Trinity International University

Introduction
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Trinity educates men and women to engage in God’s redemptive work in the world by cultivating academic excellence, Christian faithfulness, and lifelong learning.

With nearly 100 faculty and 3,000 students, we at Trinity International University are committed to the same vision with which we were founded in 1897 and determined to follow in the footsteps of the great universities that were founded on the cornerstone belief that all wisdom lies in Jesus Christ. Our task, if we are to be salt in the world of our day, is to build institutions where we can think like Christians and learn to live as Christians in a culture in which both have become equally hard. Whether preparing to be pastors or missionaries or attorneys, teachers, counselors, scientists, corporate leaders, homemakers or public servants, whatever our calling under God, we need excellence in education, grounded in the lordship of Jesus Christ. That is the goal and task of Trinity International University.

At the heart of Trinity’s mission lies its commitment to its four core values—Christ Centeredness, Community Focus, Church Connectedness, and Cultural Engagement. Trinity’s purpose is to enable its graduates to think and live like Christians in the twenty-first century. We believe that God calls his people into many kinds of service; Trinity’s calling is to prepare them to serve for his glory.

TIU Today

Trinity International University (TIU) is composed of a liberal arts college, a divinity school, a graduate school, and a law school in California. Trinity is the educational ministry of the Evangelical Free Church of America; its main campus is located in Deerfield, Illinois, with regional centers in Chicago, Illinois, in Davie, Florida, and in Santa Ana, California.

TIU holds to the statement of faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America.

Core Values

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As an institution committed to inerrant Scripture, given by God as our final authority for faith and life, we hold ourselves accountable to it and to each other with regard to these values as we cultivate academic excellence, Christian faithfulness, and lifelong learning.

  • Christ Centered. We are here to model and to engender Christ centeredness in all that we do. The lordship of Christ should affect and be evident in every aspect of education, relationship, and endeavor at Trinity.
  • Community Focused. We seek to be a learning community that operates by the ethics and values of the Kingdom of God. The makeup of the community should be a reflection of the breadth and diversity of the family of God. The way we treat people should be consistent with the morals, justice, compassion, humility, and love of our Lord. Interaction with students should both reflect an attitude of service to them as individuals and take advantage of opportunities for mentoring and modeling and personal development.
  • Church Connected. We value service to the Church because we believe that the Church is God’s central vehicle to accomplish his work in the world. Our vision for serving the Church is a global vision, just as God’s vision for his Church is global. A particular value affecting Trinity’s work is to identify and meet the educational needs of the EFCA.
  • Culturally Engaged. We seek to bring faith, life, and learning to bear on the issues facing our world. Our perspective is one of engagement with culture from a Christ-centered and biblically rooted foundation. We are committed to high standards of research, scholarship, thinking, and living as a means of preparing students to engage the world and to respond honestly and earnestly to those in a pluralistic society.
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Master of Divinity

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2016 USA Deerfield

All Christians are called to be ministers of the Gospel, but there are many different vocations in which a believer can answer that call. Our MDiv is designed to give comprehensive biblical, theological, cultural, and practical training to those desiring preparation for some form of Christian ministerial or academic leadership, all within the context of Trinity’s broadly evangelical ethos. [+]

