB 1985 Pacific Coast Bible College

ThM 1987 Pacific Coast Bible College

MDiv 2000 Golden State School of Theology

DMin 2001 American Christian College and Seminary

OLIVER, Constance

BA 1967 Pasadena College

MA 1969 Pasadena College

MBA 1979 Azusa Pacific College

DD 2003 Golden State School of Theology

OLIVER, Gerald L.

BA 1965 Pasadena College

BS 1966 Pasadena College

MA 1967 Pasadena College

MA 1971 Azusa Pacific College

  1. Certificate in Business Economics, Claremont University

DS 2002 Golden State School of Theology


PARKER, James L.

BS 1957 Wisconsin Univ. at LaCrosse

MDiv 1971 San Francisco Baptist Seminary

ThM 1975 Baptist Bible Seminary

DD 1985 Golden State School of Theology

ThD 1987 Golden State School of Theology

DMin 2003 American Christian College and Seminary

DCE 2006 Golden State School of Theology


TUCKER, William B.

AS 1982 Franciscan University of Steubenville

BS 1988 University of South Florida

MRE 1995 Luther Rice Seminary

DMin 2002 Golden State School of Theology

ThD 2004 Golden State School of Theology







CATALOG INFORMATION

While accurate at the time of publication, some changes may occur within the contents of this catalog. The information in this catalog is subject to change without notification, and does not constitute a contract or offer with any person.


ADMISSIONS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES


Golden State School of Theology undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs satisfy the educational needs of a wide spectrum of students. These potential students include Christian full-time workers needing or desirous of an initial, graduate or post-graduate degree other degree in Bible-related areas, those who must earn a degree in order to enter or advance in full-time Christian service, and lay persons who desire more knowledge about specific subjects in order to improve their opportunities to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.


PLEASE NOTE: GSST is an Internet school. If you do not have Internet access, you will probably not be able to complete the GSST programs successfully. GSST does not enroll overseas students who do not have access to the Internet on a regular basis. This is to protect the financial and educational well-being of the potential student.



NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY


Golden State School of Theology admits students of any race, color, and national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, national and ethnic origin in admissions of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school administered programs.


ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS


1. SPIRITUAL QUALIFICATIONS


Each Applicant must give evidence of having received the Lord Jesus Christ as his/her own personal savior. The Applicant must have an approved Christian character and a desire to know and do God's will in vocational, private, and social conduct. Moreover, each student is expected to be affiliated with a local assembly of believers and be willing to comply with the regulations of GSST. We require that each Applicant provide a Letter of Recommendation (LOR) from his or her Pastor. If Applicants are serving as pastors, we ask them to provide the letter from their Board of representatives or from another Pastor. This Letter of Recommendation must be received by GSST by the end of the Orientation course, or the student may not be allowed to continue in school.



2. EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS


Each candidate for the Associate's or Bachelor's degree programs should be a high school graduate, or be able to present a Certificate of Eligibility on the basis of a GED (General Education Development) Test or its equivalent. However, GSST embraces the concept of “Open Enrollment.” This philosophy is consistent with the “Adult School” enrollment policies of the State of California and many other states. At GSST, this policy provides that anyone who believes God has placed a call upon his or her life is eligible to apply for study with GSST.


A limited number of applicants who have not completed normal educational requirements may be accepted for PROVISIONAL admission, provided the administration believes they are capable of carrying the academic requirements to a successful conclusion. Students will be transferred from Provisional to Regular status once they have successfully completed twelve credits (four courses) with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0. Since the mission of Golden State School of Theology is the development of Christian workers, possession of a high school diploma does not automatically confirm or deny an Applicant’s standing.


Candidates for Master's degree programs must possess a four year degree from an acceptable institution in an appropriate area of study, or a combination of college credits and advance standing totaling at least 120 Semester (180 Quarter) hours of credit.


Candidates for a post-graduate degree must have an earned graduate degree in a discipline which will enable them to enter of the GSST degree programs.


ADVANCED STANDING PRIVILEGES


Many nationally known institutions of higher learning allow advanced standing to prospective students by evaluating the years the student has been active in the field in which he/she seeks a degree. Candidates who specifically apply for advanced standing credit and who provide appropriate documentation that their experiential and ministerial learning has met the requirements for a particular class may be granted credit for that class, with the approval of their Mentor, the Academic Dean, and the Academic Committee. The maximum number of Ministerial Experience Credits which will be granted is fifteen (15). Golden State policy requires a minimum of 30 Semester hours of credit (one year) be earned at this institution for each degree earned, regardless of advanced standing or number of credits transferred from other institutions.


GRADUATION INFORMATION


Graduation ceremonies are held annually in Stockton, CA, the last weekend of September each year. The Graduation Banquet is held on Friday night, while the Graduate breakfast, Seminars, and Commencement Services are held on Saturday.


The Graduation Fee of $250.00 includes two tickets to the Graduation Banquet and the cap and gown. The cap and gown become the property of the student after the ceremonies. The Graduation Fee further provides for participation in the Graduate breakfast, Seminars, and Commencement. Pictures taken of the activities by a professional photographer are also covered as part of the Graduation Fee. The graduate also receives three free official transcripts.


REGISTRATION INFORMATION


ADMISSION


Once the Application and Enrollment processes are completed, GSST accepts all Applicants on a “PROVISIONALLY ENROLLED” basis. Such students may study with GSST at the level they declared when enrolling. They may continue to study at that level when all required documentation provides evidence they are eligible for standing at that level of study. The PROVISIONAL status is removed when all appropriate documentation is received and verified by GSST. If a student has not provided all required documentation by the end of the third course of study (RE111, RE511 or RE911, Writing Research Papers), he or she may be suspended from the school until such time as the documents are produced.


It is our ministry and mission to work with everyone who applies to GSST. It is especially our ministry to work with people who have answered a Call from the Lord, but who lack the regular educational background. We recognize that the original Apostles were not considered “educated,” yet they changed the world. We will work with anyone who seeks admission to GSST. Every applicant is unique, and we work with each as an individual.


Courses from each department are available to all students who have met the criteria for the particular class, regardless of the specific degree program in which the student is enrolled. It is in the best interest of the students that they discuss their particular educational needs with the VP Admissions prior to enrollment. Once enrolled, students may continue discussing individual course desires and wants with their Mentor


Remember, GSST is an Internet school. If potential students do not have access to a computer with Internet capabilities, they will not be able to complete the GSST individual courses or programs. We do not encourage applicants to enroll if they do not have regular access to a computer with Internet capabilities.


MINISTRY EXPERIENCE PORTFOLIO (MEP) AND EVALUATION FEE


The great majority of GSST Applicants bring with them a wealth of ministerial experience. We at GSST believe that this LIFE LABORATORY experience should, where possible, be converted into academic credit. GSST allows up to a maximum of nine to fifteen credits to be earned through the completion of a ministry experience portfolio (MEP). (The number of MEP credits allowed depends upon the specific degree program in which the candidate is enrolled. For more information, contact your Mentor or write to admissions@goldenstate.edu .) If you are interested in a ministry experience portfolio evaluation, there is a one-time fee. This fee is $200.00 and must be paid regardless of the number of credits granted; furthermore, it is non-refundable. Please discuss this option of earning credit for three courses (9 credits) up to five courses (15

credits) with your Mentor. While the MEP may reduce the number of credits necessary for the completion of a degree, the tuition rate remains the same.



FIELD MINISTRY AND THE FIELD MINISTRY REPORT


GSST expects all of its students to be regular attendees at their local church, and to take part in active ministry during their school experience. Therefore, GSST students are REQUIRED to be involved in an active church or para-church ministry. Ministries may include pastoring, preaching, youth work, evangelism, Sunday school work, visitation, teaching, or other approved ministries. Students having questions regarding what qualifies as acceptable Field Ministry should contact their Mentor.


The Field Ministry of each student will be monitored by his/her Mentor and the VP Academics. GSST students are required to complete and submit the Field Ministry Report (FMR) every February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. The FMR consists of three sections, which are:

1. A description of the field ministry

2. A personal evaluation of the involvement/performance in the ministry

3. Recommendations for growth in the next quarter of field ministry


The FMR is downloadable from the GSST website. It is listed as GSST_FMR.doc.


TUITION AND FEE STRUCTURE


By the grace of God, Golden State School of Theology charges very little tuition. We do, however, have costs related to the administrative functions of the school. Our Faculty and Staff receive their stipends only as students and others of God's people support the work of this ministry. The Scriptures are plain in their declaration that "the worker is worthy of his support" (Matthew 10:10); "So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the Gospel to get their living from the Gospel" (I Corinthians 9:14); "And let the one who is taught the word share all good things with him who teaches" (Galatians 6:6).


We firmly believe that the Lord has brought you to GSST if you have enrolled in this school. Accordingly, in obedience to the principles of stewardship set forth in Scripture, we expect you to support the school by adhering to the following fee and tuition structure. In this belief, we also believe God will provide you with the resources to pay for your education. If for some reason you believe that the Lord has led you to study with us but He has not shown you a clear way of supporting the school, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the President for assistance in seeking sources of funding. Donations above and beyond the following required fees and tuition are tax-deductible.


REQUIRED FEES


$100.00 INITIAL FILING FEE


The Initial Filing Fee of $100 includes your official Enrollment costs, the GSST Writing Research Papers manual, the Power Bible CD, the tuition for the required GSST Orientation course, and the tuition for the first course toward your degree program. This fee is non-refundable.



$300.00 GRADUATION FEE


The Graduation Fee includes printing of the dissertation and binding of three copies of the thesis or dissertation. The graduate also receives three official transcripts at graduation.

Two tickets to the Graduation Banquet and the cap and gown. The cap and gown become the property of the student after the ceremonies. The Graduation Fee further provides for participation in the Graduate breakfast, seminars, and Commencement. Pictures taken of the activities by a professional photographer are also covered as part of the Graduation Fee. The graduate also receives three free official transcripts.


ADDITIONAL FEES


From time to time additional fees may be required for special seminars, trips, and other expenses beyond the specific course requirements. Students will be notified in advance of any additional fees being required.


$200.00 MINISTRY EXPERIENCE PORTFOLIO (MEP) FEE


As stated above, if you are interested in a ministry experience portfolio evaluation, there is a one-time non-refundable fee of $200.00 that must be paid regardless of the number of credits granted.



THESIS AND DISSERTATION BINDING FEES


Theses $150 .00


Candidates for graduation in Undergraduate and Graduate programs must produce a Thesis or Project that must be professionally bound. Such candidates must pay a one-time binding fee of $150.00 for the binding of three copies of their Project or Thesis. This fee is sent to GSST, along with three copies of the work. (In some instances, GSST will accept Theses and Dissertations sent via email attachment, flash drive, or CD-ROM. The Mentor is the contact person for such exceptions to policy. GSST has the work done by a professional bindery company. One copy is kept by the Mentor, one copy remains with the school and becomes a part of the GSST Library, and one copy is sent to the student. If the student wants more than one copy, GSST can order extra copies, but there will be additional fees.


Dissertations $150.00


Candidates for Doctorate degrees must produce a Dissertation that must be professionally bound. Such candidates must pay a one-time binding fee of $150.00 for the binding of three copies of their Dissertation. This fee is sent to GSST, along with three copies of the work. (In some instances, GSST will accept Dissertations sent via email attachment, flash drive, or CD-ROM. The Mentor is the contact person for such exceptions to policy. GSST has the work done by a professional bindery company. One copy is kept by the Mentor, one copy remains with the school and becomes a part of the GSST Library, and one copy is sent to the student. If the student wants more than one copy, GSST can order extra copies, but there will be additional fees.


Note: Additional fees may be charged for theses and dissertations that may be exceptionally long or that must be bound in more than one volume.


$100 Re-enrollment Fee


It is very important that students maintain a constant flow of assignments to keep their degree status current. GSST requests that students submit at least two assignments per month. However, at this rate, most degree programs will take many years to complete. Students should calculate the number of courses in their degree program, then resolve how many years they want to work on earning their degree. If they divide the number of courses by the total years desired to graduate, they will then arrive at the number of courses they need to complete every year in order to graduate on time. Should the student fail to submit at least one assignment within six months after entering the degree program, a $100 re-enrollment fee may be charged to reinstate the student to active status. The student may also have to take the Orientation Course over since it reflects changes that are frequently made regarding school policy. This fee may be waived at the discretion of the Academic Dean after evaluation of the causal factors affecting the inactive status.


INDIVIDUAL COURSE PAYMENT INFORMATION


Students are allowed to take individual courses only in extraordinary circumstances. Approval must be granted from the Mentor, the VP Academics.


Should an undergraduate student want to take courses for Enrichment purposes and without enrolling in a degree program, the fee for each course will be $150.00.



OVERSEAS REDUCED TUITION PROGRAM


GSST provides educational opportunities for students in all countries of the world. Students living and studying with GSST in overseas countries may qualify for a reduced tuition. This is due to the difference in economic status in many parts of the world. For details, contact the Home Office of Golden State School of Theology. REMEMBER, GSST is an Internet school. If you do not have a computer with routine access to the Internet where you live, you will not be able to complete successfully GSST programs.


REFUND POLICY


90% up to two weeks after posting

80% three weeks after posting

70% four weeks after posting

60% five weeks after posting

No refund after five weeks.


