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Truett-McConnell College
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Cleveland, GA 30528
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Dr. Michael Whitlock
Assistant Professor of Christian Studies
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Admissions and Financial Aid

Full admission to the Master of Arts in Theology may be granted to applicants who meet the College's minimum graduate admissions criteria and qualifications:

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or on a 4.0 scale
  3. Application for admission
  4. Send in official academic transcripts.

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid supports the mission of Truett-McConnell College by helping students obtain funds for graduate educational expenses by promoting loan opportunities through the federal government.

For more information about applying to the Master of Arts in Theology program, please visit (link to admissions page)

CS 501: Hermeneutics – introduces the grammatical-historical method of interpretation with a focus on author-centered interpretation. Attention will be given to practical methodology as well as examinations of genre, figures of speech, historical backgrounds, word studies, grammar and syntax, and resources for Bible study.

CS 530: Baptist History – Baptist history to the present. Development of basic doctrine and polity will be discussed, as well as historically important Baptist men and women.

CS 532: Christian Theology I – a systematic study of the biblical doctrines of Revelation, God, and Man.

CS 533: Christian Theology II – a systematic study of the biblical doctrines of Christ, Salvation, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and Last Things.

CS 534: Doctrine of Revelation – a systematic study of the doctrine of revelation, focusing on the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture.

CS 535: Ecclesiology – addresses the theology of the Free Church tradition, especially its relationship to the state, congregational polity, revivalism, and public invitations.

CS 551: Ministry Administration & Leadership – surveys the principles of effective business administration in ministry, the elements of a business meeting, Roberts Rules of Order, tax and legal issues, leadership principles, and conflict resolution.

CS 626: Ethics in Ministry – gives attention to decision-making in ministry in regard to current moral issues including those regarding the family, sexuality, pornography, the consumption of alcohol, and obscenity.

CS 632: Contemporary Apologetics – addresses defending Christian doctrines, especially concerning the problem of evil and suffering and various cults.

CS 640: Sermon Preparation – explores the construction of a biblical sermon.

CS 641: Preaching Lab – explores the theory and practice of delivering biblical sermons, including a preaching experience with peer critique. Prerequisite: Sermon Preparation.

CS 699: Local Church Internship – provides students with ministry experience under the guidance of a qualified supervisor in a local church and assistance in developing their philosophy of ministry.

GK 501: Foundations of Biblical Greek – an introduction to the fundamentals of New Testament Greek. The course emphasizes vocalization, vocabulary building, recognition of grammatical forms, and morphology of Greek words, basic syntax, basic translation strategies, and use of language software.

GK 601: New Testament Exposition in Greek – a critical and expositional study of New Testament texts in Greek emphasizing the proper use of biblical language tools and software. Prerequisite: Foundations of Biblical Greek.

HB 501: Foundations of Biblical Hebrew – an introduction to the fundamentals of Old Testament Hebrew. The course emphasizes vocalization, vocabulary building, recognition of grammatical forms, and morphology of Hebrew words, basic syntax, basic translation strategies, and use of language software.

HB 601: Old Testament Exposition in Hebrew – a critical and expositional study of Old Testament texts in Hebrew emphasizing the proper use of biblical language tools and software. Prerequisite: Foundations of Biblical Hebrew.

MI 501: Evangelism, Discipleship & Church Planting – outlines the foundational Biblical patterns and models for expanding the kingdom of God through the local church. Specific attention is given to the New Testament teachings and practices related to evangelism, discipleship and church planting with a view to application in the student's current local church experience.

MI 601: Cross-Cultural Ministries Practicum – provides the student guidance with developing and/or participating in a selected ministry in a cross-cultural context either locally, nationally or internationally. Oversight will be provided in order to increase the student's skills and understandings essential for fruitful cross cultural ministry.

PH 501: Logic and Critical Thinking – introduces principles of correct reasoning and their application to research and writing. The course emphasizes theories of meaning, language, critical thinking, reading skills, common causes of confusion and error in thought and argument, methods of analyzing and evaluating arguments objectively, and methods of constructing sound arguments based on relevant evidence.

PY 601: Biblical Counseling – outlines the various types of therapies used in biblical counseling and the theoretical frameworks guiding these therapies. Additionally, students will explore current debates about the validity and the use of these therapies.

Dr. Emir Caner - President
Professor of History and Christian Studies

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington
  • M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Criswell College

Dr. Mael Disseau
Associate Professor of Christian Studies

  • Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Fort Worth, TX
  • M.DIV, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Wake Forest, NC
  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA
  • M.S.A.E., Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA
  • B.A.E., Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA

Dr. Gary Fangmann
Assistant Professor of Business

  • Ed.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Southwest Baptist University

Dr. Jason Graffagnino
Assistant Professor of History/Christian Studies - Chair

  • Ph. D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M. Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.S., Louisiana State University

Dr. Holly Haynes
Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences

  • Ed.D., Harvard University
  • Ed.M., Harvard University
  • A.B., Harvard College

Dr. Jeremy Lyon
Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

  • Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Carson-Newman College

Dr. Samuel R. Pelletier
Professor of Biblical Languages

  • Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia
  • M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Hannibal-LaGrange College

Dr. H. Edward Pruitt
Associate Professor of Christian Studies/Missions

  • D.Theo., University of South Africa
  • M.Theo., University of South Africa
  • M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.Th., Florida Baptist Theological College

Dr. Philip Roberts
Professor of Christian Studies

  • Ph.D., Free University of Amsterdam
  • Post-Graduate Research Student, Oxford University
  • M. Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky.
  • B.A., Georgetown College, Georgetown, Ky. (with honors)

Dr. Van Sanders
Associate Professor of Missions and Evangelism

  • Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.A., The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Dr. Michael Whitlock
Assistant Professor of Christian Studies

  • Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Sam Houston State University

Dr. John Yarbrough
Associate Professor of Christian Studies

  • B.A., Mercer University
  • M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • D.Div. (Hon.) The Southern California Theological Seminary

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