All Christians are called to be ministers of the Gospel, but there are many different vocations in which a believer can answer that call. Our MDiv is designed to give comprehensive biblical, theological, cultural, and practical training to those desiring preparation for some form of Christian ministerial or academic leadership, all within the context of Trinity’s broadly evangelical ethos. Where can this degree take me? The Master of Divinity is considered the standard professional degree for ordained pastoral ministry, as well as providing an excellent foundation for further academic work and many other unique ministry contexts. MDiv alumni have gone on to a wide variety of vocational pursuits, including pastors, denominational leaders, scholars, authors, community development leaders, and missionary workers in many different contexts locally, nationally, and globally. The MDiv is the prerequisite degree for Doctor of Ministry (DMin) programs and is the recommended graduate degree for those intending to pursue advanced theological study (usually at the ThM or PhD levels). What will I study? The Master of Divinity curriculum (94 hours total) is centered on four primary areas: Scripture and Interpretation - 35 hours ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours NT 5210 NT Greek Exegesis I 4 hours NT 5211 NT Greek Exegesis II 2 hours NT 5212 NT Greek Exegesis III 1 hour NT 6600 Preaching from the New Testament 1 hour NT 6221 Synoptics and Johannine Literature 3 hours NT 6222 Acts, Pauline, and General Epistles 3 hours OT 5240 Elementary Hebrew I 3 hours OT 5241 Elementary Hebrew II 3 hours OT 5242 Hebrew Exegesis 4 hours OT 6216 Pentateuch and Historical Books 4 hours OT 6217 Prophetic and Poetic Books Theology and Tradition - 20 hours Required: CH 5010 History of Christianity 4 hours PT 7410, 7412, 7415 Denominational History and Polity course 1 hour ST 5101 Theology I: Introduction to Theology 3 hours ST 5102 Theology II: Christ, Man, Sin, Salvation 3 hours ST 5103 Theology III: Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things 3 hours ST 5200 Christian Ethics 3 hours Choose one of the following: CH 5060 American Church History 3 hours CH 7450 Christianity in the Non-Western World since 1700 3 hours ME 6410 History of Missions in the Modern World (This is an alternative only for those in the Cross-Cultural Ministry focus) Worldview and Culture - 8 hours Required: ME 5000 Foundations of Christian Mission ME 6240 The Intercultural Missionary may be substituted for those in the Cross-Cultural Ministry focus 2 hours ME 5001 Foundations of Evangelism 2 hours PR 5500 Apologetics 2 hours Choose one of the following: BE 5900 Bioethics National Conference Course 2 hours CC 5610 Cultural Hermeneutics 2 hours ME 6610 Anthropology for Ministry 2 hours PT 7860 Social and Cultural Exegesis 2 hours Ministries and Practices - 31 hours Includes required, ministry focus, and elective courses Required: CM 5000 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry Counseling 2 hours CM 6000 Issues in Counseling Ministry (Possible substitutes for this include CO 5210, CM 5110, CM 6572, CO 7140) 1 hour EM 5000 Educational Ministries in the Local Church 2 hours HM 5000 Theology and Methodology of Biblical Preaching 2 hours PT 5000 Personal Assessment and Ministry Orientation 1 hour PT 7280 Christian Worship 2 hours PT 7460 MDiv Capstone Seminar 1 hour PT 7465 / 7466 Internship 2 hours Field Education and Formation Group: ID 5080 Formation Group (2 semesters) (recommended during first two semesters) 0 hours PT 5090 Field Education (2 semesters) 0 hours PT 5095 Cross-Cultural Field Education (1 semester) 0 hours An additional 18 hours in this area come from your chosen Ministry Focus and electives. Field Education and Internships All Master of Divinity students must complete field education and internship requirements. Field education and internships involve supervised work in a field-based ministry, which is generally a Christian organization or church outside of the TEDS community. This part of the TEDS degree programs is designed to: Integrate classroom studies with on-the-ground ministry. Aid in acquiring, reinforcing, and refining ministry knowledge and skills. Assist in the assessment and development of Christian character, spirituality, and ministerial call and identity. Field education and internship experiences are guided by a supervisor who serves as a mentor and equipper. Opportunities for Trinity students in the Chicago metropolitan area are abundant and diverse. Field education and internship courses may be taken in any semester and completed anywhere in the world. Students enrolled at Extension Sites and at the Florida Regional Center are required to meet the same field ed requirements as students enrolled at the Deerfield campus. Ministry Focus There are seven ministry foci available which allow you to focus your MDiv more sharply (plus the option to create a unique focus not listed here): Specialized Ministry Research Ministry Pastoral Care Cross-Cultural Ministry Congregational Team Ministry Pastor-Teacher Chaplaincy Compassion & Justice What are the prerequisites for admission to this program? Specific to the MDiv are the following general prerequisites; see full prerequisites for further specific details: A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is preferred, though not necessarily required. Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required if your GPA is less than 2.5 or if the Admissions Office requests them. A demonstrated working knowledge of the English Bible (this can be demonstrated after admission through either some specific coursework or the Standard Bible Content Test). Applicants with prior Greek or Hebrew experience may be able to take the Greek Proficiency Exam or the Hebrew Proficiency Exam; these allow you to place further along in the language courses. You don’t need to have taken Greek or Hebrew to be accepted to the MDiv; we will teach you! [-]

