Strengthen your biblical understanding, deepen your theological knowledge, and share the Gospel. Biblical & Theological Studies (M.A.)

Enrich your ministry effectiveness and walk with Christ by pursuing an M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from the Wheaton College Graduate School.

This program offers students a strong foundation of biblical knowledge to better serve their business, organization, small group, church, and everywhere in between. Our students come from a range of backgrounds, including medical professionals, musicians, veterans, lawyers, accountants, publishers, and pastors.

Credential Type

  • M.A.

Major Credits Required

  • 36

Duration

  • 3 semesters for full-time students; 2- and 3-year plans for part-time students.

Format

  • Hybrid

3 Tracks

Pursue the Bible, theology, or general electives

691 Graduate Students

Large enough to broaden your perspective. Small enough to feel connected. 

34 Average Age

Wheaton graduate students come from all over the country and at every stage in life. 

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Why Wheaton for an M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies? Training for Kingdom Service

Deepen your understanding and appreciation of the global evangelical church and leave Wheaton prepared to serve society. Our M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies is designed for anyone who seeks to engage with the Bible in a meaningful way throughout their life and career.

A Charitable Approach

You will discuss key positions within the evangelical global church in a community that values charitable conversation. Together you and your peers will wrestle through the hard questions of faith with faculty willing to walk alongside you to find answers in evangelical theology and exegesis.

Study the Bible in English

You will study Scripture in English, rather than in Greek and Hebrew. You will be equipped to use the best English-language biblical studies tools and resources available.

Program Goals

This program will prepare you to study the Bible and understand Christian theology in order to enrich both your ministry effectiveness and your personal Christian life. As you complete your coursework, you will form skills in three interrelated areas:

  • Biblical and theological knowledge
  • Academic skills and critical reflection
  • Christian life and service

Our Curriculum

As you study the Old and New Testament in English, you will gain a foundation in both biblical text and historic interpretations of the Bible. Throughout the program, you will develop and hone your research, communication, and community care skills. And, ultimately, you will use your new abilities to uncover meanings that resonate with contemporary communities today.

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Sample Courses

You'll dive deep into the Bible through core and elective courses such as:

  • Global Church History
  • Foundations of Biblical Interpretation
  • Marginalized Voices in Old Testament Studies
  • New Testament I: Jesus & the Gospels

Faculty Books

Book cover of ReSourcing Theological Anthropology

ReSourcing Theological Anthropology

Dr. Marc Cortez presents the key texts, challenges, and conversations supporting theological anthropology. Guiding the reader through a methodology for forming a distinctly Christological and anthropological understanding, he then employs such an approach to the key issues impacting the understanding of human personhood today.

Book cover of God Messiah in the OT
Book Cover for Discovering Isaiah—Abernethy

Discovering Isaiah

Dr. Andy Abernethy provides a discussion of the various interpretive methods used with the book of Isaiah. It gives particular attention to the reception history of Isaiah as well.

Our Faculty Compassionate and Intelligent Educators

Learn from faculty members with expertise in a range of areas, including Old Testament, New Testament, Christian doctrine, faith and politics, Christian ethics, global theology, and ancient cultures. Our compassionate educators will deepen your knowledge of the Bible within its geographic, historical, cultural, and social contexts.

Andrew Abernethy, Ph.D. Headshot

Andrew Abernethy, Ph.D.

Acting Associate Dean of Graduate Biblical and Theological Studies, Professor of Old Testament, Director of M.A. in Biblical Exegesis
Vincent Bacote, Ph.D. Headshot

Vincent Bacote, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology, Director of Center for Applied Christian Ethics
Jeffrey W. Barbeau, Ph.D. Headshot

Jeffrey W. Barbeau, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology
Aubrey Buster, Ph.D. Headshot

Aubrey Buster, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Old Testament
M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), Ph.D. Headshot

M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), Ph.D.