GSST PAYMENT PLAN OPTIONS


GSST offers a variety of payment plans for its different degree programs that can help make the degree sought affordable. Each enrolling student should commit to one of the following plans and carry through with his or her obligation to GSST. Failure to pay for the courses taken could result in suspension of the program or even revocation of the degree earned. If you become unable to make your payments in timely fashion, please alert your Mentor and contact the Chief Financial Officer of GSST to make other arrangements as necessary.


PAYMENT PLANS FOR

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

PROGRAM COSTS AND PAYMENT OPTIONS (THB)

Total Degree Program Tuition

Tuition Payment Option #1

Tuition Payment Option #2

Tuition Payment Option #3

THB Degree

$2000.00

If Student commits to $100.00 monthly:

Total = $2000.00

20 x$100.00= $2000.00

Pay Now _______

If Student commits to $75.00 monthly:

Total = $2175.00

29 x $75.00 = $2175.00

Pay Now _______


If Student commits to $50.00 monthly:

Total = $2250.00

45 x $50.00 = $2250.00

Pay Now _______




PAYMENT PLANS FOR

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Master of Biblical Studies

PROGRAM COSTS AND PAYMENT OPTIONS (MBS)

Total Degree Program Tuition

Tuition Payment Option #1

Tuition Payment Option #2

Tuition Payment Option #3

MBS Degree

$1500.00

If Student commits to $100.00 monthly.

Total = $1200.00

12 x $100.00 = $1200.00

Pay Now _______

If Student commits to $75.00 monthly.

Total = $1275.00

17 x $75.00 = $1275.00

Pay Now _______

If Student commits to $50.00 monthly.

Total = $1350.00

27 x $50.00 = $1350.00

Pay Now _______



Master of Biblical Studies in Old Testament

PROGRAM COSTS AND PAYMENT OPTIONS (MBS OT)

Total Degree Program Tuition

Tuition Payment Option #1

Tuition Payment Option #2

Tuition Payment Option #3

MBS OT Degree

$1500.00

If Student commits to $100.00 monthly. Total = $1200.00

12 x $100.00 = $1200.00

Pay Now _______

If Student commits to $75.00 monthly. Total = $1275.00

17 x $75.00 = $1275.00

Pay Now _______


If Student commits to $50.00 monthly. Total = $1350.00

27 x $50.00 = $1350.00

Pay Now _______




Master of Biblical Studies in New Testament

PROGRAM COSTS AND PAYMENT OPTIONS (MBS NT)

Total Degree Program Tuition

Tuition Payment Option #1

Tuition Payment Option #2

Tuition Payment Option #3

MBS NT Degree

$1500.00

If Student commits to $100.00 monthly. Total = $1200.00

12 x $100.00 = $1200.00

Pay Now _______

If Student commits to $75.00 monthly. Total = $1275.00

17 x $75.00 = $1275.00

Pay Now _______

If Student commits to $50.00 monthly. Total = $1350.00

27 x $50.00 = $1350.00

Pay Now _______




Master of Divinity

PROGRAM COSTS AND PAYMENT OPTIONS (MDIV)

Total Degree Program Tuition

Tuition Payment Option #1

Tuition Payment Option #2

Tuition Payment Option #3

MDIV Degree

$2000.00

If Student commits to $100.00 monthly.

Total = $1600.00

16 x $100.00 = $1600.00

Pay Now _______

If Student commits to $75.00 monthly.

Total = $1725.00

23 x $75.00 = $1725.00

Pay Now _______


If Student commits to $50.00 monthly.

Total = $1800.00

36 x $50.00 = $1800.00

Pay Now _______




PAYMENT PLANS FOR

DOCTORAL PROGRAMS

Doctor of Religious Studies

PROGRAM COSTS AND PAYMENT OPTIONS (DRS)

Total Degree Program Tuition

Tuition Payment Option #1

Tuition Payment Option #2

Tuition Payment Option #3

DRS Degree

$2000.00

If Student commits to $100.00 monthly.

Total = $1600.00

16 x $100.00 = $1600.00

Pay Now _______

If Student commits to $75.00 monthly.

Total = $1725.00

23 x $75.00 = $1725.00

Pay Now _______


If Student commits to $50.00 monthly.

Total = $1800.00

36 x $50.00 = $1800.00

Pay Now _______




Doctorate in Ministry

PROGRAM COSTS AND PAYMENT OPTIONS (DMIN)

Total Degree Program Tuition

Tuition Payment Option #1

Tuition Payment Option #2

Tuition Payment Option #3

DMIN Degree

$1800.00

If Student commits to $100.00 monthly.

Total = $1400.00

14 x $100.00 = $1400.00

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If Student commits to $75.00 monthly.

Total = $1575.00

21 x $75.00 = $1575.00

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If Student commits to $50.00 monthly.

Total = $1650.00

33 x $50.00 = $1650.00

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Doctor of Theology

PROGRAM COSTS AND PAYMENT OPTIONS (THD)

Total Degree Program Tuition

Tuition Payment Option #1

Tuition Payment Option #2

Tuition Payment Option #3

THD Degree

$1800.00

If Student commits to $100.00 monthly.

Total = $1400.00

14 x $100.00 = $1400.00

Pay Now _______

If Student commits to $75.00 monthly.

Total = $1575.00

21 x $75.00 = $1575.00

Pay Now _______

If Student commits to $50.00 monthly.

Total = $1650.00

33 x $50.00 = $1650.00

Pay Now _______



TEXTBOOKS


The only required textbooks available through the GSST Bookstore are those which we have published. For other required texts, we recommend that students purchase their own texts from their local Christian bookseller or online publishers in order to avoid excessive costs of postage. Fortunately, students may purchase texts from several Christian booksellers via the Internet. GSST recommends that you contact one of the following book publishers. Each has a tremendous “library” of both new and used books.


Amazon Books at www.amazon.com

Baker Books at www.bakerbooks.com

Barnes and Noble Booksellers at www.barnesandnoble.com

Bohleys Books at www.bohleysbooks.com

Christian Books at www.christianbooks.com


LIBRARY RESOURCES

AND RESEARCH MATERIAL


Golden State School of Theology does not currently have its own on campus library through which students may borrow books for research and use for courses. However, when enrolling students pay their initial $100 enrollment fee, we do provide them with an adequate Christian library in the form of the PowerBible CD-ROM that is mailed out to the students. This compact disk contains over two dozen complete sets of Bible commentaries, the Bible in nearly two dozen versions and five languages, the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, several Bible dictionaries, Strong’s Hebrew and Greek dictionaries, and several more books and topical helps.

In addition to this resource, GSST has developed the GSST Resource Center, located on the GSST website. To access the Research Center, go to the website at www.goldenstate.edu, and click the “RESEARCH” link on the left side of the Home Page. This is a doorway to more than one million potential sources of information to assist students in their studies!

Finally, we encourage students to make extensive use of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL), which is on the Internet at www.ccel.org. This collection of many of the finest books ever written from a Christian perspective is available to all

GSST students, wherever they reside. Students must pay for texts they purchase. There is no charge for using the www.ccel.org website.


ACADEMIC POLICY


GRADING PROCEDURES


"A" indicates the highest grade of work and is reserved for outstanding achievement (90%-100%).


"B" indicates superior work done in a sustained and intelligent manner (80%-89%).


"C" is given for work which meets the minimum required standards for the course (70%-79%).


“D" indicates work which is deficient in one or more significant aspects, and is the lowest passing grade (60%-69%).


"F" indicates failure (59% or less).


If a grade of "F" is received in any course, the course must be repeated. In addition, students at the Graduate or Post-graduate level who complete any course with a final grade of less than 80% (a grade of “C” or lower) must repeat the course at additional cost.


"W" indicates a withdrawal from the class after the submission of the first lessons. Official Withdrawal from a class requires a written petition from the student, which must be approved by the Instructor of that class, the student's Faculty Advisor, and the Dean.

GSST allows students to withdraw without a grade penalty. Such students are transferred from the Active to Inactive List. If they want to return to GSST in the future, they may resume their studies at the point where they stopped. A re-enrollment fee of $100 may be charged for returning students, but they will not be penalized for returning to GSST to complete the course or the degree program they once failed to complete.


Grade points are assigned as follows:


Grade Percent Points


A 90-100% 4

B 80-89% 3

C 70-79% 2

D 60-69% 1

F 59% or less 0

W Withdraw


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS


Requirements for graduation are:

1. Completion of all credits required in the program in good standing.

2. Completion of Quarterly Field Ministry Reports (Due Feb 1, May 1, Aug 1, and Nov 1)

3. Recommendation of the Mentor and VP for Academics.

4. Financial obligations fulfilled.

5. GPA of 3.0 or better

Graduation not only depends upon completion of the prescribed number of credits of course work taken but also upon the Grade Point Average (GPA), which is calculated by dividing the total earned Grade Points by the total number of classes in which the student has enrolled. The term "CURRENT GRADE POINT AVERAGE" refers to the GPA earned up through the most recent semester of enrollment. The term "CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE" refers to the average of the total of grade points accumulated divided by the total of all credits earned in the current degree program.


Candidates for both the graduate and post-graduate degree programs must maintain a GPA of 3.0 (grade of “B”) in order to graduate.


CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS


At the beginning of each academic Semester all undergraduate students are officially classified as follows:


FRESHMAN: The student has completed less than 30 Semester credits of lower-division studies.

SOPHOMORE: The student has completed at least 30 Semester credits of lower division studies, with a GPA of at least 2.0 or better.


JUNIOR: The student has completed at least 60 Semester hours of studies, with at least 60 credits of lower-division studies, and an earned GPA of at least 2.0.


SENIOR: The student has completed at least 90 Semester credits of studies with a GPA of at least 2.0.


ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE


Any undergraduate student (regardless of classification) whose cumulative GPA or earned GPA within any one academic semester (or any five Distance Education classes) falls below 2.0 (or 3.0 if a graduate or post-graduate student) will be placed on ACADEMIC PROBATION, and will be assigned a Faculty Advisor to serve as a tutor when necessary. Any student on Academic Probation for three (3) consecutive semesters may be considered for academic dismissal.


PLAGERISM


Plagiarism is defined as “The taking of another’s writings, inventions, etc. that belong to another, and claiming them as one’s own.” Plagiarism is taken very seriously at GSST. In this day and time of Internet research capabilities, it takes a strong person to avoid the “simple” step of using someone else’s work in order to meet deadlines, assignments, etc. The consequences of a student plagiarizing the works of others are as follows:


1. First offense:

a. The Student will receive a “0” on the assignment that is plagiarized.

b. A notation will be placed in the student's permanent file.

c. The student will be required to take (or retake) the course in question.


2. Second offense:

The student may be expelled from GSST.



GENERAL PREREQUISITES AND CLASS RESTRICTIONS


Many courses offered carry their own individual prerequisites, which are listed in the current course descriptions for that course. While in most cases the course content of a prerequisite is necessary to derive the greatest benefit from that course, it is recognized that there are exceptions to everyday rule. Therefore, each Mentor may waive the prerequisites for his/her class upon specific application by the student. HOWEVER, this is granted only when such waiver is clearly in the best interest of the student and with permission of the Mentor and the VP Academics. In most cases, prerequisites may be taken concurrently.


CHALLENGES


Any course offered may be challenged with the consent of the Mentor and the VP Academics. The student shall submit a written petition to his/her Mentor for the challenge, accompanied by the standard fees for the course (non-refundable), and by satisfactorily passing the final examination for the course, or other assignment required by the Mentor (with the approval of the VP Academics) that will demonstrate the student's proficiency in any subject matter of the course being challenged. If the student's challenge is successful by a score of 80% or better, he/she will be awarded credit for the course. If the challenge is not successful it may only be repeated once, and then only within the same academic semester. The successful challenging of a course will reduce the amount of coursework, but the amount of tuition to be paid will remain the same.


STATEMENT OF AUTHENTICY


As required by law, by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, and by Golden State School of Theology (GSST) all students enrolled in GSST must demonstrate to GSST on a regular basis that they are solely responsible for all assignments and documents submitted to this school under their name, and that no one else has performed any part of their work or submitted any of their assignments or documents under a false name or in any manner that would misrepresent the name specified on each document received. By typing in the correct information below, you so affirm and stipulate that you are indeed and in truth the student duly enrolled in Golden State School of Theology, that you have completed all components of all assignments yourself, and that no one else has dictated or in any other manner completed any portion of any assignment or document submitted to GSST under your name to date.


As a Christian school of theology, GSST expects all students to comply with this policy and present themselves and their work honestly as to the Lord in accordance with Biblical standards of ethics and morality. Any breach of this policy would constitute a serious violation of trust and may result in immediate expulsion of the offender from Golden State School of Theology.


STUDENT SERVICES


ACADEMIC ADVISING


The VP Admissions assigns a Mentor to each individual student when the student enrolls. The Mentor is the personal representative of the student, and, through email and other communicative devices, makes contact with the student to discuss educational, spiritual, personal, and academic goals as determined by the program in which the student is enrolled.


The VP Academics will coordinate the academic advising. He shall be joined by the President, the VP Admissions, and each Mentor. Academic Guidelines shall be provided by the VP Academics.


JOB PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE


From time to time GSST receives notices regarding full and part time ministry positions. GSST will provide the information as it becomes available to those students who request such information. The information may include the ministry opportunities, the location, contact information, and other information that may be provided. No guarantee for placement is made. Students and potential students are greatly encouraged to use the Internet for potential ministry opportunities.


