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M.A. in Biblical Studies
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M.A. in Biblical Studies

Why Pursue an M.A. in Biblical Studies?

The Masters in Biblical Studies (MABS) program is designed to give you a broad-based knowledge of the Bible that can be taken back to your workplace, your small group, or your church to help you build up the body of Christ. You will examine the biblical text within both its historic and modern worldwide contexts, explore the themes of all the books of the Bible, learn how to interpret passages, and appreciate the Bible as literature.

 

The MABS 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

Why Biblical Studies 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.

Geared for students from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, the M.A. in Biblical Studies degree is offered in a cohort model where students stay together as a group throughout a three-year program which includes weekly in-person evening classes and two short intensive courses each year.

The cohort model means that your fellow students will be with you for three years, allowing you to develop deep life relationships with others who are hungry to expand their biblical knowledge for Christ and His kingdom.

  • The combination of weekly night classes and only two short intensive courses each year makes our program ideal for a Chicago-area local and easy to fit with your busy schedule.
  • With no biblical languages prerequisite, there's no need to delay enrollment.
  • The M.A. in Biblical Studies program offers a special lower tuition rate at 20% less than the normal graduate tuition rate.

Faculty Books

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Malachi

Dr. Andrew Hill places the book in its historical context to interpret the original meaning, as well as offer the modern reader insights into what it has to say to us today.

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For the Glory of God

Dr. Daniel I. Block examines worship in the Bible and develops a theology of worship that is consistent with the teachings of Scripture and is applicable for the church today.

Thomas, the Other Gospel by Dr. Perrin

Thomas, the Other Gospel

Nicholas Perrin argues that the real value of the Gospel of Thomas lies not in what it might be thought to say about the "real Jesus" but in what it tells us about early Christianity

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BITH Grad Women's Fellowship

The BITH 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 (Emeritus) and is led today by Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt. Food, fellowship, and prayer are the focus of our time together. If you are a female BITH student in an MA or PhD program then please join us!

Designed for the Working Professional

Our MABS program allows students to learn from top Wheaton professors, gain an in-depth knowledge of of the Bible and relevant theological training, enjoy and informal academic environment, all while acquiring a full-accredited master's degree with a 3-year, part-time program that fits your schedule.

The 3-year program features a combination of weekly night classes and two short intensive courses each year making it ideal for a Chicago-area local and easy to fit with your busy schedule.

With no biblical languages prerequisite, there's no need to delay enrollment. Classes for a new cohort start every fall.

All sorts of people. Our students range from music industry veterans, lawyers, accountants, publishers, current and prospective pastors, and many more.

Distinct from many of the other graduate degrees, the program aims to ground students from all types of career fields to take their Biblical knowledge back to better serve their marketing office, investment firm, small group, church, or anywhere in between.

The M.A. in Biblical Studies program offers a special lower tuition rate at 20% less than the normal graduate tuition rate.