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School of Biblical Studies

Standing firm on Christ & Scripture since 1927, The Master’s University has developed one of the strongest Biblical Studies programs anywhere in the United States. The School of Biblical Studies stresses the understanding, interpretation, and application of biblical literature. The biblical material is studied in light of its original historical environment so that an authentically biblical understanding can be applied to the theological and cultural issues of the modern age. The department attempts to assist all students in developing a biblical worldview in which the principles and norms derived from the Word of God are applied to the whole of life. Spiritual values are emphasized so that practical spiritual growth is experienced along with academic achievement.

ROOTED IN AN UNWAVERING DEVOTIONTO JESUS CHRIST AND THE INERRANT WORD OF GOD, OUR WORLD-CLASS FACULTY AND DEDICATED ADMINISTRATION PREPARE EACH STUDENT’S HEART AND MIND FOR A LIFE OF ETERNAL INFLUENCE.- John MacArthur

We hold the Word of God as sufficient in all things, including its own interpretation. To best equip our students for their intended fields, ministry or otherwise, we teach them how to approach the Word; through Greek and/or Hebrew, the context in which it was written, along with a large selection of classes ranging from biblical counseling to the book of Revelation. Our professors are not just equipped scholarly, but are heavily involved in their local church and other ministries: practicing what they teach and standing as examples to each student.

There are several baccalaureate emphases offered. Each of these emphases is designed to prepare students for future ministry as teachers, missionaries, and church leaders, as well as for graduate and professional study.

Online Programs: Biblical Counseling, Biblical Studies, and Christian Ministries

Graduate Programs: M.A. in Biblical Studies, and M.A. in Biblical Counseling

More about the School of Biblical Studies

  • We uphold the doctrinal statement as outlined here: TMU Doctrinal Statement

  • We have a 10:1 student- teacher ratio.

  • Are one of the first campuses to offer a Biblical Counseling degree, and one of the few to hold to ACBC counseling vs. integrational models.

  • Students in any emphasis will have a working knowledge of Greek or Hebrew, be able to apply hermeneutics to correctly interpret biblical text and understand ministry from a biblical perspective.

Studying & Serving Abroad

  • Israel Bible Extension (IBEX): TMU is the only campus to offer an entire semester abroad in Israel. Students can spend a semester studying the Bible in the land it occurred and earn 15-18 units. Tuition is the same as on-campus, the only additional cost is the student’s airfare.

  • GO! Global Outreach: partner with TMU Missionary Alumni and serve the local churches in India, China, South Africa, Philippines, Ecuador, Ukraine, and others, while advancing studies.

  • Bi-annual Turkey & Greece Winter Break Trip. For only $4,000 current students (and alumni) spend two weeks traveling to ancient sites and places to which Paul addressed his letters. Students can earn class credit.

  • Italy Summer Semester. Students will live in Florence for six weeks in the summer and earn up to twelve (12) undergraduate credits in a variety of courses while deeply immersed in Italian culture and Renaissance history.

B.A. in Biblical Studies Core Courses

  • B341 Hermeneutics (3)

  • B400 Senior Integrative Seminar (3)

  • B490 Senior Comprehensive Exam (0)

  • B___ Bible Elective (3)

Total core courses (9)

Biblical Studies Emphasis Courses

Designed to give the student a solid foundation in the content of the Bible, with emphasis on the analysis of biblical books, the unfolding of revelation, and the historical context of the biblical world. This emphasis provides ideal preparation for students desiring to teach as well as apply the Bible in the home, in the Church, and in the classroom.

  • Biblical Studies core courses (9)

  • B342 Romans (3)

  • B346 Life of Christ (3)

  • B364 History of Ancient Israel (3)

  • BTH425 Theology of the Future (3)

  • One of the following (8)

    • BL301 & 302 Elementary Greek I & II (4, 4)

    • BL311 & 312 Elementary Hebrew I & II (4, 4)

  • Bible Book Studies (6)

  • Bible Electives (12)

Total units required for emphasis (47)

Biblical Counseling Emphasis Courses

Study of the principles and aspects of biblical counseling designed to prepare God’s people to meet counseling-related needs wherever they exist with the sufficient and superior resources God provides. The course of study trains students to counsel people in the local church. It emphasizes the proper interpretation and specific application of Scripture in ministering to people.

  • Biblical Studies core courses (9)

  • BC300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling (3)

  • BC311 Theological Basis for Biblical Counseling (3)

  • BC330 Methods of Biblical Change (3)

  • BC340 Marriage & Family (3)

  • BC421, 422 Problems & Procedures I, II (3,2)

  • BC431, 432 Counseling Practicum I, II (2,2)

  • BE101 Introduction to Psychology (3)

  • One of the following (8)

    • BL301 & 302 Elementary Greek I & II (4, 4)

    • BL311 & 312 Elementary Hebrew I & II (4, 4)

  • Bible Book Studies (6)

Total units required for emphasis (47)

Biblical Languages Emphasis Courses

The Biblical Languages emphasis consists of three years of Biblical Greek and one year of Hebrew and is designed primarily for those desiring graduate work, either in seminary or in languages and Bible translation.

