Master of Biblical Studies (MBS)

Degree Outcomes

  1. Graduates will have gained a survey knowledge of both the Old and New Testaments.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate hermeneutical skills with facility in at least one of the biblical languages.
  3. Graduates will have the ability to apply biblical truth to life and ministry.
  4. Graduates will have grown in Christlikeness.

Available

  • Part-time
  • Full-time
  • ONLINE

Program Description

The Master of Biblical Studies (MBS) is a graduate-level academic degree program designed to equip students with the skills for in-depth study and interpretation of the Bible. Designed with a high standard of academic rigor, the focus of the degree is to gain biblical content knowledge and skills in biblical interpretation. As such, the MBS would be of most interest to students desiring to increase their knowledge and appreciation of the Christian Scriptures through intensive study. This program would thus strengthen lay people and leaders serving in church, para-church, or other mission agencies. Typical completion time is 2-3 years full-time.

In terms of ministry preparation, the MBS degree would strengthen someone who has already obtained practical ministry training on a Bible college or seminary level, or someone who had already obtained ministry knowledge and skills through extensive ministry experience. To such knowledge and skills of ministering to people, this course of instruction would add considerable bible content.

Requirements and Completion

  1. The prerequisite for this degree is a B.A. degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university.
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 in undergraduate studies or, if transferring into the MBS degree at the master’s level, a cumulative GPA of 3.3 from both undergraduate and graduate studies. Students need to maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout this degree program.
  3. A total of 48 credit hours is required for the completion of the degree.

Capstone Research Project

  1. Begins one month before the academic term
  2. Two (2) Credit Hours
  3. Completed in one (1) semester
  4. Done in final semester of studies
  5. 30 page research project
  6. Demonstrates competency in Bible interpretation and understanding
  7. Descriptive project leading to a conclusion

Capstone Thesis

  1. Begins one month before the academic term
  2. Four (4) Credit Hours
  3. Completed in either one (1) or two (2) semesters
  4. Done in either the final semester or two (2) semesters – after a mid-program review
  5. 60-80 page research project
  6. Demonstrates a high level of competency in Bible interpretation, understanding, critical thinking, and engagement with scholarly
    issues
  7. Critical analysis built from a thesis, statement and leading to a conclusion

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Master of Biblical Studies (MBS)
Total credit hours for Master of Biblical Studies (MBS)48
Biblical & Language Studies
2B1311Old Testament I3
2B1312Old Testament II3
2B2311New Testament I3
2B2312New Testament II3
2L1311Biblical Hebrew I3
2L1312Biblical Hebrew II3
2B3311Biblical Interpretation3
OR
2L2311Biblical Greek I3
2L2312Biblical Greek II3
2P2250Capstone Research Project2
OT or NT Book Studies6
OR
2P2450Capstone Thesis4
Theological Studies
2T1311Christian Theology I3
2T1312Christian Theology II3
Leadership & Character Studies
2E2311Effective Bible Teaching &
Disciple-Making
3
2P3215Spiritual Formation2
Free Electives6 or 8