Biblical Studies

The Master's University has developed the strongest Biblical Studies degree in California, and one of the leading programs anywhere in the United States. The Department 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.

The Department of Biblical Studies provides guidance for the effective preparation for ministries of teachers, missionaries, church leaders, and other ministering personnel. There are seven baccalaureate emphases offered.  Each of these emphases is designed to prepare students for graduate and professional study of the Word, as well as for support ministries in churches and in other Christian organizations.

Each emphasis is overseen by one or more of the Bible faculty, as listed in parentheses below:

The Master's Institute Award of Achievement  (Tom Halstead )

Within the Bible General Emphasis is The Master's Institute Award of Achievement, which comprises 30 units of Bible courses as follows:

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    12
Total Units Required    30

It is designed to help those students who would like to front-load their General Education Bible courses, or who would like to take a year of intensive Bible before pursuing their education elsewhere.

In order to receive The Master's Institute Award of Achievement students need to inform both the Registrar and the Chairperson of the Biblical Studies department of their plans to enroll in the program.  Students must begin taking their Bible courses their first semester at the university and they will have three semesters in which to complete the 30 units.

TESOL Award (Lisa La George)

The purpose of the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Award program is to provide students with the theory, skills, and experience needed to competently instruct adult students in the skills of the English language. This ESL teaching Award is designed for students who wish to participate in cross-cultural ministry in the United States or abroad using the recognized profession of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Upon completion, graduates will be equipped to plan and run an ESL camp, adapt curriculum for use in an ESL/EFL classroom, and tutor individual students. The 12 units of required courses for the TESOL award program in California are listed below:

ESL311 Introduction to TESOL 3
ESL322 Methodology of TESOL 3
ESL351 Language Acquisition 3
ESL492 Practicum



Bible General (Tom Halstead )

The Bible General emphasis is specifically designed for those students who want to major in Biblical Studies, but are not certain about a specific emphasis, or they would like to take several courses in a number of emphases in order to be more well-rounded generally. While not specifically designed for graduate school, taking certain courses within this emphasis will certainly be helpful in graduate school or seminary.

Bible Exposition (Todd Bolen, Dennis Hutchison & Daniel Wong)

The Bible Exposition emphasis is a study of the Word of God in its entirety, and is specifically designed for those who desire to serve in Christian ministry or for those who plan to go on for graduate work or seminary.

Biblical Counseling (Ernest Baker, Bob Somerville & John Street )

This emphasis consists of a study of the principles and aspects of biblical counseling, and is 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 Languages (Abner Chou & Will Varner)

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.

Christian Education (Greg Behle )

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

Global Studies (Tom Halstead & Lisa La George)

The Global Studies emphasis focuses on understanding culture and international vocations, and is specifically designed for those who desire to serve in a full-time cross-cultural capacity. The Master's University is set in northern Los Angeles County, and the surrounding environs provide the perfect setting for students to learn the content and tools needed for global success. 

Each student will complete a 9-12 week summer or semester in an overseas ministry context. While abroad, students will be mentored by international and expatriate partners to augment their understanding of culture, global life, and vocation.  Students will study language and complete ethnographic research of the host context. 

Student of any major can also receive a minor (18 units) in Global Studies.

Theology (Brian Morley )

The Theology & Apologetics emphasis is a comprehensive study of theology and Apologetics in which a student will not only focus their attention to 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.