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Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

Campus Full time 3 years September 2016 USA Deerfield

Preparing students to be Gospel-centered, professionally licensed counselors. The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling prepares students to be professionally licensed counselors. In addition to preparing you for certification, the MA in MHC helps students foster self-awareness, gain greater insight into the nature of human persons, develop the clinical skills necessary for professional counseling, [+]

Preparing students to be Gospel-centered, professionally licensed counselors. The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling prepares students to be professionally licensed counselors. In addition to preparing you for certification, the MA in MHC helps students foster self-awareness, gain greater insight into the nature of human persons, develop the clinical skills necessary for professional counseling, and develop a framework for integrating biblical-theological truth with social sciences and counseling theory. Where can this degree take me? The MA in MHC is a licensure track program designed to prepare students for a variety of counseling-centric vocations that require professional credentials. Our graduates have gone on to both private practice and positions within larger organizations. Potential fields include, but are certainly not limited to, addictions counseling, marriage and family therapy, grief counseling, sexual identity counseling, spiritual abuse counseling, and adolescent therapy. Additionally, our MA in MHC provides an excellent foundation for doctoral work in counseling psychology and related fields. Mental Health Counseling at TEDS The Counseling Department of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School seeks to equip students to serve others through the ministry of counseling in vocational ministry and professional mental health settings. Counseling Department faculty have established four major competency areas with specific learning objectives. Graduates of the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School will demonstrate proficiency in each area and on all objectives. Christian Theological Tradition and Vocational Calling The graduate student will formulate Gospel convictions, a working Christian theology, and prepare to contextualize faith within the counseling profession and academy (Theological Tradition) The graduate student will begin the journey of articulating how counseling process, prevention and clinical service delivery are an outgrowth of one’s Christian ministry and vocation (Vocational Calling). The graduate student will manifest empathy and respect for how social and cultural influences as well as individual differences impact development, functioning and flourishing in diverse human persons created in the image of God (Theological Anthropology). Professional Counselor Identity and Integrity The graduate student will synthesize a routine and professional development plan to pursue an identity as a helping professional that blends self-awareness with an understanding of role expectations (Professional Counseling Orientation). The graduate student will commit to provide all counseling services within the ethical guidelines of a professional organization (e.g. American Association of Christian Counselors, American Counseling Association, Christian Association of Psychological Studies) (Ethical Practice). The graduate student will display to faculty and supervisors the knowledge of theories and models of counseling, counselor characteristics, and interpersonal skills to function as a helping professional (i.e. establishing a therapeutic alliance, crisis intervention, conceptualizing cases and applying relevant, evidence-based treatment approaches) (Counseling and