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Master of Arts in Biblical & Theological Studies (MABT)

Overview

The Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies provides a graduate program of study for students who want to deepen their knowledge of the Bible and theology and grow in their relationship with God. The degree equips students with the skills needed to interpret and communicate the scriptures and theological truth effectively in various ministry settings (e.g., teaching and preaching in churches, worship leading, or service in other ministry organizations).

Contextual Learning

In addition to specialized course work in the areas of bible and theology, students in this program will have the opportunity to hone their skills in a specific area of study (e.g., biblical languages) or practical ministry (e.g., preaching).

Program Sheet
Seminary Program MA Biblical and Theological Studies

The 48 credit-hour program focuses on four aspects of ministry preparation:

  • Theological training – develop the capacity for thoughtful engagement with the intersection between theology and current cultural trends
  • Biblical and theological literacy – deepen biblical knowledge and perspective for effective preaching, teaching, and other ministry
  • Specialized area of study – combine biblical and theological training with an area of interest or specific skill development
  • Spiritual formation – integrate spiritual development with biblical and theological knowledge

Program

48 total credits required

Core Courses

6 credit hours

Interpreting God’s Word 1

BI / TS – BI5101
3 credits

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Theological Foundations 2

BI / TS – TS5201
3 credits

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History & Theology

9 credit hours

Current Issues in Theology

Theology – T491
3 credits | Prerequisites: T220  & T221

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Theology or Church History Elective

BI / TS
3 credits

New Testament Studies3

6 credit hours

Gospel of Luke: The Mission of Jesus & His Followers

NT5306

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Introduction
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Studies in Paul’s Letters

NT5316

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Old Testament Studies3

6 credit hours

Pentateuch

OT5301
3 credits | Prerequisites: none

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The Prophetic Books

OT5311
3 credits | Prerequisites: none

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Bible or Theology Electives

9 credit hours

Old Testament, New Testament, or Theology Electives

OT / NT / TS
9 credits

Open Electives or Area of Specialization

9 credit hours

Reading Course

3 credits

Capstone Project

6 credits

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Summative Assessment4

P/F

1 Students who already have an advanced undergraduate course in hermeneutics should choose a different elective in any area related to this degree.
2 Students who have a similar course from their undergraduate degree should choose a different elective in any area related to this degree.
3 Or equivalent course
4 Students must complete the Summative Assessment to complete their program and graduate. This requirement will be documented as a Pass/Fail.

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