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Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

Dr. Thomas A. Halstead, Chairperson

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS) provides Bible training to men and women at the graduate level. The

content of the program is biblical-theological in nature and emphasizes both proper interpretation and practical

application of Scripture. The lectures, reading, and homework assignments can be practically implemented in each

student’s life and ministry immediately. Each course the student takes will enhance his/her ministry and personal walk

with the Lord. The MABS degree is designed to help people study, explain, and apply Scripture more effectively in their

own lives and in their churches.


MABS is designed for men and women who want to grow in their knowledge of God’s Word but are not able to take a

traditional semester-oriented course of study. We are looking for men and women, elders, deacons, deaconesses,

women’s ministry workers, etc., who seek formal academic training in the Bible. Our core classes are offered in the

summer so that students can maintain their full-time jobs and yet take time off in the summer to study and grow.


The MABS degree is a 36 unit, non-conventional curriculum. There are 15 core courses (30 units) required for the

degree, 12 of which are offered on campus for two weeks each July, allowing students to complete their classroom work

in three summers. Each week consists of two blocks of two unit classes. Each core course is divided into three parts:

extensive pre-session assignments; a one-week, in-session lecture; and additional post-session assignments.


In addition to the 30 core course units, there are 6 units of elective classes that a student must complete in order to

graduate. These 6 elective units are completed through a correspondence study format (to be completed during the fall

and spring terms).


Any student enrolled in 8 units or more is considered to be “full-time” status for the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies.

A student must be enrolled in at least 4 units of graduate level classes to achieve

“part-time” status.


Another unique feature of this program is the opportunity for students to study abroad in Israel, Turkey and Greece,

taking courses that can be part of their MABS degree. Details on this opportunity can be obtained by calling the MABS

administrative assistant.


Registration for MABS summer courses is available online on March 1 to each student who has already been accepted

into the program. Registration for fall courses begins July 1 and spring courses on November 1. Registration allows the

student to make housing and meal plan reservations for the summer term. Housing and meal plans are available for the

student, his or her spouse, and children.


In order to facilitate research from off-campus locations, the University library provides remote access to many of The

Master’s University’s online databases. This access allows students to search the available databases from any computer

off campus that has an internet connection. Currently The Master’s University has over 20 databases available with

remote access. Students are welcome to contact the library directly if they need help with their research.