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M.A. in Biblical Exegesis
M.A. in Biblical Exegesis

Why Pursue an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis?

The masters in Biblical Exegesis is a biblical language-based degree which emphasizes study in both the Old and New Testaments. Students will be able to interpret scripture through study of the original languages of Hebrew and/or Greek.

Why Study Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton?

You will gain the academic skills necessary for advanced study and service in the church and society through formation in three interrelated areas: biblical and theological knowledge; academic skills and critical reflection; and Christian life and service. Our graduate programs are committed to stimulating learning that bears fruit in lives of faithful thinking and witness for Christ and His kingdom.

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.

Do you have a calling to study Scripture in its original languages?

The M.A. in Biblical Exegesis is strategically designed to equip students to exegete Scripture in the original languages for the good of the church and world. Whether you want training and research tools that will contribute to your formation for further academic study, church ministry, missions, translation, teaching in classical schools, and more, the degree is tailored to equip all students in exegesis of the Scriptures.

The central focus of this degree is exegesis. The degree offers you flexibility to customize your degree in light of your own calling.

  • In the dual track option, you will learn to exegete the Hebrew OT and Greek NT culturally, canonically, and apply it to the life of faith within the context of the local church.
  • Choose to focus in only one of the ancient languages, Greek or Hebrew, and have more flexibility to explore elective courses.

A working knowledge of Hebrew, Greek, or both ancient languages are required for the completion of this degree depending on your track. Students with missing prerequisite courses are eligible for tuition rebates on all language prerequisites. Find more detailed information on degree completion and prerequisite requirements:

Faculty Books

The Book of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom

The Book of Isaiah and God's Kingdom

Dr. Andrew Abernethy's conviction is that the concept of "kingdom" is fundamental to understanding the book of Isaiah.

The Lost World of Scripture book

The Lost World of Scripture

Dr. John H. Walton provides a detailed look at the origins of scriptural authority in ancient oral cultures and how they inform our understanding of the Old and New Testaments today.

How to Understand Your Bible book

How to Understand Your Bible

Dr. Richard L. Schultz has updated T. Norton Sterrett's classic beginner's guide to understanding the Bible, making it clearer and more helpful than ever before.

Biblical Exegesis Comprehensive Exam Study Guide

Comprehensive Exams are offered twice each academic year. Students must register for BITH 692, Comprehensive Exam, in the semester in which they plan to take the exam.

Biblical Exegesis Comprehensive Exam Study Guide

Possible Careers for M.A. in Biblical Exegesis Students

In partnership with our Center for Vocation and Career, many of our majors find employment in many ministry related fields. Many students choose to go on to complete doctoral programs as well.

  • Churches
  • Colleges and universities
  • Junior colleges
  • Parachurch agencies
  • Religious organizations
  • Publishing houses
  • Seminaries

Many of alumni of our Biblical Exegesis program have gone on to complete doctoral programs at the following institutions and many more:

Aberdeen Notre Dame
Cambridge Oxford
Claremont Princeton
Duke St. Andrews
Edinburgh Stellenbosch
Emory Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Hebrew Union University of Chicago
Marquette Wheaton College Graduate School
McMaster Yale

Graduate of the M.A. in Biblical Exegesis program have used their skills and deep-rooted faith in a variety of settings. While some have found themselves in the international missions and translations fields, others have ended up pastoring churches domestically, teaching at colleges, universities, and seminaries, working in parachurch ministries and publishing houses, and proceeding onward to doctoral programs.