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Simpson University’s Theology major is designed to familiarize students with the Bible’s content and ideas, the Church’s reflection on it, methods of interpretation, and the intersection of faith and culture.

About

The Theology major at Simpson University prepares students for seminary education or graduate work in theology and related disciplines. It also provides a strong foundation for ministry in church and parachurch settings by developing the skills necessary for lifelong study and communication of Scripture.

As a student in the program, you learn one of the biblical languages, either Hebrew or Greek, and develop a foundation in biblical or systematic theology. Then you choose one of the three concentrations: Old Testament, New Testament, or Theology.

The Old Testament and New Testament concentrations allow you to pursue interest in specific books, such as Genesis, Job, and Isaiah in the Old Testament or the Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, and Pauline epistles in the New Testament. Both concentrations include the possibility of a study tour in Israel. Finally, for a capstone, you will investigate the critical issues and the theology of the Bible.

The Theology concentration builds a foundation for theological reflection by developing a deeper understanding of God, humanity, Christ and the church. It also includes courses in areas of particularly interest, including History of Early Christianity, Contemporary Theology, and Theology of World Mission. For a capstone, you will grapple with issues in contemporary theology.

All three of these concentrations are designed to develop stronger understanding of the Bible and Christian theology. Graduates will be better prepared to understand and assess life’s future challenges in biblically and theologically informed ways.

The Bible and Theology program also offers a rigorous Honors Program for qualified students who wish to pursue independent research in their chosen concentration.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods
  • Issues in Ethics
  • Theological Readings
  • Greek
  • Readings in the Greek Bible
  • Hebrew
  • Hebrew Readings 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • 3.0 minimum unweighted High School GPA
  • 910 SAT score (Math and Critical Reading combined) OR 17 ACT composite score
  • Must have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent (GED)
International Students
  • Submit your online application ($35 non-refundable application fee)
  • Submit a spiritual reference (online or by paper)
  • Submit official secondary or high school transcripts
  • Submit official ACT, SAT, or TOEFL score
  • SAT: Minimum of 401 on critical reading section
  • ACT: Minimum of 16 on English section
  • TOEFL: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based
  • Submit official college transcripts (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29750 USD/year
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  • National

    29750 USD/year
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Living costs for Redding

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
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Funding

Simpson University institutional aid is given as scholarships to undergraduate students based on academic merit, talent, personal or family involvement in Christian ministry, and high levels of need as determined by the FAFSA. Institutional aid requirements must be met in order for a student to receive any of the institutional scholarships listed below.

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