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Advanced Standing


With Credit- the advantage

The Seminary Academic Handbook says: Advanced standing with credit. Students may apply to have credit applied to a program requirement on the basis of course work completed from an accredited undergraduate institution.

I attended College at Briercrest, so it was a simple matter to get advanced standing in Seminary, since they already had all my records.  In fact, without even asking, they provided me with a list of my courses which would qualify for advanced standing.

The hardest part was deciding what to count as advanced standing, since there’s a limitation:

The Limitation- forced to choose No more than one-sixth of the requirements of any professional degree program (i.e., MDiv, MA Leadership and Management, & MA Marriage and Family Counselling) may be credited through advanced standing. (E.g., In a 60 credit professional degree, no more than 10 credits may be applied to the program through advanced standing.)

Even though I had courses such as World View Seminar, Bible Synthesis, Romans, Revelation, and Homiletics which all would have qualified for advanced standing, I decided to use my language courses instead.

MABLE Language Requirements

The MABLE degree (Master of Arts in Biblical Languages and Exegesis) assumes you’ve had 4 semesters of either Greek or Hebrew, and then expects you to take 4 semesters of the other one during the program, followed by an advanced exegesis class in each language.


BT 631 Introductory Hebrew I
BT 633 Introductory Hebrew II
BT 733 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis I
BT 835 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II
BT 640 Introductory Greek I
BT 643 Introductory Greek II
BT 740 Greek Syntax
BT 743 Greek Exegesis I
Advanced Exegesis (6 credit hours)
BT 835 Hebrew Syntax and Exeg. II (new book)
BT 840 Greek Exegesis II

In college, I had taken 5 semesters of Greek and 4 semesters of Hebrew.  In other words, all of the courses listed above.

The Prerequisite- already covered

I used the first four Greek classes as the 4 semester prerequisite.

Without Credit- Substitution

Since there’s the limitation of 10 credits for advanced standing, I counted three of my Hebrew classes as advanced standing for credit.

There’s another part of the Academic Handbook that then came into play: Advanced standing without credit allows a student to waive a curricular requirement on the basis of having sufficient breadth in the field of study and allows the student to substitute an advanced course in the same field. In such instances, the student will be assessed through the use of transcripts and/or an oral interview with the Program Coordinator, who, together with the Registrar, will either approve or disallow advanced standing without credit of a curricular requirement.

With this rule, I was able to request (through my program coordinator and the registrar) that instead of doing that fourth Hebrew class again, I would swap it for Aramaic.

Advanced Exegesis

With the basics already covered, I was able to dive right into the Exegesis classes, and even took Advanced Greek Exegesis as one of my New Testament courses.


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