REQUESTS FOR TRANSCRIPTS


When students graduate, they are provided three sealed copies of their transcripts. Other than this gift to graduating students, GSST will provide official transcripts for all students whenever they are requested. Each transcript costs $10.00. Send your signed request to the Registrar of GSST by USPS. You will need to inform the Registrar where you want your transcript to be sent.


CODE OF CONDUCT


GSST expects all students, administrators, faculty, and staff to READ, STUDY, AND UNDERSTAND the following Code of Conduct. Each of these is based on Scripture.


GSST believes that in this time of changing and controversial worldly philosophies, there is a huge imperative to encourage all of its constituents to walk in an ethical and moral lifestyle which is consistent with the Written Word, the Bible. Toward this end GSST has established this Code of Conduct. It is not comprehensive. Rather, it is indicative of the lifestyle and conduct we expect of all persons associated with GSST, inclusive of Board Members, Faculty, Staff, Students, and others who participate in the GSST programs.


Neither situational ethics nor self-gratification should EVER determine the words, philosophy, or lifestyle of any individual. We believe the righteous standards of the Bible are the only basis for a successful and worthy life while on this planet and in this existence. Following are the guidelines we have determined for those associated with the school:


  1. To recognize that the Lord must be the PREEMINENT person in our lives,

  2. To set prayer, meditation, and Bible study as a mandatory portion of our existence,

  3. To analyze the motives for a given action to determine if they are selfish, sinful or out of harmony with the principles of God’s Word,

  4. To determine that the methods of a person are honest, ethical, honorable, and fair,

  5. To ensure that results are uplifting, wholesome, and good.

  6. A statement indicating what ministry you work in at your church.

The totality of the GSST “Essence” embodied in this Code of Conduct is found in the words of Jesus, where He says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart ... and love your neighbor as yourself.” This lifestyle creates a strengthened character, confidence borne of the Lord and not of one’s own self, and a more moral society; and it also helps to build and strengthen the Kingdom of God.


SCRIPTURAL BASIS FOR THE CODE OF CONDUCT


The Code of Conduct is based upon the following Biblical foundations:

1. The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17, Deut 5:6-21)

2. The Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5:1, 7-29, Luke 6:20-26)

3. Biblical values of love, respect, moderation, self-control, and stewardship (1 Cor. 9:27, 13:1-13, Gal. 5:23, 6:1-5, Phil 2:5-8, 4:8-9, 1 Tim 2:9).


INFRACTIONS


Violations of the Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action. All forms of Biblically disallowed behavior are unacceptable. Those who are accused of such infractions will first be called upon to appear before the Vice President for Administration or his representative. If disciplinary action is warranted, the violator will then be called upon to explain said actions to the Vice President for Administration or his/her representative. Potential disposition may include counseling sessions, service work, loss of privilege, probation, or dismissal from the school.

The administration reserves the right to amend or add to any new regulations such as is necessary to safeguard the mission and purpose of this institution.


STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE


Each and all persons involved in the process shall be guided by Biblical principles and shall conduct themselves in written and oral expressions of love and mutual respect. The GSST process is as follows:

The student shall first discuss the issue with the Mentor who issued the grade. If no satisfaction is derived, the Mentor shall refer the student to the VP Academics. The VP Academics shall discuss the grade with both the student and the Mentor to make a final decision.

The GSST grade policy is projected to accommodate student appeals which have serious merit. The VP Academics has the authority to decline student appeals which he deems frivolous.


PERSONAL


When such a need arises, Biblical guidelines as found in Matthew 18 shall be closely adhered to. First, the student shall speak to the person directly. If no resolution is found, the matter shall be referred to the VP Academics in written form. The VP Academics, or an authorized representative, shall call a meeting of all parties involved.

If the issue is still not resolved, the matter shall be referred to the President, who shall bring the issue before the Board of Trustees for final resolution. The Board’s decision shall be final.


CHANGING EXISTING POLICY


GSST reserves the right to change policy for good reason at any time. GSST strives to be a transparent school. We are a cooperative school. When a student or other member of the GSST Family identifies a need for a change to policy or procedures, we want to hear about it.


PROCESS


All recommendations for change must be made in written form. This should be addressed to the President. The President or his representative shall review the suggested change. If appropriate, changes in policy or procedures shall be drafted. They will then be presented at the next meeting of the Board of Trustees for approval.


IMPLEMENTATION


If adopted, the affected Manuals, Handbooks, and Policies and Procedures shall be changed to reflect the new ideas.


NOTIFICATION


Notification of the change(s) shall be made to the originator. This notification shall be in writing, and shall bear the signature of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees or authorized representative.



DIPLOMA PROGRAMS


GSST Diploma Programs are designed to train those individuals who have a calling to improve their ministry skills, while not necessarily being called to the professional ministry. They are excellent programs for churches or para-church organizations to use for the training of their people.


DIPLOMA

IN

BIBLICAL STUDIES


This is a 33-credit program which provides the student with practical knowledge of the Scriptures. Students are required to take a minimum of ten courses (30 credits), and to complete a three-credit teaching practicum in their local church. This practicum will consist of the student teaching a course of his/her choice using the Bible as the only required textbook for class members. Courses may be taken in any order. All courses successfully completed earn the student three units of credit.

COURSE NAME:

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

GENESIS

OT451B

3

DANIEL

OT472B

3

MARK

NT452B

3

JOHN

NT400B

3

ACTS

NT455B

3

ROMANS

NT414B

3

EPHESIANS

NT450B

3

PHILIPPIANS

NT474B

3

COLOSSIANS

NT460B

3

JAMES

NT470B

3

TEACHING PRACTICUM

CE415

3


DIPLOMA IN

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION


This 33 credit program provides the student with a basic knowledge of the foundational books of the New Testament and the ministry of Christian Education. Students are required to complete ten courses (30) credits, and to complete a three credit practicum in their local church or ministry for another three credits. All courses successfully completed earn the student three units of credit.



COURSE NAME:

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

CE418

3

TEACHING AND LEARNING TECHNIQUES

CE412

3

EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH (INTRODUCTION TO CHILDREN, YOUTH, & ADULTS)

CE413

3

CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

CA421

3

CHURCH ADMINISTRATION

CA411

3

ISSUES IN COUNSELING

PC427

3

ROMANS

NT414

3

COLOSSIANS

NT460

3

JAMES

NT470

3

PHILIPPIANS

NT474

3

TEACHING PRACTICUM AND INTERNSHIP

CE415

3


DIPLOMA IN

LEADERSHIP AND PASTORAL MINISTRY

This 33-credit program provides the student with practical and Biblical tools for successful ministry in the local church or para-church ministry. There are ten courses, each worth three credits, and a three-credit practicum at the end of the program.

COURSE NAME:

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

PASTORAL OFFICE AND LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITY

PM401

3

ETHICS

PM412

3

CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

CA421

3

CHURCH ADMINISTRATION

CA411

3

TEACHING AND LEARNING TECHNIQUES

CE412

3

INTRO TO CHRISTIAN COUNSELING

PC427

3

LEADERSHIP/PASTORAL THEOLOGY

TH423

3

THE EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH

CE413

3

SERMON PREPARATION

PM431

3

SOLUTION BASED COUNSELING

PC512

3

PRACTICUM IN LOCAL MINISTRY

CE414

3


DEGREE PROGRAMS

REQUIREMEMENTS FOR THE

BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY DEGREE

(123 Semester Credits)


The following courses are required for completion of the BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY PROGRAM. Courses completed by those once enrolled in the Associate of Biblical Studies Degree program, or completed at an approved institution, do not have to be repeated. With exception of the first three, courses may be completed in any sequence deemed approved with the approval of the Mentor and the VP Academics. The GSST Orientation Course, CC100, is required of all new and returning GSST students. The Orientation Course is considered a part of the general education requirements of GSST. Along with the CC100 Orientation course, the total general educational requirement for graduation from GSST with a ThB degree is 33 credits. In addition to this, the student must complete 84 credits from the other departments and the 6 credit Thesis or Research Project.

COURSE NAME:

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

INTRODUCTORY COURSES (9 Credits):

Orientation

CC100

3

Gospel of Mark

NT452B

3

Writing Research Papers

RE111

3

DIVISIONS OF BIBLICAL STUDIES, OT & NT (39 Credits):

Old Testament Survey 1 and 2

OT111, 112

6

New Testament Survey 1 and 2

NT211, 212

6

The Christian Life

BI220

3

Bible Introduction

BI111

3

or Panorama of the Bible

BI100


Bible Study Methods

BI311

3

Gospel of John

NT400 or NT400B

3

Hermeneutics

BI421

3

Life of Christ

NT412B or NT412

3

Scientific Creationism

BI103

3

Elective 1*


3

Elective 2*


3

*Students may select their Electives from courses based on regular texts or the Bible itself. Bible only courses are designated with a “B” following the course designator. For instance, the Book of Ephesians, Bible Text only, is NT450B. The text-based course for Ephesians is numbered NT450. Electives may also be selected from any Old or New Testament course.



DIVISION OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (6 Credits):

Introduction to Christian Education

CE201

3

Teaching Methods

CE312

3

DIVISION OF GENERAL EDUCATION (30 Credits):

If a student has completed any or all of the General Education requirements either through an earlier degree program or through transfer credit or Ministerial Experience, he/she does not have to repeat the courses. The General Education requirement total of 30 credits does NOT include the CC100 Orientation Course, which is required of all students. CC100 Orientation, added to the listed 30 credits, brings the total General Education requirement of GSST to 33 credits.

English Grammar

EN102

3

English Composition

EN202

3

English Literature

EN204

3

General Math

MA201

3

Organizational Finance

PM250

3

General Science

SC101

3

Physical Science

SC202

3

Art Appreciation

AR101

3

World History 1

HI111

3

World History 2

HI211

3

DEPARTMENT OF PASTORAL MINISTRY AND THEOLOGY (18 Credits):

Personal Evangelism

EV211

3

Cross Cultural Ministries

ME331

3

Introduction to Missions

ME311

3

Ethics

PM212

3

Elective 1


3

Elective 2


3

DEPARTMENT OF THEOLOGY (15 Credits):

Survey of Bible Doctrines 1 and 2

TH101-102

6

Introduction to the Cults

CR411

3

Apologetics

TH254

3

Elective


3

DIRECTED RESEARCH (6 Credits):

THESIS or RESEARCH PROJECT

(This course is part of your General Education requirements)

RE431

6



UNDERGRADUATE

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Note: Courses in this catalog are not numbered according to the year or order in which they should be taken. Students may take most GSST courses with the permission of the Mentor.


The numbering system used in this catalog is as follows:


100-499 Undergraduate Courses

500-899 Graduate Courses

900-999 Post-Graduate (Doctoral) Courses


BIBLICAL INFORMATION


BI 100 PANORAMA OF THE BIBLE

An overview of each book of the Old and New Testaments, with particular emphasis on the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ as portrayed in each particular writing. This course provides an informative examination of the history, message, and socio-economic thrust of each book. It is designed for the student who has little or no significant acquaintances with the Old and/or New Testaments.


BI 101 BIBLE INTRODUCTION: How we got our Bible, covering the inspiration, canonicity, text, and translation of the entire Bible


BI 103 SCIENTIFIC CREATIONISM: An examination of the case for creationism; provides Biblical and extra-Biblical data for refuting the evolutionary model.


BI 152 MANNERS AND CUSTOMS: A study of the manners and customs of the people in Israel, Canaan, Egypt, Syria, Babylonia and the Sinai Peninsula in preparation for Biblical emphasis.


BI 214 GEOGRAPHY OF THE HOLY LAND: A course designed to enable the student to understand the importance of geography of the Holy Land in relation to its history.


BI 220 THE CHRISTIAN LIFE: The hindrances to and provisions for the Christian life are considered, emphasizing crucial importance of this subject for every believer. The Scriptural teaching concerning the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian is especially emphasized and examined.


BI 311 BIBLE STUDY METHODS: A course which will enable the student to study the Bible independently, using a variety of methods. The inductive method is emphasized, along with the biographical, historical, analytical, and devotional methods. Prerequisite: BI111.


BI 333- BI 334 CHURCH HISTORY: An extensive examination of the history of the Christian movement from the days of the Apostles to the modern times.


BI 421 HERMENEUTICS: The fundamental principles of interpretation as a basis for a correct understanding, proper handling, and accurate exegesis of Scripture. The normal historical-grammatical interpretation is presented and practiced as the only proper method of interpreting the Scriptures. Prerequisites: BI111, OT113, NT213


BI 451 HOLY LANDS TRAVELING SEMINAR: ON-SITE visit to Biblical lands, which may include related points of interest such as Qumran, Massada, and Petra. Should a student visit the Holy Land, he/she may petition the school for permission to complete assignments totaling six (6) credits, depending upon the duration and content of the tour. Students must arrange this course on their own. For information about this course, contact the Academic Dean.


CHRISTIAN COMMUNICATION


CC 100 GSST ORIENTATION: This REQUIRED course introduces the student to the GSST method of preparing email, doing Internet searches, using the GSST website, and other helpful writing information.


CC 202 WRITING SKILLS: An introduction to correct writing skills which are needed by successful Christian ministers and workers.


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION


CE 201 INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: An examination of the discipline of Christian Education; what is involved in such a ministry; provides a Biblical basis for all Christian Education distinctives.


CE 304 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: A course which provides the student with a foundational understanding of what makes Christian Education separate and distinct from regular education. Provides students with opportunities to put their learning into practice through a series of intensive projects which allow students to practice what they have learned.