Helping Relationships). Comprehensive Knowledge of Curricular Domains The graduate student will exhibit mastery of curricular domains within the comprehensive counseling curriculum (Human Growth and Development, Career Counseling, Group Counseling, and Assessment and Evaluation; Clinical Mental Health Foundations). The graduate student will show competence in reading, interpreting, evaluating, and critically applying scholarly research and evaluation models in the practice of mental health counseling (Research and Program Evaluation). The graduate student will begin to address in self, others and human systems the brokenness of human relations by identifying patterns of oppression, discrimination and bias whether deliberate or unintentional; and recognize the importance of social justice (Social and Cultural Diversity). Proficiency in Communication and Clinical Skills The counseling intern will apply the knowledge and skills required for a specialty in mental health counseling (i.e. etiology, assessment, case conceptualization, diagnostic classification procedures, application of evidence based treatments) (Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practice and Contextual Dimensions). The counseling intern will consistently generate evidence of professional behavior, oral and written communication, treatment planning, clinical documentation and reporting (Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practice and Contextual Dimensions). In Spring 2015 we were proud to graduate 17 students from the MHC program, 90% of whom are currently doing work in the field of mental health counseling. Additionally, 15 out of 15 of our students passed the NCE in April 2015. What will I study? A mental health counseling core is coupled with biblical and theological courses and finished off with an internship (for licensure) or capstone options for students anticipating either international work or PhD work. Your courses will include the following: Biblical and Theological Foundations - 12 hours ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours ID 5010 Foundations in Biblical Studies 3 hours ST 5000 Survey of Doctrine 3 hours CO 6710 Counseling and Theological Worldview: Faith and Practice 3 hours Mental Health Counseling Core - 33 hours CO 5210 Counseling Skills Training 3 hours CO 5400 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling 3 hours CO 5310 Counseling Theories 3 hours CO 6110 Career Counseling 3 hours CO 6130 Group Counseling 3 hours CO 6510 Personality Development 3 hours CO 6650 Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3 hours CO 6720 Ethics and Issues in Counseling 3 hours CO 7210 Assessment and Evaluation 3 hours CO 7450 Psychopathology 3 hours CO 7900 Research Methods 3 hours Electives, Formation Group & Capstone Mental Health Counseling Electives (11-13 hours) Formation Group ID 5080 Formation Group (two semesters) 0 hours Capstone in CP (CO 6950 is required, and select one of other three options) (6-8 hours) CO 6950 Counseling Practicum 2 hours (1) Internship Option (Note: This is the only option leading to possible licensure.) CO 7961 Mental Health Counseling Internship I 3 hours CO 7962 Mental Health Counseling Internship II 3 hours (2) International Counseling Experience (Note: Non-licensure option; by department consent only.) CO 7969 International Counseling Experience 4 hours (3) Thesis Option CO 7905 Advanced Research Design 2 hours CO 7485 Thesis 2 hours What are the prerequisites for admission to this program? In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following: An undergrad major that includes 9 hours of psych courses, including intro to psych, statistics, and either abnormal psych or a developmental psych course. An undergrad GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). An interview may be requested by the TEDS Counseling faculty. [-]