  • Biblical Studies core courses (9)

  • BL301, 302 Elementary Greek I, II (4,4)

  • BL311, 312 Elementary Hebrew I, II (4,4)

  • BL401, 402 Intermediate Greek I, II (3,3)

  • BL422 Greek Exegesis (3)

  • BL461 Advanced Greek Grammar (3)

  • Bible Electives (10)

Total units required for emphasis (47)

Christian Education Emphasis Courses

The Christian Education emphasis examines the concepts of Christian education. It is designed for those students who desire to enter the educational program of the local church, primary school, junior high, high school, or college. It is also valuable for that student interested in the mission field, Christian schools, or the teaching ministry.

  • Biblical Studies core courses (9)

  • B346 Life of Christ (3)

  • BC340 Marriage & Family (3)

  • BCE313 Introduction to Christian Education (3)

  • One of the following

    • BL301, 302 Elementary Greek I, II (4, 4)

    • BL311, 312 Elementary Hebrew I, II (4, 4)

  • BMN300 Ministry Internship (1)

  • BMS___ Course in Missions (3)

  • BTH364 Theology of the Church (3)

  • ED400 Foundations of Education (3)

  • Bible Book Study (3)

  • Bible Electives (8)

Total units required for emphasis (47)

Global Studies Emphasis Courses

The Global Studies emphasis focuses on understanding cross-cultural ministry and is specifically designed for those who desire to serve in a full-time cross-cultural capacity. Students will be required to study language, church planting, cultural anthropology, and missionary life while living on the mission field for one summer. The student will also serve in an ethnic church similar to the culture in which they desire to minister.

  • Biblical Studies core courses (9)

  • BC300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling (3)

  • BC362 Biblical Conflict Resolution (2)

  • BL325 Introduction to Biblical Languages (3)

  • BMS301 Introduction to Missions (3)

  • BMS303 History & Theory of Missions (3)

  • BMS341 Cultural Anthropology (3)

  • BMS362 Gospel, Culture, & Vocation (3)

  • BMS385 World Religions (3)

  • One of the following (3)

    • BMS311 Preparation for Urban Missions (3)

    • ED400 Foundations of Education (3)

    • ESL311 Introduction to TESOL (3)

    • INB311 Global Business Strategies (3)

  • Field Semester: (9-12 Weeks) (6)

    • BMS302 Field Internship (3)

    • BMS322 Field Language (3)

  • Bible Book Studies (6)

Total units required for emphasis (47)

Theology Emphasis Courses

The Theology emphasis is a comprehensive study of theology in which students will not only focus their attention on systematic theology, but also be able to better understand Christianity in relation to other worldviews, religions, and philosophies. It is designed for those students who desire to further their education in seminary and eventually serve in a pastoral or teaching capacity.

  • Biblical Studies core courses (9)

  • BCW363 Apologetics (3)

  • One of the following (8)

    • BL301 & 302 Elementary Greek I & II (4, 4)

    • BL311 & 312 Elementary Hebrew I & II (4, 4)

  • One of the following (3)

    • BMS385 World Religions (3)

    • BMS483 Religions of America (3)

  • BTH374 Historical Theology (3)

  • Theology Electives (12)

  • Bible Book Studies (6)

  • Bible Electives (3)

Total units required for emphasis (47)

Minor in Biblical Studies

A minor in Biblical Studies is offered to students not majoring in Biblical Studies, but who desire a greater understanding of the Bible and theology.

  • B101, 102 Old Testament Survey I, II (3, 3)

  • B201, 202 New Testament Survey I, II (3, 3)

  • BTH321, 322 Christian Theology I, II (3, 3)

  • Bible Electives (6)

Total units required for minor (24)

Minor in Global Studies

A minor in Global Studies is offered to all students who desire a greater understanding of cross-cultural vocations.

  • BMS301 Introduction to Missions (3)

  • BMS303 History & Theory of Missions (3)

  • BMS312 Global Outreach (3)

  • BMS341 Cultural Anthropology (3)

  • BMS362 Gospel, Culture, & Vocation (3)

  • BMS385 World Religions (3)

Total units required for minor (18)

Prof Publications

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Why Master’s?

-26% Tuition reset makes TMU among the nation’s most affordable private 4-year Christian schools

TOP Ranked Student Life rate #2 Nationwide “Most Inspirational” by Wall Street Journal and “A” Grade Niche.com

#1 “Right Choice” University (Wall Street Journal 2017 & 2018)

#4 Best Student-Teacher Ratio, 12:1 (US News)

TOP 10 Christian Universities and TOP 15% Colleges with the Best Academics in California (Niche.com, 2019)

100% required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation for Admissions

Biblical Fidelity All classes and student life defined by biblical inerrancy, including a literal 6-day creation.

3.6 GPA average for new applicants

95% graduate school acceptance rate

Southern California Close to both the mountains and the beach, with endless career opportunities, and rated among the nation’s safest campuses

Degree Checklists

[“Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (all emphases)”]

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Emphases

Program Credits

General Education: 40
Bible: 21
Major Core Courses: 9
Emphasis/Electives: 38

Sample Course Offerings:

  • Old Testament I, II
  • New Testament I, II
  • Apologetics
  • Theology I, II
  • Jeremiah
  • Romans
  • The Pastoral Epistles
  • The Reformation Era
  • Intertestamental Period

Career Paths

  • Pastor
  • Missionary
  • Biblical Counselor
  • Teacher
  • Worship Leader
  • Editor
  • Author
  • Translator