CE 310 PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: At the conclusion of this course, student will be able to formulate their own philosophy of Christian Education as they consider the Biblical, theological, historical, and philosophical foundations of religious education. CE201 and CE304 are prerequisites for CE310.


CE 312 TEACHING METHODS: Acquaints the student with the principles of teaching and learning; allows a student to put these principles into practice.


CE 313 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION OF CHILDREN: A study of child development with implications for Christian instruction. Organizations for children pre-school through grade six will be examined.


CE 314 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION OF YOUTH: Provides guidance in helping students and churches develop effective Youth ministries. Assists in the identification of problems with which youth are faced daily. Provides approaches whereby churches may minister to the spiritual needs and growth of youth.


CE 315 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION OF ADULTS: Prepares students to guide churches in the development and implementation of a program of Christian Education for Adults. Deals with factors related to maturation and needs of adults and how churches can provide opportunities for growth toward Christian maturity.


CE 318 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT: The supporting theories of church curriculum are studied. Consideration is given to writing and development of curriculum as well as selection and analysis of church curriculum.


CE 410 CHRISTIAN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: A study of child growth and development; application of the principles of Psychology in the learning process and personality adjustment. Emphasis is given to these processes in Christian education.


CE 411 BIBLE TEACHING METHODS: A detailed examination of the specific needs in presenting the Bible in teaching situations. REQUIRED for the Bachelor of Religious Education degree program


CHURCH ADMINISTRATION


CA 211 CHURCH ADMINISTRATION: An examination of the distinctives of Christian administrative procedures and practices.


CA 311 UNIQUE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES: A course designed to acquaint the student with the educational ministries of the church, those ministries outside the church, and Christian organizations with which the church may cooperate.


CA 421 CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP: Introduces the student to basic leadership principles and methods. Unique aspects of Christian leadership are examined.


COMPARATIVE RELIGION


CR 411 INTRODUCTION TO THE CULTS: A survey of the major non-Christian cults and their roots in the great religions of the world. Considers how to deal with cultists and present the Gospel to them. The course also focuses on development of a working definition of a cult and on cultic psychology, and includes a survey of the major world religions, secular religion, and the major pseudo-Christian cults. It also examines the personality cults, the occult and some mystical cults, and includes a general survey of the minor cults prevalent in North America. Prerequisites: BI111, TH111, and TH112, or permission of the Instructor and the Dean.


CR 420 MAJOR WORLD RELIGIONS: Introductory study of the history and teachings of the major religions of the world, including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism,, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism, Islam, Sikhism, Judaism, and Christianity. The course includes discussion of the influence of these religions on the non-Christian cults of North America. Prerequisite: TH212, TH213.


CR 480 SURVEY OF CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS: Comparison of denominational distinctives within evangelical, orthodox Christianity. Prerequisite: TH212, TH213.


GENERAL EDUCATION


AR 101 INTRODUCTION TO ART: An examination survey of the history of artistic expression; learning about the “Who’s who” of art, biographical and historical periods of art, and a sampling of illustrations and photographs.


EN 102 ENGLISH GRAMMAR: An introductory level course providing the student with a knowledge of the “who, what, why, where, when, and how” of the English language.


EN 202 ENGLISH COMPOSITION: A course designed to provide the student with an active role in the process of written communication. Students will be required to complete a number of writing assignments, each geared to provide that student with the ability to energize their creative abilities.


EN 204 ENGLISH LITERATURE: A course designed to provide the student with the opportunity to experience the study of literature.



HI 111 WORLD HISTORY: An examination of history from the Garden of Eden to current times. Each component earns the successful student three credits.


MA 201 GENERAL MATH: A college level course designed to provide students with a foundation for life skills which require knowledge of mathematics.


MA 202 BUSINESS MATH: This course is designed to introduce the student and busy Christian worker to the world of mathematics as required in business.


PM 250 ORGANIZATIONAL FINANCE: The details of how and why a church and/or para-church organization operates financially.


SC 101 GENERAL SCIENCE: An in-depth introduction to and examination of the animal and plant life which covers this planet.


SC 202 PHYSICAL SCIENCE: An examination of our planet and its various components.


MISSIONS AND EVANGELISM


EV 211 PERSONAL EVANGELISM: Methods of sharing the Christian faith; incorporation of the Bible and various methods of personal witnessing. Prerequisite: TH111 or permission of the Instructor.


ME 311 INTRODUCTION TO MISSIONS: The philosophy of missions; independent and denominational mission boards and their organization and procedures; methods of evangelism; training the nationals in Christian leadership; practical problems on the mission field which face missionary workers.


ME 312 HISTORY OF MISSIONS: The Biblical basis of missions; historical view of missions with emphasis on the past fifty years.


ME 331 CROSS CULTURAL MINISTRIES: A study of the social organization, institutions, and social forces of our society; the nature of man and his culture; the development of institutions and the challenges of social change; the role of the church as an instrument of social change.


ME 411 MISSION ADMINISTRATION: Business management of Christian organizations, especially missions; effective use of personnel, time, funds, and other resources.


ME 412 MISSIONS FUNDRAISING: Principles and techniques of raising support for home/foreign missions.


NEW TESTAMENT


NOTE: GSST has developed courses which are based on the Bible and other GSST provided resources only. These do not require a normal textbook to complete. Students may elect to take either regular text-based courses or Bible text only courses for their New Testament course requirements. Courses based on Bible text only are indicated by a “B” designator after the course number and title (e.g., NT450B). Bible text only courses are available for all of the books of the Bible, even if they are not listed in this catalog.


NT 211 NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY 1: GOSPELS, ACTS, PAULINE EPISTLES


NT 212 NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY 2: GENERAL EPISTLES AND THE BOOK OF REVELATION

(Each courses earns the successful student three (3) credit credits)

A foundational study of each book of the New Testament to provide the student with a grasp of the entire New Testament, each book as a whole, and each book in its relation to God's total revelation. These courses are designed to prepare the student for further work in New Testament Studies.


NT 312 PRISON EPISTLES: An expositional study of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, emphasizing the Church as the body and bride of Christ, presenting Him as model, example, and all-sufficient supreme source of truth and life. Prerequisite: NT212 or enrollment at the Graduate level.


NT 313 GENERAL EPISTLES: A systematic study of the seven epistles of Peter, James, John and Jude, with emphases on the historical background, doctrinal development, and practical application of each epistle. Prerequisite: NT213 or enrollment at the Graduate level.


NT 316 PAULINE EPISTLES: An expositional study of each of the canonical letters written by the Apostle Paul.


NT 400/NT 400B GOSPEL OF JOHN: A detailed study of the Gospel of John using the Bible as a text. The student will learn the importance of this gospel.


NT 412 or NT 412B LIFE OF CHRIST: A chronological study of the four gospels with attention to their historical setting, the relationship of the accounts, and the practical and doctrinal truths; emphases placed on the teachings of Jesus and their proper dispensational interpretation and application. Prerequisite: NT211 or enrollment at the Graduate level.


NT 413 or NT 413B PASTORAL EPISTLES: A detailed study of Paul's Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, with emphasis on his instructions concerning the work of the ministry and organization and discipline of the Church.


NT 414 or NT 414B ROMANS: A complete analysis of this important Church epistle will be examined.


NT 415 or NT 415B HEBREWS: An analysis of this book is made in view of its connection to the Old Testament.


NT 418 or NT 418B REVELATION: A Bible text only course of this vital eschatological book.


NT 419 THE LIFE OF PAUL: An examination of the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul.


NT 450 or NT 450B EPHESIANS: An analytical study of Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians.


NT 451 or NT 451B MATTHEW: An examination of the writings of the first Gospel. Special detail is given to Christ as He came to be the Messiah of the Jews.


NT 452 or NT 452B ANALYSIS OF MARK: An exposition of Mark's Gospel, with emphasis on its presentation of Christ as Servant and Miracle worker. Prerequisite: NT211 or enrollment at the Graduate level.


NT 453 or NT 453B ANALYSIS OF LUKE: A detailed analysis of Luke's presentation of Christ as the Perfect Man. Luke's reliability as an historian is emphasized along with an introductory overview of the Lucan theology, which provides a foundation for NT455. Prerequisite: NT211 or enrollment at the Graduate level.


NT 454 or NT 454B ANALYSIS OF JOHN'S EPISTLES: A study of I, II, and III John, with particular emphasis on the development and interpretation of Johannine theology. Prerequisite: NT211 and NT213 or enrollment at the Graduate level.


NT 455 or NT 455B ANALYSIS OF ACTS: An exegetical study of the Book of Acts, including consideration of critical problems, providing the student with an outline of primitive Church history and Lucan theology. Prerequisite: NT211 or enrollment at the Graduate level.


NT 457 or NT 457B ANALYSIS OF GALATIANS: An expositional study of the epistle, noting the problems of Law vs. Grace. Both Paul's defense of pure grace and Christian liberty and the practical aspects of these doctrines as presented by James are examined. Prerequisite: NT213 and NT213 or enrollment at the Graduate level.


NT 457L GALATIANS FROM MARTIN LUTHER: A detailed examination of this vital book based on the Commentary of Galatians written by Martin Luther.


NT 460 or NT 460B ANALYSIS OF COLOSSIANS: An expositional study, leading the student on an explorative study of the Supremacy and Deity of Christ, the role and “model” of the Christian in home and society, and the ancient heresies with which the ancient Church had to contend.


NT 462 or NT 462B ANALYSIS OF 1 and 2 TIMOTHY: The teaching of I & II Timothy will be explored for content and application.


NT 462B EXPLORATION OF TIMOTHY, TITUS, AND PHILEMON: A study of these epistles using only their Biblical texts.


NT 463 ANALYSIS OF THIRD JOHN: A detailed expositional study of the epistle(s) with special attention given to the historical background, doctrinal affirmations, interpretive problems, and practical application. Prerequisite: NT213 or enrollment at the Graduate level.


NT 465 THE EPISTLE OF SECOND PETER: An examination of Peter’s second epistle and its contributions toward eschatology.


NT 466 or NT 466B ANALYSIS OF PETER'S EPISTLES: A content and method study of the epistles with particular attention to the development and interpretation of Petrine Theology. Prerequisite: NT213 or enrollment at the Graduate level.


NT 470 or NT 470B EXPLORATION OF JAMES:


NT 471 or NT 471BB EXPLORATION OF 1 and 2 THESSALONIANS:


NT 472 or NT 472B FIRST AND SECOND PETER & JUDE:


NT 473 or NT 473B FIRST CORINTHIANS:


NT 474 or NT 474B PHILIPPIANS:


NT 479B or NT 479B SECOND CORINTINIANS:


OLD TESTAMENT


NOTE: Course numbers followed with a “B” designate books of the Bible that use the Bible only as a text, (i.e., OT495B). Please keep in mind that GSST is in the process of developing Bible Text only courses for most of the 39 books of the Old Testament. If a book you desire to study is not listed, CONTACT YOUR MENTOR to inquire as to its availability.


OT 101 OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY 1: Survey of the Pentateuch, Historical, and Poetical Books


OT 102 OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY 2: Survey of the Major and Minor Prophets


(Each of the above courses earns three (3) credits upon successful completion). These courses include a foundational study of each book of the Old Testament, providing the student with a grasp of the entire Old Testament; covers each book as whole, and in its relation to God's total revelation. This course is designed to prepare the student for further work in the Old Testament studies. Prerequisite: BI111.


OT 311 SURVEY OF THE PENTATEUCH: A study of the five Mosaic books with emphasis on the lives of the Patriarchs. Attention is given to the Exodus wanderings; includes an analysis of the Tabernacle and the sacrificial system. Prerequisite: OT111.


OT 312 SURVEY OF THE HISTORICAL BOOKS: A study of the geography, history, chronology, and harmony of events in the Old Testament; Joshua through Esther are surveyed against this background. This course also includes a brief survey of intertestament history. Prerequisites: OT112.


OT 313 SURVEY OF THE POETICAL BOOKS: An analysis of the principles of interpreting Hebrew poetry and an application of these principles to Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon. Prerequisite: OT112.


OT 314 SURVEY OF THE MAJOR PROPHETS: A presentation of the principles of interpreting prophetic writings, followed by a survey of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Prerequisite: OT113.


OT 315 SURVEY OF THE MINOR PROPHETS: The lives and messages of Hosea through Malachi are studied in their historical settings. Prerequisite: OT113.


OT 451- OT 499 and OT 451B- OT 499B OLD TESTAMENT ANALYSIS: A detailed study of any selected Old Testament book. Three credits of credit will be granted for each book studied, except the Minor Prophets (see OT315). Jeremiah/Lamentations count as one course, as do I & II Samuel, I & II Kings, and I & II Chronicles, and Ezra/Nehemiah. Prerequisites: any appropriate survey course (from OT111-113 or OT311-315) in which the book has been introduced. Specific course numbers are as follows:


OT 451 ANALYSIS OF GENESIS

OT 456 ANALYSIS OF THE BOOK OF JOSHUA

OT 457 ANALYSIS OF THE BOOKS OF JUDGES AND RUTH

OT 462B ANALYSIS OF THE BOOKS OF EZRA/NEHEMIAH

OT 463B ANALYSIS OF THE BOOKS OF ESTHER

OT 464B ANALYSIS OF THE BOOK OF JOB

OT 465 ANALYSIS OF THE BOOK OF PSALMS

OT 466B ANALYSIS OF THE BOOK OF PROVERBS

OT 468B ANALYSIS OF THE SONG OF SOLOMON

OT 469B ANALYSIS OF THE BOOK OF ISAIAH

OT 470 ANALYSIS OF JEREMIAH/LAMENTATIONS

OT 471 ANALYSIS OF THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL

OT 472/472B ANALYSIS OF THE BOOK OF DANIEL

OT 473B ANALYSIS OF THE BOOK OF HOSEA

OT 474B ANALYSIS OF THE BOOKS OF JONAH/NAHUM

OT 475 ANALYSIS OF THE BOOK OF HABAKKUK


OT 480 THE INTERTESTAMENT PERIOD: An investigation of the history and literature of the intertestament period; includes a survey of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha and discussion of the various Jewish sects which paved the way for the foundation of the Church.