Master of Arts in Ministry

Campus Full time 2 - 3 years September 2016 USA Deerfield

Focused on equipping leaders in an area of specialized, church-related ministry. Your MA in Ministry specialization is unique to your current ministry context in a local church, parachurch, or other church-related ministry. [+]

Focused on equipping leaders in an area of specialized, church-related ministry. Your MA in Ministry specialization is unique to your current ministry context in a local church, parachurch, or other church-related ministry. Our broadly evangelical heritage and rich pool of faculty experience, combined with the flexibility to focus your program very specifically, make the MA in Ministry an excellent way to grow in wise stewardship of the ministry God’s given you. Where can this degree take me? Rather than being a bridge to a particular vocational or educational goal, the MA in Ministry is meant to enrich and deepen your current ministry context. What will I study? Courses you’ll take include the following: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Studies - 12-15 hrs A minimum of one course (2 hours) each in Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, and History Ministry Practice and Context* - 12-15 hours A minimum of four courses in ministry application, two of which (6 hours total) must be in a particular area of ministry specialization that provides a foundation for the capstone integrative experience. Required: PT 5000 Personal Assessment and Ministry Orientation *Areas of Ministry Specialization recently completed by MA in Ministry graduates or current students include those below. These areas and courses are suggested and may vary according to the needs of the student and availability of courses. While 6 hours in a Specialization are required, 6-9 additional hours plus the Capstone Experience enable a student to complete as many as 14 or more semester hours in the Specialization. Course work is also available through cross-registration into other seminaries in the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) consortium. Consult your advisor for course recommendations. Capstone - 3-6 hours ID 7465 MA in Min Capstone Experience 3-6 hrs A ministry-based experience that integrates the biblical/theological/historical with the ministry practice and context components of the program and provides the capacity for further specialized service in the church (ID 7465). This intensive experience may be a practicum or a project and (for 3 semester hours) will reflect a minimum of 168 hours (12 hr/wk for 14 wks) of experiential learning and be accompanied by a 7,500-to-10,000-word (25-30 page) critical analysis paper demonstrating integration of program components with the area of ministry specialization. Field Education All MA in Ministry students must fulfill field education requirements. Field education and internships involve supervised work in a field-based ministry, which is generally a Christian organization or church outside of the TEDS community. This part of the TEDS degree programs is designed to: Integrate classroom studies with on-the-ground ministry. Aid in acquiring, reinforcing, and refining ministry knowledge and skills. Assist in the assessment and development of Christian character, spirituality, and ministerial call and identity. Field education and internship experiences are guided by a supervisor who serves as a mentor and equipper. Opportunities for Trinity students in the Chicago metropolitan area are abundant and diverse. Field education and internship courses may be taken in any semester and completed anywhere in the world. Students enrolled at Extension Sites and at the Florida Regional Center are required to meet the same field ed requirements as students enrolled at the Deerfield campus. Requirements Field education is a program requirement in all programs and is a prerequisite for the internship requirement as part of the MDiv program. Before beginning any field education, all students must attend or complete the field education orientation. New students (Deerfield campus only) enrolling in their first field education or internship must attend this orientation session at the beginning of the semester while Extension or Florida Regional Center students can do so online. Field Education and Internship requirements are only satisfied when they meet the appropriate time commitments necessary for completion. Ministry Specialization The Areas of Ministry Specialization listed below are four potential tracks for the MA in Ministry programs. These areas of ministry specialization and the courses listed in each area are suggested and may vary according to the needs of the student and availability of courses. Preaching and Teaching Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Care Cultural Engagement Leadership What are the prerequisites for admission to this program? Besides the requirements for general admission, you’ll want to be aware of the following basic prerequisites: You’ll need an accredited baccalaureate degree; Your GPA must be at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (though there can be exceptions); You’ll need to have taken courses in Old Testament, New Testament, and theology; We’ll ask for a personal ministry statement, a formal pastoral or ministry supervisor letter of recommendation, and we may request an interview. [-]

Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years September 2016 USA Deerfield + 1 more

Flexible options that fit your life; rigorous, broadly evangelical training that fits your ministry needs. Our MA / Theological Studies draws from the breadth of the curriculum in biblical, theological, historical, and global areas, combined with a substantial number of elective hours that allow each student to uniquely shape their coursework. [+]

