Master of Arts, Biblical Studies

What is Biblical Studies?

Connecting with God's vision and purpose through the study of His Word is a rewarding endeavor. Delving deeper into the Bible raises an awareness of the passion Jesus had for all of us, a passion that will often leave the reader asking more questions.

In the end, a deeper knowledge of His mission throughout the scriptures generates an intense passion to learn more.

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program is designed to educate students in the Bible as a whole and with focused studies on either the Old Testament or the New Testament and its original language. Students learn the nuances of the biblical narrative of God's mission of redemption through Jesus Christ. Students learn to use a missional hermeneutic to understand how to read and interpret the Bible and apply it faithfully in their ministry context. Students grapple with issues of interest to scholars, with translations from the original languages, and engage in research and reflection on topics of particular interest to them during their program.

Who is the MA, Biblical Studies for?

Anyone who wants to study the Word of God is welcome. Students will grow in their knowledge of the Bible and its missional perspective and their ability to humbly interpret and apply it in light of history, culture, and genre. The MA, Biblical Studies was created to assist Christians who desire to enhance their awareness of how they are a part of the mission of God to bring righteousness, justice, and peace to those they serve.

Why a Master of Arts from Biblical Seminary?

The MA, Biblical Studies program will enable students to understand the mission of God in the world and their place in it. The program is designed to provide graduate theological study for men and women desiring to strengthen their spiritual basis for life and work, whether in a secular career ministry or in a church ministry.

Through this program students are prepared to be missionally engaged in a post-modern context in a variety of ministry settings.

Why is this program unique?

Our MA, Biblical Studies provides in-depth studies of the Bible, in the original languages, from a missional perspective. Students choose from an Old Testament or a New Testament track to fulfill the 48 credits of the degree. It offers each student the opportunity to interact and dialogue with both faculty and fellow students in the program, enhancing both intellectual and vocational growth.

Master of Arts, Biblical Studies Curriculum

Required Courses - 15 Credits

  • Formation and Mission
  • Reading the Old Testament Missionally
  • Reading the New Testament Missionally (pre-req., Reading the OT Missionally)
  • Authentic Biblical Interpretation
  • Christianity and World Religions

Choose Old Testament - OR - New Testament Track:

Old Testament Track - 15 credits

  • Biblical Hebrew 1
  • Biblical Hebrew 2
  • OT Pentateuch Book Study *
  • OT Prophets Book Study *
  • OT Writings Book Study *

* Pre-Req., Biblical Hebrew 2

New Testament Track - 15 credits

  • Biblical Greek 1
  • Biblical Greek 2
  • NT Gospels Book Study *
  • NT Acts/Pauline Book Study *
  • NT General Epistles Book Study *

* Pre-Req., Biblical Greek 2

Senior Seminar - 3 Credits

General Electives - 15 Credits

Please be aware that these elective courses vary from year to year. Please see our current term schedules for the classes being offered this year.

Total Required Credits - 48


Notes regarding the program:

  • Students must take Formation and Mission within the first year (and preferably within the first 9 credits)
  • The Senior Seminar course may be taken only after completion of 30 hours, typically in the student's final year.
  • Students entering their program in 2012-13 and beyond must pass the Bible Knowledge exam to qualify for graduation.

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Master of Arts Program Goals

  • Live grace-based missional lives increasingly characterized by the fruit of the Spirit, and love for God and others.
  • Demonstrate effective missional leadership based on biblical values and individual gifting, personality, call, context, and relational skills.
  • Critically, constructively, and creatively engage our postmodern culture with the hope of the gospel.

Important Dates:

  • Open Now:
  • Registration for spring
  • Upcoming:
  • Leadercast 2015

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