OT 481 THE TABERNACLE: God Himself designed the Tabernacle which became the center of all worship of the children of Israel during their wilderness journeys. This course presents an in-depth study of the inexhaustible riches of the types and pictures of the Savior, the Believer, and the plan of salvation reflected in its design, furnishings, and rituals.


PASTORAL MINISTRY AND PASTORAL OFFICE


PM 211 INTRODUCTION TO PASTORAL CARE: The shepherding function of the minister; emphasis on pastoral day-to-day ministry; basic ministry methods examined in relation to typical situations faced in the pastoral ministry.


PM 212 ETHICS: Systematic study of the philosophical standards of right and wrong, consideration of ethical issues from the Biblical perspective of moral behavior; special emphasis on the particular ethical challenges faced in pastoral ministry.


PM 250 ORGANIZATIONAL FINANCE: An examination of the theory and application of the knowledge necessary for the successful business operation of a Christian organization.


PM 311 BEGINNING HOMILETICS: Laboratory course providing introductory techniques of sermon preparation and delivery. Various methods will be examined, such as expository, topical, etc. Students will be required to develop and deliver sermons.


PM 312 ADVANCED HOMILETICS: Advanced techniques of sermon preparation and delivery. Emphasis will be placed on expository sermon presentation and pulpit appearance.


PM 413 ADVANCED PASTORAL CARE: Advanced course on the shepherding ministry of the pastorate; emphasis on pastoral counseling. Counseling methods examined in relation to typical situations faced in the pastoral ministry.


PC 211 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY: Study of the nature of man and human behavior. Various factors associated with the development of personality and behavior patterns will be examined.



RESEARCH


RE 111 RESEARCH METHODS: An introductory course in college level library skills, designed to prepare the student for all courses requiring research. Students will learn how to formulate a research topic, how and where to find relevant information, and how to organize notes and construct an acceptable research paper. Students will be introduced to on-line (computer) literature search methods. This course is required for all associate and bachelor degrees.


RE 431 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PAPER OR PROJECT: This culmination of the undergraduate degree program provides the candidate opportunity to demonstrate his/her ability to present information in a style and format consistent with the academic level of accomplishment. The project may be a formal research paper in standard thesis format, or an equivalent research and writing project. For detailed information, refer to the GOLDEN STATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY RESEARCH MANUAL, 2008 EDITION, prepared and published by GSST.


SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY


TH 101- TH 102 SURVEY OF BIBLE DOCTRINES: Examines essential Christian doctrines of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, the Church, Scriptures, Angels, Satan, and Last Things.


TH 211- TH 212 SURVEY OF THEOLOGY 1 and 2: Survey of the major divisions of Systematic Theology. These include Theism, Bibliology, Theology Proper, Angelology, Anthropology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology.


TH 254 APOLOGETICS: Evidences for the divine origin of Christianity, the inspiration of the Bible, the nature and character of God, the deity of Christ, and the validity of the Gospel; includes answers to problems and apparent contradictions in the Bible.


TH 311 HOLY SPIRIT: Consideration of all Scriptures concerning the Person and work of the Holy Spirit in the Bible and Church; covers the work of the Holy Spirit in the life and walk of the Christian. Also, the charismatic gifts are considered.


TH 312A APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE: Evaluation of apocalyptic literature as used in the books of Daniel and Revelation, and a number of apocryphal visions. Various schools of interpretation are examined, and attention is given to the Tribulation period, the Millennium, the New Heavens and New Earth.


TH 363 DISPENSATIONS: A positive presentation of the dispensationalist system of Biblical interpretation. Examines the importance of this approach in order to develop and maintain a constant hermeneutic. Presented as an essential part of the historical-grammatical interpretation, and practiced as the only proper method of interpreting Scripture.


TH 414 BIBLIOLOGY - DOCTRINE OF THE BIBLE: An intensive look at the importance of the Holy Bible as God’s inspired Word.


TH 415 THEOLOGY PROPER - DOCTRINE OF GOD: An extensive look at the person of God as to His person, nature, and attributes.


TH 416 CHRISTOLOGY - THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST: A study of the scriptural doctrine of the second Person of the Trinity, including His humanity and divinity.


TH 422 DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH: A study of the essential Christian doctrine of the Church, including its beginning, its officers, and its purposes.


TH 460 DOCTRINE OF HOLINESS: A study of the Biblical teachings of holiness and sanctification and their influence upon Christianity and the Christian believer.


GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS


The Graduate Programs of GSST have been developed to provide the maximum potential for learning for each student. We believe the essence of the Christian learning process is INVOLVEMENT. As a result, we have structured our individual courses and programs to provide YOU, the student, with the opportunity to GET INVOLVED as you pursue your graduate degree. Listed below are the GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS offered by GSST.


GSST will accept a certain number of credits earned at other institutions, PROVIDED those credits have been earned at institutions which meet our high spiritual and academic standards of excellence. The number of credits allowable and transferable is determined on a student-by-student basis, depending also upon the degree program in which the student is involved.

MASTER OF BIBLICAL STUDIES (MBS)

MBS OLD TESTAMENT

MBS NEW TESTAMENT

MBS BIBLE HISTORY

MASTER OF PASTORAL MINISTRIES (MPM)

MASTER OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (MCE)

MASTER OF DIVINITY (MDiv)

MASTER OF THEOLOGY (ThM)



REQUIREMENTS FOR THE

MASTER OF BIBLICAL STUDIES DEGREES

(MBS)

(39 Credits Required)


The GSST MASTER OF BIBLICAL STUDIES Programs have been designed for the individual who wants and/or needs a graduate degree which can be earned in one year. Completion of this degree will not provide the graduate with acceptance to most Post-Graduate programs at either GSST or other institutions. However, the 39-credit GSST MASTER OF BIBLICAL STUDIES Degree will provide the successful candidate with intensive learning in a specific area of study. This one-year program provides the Candidate with the opportunity to become a RESOURCE SPECIALIST in the particular area he/she has elected to study.


Candidates may transfer a maximum of nine credits into the MBS programs either from another institution or through completion of an acceptable MEP.


The MASTER OF BIBLICAL STUDIES programs demand concentrated effort and a strong desire to succeed. The reading and writing assignments in each specialization are formidable. The MASTER OF BIBLICAL STUDIES Degree Programs are listed below.

MASTER OF BIBLICAL STUDIES (MBS)

39 Semester Credits (One Year)


COURSE NAME

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

GSST Orientation

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

CC500

3

Gospel of Mark (Bible Only Text)

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

NT552B

3

*DIVISION OF BIBLICAL STUDIES (18 Credits):

Hermeneutics

BI521

3

Geography of the Holy Land

BI514

3

Life of Paul

NT519

3

Old Testament Survey

OT511

3

New Testament Survey

NT511

3

Elective


3

*Candidates may request, in writing, permission to take courses other than those listed above to fulfill the BI, OT or NT requirements. Permission my or may not be granted. Requests to take other courses must be directed to the Mentor.



**DIVISION OF THEOLOGY (6 Credits):

Survey of Bible Doctrines 1 & 2

TH501/TH502

6

OR Systematic Theology 1 & 2

TH511/TH512


**Candidates may request in writing permission to take courses other than those listed above to fulfill the TH requirements. Permission may or may not be granted. Requests to take other courses must be directed to the Mentor.



DIRECTED RESEARCH (9 Credits):

Writing Research Papers

(RE511, Writing Research Papers, must be completed by all Candidates. If this course or one similar has been completed, the Candidate may select an additional Elective choice.)

RE511

3

Thesis or Project

RE531

6


MASTER OF BIBLICAL STUDIES

OLD TESTAMENT (MBS OT)

39 Semester Credits (One Year)

COURSE NAME

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

GSST Orientation

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

CC500

3

Gospel of Mark (Bible Only Text)

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

NT552B

3

*DIVISION OF BIBLICAL STUDIES (18 Credits):

Biblical Archaeology

BI513

3

Ancient Near Eastern History 1

BI516

3

Ancient Near Eastern History 2

BI517

3

Old Testament Survey

OT511

3

ELECTIVES SELECTED FROM BI, OT or OTB COURSES (6 Credits):

Elective


3

Elective


3

*Candidates may select ANY course from the BI, OT or NT Divisions if they desire courses other than those listed above. The ability of Candidates to replace the required courses depends upon dialogue between the Mentor and the Candidate. The Candidate shall submit, in writing, reasons for taking courses other than those listed above.



DIVISION OF THEOLOGY (6 Credits):

Old Testament Theology

TH526

3

Christ in the Old Testament

TH533

3

DIRECTED RESEARCH (9 Credits):

Writing Research Papers

(RE511, Writing Research Papers, must be completed by all Candidates. If this course or one similar has been completed, the Candidate may select an additional Elective choice.)

RE511

3

Thesis or Project

RE531

6


MASTER OF BIBLICAL STUDIES

NEW TESTAMENT (MBS NT)

39 Semester Credits (One Year)

COURSE NAME

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

GSST Orientation

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

CC500

3

Gospel of Mark (Bible Only Text)

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

NT552B

3

*DIVISION OF BIBLICAL STUDIES (18 Credits):

Introduction to the Bible

BI501

3

OR Panorama of the Bible

BI500


Romans

NT514

3

OR Romans (Bible only text)

NT514B


Hermeneutics

BI521

3

Geography of the Holy Land

BI514

3

Life of Christ

NT712

3

OR Life of Christ (Bible only text)

NT712B


Elective


3

*Candidates may select ANY course from the BI, OT or NT Divisions if they desire courses other than those listed above. The ability of Candidates to replace the required courses depends upon dialogue between the Mentor and the Candidate. The Candidate shall submit, in writing, reasons for taking courses other than those listed above.



DIVISION OF THEOLOGY (9 Credits)

New Testament Theology

TH527

3

Elective 1


3

Elective 2


3

DIRECTED RESEARCH (9 Credits):

Writing Research Papers

(RE511, Writing Research Papers, must be completed by all Candidates. If this course or one similar has been completed, the Candidate may select an additional Elective choice.)

RE511

3

Thesis or Project

RE531

6


MASTER OF BIBLICAL STUDIES

Bible History (MBH)

39 Semester Credits (One Year)

COURSE NAME

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

GSST Orientation

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

CC500

3

Gospel of Mark (Bible Only Text)

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

NT552B

3

*DIVISION OF BIBLICAL STUDIES (18 Credits):

Geography of the Holy Land

BI514

3

Ancient Near East History 1

BI516

3

Ancient Near East History 2

BI517

3

Hermeneutics

BI521

3

Survey of Church History 1

BI542

3

Life of Christ (Bible only text)

NT712B

3

*Candidates may select ANY course from the BI, OT or NT Divisions if they desire courses other than those listed above. The ability of Candidates to replace the required courses depends upon dialogue between the Mentor and the Candidate. The Candidate shall submit, in writing, reasons for taking courses other than those listed above. Permission may or may not be granted.



DIVISION OF THEOLOGY (6 Credits):

Old Testament Theology

TH526

3

New Testament Theology

TH527

3

DIRECTED RESEARCH (9 Credits):

Writing Research Papers

(RE511, Writing Research Papers, must be completed by all Candidates. If this course or one similar has been completed, the Candidate may select an additional Elective choice.)

RE511

3

Thesis or Project

RE531

6


MASTER OF PASTORAL MINISTRY (MPM)

63 Semester Credits (Two Years)


COURSE NAME

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

GSST Orientation

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

CC500

3

Gospel of Mark (Bible Only Text)

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

NT552B

3

*DIVISION OF BIBLICAL STUDIES (9 Credits):

Life of Paul

NT519

3

Hermeneutics

BI521

3

The Life of Christ (Bible only text)

NT712B

3


DIVISION OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (12 Credits):

Educational Ministry of the Church

CE513

3

Elective from Christian Education


3

DIVISION OF PASTORAL MINISTRY (12 Credits):

The Pastoral Office

PM501

3

Christian Ethics

PM513

3

Sermon Preparation

PM531

3

OR Homiletics

PM511


Advanced Pastoral Office

PM611

3

DIVISION OF BIBLICAL COUNSELING (12 Credits):

Introduction to Counseling

PC511

3

Introduction to Psychology

PC531

3

OR Psychology of Religion

PC513


Marriage and Family Counseling

PC532

3

Biblical Counseling for Today

PC543

3

*Candidates may select ANY course from the PM, PC, CA or CE Divisions if they desire courses other than those listed above. The ability of Candidates to replace the required courses depends upon dialogue between the Mentor and the Candidate. The Candidate shall submit, in writing, reasons for taking courses other than those listed above. Permission may or may not be granted.



