Master of Arts, Biblical Studies

Description

The Master’s University Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS) is a fully online graduate Bible degree with no on-campus requirements. This program provides a systematic graduate-level study of 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.

Emphases

Students in the MABS program will have five emphases to choose from where students will develop a more advanced understanding of the application of biblical truth particularly relevant to their gifts and Ministry. The five emphases are:

  1. Biblical Languages

  2. Missions

  3. Music and Worship

  4. Theological Studies

  5. Women’s Ministry

PROGRAM INFO


Weeks Per Class:

8

Number of Classes:

18

Total Units*

36

Total Cost**

~14,400

*Does not include required general education and elective coursework.
**Major courses are $450 per unit. This cost does not include the required general education and elective coursework

Major Courses and Prerequisites

  • Major Courses keyboard_arrow_down
    Course Number Course Name Units
    BTS500 Introduction to Biblical Studies 2
    BTS501 Hermeneutics 2
    BTS510 Land of the Bible (Graduate) 2
    BTS511 Creation and Covenant 2
    BTS512 History of the Covenant People 2
    BTS513 Prophecy and Prophets in Context 2
    BTS515 Worship and Wisdom 2
    BTS521 Historical Background of the New Testament 2
    BTS520 Early Church and Book of Acts 2
    BTS522 Life, Ministry, & Theology of Christ 2
    BTS523 Letters and Theology of Paul 2
    BTS524 Theology of Hebrews & General Epistles 2
    BTS550 Central Themes of Biblical Theology 2
    BTS571 Contemporary Issues in Theology 2
  • Prerequisites keyboard_arrow_down

    Biblical Languages

    These courses are only required to be completed by those wishing to complete their emphasis in Biblical Languages. This is the only emphasis that has prerequisites.

    Elementary Greek I,II, & III: Designed for beginners in Greek; includes a thorough study of the pronunciation and acquisition of a working vocabulary; exercises in translation from Greek to English, as well as from English to Greek. Translation of selected passages of the Greek New Testament.

    Elementary Hebrew I & II: A study of the grammar of the Hebrew language, as well as the translation of selected passages of the Old Testament.

    We offer all five courses completely online.

Learning Objectives

  1. Research available biblical and theological literature to develop a concise, biblically-supported synthesis of the supernatural and historical origin, the primary purposes, focus, and content outline of each of the 66 books of the biblical canon.

  2. Use correct hermeneutical principles to present a theologically-defensible explanation, interpretation, and application(s) of any given biblical text in its historical and theological dimensions.

  3. Research available biblical and theological literature to construct a detailed biblically-supported analysis of the central theological themes of the Scriptures relating them to the appropriate categories of systematic theology.

  4. Analyze the key presuppositions of selected prevailing worldviews and develop a detailed, biblically-supported comparison of each with the foundational assumptions of a biblical worldview.

  5. Develop thoughtful, defensible responses to prevalent contemporary personal, ecclesiastical, and societal issues which: a. are founded on a biblical worldview, b. make accurate and effective use of the biblical text, and c. are consistent with the principles of systematic theology.

  6. Demonstrate ability to perform and communicate graduate-level biblical research that includes application principles for practical ministry and living where appropriate

Emphasis Information

  • Biblical Languages keyboard_arrow_down

    Students seeking an emphasis in Biblical Languages will conduct an advanced study of Greek and Hebrew grammar and exegetical methods leading to more accurate interpretation of scripture.

    Course Number Course Name Units
    BTS600 Intermediate Greek 2
    BTS601 Intermediate Greek Exegesis 2
    BTS602 Intermediate Hebrew 2
    BTS603 Intermediate Hebrew Exegesis 2
  • Missions Emphasis keyboard_arrow_down

    Students earning the Missions emphasis will be equipped to understand, support, and participate in the mission of God through the local church and around the world..

    Course Number Course Name Units
    BTS621 Missions in History 2
    BTS620 Missions in the Bible 2
  • Music and Worship keyboard_arrow_down

    The emphasis in Music and Worship is designed to enrich the life of the church. Students will learn to design, produce, and lead theologically sound worship services.

    Course Number Course Name Units
    BTS640 Theology of Worship 2
    BTS643 Worship Lab 1
    BTS641 Worship Design 2
    BTS642 Worship Production 2
    BTS644 Music Fundamentals 1
  • Theological Studies keyboard_arrow_down

    Students earning a Theological Studies emphasis will explore a deeper defense of challenges to biblical doctrine, conduct research, and explore practical application of theology.

    Course Number Course Name Units
    BTS660 Systematic Theology 2
    BTS662 Research in Theology 2
    BTS663 Practical Theology 2
    BTS661 Theological Apologetics 2
  • Women's Ministry keyboard_arrow_down

    The emphasis in Women’s Ministry prepares women to lead and design unique ministry opportunities for other women which will deepen and enrich the the spiritual life of the church.

    Course Number Course Name Units
    BTS680 Foundations of Women's Ministry 2
    BTS681 Message Preparation for Women 2
    BTS682 Counseling and Discipling Women 2
    BTS683 Women in Church History 2

Admissions Requirements

  1. Faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior

  2. Sealed official College transcripts

  3. 2.75 or higher undergraduate GPA

  4. Completed Application