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M. A. in Biblical and Theological Studies Curriculum


This is an example. Please note that the most current and official curriculum information is found in our Course Catalog.

Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies

The Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies (MABTS) offers a general program of studies based on the English Bible with special emphasis upon the literature, interpretation and themes of the Christian Scriptures. The program helps students explore the text of the Bible within both its historic context and its use in modern, worldwide contexts. It is designed primarily as a degree for students who seek an in-depth knowledge of the Bible in order to strengthen their Christian service as ordained and non-ordained leaders in local congregations, parachurch organizations and mission agencies. The MABTS also is appropriate for Christians in various marketplace vocations who seek a solid biblical foundation for the work in which they are engaged. It is not intended for those who plan to pursue formal academic studies at the doctoral level.  Knowledge of the biblical languages—Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek—is not required.

All students must complete:

Core Courses

  • BITH 533 Exploring the Old Testament (4 credits)
  • BITH 555 Exploring the New Testament (4 credits)
  • BITH 565 Christian Theology (4 credits)
  • BITH 566 Foundations of Biblical Interpretation (4 credits)
  • BITH 578 Global Church History (4 credits)

Specialized Tracks

  • Bible Track
  • BITH 536 OT Book Study (4 credits)
  • BITH 546 NT Book Study (4 credits)
  • BITH 557 Marginalized Voices in OT Studies
  • Theology Track
  • BITH 657 Historical Theology: Patristic & Medieval (4 credits)
  • BITH 658 Historical Theology: Reformation and Modern (4 credits)
  • Elective (4 credits)

Capstone Elements

  • BITH 689 MABTS Capstone (4 credits)
  • BITH 692 Graduate Comprehensive Examination

Total = 36 credits