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M.A. in Biblical Exegesis
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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. If you seek training and research tools that will contribute to your formation for further academic study, church ministry, missions, translation, teaching in classical schools, and more, this 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 both culturally and canonically as well as to apply it to the life of faith within the context of the local church.
  • Choose to focus on 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 is 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:

Find detailed information such as course requirements, course descriptions, faculty information, and program overview for the M.A. in Biblical Exegesis.

The M.A. in Biblical Exegesis is accessible for remote learners while retaining robust residential experience on the Wheaton College campus in Wheaton, IL. The remote option will be available beginning fall of 2024. Please reach out to Graduate Admissions for more information.

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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 with any questions.


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.

Amos commentary cover

The Book of Amos (NICOT)

Daniel Carroll R. (Rhodas) combines a detailed reading of the Hebrew text with attention to its historical background and current relevance, giving special attention to Amos's literary features.

Esau McCauley - Reading While Black

Reading While Black

Dr. Esau McCaulley's award winning book is a personal and scholarly testament to the power and hope of Black biblical interpretation.

Hebrews (Commentaries for Christian Formation)

Dr. Amy Peeler's fresh translation and detailed commentary offers new insights into the Letter to the Hebrews in this scholarly and pastoral volume. 

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.

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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
  • Christian and Classical Schools
  • Missions Organizations
  • Bible and Theological Colleges

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

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