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Master of Arts Biblical Studies 

 

Pending WSCUC approval, The Master’s University will be offering a Master’s of Biblical Studies in an online format.  The online MABS has been patterned after the university's Summer Intensive Program (SIP) version of the degree.  It provides a systematic graduate-level study through the various sections of the Old and New Testaments.  It also includes an examination of the major categories of Christian Theology with particular focus on their application to current societal issues. Through the use of six units of independent study coursework, the student is able to develop a more advanced understanding of the biblical foundation and methods of selected aspects of church ministry that are particularly relevant to their life situation.

 Anticipated Start Date - October/November, 2016

 

Major Requirements

Course #

Course Title

Units

Course #

Course Title

Units

BTS500

Introduction to Biblical Studies *

2

BTS523

Letters & Theology of Paul

2

BTS501

Hermeneutics **

2

BTS524

General Epistles & Revelation

2

BTS511

Creation and Covenant

2

BTS551

Central Themes in Biblical Theology

2

BTS512

History of the Covenant People

2

BTS571

Contemporary Issues in Theology

2

BTS513

Prophecy and Prophets in Context 

2

  One of these 2  

  BTS510  

Land of the Bible

 

2

BTS515

Worship and Wisdom

2

IBEX570

  Physical Geography of Israel  

BTS521

  Historical Background of the N.T.     

2

Independent Study Electives ****

6

BTS522

  Life, Ministry, & Theology of Christ  

2

BTS572

Seminar in Applied Biblical Studies ***

2

BTS520

  Early Church & Book of Acts      

2

Total units Required

36

 

Textbooks


 Click here to view the Textbooks for all Online MABS courses.

  To Order Textbooks: The following link will connect you to the Master's University Bookstore where you can check out pricing to buy, rent, and order your texts from the convenience of your home.

 

Program Entrance Requirements


In order to be admitted to TMU’s online MABS program an individual must have completed as bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university. In addition, prior to beginning MABS coursework, the student must have a strong foundational understanding of the Bible and Theology.  This can be demonstrated through either of the following: 

  • Complete at least 18 semester units of undergraduate-level Biblical Studies coursework in Old Testament (6 units), New Testament (6 units), and Christian Theology (6 units) with a minimum 2.75 GPA for those 18 units. (Available through TMU Online General Education Courses)
  • Complete a three-part comprehensive entrance examination in Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian Theol­ogy to certify a level of theological knowledge necessary for graduate study.  

 

Format and Schedule


All required courses are taught in an online format during two 8-week sessions over three semesters each year. This schedule enables students to qualify for federal financial aid. 

TMU Online courses contain a variety of proven online instructional approaches including brief video lectures, topical videos from the Internet or other resources, interactive exercises & lessons. In addition, students will engage each other and the instructor through online discussion forums, chat and video conferencing sessions, and instant messaging. Student assessments will include online quizzes and exams, written papers, online speeches, role-plays, and presentations, depending on the program. 

 

Degree Requirement Summary


 Click here to print a summary of the degree requirements for the Master of Biblical Studies.

 

Application Requirements


  1. Faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior
  2. Application
  3. A sealed official College transcript
  4. Pastoral Recommendation
  5. $35 application fee