DIVISION OF THEOLOGY (3 Credits):

Pastoral Theology

TH523

3

DIVISION OF CHURCH ADMINISTRATION (6 Credits):

Church Administration

CA511

3

Christian Leadership

CA621

3

DIRECTED RESEARCH (9 Credits):

Writing Research Papers

(RE511, Writing Research Papers, must be completed by all Candidates. If this course or one similar has been completed, the Candidate may select an additional Elective choice.)

RE511

3

Thesis or Project

RE531

6


MASTER OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (MCE)

(This is a research and practical degree, by invitation only)

63 Semester Credits (Two Years)


COURSE NAME

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

GSST Orientation

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

CC500

3

Gospel of Mark (Bible Only Text)

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

NT552B

3

DIVISION OF BIBLICAL STUDIES (6 Credits):

Old Testament Survey

OT511

3

New Testament Survey

NT511

3

DIVISION OF EDUCATION (27 Credits):

Introduction to Christian Education

CE501

3

Curriculum Development

CE518

3

Christian Education of Children

CE623

3

Christian Education of Youth

CE624

3

Christian Education of Adults

CE625

3

Education

CE511

3

Teaching Methods

CE512

3

Educational Ministry of the Churchy

CE513

3

Practice Teaching/Internship

CE515

3

*PASTORAL MINISTRY COURSES (15 Credits):

Christian Leadership

CA621

3

Church Administration

CA511

3

The Psychology of Religion

PC513

3

Issues in Counseling 1

PC527

3

Marriage and Family Counseling

PC532

3

*Candidates may request, in writing, permission to take courses other than those listed above to fulfill the Pastoral Ministry requirements. Permission may or may not be granted. Requests to take other courses must be directed to the Mentor.



DIRECTED RESEARCH (9 Credits):

Writing Research Papers

(RE511, Writing Research Papers, must be completed by all Candidates. If this course or one similar has been completed, the Candidate may select an additional Elective choice.)

RE511

3

Thesis or Project

RE531

6



MASTER OF DIVINITY

(90 SEMESTER CREDITS - 3 YEARS)


The MASTER OF DIVINITY degree is designed primarily to be highly pragmatic program of study, specifically to equip the minister in the practical aspects of his ministry. This degree may be either terminal in nature, or interim program which prepares the candidate for the Doctoral programs. The GSST Master of Divinity program allows each candidate maximum flexibility in the choice of courses which are of interest.


THE MASTER OF DIVINITY requires a CORE CURRICULUM of 48 Credits, including the Project or Thesis. The other 42 credits may be selected by the Candidate from the courses available through the GSST Graduate Curriculum.


ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MDIV


1 Applicants must possess an earned, four year Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent.

2 A total of 90 Semester Credits at the Graduate level are required.

3 A minimum of 30 Semester Credits (one year) must be completed through GSST.

4 TH501-502 (Bible Doctrines) or TH511-512 Introduction to Theology, and RE511, Writing Research Papers, must be completed by all Candidates. If these courses or others similar have been completed, the Candidate may select an additional Elective of choice.


MASTER OF DIVINITY (MDiv)

90 Semester Credits

COURSE NAME

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

GSST Orientation

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

CC500

3

Gospel of Mark (Bible Only Text)

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

NT552B

3

DIVISION OF BIBLICAL STUDIES (21 Credits):

Introduction to the Bible

BI501

3

Christian Life

BI520

3

Hermeneutics

BI521

3

Bible Study Methods

BI611

3

Manners and Customs of the Bible

BI652

3

Old Testament Survey

OT511

3

New Testament Survey

NT511

3

DIVISION OF THEOLOGY (6 Credits):

Survey of Bible Doctrine

TH502

3

Systematic Theology

TH512

3

EVANGELISM (6 Credits):

Missions

ME511

3

Evangelism

EV511

3

*DIRECTED RESEARCH (9 Credits):

Writing Research Papers

(RE511, Writing Research Papers, must be completed by all Candidates. If this course or one similar has been completed, the Candidate may select an additional Elective choice.)

RE511

3

Thesis or Project

RE531

6

14 ELECTIVES (27 Credits):

Elective 1


3

Elective 2


3

Elective 3


3

Elective 4


3

Elective 5


3

Elective 6


3

Elective 7


3

Elective 8


3

Elective 9


3

Elective 10


3

Elective 11


3

Elective 12


3

Elective 13


3

Elective 14


3


MASTER OF THEOLOGY

(By Invitation only)

(90 SEMESTER CREDITS - 3 YEARS)


The MASTER OF THEOLOGY degree is designed primarily to be a highly pragmatic program of study, specifically to equip the minister in the practical aspects of his ministry. This degree may be either terminal in nature, or interim program which prepares the candidate for the Doctoral programs. The GSST Master of Theology program allow each candidate maximum flexibility in the choice of courses which are of interest. This is an original language based program of study.


The MASTER OF THEOLOGY requires a CORE CURRICULUM of 60 Credits, including the Project or Thesis. The other 30 Credits may be selected by the Candidate from the courses available through the GSST Graduate Curriculum. If a Candidate does not possess Biblical Languages prior to enrolling in this program, he/she must complete 21 Credits of Biblical Languages in order to graduate with the Master of Theology degree.


ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MDIV AND THM


1 Applicants must possess an earned, four year Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent.

2 A total of 90 Semester Credits at the Graduate level are required.

3 A minimum of 30 Semester Credits (one year) must be completed through GSST.

4 TH501-502 (Bible Doctrines) or TH511-512 Introduction to Theology, and RE511, Writing Research Papers, must be completed by all Candidates. If these courses or others similar have been completed, the Candidate may select an additional Elective of choice.


MASTER OF THEOLOGY

(By Invitation only)

(THM)

The MASTER OF THEOLOGY degree is designed to serve as either a terminal degree or an interim program which accomplishes the following:

    1. Enables Candidates to carry on a disciplined schedule on continuing education at a highly scholastic level, and/or

    2. Enables Candidates to pursue intensive work in a particular field as preparation for pastoral or teaching ministries, AND for further post-graduate studies leading to either a Doctor of Ministry or a Doctor of Theology degree.


The Master of Theology program presupposes that all Candidates have had a minimum of 21 credits of Biblical Languages. If the student does not meet this requirement, hr/she will need to complete the Biblical Languages before a Master of Theology degree will be issued by GSST.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF THEOLOGY DEGREE


1 Applicants must possess an earned, four year Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent.

2 A total of 90 Semester Credits at the Graduate level are required.

3 A minimum of 30 Semester Credits (one year) must be completed through GSST.

4. TH511 Introduction to Theology and RE511 Writing Research Papers must be completed by all Candidates. If these courses, or similar ones, have been previously completed, the Candidate may select additional Electives of choice.


MASTER OF THEOLOGY

90 Semester Credits


COURSE NAME

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

GSST Orientation

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

CC500

3

Gospel of Mark (Bible Only Text)

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

NT552B

3

DIVISION OF LANGUAGES & COMMUNICATON (9 Credits):

Exegesis of 2 Timothy

BL515

3

Exegesis of Colossians

BL519

3

Exegesis of Jonah

BL524

3

OR Exegesis of Habakkuk

BL526


DIVISION OF THEOLOGY (24 Credits):

Systematic Theology

TH511

3

Bibliology

TH514

3

Theology Proper

TH515

3

Christology

TH516

3

Pneumatology

TH517

3

Soteriology

TH519

3

Ecclesiology

TH522

3

Christ in the Old Testament

TH533

3

DIVISION OF BILBICAL LANGUAGES (If Required) (15 Credits):

Biblical Languages Study Methods

BL511

3

New Testament Greek 1

BL512

3

New Testament Greek 2

BL513

3

Old Testament Hebrew 1

BL521

3

Old Testament Hebrew 2

BL522

3

*DIRECTED RESEARCH (9 Credits):

Writing Research Papers

(RE511, Writing Research Papers, must be completed by all Candidates. If this course or one similar has been completed, the Candidate may select an additional Elective choice.)

RE511

3

Thesis or Project

RE531

6

9 ELECTIVES (27 Credits):

Elective 1


3

Elective 2


3

Elective 3


3

Elective 4


3

Elective 5


3

Elective 6


3

Elective 7


3

Elective 8


3

Elective 9


3




POST-GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Doctoral Degree Programs of Golden State School of Theology require a minimum of 33 Semester Hour Credits of course work PLUS a six (6) unit Dissertation or Doctoral Project.



DOCTOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES (DRS)


DOCTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (DCE)


DOCTOR OF MINISTRY (DMIN)


DOCTOR OF THEOLOGY (THD)


Applicants for GSST DCE, DMIN, and THD Programs must possess an earned, three year Master of Divinity or Master of Theology degree (or the equivalent). Candidates for the DRS and degrees must possess a qualifying earned graduate degree of at least 32 credits.


Candidates desirous of contributing to the field of Biblical knowledge and/or the pastoral calling through studies other than offered may petition the Academic Advisory Committee for permission to undertake such studies. A Faculty Advisor shall be assigned to assist the Candidate in selecting and designing the curriculum of study. The course of study must then be submitted to the Academic Advisory Committee.


All Doctoral Candidates must take RE911 (Writing Research Papers) unless they have already successfully completed the course at GSST or meet the course requirements through completion of a similar course through another institution. If the Candidate is required to take the course, he/she should take it just prior to or in conjunction with the Proposal Phase of the Dissertation or Doctoral Project.


Candidates may transfer a maximum of nine credits into the Doctor of Ministry, or Doctor of Theology programs. These nine credits may come from another institution, or through the acceptance of a Candidate prepared Ministerial Experience Portfolio.


DOCTOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

(DRS)

(By Invitation only)

(51 CREDITS REQUIRED)


The GSST Doctor of Religious Studies degree is designed for those individuals who want to complete a post-graduate program but who lack the normal prerequisite Master of Divinity or Master of Theology degree.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS


1. An earned 32-unit Master’s Degree in any discipline

2. An entrance GPA of at least 3.0

3. A minimum of three years of ministerial experience (professional or lay ministry)

4. Candidates may transfer a maximum of fifteen post-graduate credits into the DRS program. These credits may come from another institution or through the acceptance of a Candidate-prepared Ministerial Experience Portfolio (MEP).


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS


1. Candidates must complete 51 credits of post-graduate level coursework.

2. Candidates must maintain a 3.0 GPA to maintain enrollment in the program.

3. Candidates must participate in the GSST Monthly Payment Plan.

4. Candidates must successfully complete 27 credits of core curriculum along with five elective courses for fifteen credits from the GSST post-graduate curriculum.

5. Candidates must also complete the three credits Writing Research Papers course and finally the six credits Dissertation or Project.



COURSE NAME

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

REQUIRED COURSES (27 Credits):

GSST Orientation

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

CC900

3

Gospel of Mark (Bible Only Text)

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

NT952B

3

Advanced Biblical Studies

BI911

3

Advanced Systematic Theology

TH911

3

Theology Proper

TH915

3

Theology of Grace

TH925

3

Christ in the Old Testament

TH930

3

Old Testament Survey

OT911

3

New Testament Survey

NT911

3

DIRECTED RESEARCH (9 Credits):

Writing Research Papers

(RE911, Writing Research Papers, must be completed by all Candidates. If this course or one similar has been completed, the Candidate may select an additional Elective choice.)

RE911

3

Dissertation

RE931

6

5 ELECTIVES (15 Credits):

Elective 1


3

Elective 2


3

Elective 3


3

Elective 4


3

Elective 5


3


Note: It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that students take BI921 HERMENEUTICS as one of their Elective courses.



DOCTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

(By Invitation only)

(51 CREDITS REQUIRED)


The GSST DOCTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (DCE) degree is designed for those who seek ministry in the discipline of Christian Education. Candidates must possess a relevant Master’s degree of at least 32 credits.


ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS


1. An earned 32 unit Master’s degree (or its equivalent) in any qualifying discipline

2. An entrance GPA of at least 3.0

3. A minimum of three years of ministerial experience (professional or lay ministry)

4. Candidates may transfer a maximum of fifteen post-graduate credits into the DCE program. These credits may come from another institution or through the acceptance of a Candidate-prepared Ministerial Experience Portfolio (MEP).


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS


1. Candidates must successfully complete a total of 51 credits of post-graduate coursework with GSST.

2. Candidates must maintain a 3.5 GPA throughout the program.

3. Candidates must participate in the GSST Monthly Payment Plan.

4. Candidates must successfully complete the 33 credit core program along with three elective courses for nine credits from the GSST post-graduate curriculum.

5. Candidates must also complete the three credits Writing Research Papers course and finally the six credits Dissertation or Project.


COURSE NAME

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

REQUIRED COURSES (33 Credits):

GSST Orientation

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

CC900

3

Gospel of Mark (Bible Only Text)

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

NT952B

3

Advanced Philosophy of Education

CE914

3

The Minister/Director of Christian Education

CE917

3

Curriculum Development

CE918

3

The Church Pre-School/Day Care Center

CE920

3

Children’s Worship

CE922

3

Ministry to Youth

CE924

3

Ministry to Adults

CE925

3

Advanced Church Administration

CA911

3

Advanced Systematic Theology

TH913

3

DIRECTED RESEARCH (9 Credits):

Writing Research Papers

(RE911, Writing Research Papers, must be completed by all Candidates. If this course or one similar has been completed, the Candidate may select an additional Elective choice.)