Flexible options that fit your life; rigorous, broadly evangelical training that fits your ministry needs. Our MA / Theological Studies draws from the breadth of the curriculum in biblical, theological, historical, and global areas, combined with a substantial number of elective hours that allow each student to uniquely shape their coursework. It is our most flexible program both in focus and delivery method, since it can be completed in its entirety at our Extension sites, in combination with online courses, or in summer coursework on our Deerfield campus (as well as in traditional full- or part-time formats). This degree’s particular concern is to relate the broad field of theological studies to the work of the church, and students have plenty of opportunities to focus their study on particular subject areas that interest them. Where can this degree take me? Because the MA / TS is so flexible, who you are helps determine where this degree will take you. If you fit any of the following profiles, this degree may be for you: You’re passionate about the Church and deepening your knowledge of God, but you’re not in full-time vocational ministry (so you’re not interested in “professional” ministry credentials, like an MDiv). You might also live within commuting distance of an Extension Site. You’re already involved in ministry, you want to be a more faithful steward of that ministry through education, and you want to explore courses in your particular area of interest, but you don’t need the credentialing of an MDiv. Your ministry might also be within commuting distance of an Extension Site, and you love having the opportunity to get a solid education without having to leave your ministry context. You’re enrolled in another one of our Master’s programs and want to add a second, flexible degree that allows you to intently focus on a specific biblical-theological or ministry area. You think that you might want to complete an MDiv but aren’t sure about theological education – perhaps you wonder about the length of the MDiv, or whether an MDiv is what you need. An MA / TS is a great introduction to theological education. Furthermore, someone who completes the MA / Theological Studies may later apply all of those credits to an MDiv (this takes care of about 1/3 of the MDiv coursework), and this is true even if you earned your entire MA / TS at an Extension Site. The MA / TS is a broad, flexible foundation for different sorts of future academic or ministry pursuits. What will I study? The flexibility of this program means that your course options will vary widely according to your interests, what’s available at particular Extension Sites, and courses you can take by cross-registering with other seminaries in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) consortium. You’ll want to pay attention to the most recent version of the Academic Catalog as well as to the course schedules for your Extension Site. Courses you’ll take will include the following: Biblical-Theological-Historical Core - 22-33 hours Biblical Studies (include both OT and NT studies; languages not applicable) 8-12 hrs Recommended: OT 5000 and NT 5000 Theological Studies (select from ST, PR, CC, BE studies) 9-12 hrs Recommended: ST 5101, ST 5102, ST 5103 Historical and Global Studies (select from CH and ME studies) 5-9 hrs Recommended: CH 5010, CH 5060, ME 6410, ME 6760, ME 7450, ME 7710 Electives - 12-15 hours These courses may focus in a department or area of interest, or you can select courses from across the curriculum. This is one of the main strengths of the MA / TS: it is very customizable depending on whether you want a broader or more focused program. Personal Assessment, Field Ed, and Capstone - 3 hours PT 5000 Personal Assessment and Ministry Orientation 1 hour PT 5090 Field Ed (two semesters) -or- PT 5090 and IT 5080 Field Ed (one semester) and Formation Group (two semesters) 0 hours ID 7468 Theological Studies Capstone Project 2 hours Field Education All MA / TS students, regardless of degree completion format, also have to complete field education requirements. Field education and internships involve supervised work in a field-based ministry, which is generally a Christian organization or church outside of the TEDS community. This part of the TEDS degree programs is designed to: Integrate classroom studies with on-the-ground ministry. Aid in acquiring, reinforcing, and refining ministry knowledge and skills. Assist in the assessment and development of Christian character, spirituality, and ministerial call and identity. Field education and internship experiences are guided by a supervisor who serves as a mentor and equipper. Opportunities for Trinity students in the Chicago metropolitan area are abundant and diverse. Field education and internship courses may be taken in any semester and completed anywhere in the world. Students enrolled at Extension Sites and at the Florida Regional Center are required to meet the same field ed requirements as students enrolled at the Deerfield campus. Requirements Field education is a program requirement in all programs and is a prerequisite for the internship requirement as part of the MDiv program. Before beginning any field education, all students must attend or complete the field education orientation. New students (Deerfield campus only) enrolling in their first field education or internship must attend this orientation session at the beginning of the semester while Extension or Florida Regional Center students can do so online. Field Education and Internship requirements are only satisfied when they meet the appropriate time commitments necessary for completion. What are the prerequisites for admission to this program? In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following: A baccalaureate degree, or the educational equivalent, from a recognized accredited institution. In some cases, admission with deficiencies is possible with fulfillment of those deficiencies at Trinity. A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. However, GPA isn’t always an accurate indication of a student’s abilities, so those with a lower GPA are encouraged to talk to an admissions counselor. Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required if your GPA is less than 2.5. [-]

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