Scripture Press Ministries Professor of Biblical Studies and Pedagogy
Joel Chopp, Ph.D. Headshot

Joel Chopp, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology
Marc Cortez, Ph.D. Headshot

Marc Cortez, Ph.D.

Dean of the Litfin School, Professor of Theology, Director of M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies
Grant Flynn, Ph.D.  Headshot

Grant Flynn, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of New Testament
Michael Graves, Ph.D. Headshot

Michael Graves, Ph.D.

Armerding Professor of Biblical Studies
Keith Johnson, Ph.D. Headshot

Keith Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology, Undergraduate Chair
George Kalantzis, Ph.D. Headshot

George Kalantzis, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology, Director of The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies
Timothy Larsen, Ph.D., D.D. Headshot

Timothy Larsen, Ph.D., D.D.

Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Christian Thought and Professor of History
David Lauber, Ph.D. Headshot

David Lauber, Ph.D.

Dean of Humanities and Theological Studies, Professor of Theology
Gregory Lee, Ph.D. Headshot

Gregory Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology and Urban Studies, Senior Fellow of The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies, Theme Coordinator of Aequitas Fellows Program in Urban Leadership
Alexander Massad, Ph.D. Headshot

Alexander Massad, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of World Religions
Daniel Master, Ph.D. Headshot

Daniel Master, Ph.D.

Professor of Archaeology
Esau McCaulley, Ph.D. Headshot

Esau McCaulley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of New Testament
Emily H. McGowin, Ph.D. Headshot

Emily H. McGowin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology
Jennifer Powell McNutt, Ph.D. Headshot

Jennifer Powell McNutt, Ph.D.

Franklin S. Dyrness Associate Professor in Biblical and Theological Studies Director of M.A. in History of Christianity Director of M.A. in Theology
Adam E. Miglio, Ph.D. Headshot

Adam E. Miglio, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Archaeology, Director of M.A. in Old Testament Archaeology
Rev. Amy Peeler, Ph.D. Headshot

Rev. Amy Peeler, Ph.D.

Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament
Jordan Ryan, Ph.D. Headshot

Jordan Ryan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of New Testament
Philip Graham Ryken, DPhil Headshot

Philip Graham Ryken, DPhil

Professor of Theology, President
Richard Schultz, Ph.D. Headshot

Richard Schultz, Ph.D.

Blanchard Professor of Old Testament
Carlos Sosa Siliezar, Ph.D. Headshot

Carlos Sosa Siliezar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of New Testament
Daniel Treier, Ph.D. Headshot

Daniel Treier, Ph.D.

Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Theology Director of Ph.D. Program
David Prince
Alumni Perspectives

Leading the Way

"The M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies is perfect on-the-job biblical training. It’s accessible, it deepens my biblical foundation, and it shapes my ministry."

— David Prince M.A., '14, Pastor at Living Word Church

David Prince earned his bachelor's degree at Wheaton College. After working in the graphics and printing industry for a number of years, he began his ministry career — first as a volunteer, than as a youth pastor. He returned to his alma mater to pursue a master's degree in Biblical and Theological Studies and today serves as lead pastor at Living World Church in Lansing, Illinois.

Biblical and Theological Studies women enjoying a day out in Chicago

BTS Grad Women's Fellowship

The Biblical and Theological Studies (BTS) Grad Women’s Fellowship was started over a decade ago to provide a space for female graduate students in the department to meet together regularly throughout the year with female faculty, build relationships, provide support, and enjoy each other’s company. The group was started by Dr. Karen Jobes (Faculty Emerita) and is led today by Rev. Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt and Rev. Dr. Amy Peeler. Food, fellowship, and prayer are the focus of our time together. If you are a female Bible and Theology student in an M.A. or Ph.D. program, please join us! Feel free to email bts.graduate.studies@wheaton.edu with any questions.

Steve Gaskin, MA in Biblical and Theological Studies Alumnus
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