RE911

3

Dissertation

RE931

6

ELECTIVES (9 Credits):

Elective 1


3

Elective 2


3

Elective 3


3




DOCTOR OF MINISTRY

(DMin)

(39 Credits Required)


This terminal DOCTOR OF MINISTRY degree will integrate the course work of the Candidate with his/her current ministry in order to maximize academic instruction with practical experience. This DOCTOR OF MINISTRY program allows each Candidate a maximum degree of flexibility in the design of the degree program.


ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS


  1. An earned four year Bachelor’s Degree (or its equivalent), plus an earned three year, 90 Semester credit (minimum) Master’s Degree (preferably an MDiv or ThM degree) in a field which will have directly prepared the Candidate for this highly specialized program of study

  2. An entrance GPA of at least 3.0

  3. A minimum of three years ministerial experience (professional or lay ministry)

  4. Candidates may transfer a maximum of nine post-graduate credits into the DMin program. These credits may come from another institution or through the acceptance of a Candidate-prepared Ministerial Experience Portfolio (MEP).

  5. Candidates should anticipate the Dissertation or Project Phase to require about one year for completion.


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS


1. Candidates must successfully complete a total of 39 credits of post-graduate coursework with GSST.

2. Candidates must maintain a 3.5 GPA throughout the program.

3. Candidates must participate in the GSST Monthly Payment Plan.

4. Candidates must successfully complete fifteen credits of core curriculum along with five elective courses for fifteen credits from the GSST post-graduate curriculum.

5. Candidates must also complete the three credits Writing Research Papers course and finally the six credits Dissertation or Project.



COURSE NAME

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

REQUIRED COURSES (15 Credits)

GSST Orientation

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

CC900

3

Gospel of Mark (Bible Only Text)

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

NT952B

3

Advanced Systematic Theology

TH911

3

Theology of Grace

TH925

3

Theology Proper

TH915

3

DIRECTED RESEARCH (9 Credits):

Writing Research Papers

(RE911, Writing Research Papers, must be completed by all Candidates. If this course or one similar has been completed, the Candidate may select an additional Elective choice.)

RE911

3

Dissertation

RE931

6

ELECTIVES (15 Credits):

Elective 1


3

Elective 2


3

Elective 3


3

Elective 4


3

Elective 5


3


*NOTE: Students may concentrate in specific areas, i.e. Biblical Studies, Old Testament, New Testament, and Theology, etc. This means the student completes the Electives allowed in a specific area. When such concentration is accomplished, the diploma shall make reference to that concentration.


DOCTOR OF THEOLOGY

(ThD)

(39 Credits Required)


This terminal degree provides the ultimate opportunity to become a major resource person in practical theological knowledge. This degree requires maximum commitment of the Candidate. Should the Candidate desire to contribute in a field of religious knowledge other than offered, he/she may petition the Academic Advisory Committee for consideration. This degree program consists of a CORE CURRICULUM of 24 Credits plus the Doctoral Dissertation or Project, which is worth a total of 6 Credit Credits. (Candidates must also take RE911, Writing Research Papers, if they have not already completed a course in this area.) A Faculty Advisor shall be assigned at that time to assist the Candidate in the preparation of a formal Petition.


ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS


  1. An earned four year’s Bachelor degree (or its equivalent), plus an earned three year, 90 Semester credit (minimum) Master’s Degree in a field which has directly prepared him/her for this highly specialized program

  2. An entrance GPA of at least 3.0

3. Candidates may transfer a maximum of nine credits into the ThD program. These credits may come from another institution or through the acceptance of a Candidate-prepared Ministerial Experience Portfolio (MEP).

4. Candidates should expect the Dissertation or Project Phase to require at least one year for completion.


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS


1. Candidates for the ThD degree must complete a total of 39 semester credits of post-graduate course work to graduate.

2. Candidates must maintain a 3.5 GPA throughout the program.

3. Candidates must participate in the GSST Monthly Payment Plan.

4. Candidates must complete a total of 21 credits of post-graduate coursework in the core curriculum with GSST along with three electives for nine credits.

5. In addition, candidates must successfully complete the three credits Writing Research Papers course and the six credits Dissertation or Project.




COURSE NAME

DESIGNATOR

CREDITS

REQUIRED COURSES (21 Credits):

GSST Orientation

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

CC900

3

Gospel of Mark (Bible Only Text)

(If this course has been completed at another level, the Candidate may select any other course in its place.)

NT952B

3

Bibliology

TH914

3

Christology

TH916

3

Pneumatology

TH917

3

Soteriology

TH919

3

Ecclesiology

TH922

3

DIRECTED RESEARCH (9 Credits):

Writing Research Papers

(RE911, Writing Research Papers, must be completed by all Candidates. If this course or one similar has been completed, the Candidate may select an additional Elective choice.)

RE911

3

Dissertation

RE931

6

ELECTIVES (9 Credits):

Elective 1


3

Elective 2


3

Elective 3


3


DESCRIPTIONS OF

GRADUATE AND POST-GRADUATE COURSES


Note: Courses in this catalog are not numbered according to the year or order in which they should be taken. Students may take most GSST courses with the permission of the Mentor.


The numbering system used in this catalog is as follows:


100-499 Undergraduate Courses

500-899 Graduate Courses

900-999 Post-Graduate (Doctoral) Courses


BIBLICAL INFORMATION COURSES


BI 501 INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE: An exhaustive study of the roots of the Christian Bible. Includes an examination of various versions and why they are available today.


BI 503 SCIENTIFIC CREATIONISM: An in-depth examination of the case for creationism. Provides the student with information and analysis which refutes the evolutionary model.


BI 513 BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY: An investigation of the major archaeological excavations of the Near East and of the artifacts unearthed from them. Provides a better understanding of the historical period encompassed by both Testaments.


BI 514 GEOGRAPHY OF THE HOLY LAND: A study of the importance of the roll that geography has played in the history of the Biblical lands.


BI 515 OLD TESTAMENT ARCHAEOLOGY: A study of the major archaeological excavations of the Neat East and how they relate to the Old Testament.


BI 516 ANCIENT NEAR EAST HISTORY 1: An in-depth examination of the ancient nations of Assyria, Babylonia, Sumeria, the Cimmerians, and the Kassites. A course necessary for a proper understanding of the dynamics which the Israelites encountered later as they developed into a nation.


BI 517 ANCIENT NEAR EAST HISTORY 2: A continuation of BI 516, with special emphasis on Assyria and the latter Babylonian Empires.


BI 520 THE CHRISTIAN LIFE: The hindrances to and provisions for the Christian life are considered. The application of Biblical principles is considered in our everyday life under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.


BI 521 HERMENEUTICS: A detailed study of the principles of Biblical interpretation from the original languages, with special emphasis on the practice and application of those principles to selected Scriptures from both Testaments. Old Testament majors will concentrate on interpretation from the Old Testament and New Testament majors will concentrate on the New Testament. Students with a background in Biblical Greek and Hebrew are expected to utilize that knowledge.


BI 530 PERSIA AND THE HEBREWS: A detailed examination of the relationship between the nation of Persia and the Hebrews while in captivity and beyond, including the development of customs, traditions, and rites which Jesus knew while ministering on earth.


BI 531 NEW TESTAMENT ARCHAEOLOGY: This course acquaints the student with the major discoveries which provide a sound basis for the theological and historical Christian faith.


BI 533 GREEK AND ROMAN CIVILIZATIONS: Examination of the characteristics of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and their relationship to the people of the Bible.


BI 541-BI542 SURVEY OF CHURCH HISTORY 1 & 2: Examines the birth and spread of Christianity from its beginnings to the modern era. Examines the rise of various denominations and separate churches and the influence of secular movements and events.


BI 611 BIBLE STUDY METHODS: This course will enable the student to study the Bible independently using a variety of methods.


BI 652 MANNERS AND CUSTOMS: A study of the manners and customs of the ancient peoples of Israel, Canaan, Egypt, Syria, Babylonia and the Sinai Peninsula.


BIBLICAL LANGUAGES COURSES


BL 511 BIBLICAL LANGUAGES STUDY METHODS: A course designed to provide the student with specific tools to use as he/she becomes involved in Hebrew and Greek


BL 512, BL 513, BL 514 NEW TESTAMENT GREEK 1, 2 & 3: One-year sequence of Koine Greek. First Semester emphasizes the use of Biblical languages through study tools such as lexicons, concordances, and Greek -based commentaries. Second Semester emphasizes language, grammar, and syntax. Third Semester includes readings from the Greek New Testament and works on vocabulary building.


BL 515 EXEGESIS OF 2 TIMOTHY: Practical application of the Greek language skills by performing an in-depth exegesis of this epistle from the Greek New Testament. PREREQUISITE: One year of Greek or its equivalent.


BL 519 EXEGESIS OF COLOSSIANS: Practical application of the Greek language skills by performing an in-depth exegesis of this epistle by utilization and translation of the Greek New Testament.


BL 521, BL 522, BL 523 HEBREW FUNDAMENTALS 1, 2 & 3: Rudiments of the language, grammar, and syntax. Includes proper use of exegetical tools such as lexicons, concordances, and Hebrew-based commentaries.


BL 524 EXEGESIS OF JONAH: Practical application of Hebrew language skills by performing an in-depth exegesis of the book of Jonah from Hebrew Scripture


BL 526 EXEGESIS OF HABAKKUK: Practical application of Hebrew language skills by performing an in-depth exegesis of Habakkuk from the Hebrew Old Testament.


CHRISTIAN COMMUNICATION COURSE


CC 500 GSST ORIENTATION: This course introduces the new student to the GSST methodology of email correspondence, use of Subject Line, Internet research, the GSST website, and integral writing skills.


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COURSES


CE 501 INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: This course provides an examination of the Biblical precepts for Christian education. Involves the student in actual “how to” projects.


CE 503 THE MINISTER/DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: The role of the Christian educator as head of the educational ministry of the local assembly. This includes an introduction to administrative and management techniques as applied to the Christian education ministry.


CE 504 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: A thorough examination of the various methods and means by which Christian education is delivered to the church.


CE 510 PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: Provides students with opportunities to examine Biblical passages and past/current Christian educational philosophies as they develop their own philosophy of Christian Education. This course should be taken toward the end of the student's educational ministry. This course will require a major paper on the student’s own philosophy of Christian Education. (CE516)


CE 511 HISTORY AND THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: A study of the historical development of educational thought and expression with emphasis placed on the emerging educational theories and practices which have influenced Christian education in the U.S.


CE 512 TEACHING AND LEARNING TECHNIQUES: An examination of the principles of teaching and learning; allows students to put these principles into practice in their ministry (6 Credits).


CE 513 EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH: This course acquaints the student with the entire educational structure of the local church; contains methods and principles of the educational ministry.


CE 518 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT: Evaluation, selection, and development of materials for use in the curriculum of the local church.


CE 611 BIBLE TEACHING METHODS: A study of teaching based on evidence found in the Bible.


CE 613 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION OF CHILDREN: A study of child development with implications for Christian instruction. Organizations for children in grades one through six will be considered.


CE 614 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION OF YOUTH: Provides extensive guidance in helping the student and churches develop effective Youth Ministries; assists in the identification of problems facing youth daily. Provides approaches whereby churches can provide opportunities for the spiritual growth and service of Christian youth.


CE 615 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION OF ADULTS: Provides guidelines for students to develop a credible Christian educational ministry for adults. Deals with factors related to maturity and service for adult believers.


CE 621 SPIRITUAL LIFE AND MOBILIZATION: An intensive study of the imperative for Christian service.


CHURCH ADMINISTRATION COURSES

CA 511 CHURCH ADMINISTRATION: Provides insights and skills in management by objectives, goal tending, budget building, stewardship programs, communication among staff (both professional and volunteer), time management, and related matters arising from the needs of the participants.


CA 512 WORSHIP: Study of worship, its principles, and its role in Christianity. The course will develop skills in planning, directing, and evaluating worship opportunities, including the use of music and other media.


CA 513 ADMINISTRATION OF EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS: A survey of the major administrative challenges involved in the establishment and operation of an effective evangelism outreach program.


CA 521 CHURCH BUILDING AND FINANCE: Studies the financial challenges facing the growing church. Includes an introduction to principles and practices of financial management, sources and methods of raising capital, allocation of funds within the local church, cash flow analysis, and capital budgeting techniques.


CA 522 CHURCH STAFF: The elements of managing (including planning, organizing, actuating, and controlling) the church staff (both professional and volunteer). Particular emphasis is placed upon organizing and actuating responsibility of authority, delegation, decentralization, the role of line staff relationships, committees, organizational charting, formal and informal organization, communication, and reaction to change.


CA 523 CHURCH GROWTH: Examination of ideas for the growth of the church. Examination of evangelism church growth from the perspective of maintaining active attendance of those already on the membership. Examines growth through building programs to facilitate more people attending the local church.


CA 611 UNIQUE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MINISTRIES: Exposes the student to educational ministries of the church, those outside the church, and Christian organizations with which the church may cooperate.


CA 621 CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP: Introduces the student to leadership principles and methods. Characteristics of Christian leadership are examined.


DIRECTED RESEARCH


RE 511 WRITING RESEARCH PAPERS: A graduate level course and manual in research skills focusing on research methods and writing research papers, theses and dissertations. Students will learn to improve and refine techniques of accessing information and writing papers. Specializes also in using the MLA method of documenting sources. Students will be required to research, organize, and prepare several brief reports of graduate quality during the course. This course is required of all graduate and post-graduate students who have not successfully completed RE 111 or its equivalent.


