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School of Biblical Studies

Ministry is a high calling and demands the best preparation (1 Tim 3:1)

The Master’s University School Of Biblical Studies includes the Department of Biblical Studies, the TMS Cooperative Program, the Israel Bible Extension (IBEX), and the Department of Biblical Counseling.

One-Year Bible Program Biblical Counseling Biblical Languages Christian Education Global Studies (Missions) Theology

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Standing firm on Christ & Scripture since 1927, The Master’s University has developed one of the most influential 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 is applied to the theological and cultural issues of the modern age. We aim 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.


Flexible and innovative curriculum which allows students also to be invested in athletics and music, complete studies abroad, and engage in top internship programs.

Small Classes taught by faculty in a 10:1 teacher-student ratio, not by teacher’s assistants. All faculty have a shared commitment to the doctrinal statement outlined here: TMU Doctrinal Statement.

Ranks top 10 among Christian Universities and in the top 15% Colleges with the Best Academics in California (, 2019); top 10% Nationwide for Best Religious Studies Programs and Best Conservative Colleges (, 2020)

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 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.

Experience it all yourself


Southern California: a lively, oak-filled canyon campus close to both the mountains and the beach. Endless career opportunities are nearby, and students can join and serve at any number of recommended local churches. Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, and total-campus experiences year-round.

Study & Serve Abroad

Biblical Studies students have the option to study at TMU’s Israel campus, plus a wide range of study locations varying by semester, including GO! and TMU Italy.

Israel Bible Extension (IBEX) GO! Global Outreach TMU Italy



Be right at home developing meaningful, life-long relationships with like-minded Christians. Students experience a missional, gospel-centered student life both in and out of the classroom. Master’s offers a full range of facilities, resources, services, and discipleship to the approximately 1000 students on-campus.

Top-ranked Student Life rated #2 Nationwide “Most Inspirational” by Wall Street Journal, and “A” Grade by, and ranked #1 “Right Choice” University (Wall Street Journal 2017 & 2018)

6 residence halls on one of America’s safest ranked campuses, with Santa Clarita consistently ranked one of the nation’s safest cities

3 weekly chapel services for all faculty, staff, and students with a wide array of additional opportunities for evangelism and community outreach like the Evangelism Club or The Master’s Chorale

Affordability & Scholarships

We strive to offer students a Christ-centered education within the financial reach of all. We believe in paying less for school, graduating with less debt, and helping students start their careers better prepared for success.

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Alumni & Graduate Degrees

With over 1500 graduates since 1985, alumni often pursue careers in ministry, music, or teaching. In addition to a large number of churches across the world, organizations and agencies with our alumni work include Biblical Ministries Worldwide, Cadence International, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Southern California, Christar, Friends of Israel, Global Recordings Network, House of Moses Ministries, InterAct, Joni and Friends, Rafiki Foundation, Trans-World Radio, and World Team. Students may also continue their graduate studies at TMU or TMS:

TMU Online MBA Master in Biblical Counseling The Master’s Seminary

Graduates often pursue Masters of Divinity, Masters of Theology, or Doctoral programs at seminaries, including Master’s, Southern, Dallas, and Southwestern.


Since 1927, the mission of The Master’s University is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth, and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.

  • Required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation

  • 3.6 GPA average for new applicants


Experience this program for yourself

Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, total-campus experiences in upcoming events each Spring and Fall, including the 1/2 day Mondays@Master’s and the 2-day View the U events.

  • Events include Admissions and Financial Aid workshops
  • View the U includes overnight stay in the dorms hosted by current students
  • See more info: Admissions Events

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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Degree Checklists

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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
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