RE 531 MASTER'S THESIS OR PROJECT: This culmination of the Candidate's graduate study provides opportunity for demonstration of ability to present information in a scholarly style and format consistent with the student's academic level of accomplishment. Detailed information may be obtained from the text Writing Research Papers by Dr. Michael Hays, published by Golden State School of Theology.


RE 931 GRADUATE DOCTORAL DISSERTATION OR PROJECT


This is the actual development and completion of the Dissertation or Project. Formulates the framework for the document and the step-by-step completion of the work. This document of 150 pages minimum must be properly documented (containing at least 90-100 outside sources). This work represents the culmination of the Candidate's educational experience. The Dissertation or Project must deal exclusively with the major area of study. For information, refer to the text, Writing Research Papers, by Dr. Michael Hays, published by Golden State School of Theology.


MISSIONS AND EVANGELISM COURSES


EV 511 PERSONAL EVANGELISM: Methods of sharing the gospel of the Christian faith with the lost. The Bible is incorporated in various methods of personal witnessing.


ME 511 INTRODUCTION TO MISSIONS: The philosophy of missions, independent and denominational mission boards and their organization, procedures, methods of evangelism; training the nationals in Christian leadership; practical challenges which missionaries face while on the field.



NEW TESTAMENT COURSES


GSST has developed Bible-text-only courses for all books of the New Testament. They are available whether listed in this catalog or not. A “B” following the course number designates these.


NT 500B GOSPELOF JOHN: A detailed study of this Gospel based on the Bible


NT 511 SURVEY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: An intensive study of the 27 books of the New Testament.


NT 512 INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT: Detailed study of the development and canonicity of the New Testament. Special emphasis is given to answering critical problems. This includes a survey of the apocryphal, deuterocanonical, and secular writings of the first through the fourth centuries which support the formulation of the New Testament canon.


NT 513 PASTORAL EPISTLES: A detailed study of Paul's Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, with emphasis on his instructions concerning the work of the ministry and organization and discipline of the early Church. Prerequisite: NT 212 or enrollment at the Graduate level.


NT 514 ANALYSIS OF ROMANS: A contextual method study giving particular attention to the doctrinal, spiritual, and practical aspects of Paul's most systematic explanation of the Gospel.


NT 514B ROMANS: A Bible-based study of this important book.


NT 515 ANALYSIS OF HEBREWS: An expositional study of the epistle emphasizing the superiority and the priesthood of Jesus. Particular attention is given to the relationship between the Old and New Covenants. Problems of authorship are discussed, as is the practical application of this document to the demands of daily Christian living. (Also numbered NT575)


NT 515B HEBREWS: A Bible based study of this important book. (Also numbered NT575B)


NT 516 SURVEY OF PAULINE EPISTLES: A chronological examination of Paul's writings with an emphasis on the development and analysis of Pauline Theology.


NT 517 GENERAL EPISTLES: A systematic analysis of the seven epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude. Emphasis on the historical background, doctrinal development, and practical applications of each.


NT 518 REVELATION: An inductive study with special attention to prophetic analysis and relevance for today. Detailed emphasis is made on eschatology and analysis of the book by independent research. Frequent reference is made to the various schools of interpretation in the determination of the symbolism employed.


NT 518B REVELATION: This is a Bible-Only-Text course. All assignments are taken from the Bible.


NT 519 LIFE OF PAUL: A biographical study of Paul. Chronological surveys of his writings in relation to events in his life.


NT 521 SYNOPTIC GOSPELS: A synthetic and analytical study of three Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Each gospel is studied according to its distinctive viewpoint.


NT 522 JESUS, THE TEACHER: A review of the life and ministry of Christ with special emphasis on the teaching and communication techniques employed by the Master Teacher.


NT 530 NEW TESTAMENT APOCRYPHA AND PSEUDEPIGRAPHA: A survey of the deuterocanonical and apocryphal literature of the first century A.D.


NT 550 or NT550B EPHESIANS: A study of the Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians.


NT 551 or NT551B MATTHEW: An inspection and study of the Gospel of Matthew which presents Jesus as King.


NT 552 or NT552B MARK:
A detailed study of the Gospel of Mark


NT 553 or NT553B LUKE: A detailed study of the Gospel of Luke


NT 554 or NT 554B 1, 2, & 3 JOHN: A detailed study of the three Johannine Epistles.


NT 555 or NT555B ACTS: A study of the Book of Acts and its accounts of the beginning of the New Testament church.


NT 557 or NT 557B GALATIANS: A study of the Book of Galatians


NT 560 or NT 560B COLOSSIANS: A study of Colossians.


NT 562B 1 & 2 TIMOTHY, TITUS, PHILEMON: A detailed study based on the Bible.


NT 563 THIRD JOHN: A study of this small book will give the student great insight into the early Christian community.


NT 565 2 PETER: A detailed study of this small but very important book.


NT 570 or NT 570B JAMES: A detailed study of the Book of James.


NT 571 or NT571B 1 & 2 THESSALONIANS: A detailed study of First and Second Thessalonians.


NT 572B or NT 572B 1 & 2 PETER: A detailed study of 1 and II Peter.


NT 573 or NT573B 1 CORINTHIANS: A detailed study of I Corinthians.


NT 574 or NT574B PHILIPPIANS: An examination of the epistle of joy and how it can apply to the student today.


NT 578 or NT 578B FIRST JOHN: This epistle of John emphasizes the meaning of fellowship in the Christian community.


NT 579 or NT 579B 2 CORINTHIANS: A detailed study of II Corinthians


NT 712 LIFE OF CHRIST: A chronological study of to the four gospels with attention to their historical setting, the relationship of the accounts, and the practical and doctrinal truths, with emphasis on the teachings of Jesus and their application to today.


OLD TESTAMENT COURSES


GSST is developing courses based on Bible text only for all books of the Old Testament. Please consult your Mentor as to the availability of any specific book.


OT 511 INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT: A detailed study of the development and canonicity of the Old Testament with special emphasis given to the answering of major critical problems. Includes a survey of the apocryphal, deuterocanonical, and secular writings which support the formulation of the Old Testament.


OT 514 THE MESSIAH: A detailed study of the Messianic passages of the Old Testament, and their historical interpretation by theologians of both the Old and New Testament periods.


OT 515 OLD TESTAMENT ARCHAEOLOGY: A survey of the archaeological discoveries of the ancient Near East. Includes ancient Babylon, Sumer, Nineveh, and topics concerning Creation, the Flood, Formation of nations and the development and spread of languages.


OT 533 CHRIST IN THE OLD TESTAMENT: An in-depth study of the Christology of the Old Testament. Includes Scriptural and historical evidences for the Messiahship and Deity of Jesus, and a survey of the Messianic prophecies, followed by a detailed analysis of the Christophanies.


OT 551 GENESIS: A detailed examination of book of “beginnings”.


OT 556 JOSHUA: An examination of the book and the entrance of Israel into the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua.

OT 557 JUDGES & RUTH:


OT 558 RUTH: Study of the Book of Ruth and examination of the “kinsman redeemer” theology.


OT 562 EZRA & NEHEMIAH:


OT 563 ESTHER:


OT 564 JOB:


OT 565 PSALMS:


OT 566 PROVERBS:


OT 567 ECCLESIASTES:


OT 568 SONG OF SOLOMON:


OT 569 ISAIAH:


OT 570 JEREMIAH & LAMENTATIONS:


OT 571 EZEKIEL:


OT 572 DANIEL:


OT 573 HOSEA:


OT574B JONAH & NAHUM: These books examine God’s work with Nineveh from different perspectives.


OT 575 HABAKKUK:


OT 576 ZECHARIAH:


OT 585B AMOS: A small book with a big message will be examined.


OT 591 JOEL & ZEPHANIAH:


OT 592 MALACHI:


OT 594 HAGGAI:


PASTORAL MINISTRY AND COUNSELING COURSES


PM 501 THE PASTORAL OFFICE: The Pastor’s call, family and personal life, call to the local church, time to terminate a pastorate and the relationship of that office to the rest of the church family. General administrative duties, scheduled church programs, and public relations of the church in the community. Selection and training of salaried and unsalaried assistants.


PM 511 HOMILETICS: A graduate level laboratory course in which the student will develop a number of sermons. Sermons which will be developed and taught include expository, topical, biographical, textual, and others.


PM 512 ETHICS: Systematic study of the standards of right and wrong, consideration of ethical issues from a Biblical perspective or moral behavior. Special emphasis on particular ethical challenges facing Christians in today’s world.


PM 550 ORGANIZATIONAL FINANCE: An examination of the theory and practice of sound organizational structure as related to financial stability.


PM 531 SERMON PREPARATION: (Homoletics) Methods and techniques of effective sermon preparation. Opportunity to prepare a number of sermons during the course. Sermons will be evaluated by the personal Mentor and at least one other person.


PC 501 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY: A study of the nature of man and human behavior. Various factors associated with the development of human personality and behavior problems will be examined.


PC 511 INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING: Examination of the principles and techniques of counseling and their application to the work of pastors and Christian leaders whose responsibility is to analyze and give counsel to those with emotional, social, and spiritual problems., Designed to lay the foundation for further specialized work in the area of Pastoral Counseling.


SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY COURSES


TH 501-TH 502 MAJOR BIBLE DOCTRINES: A study of the most vital Christian Doctrines.


TH 511, TH 512 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY 1 & 2: A two Semester survey of the major divisions of systematic theology. Students who plan to specialize in theology must take these courses.


TH 514 BIBLIOLOGY: In-depth study of the internal and external evidence for the revelation, inspiration, illumination, preservation, infallibility, and absolute authority of the Bible. Prerequisite: TH 511, 512


TH 515 THEOLOGY PROPER: Exposition of the doctrine of God; Scriptural and extra-Biblical evidence for the existence of God. This course also examines the attributes of God, His interaction with man, and His Person as God the Father. Prerequisite: TH 511, 512


TH 516 CHRISTOLOGY: Detailed consideration of the Scriptural doctrines concerning the second Person of the Godhead, including His divinity, humanity, and eternal priesthood. The teaching and works of Christ are summarized with an emphasis on His atoning death, burial, and resurrection. Prerequisite: TH 511, 512


TH 517 PNEUMATOLOGY: Consideration of Scripture concerning the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit in the Bible and the church. Current work of the Holy Spirit in the life of Christians discussed. Prerequisite: TH 511. 512


TH 519 SOTERIOLOGY: A study of the doctrine of salvation.


TH 520 ESCHATOLOGY: Consideration of the doctrine of last things. Includes the rapture, the great tribulation, the second coming, the resurrection, the judgments, and the new creation. Prerequisite: TH 511, 512


TH 522 ECCLESIOLOGY: An extensive study in the beginning, teaching and practice of the New Testament Church and how it applies to modern churches. Prerequisite: TH 511, 512


TH 523 PASTORAL THEOLOGY:


TH 525 GRACE: Detailed investigation of what the Bible reveals concerning grace. A careful comparison of Paul's dogmatic presentation of salvation by grace through faith with James' practical teaching of the result and evidence of saving faith. Prerequisites: TH 511, TH 512


TH 526 OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY: Exhaustive examination of such prominent Old Testament teachings as monotheism, the sovereignty of God, election, covenant, theocracy, law, sacrifice, faith, and redemption. Prerequisites: TH 511, TH 512


TH 527 NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY: Survey of the major divisions of Biblical theology in the New Testament. Includes synoptic theology, theology of the Gospel of Luke and Acts, the theologies of James, Paul, Peter, and John. Also discusses the theology of the Epistle of Hebrews. Prerequisites: TH 511, TH 512


TH 532 THE THEOLOGY OF PRAYER: An examination of prayer in the light of Biblical examples and teaching. This course will lead to a deeper and more genuine prayer life. Prerequisites: TH 511, TH 512


TH 533 CHRIST IN THE OLD TESTAMENT: An in-depth study of the Person and Work of Christ as revealed in the Old Testament. Special attention is given to the Theophanies presented in the Old Testament.


TH 541 DISPENSATIONS AND COVENANTS: Detailed study of man's response in obedience to God during the periods of Innocence, Conscience, Human Government, Promise, Law, Church and Kingdom. Includes an examination of God's covenants with His People.


TH 554 APOLOGETICS: The importance of the defense of the bible is discussed in this study.


TH 560 THE DOCTRINE OF HOLINESS: An extensive examination of this vital doctrine of Christianity


TH 563 DISPENSATIONS: A positive presentation of the dispensationalist system of Biblical interpretation. Examines the importance of this approach with respect to proper hermeneutics. Presented as an essential part of the historical-grammatical interpretation.


TH 612 APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE: A study of the end times and their relationship to the church and Christianity throughout the ages.



POST-GRADUATE COURSES


Post-Graduate courses are designated by the “900" series of numbers. However, they are not listed as separate courses in this catalog. All courses offered on the Graduate Level are offered at the Post-Graduate level. The difference between a Graduate and Post-Graduate course is measured in the quality and quantity of written assignments, collateral reading, and added research. Additionally, many of the Post-Graduate courses are often delineated from the Graduate courses by the use of the term “ADVANCED.” For instance, a course at the graduate level may be titled “Pneumatology.” On the Post-Graduate level the course may be listed as “ADVANCED PNEUMATOLOGY,” or “PNEUMATOLOGY” and have a “900" series number.



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