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.

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.

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 bachelor’s degree study, or if transferring into the MBS degree at the master’s level, a cumulative gpa of 3.3 from both bachelor’s and master’s level study. 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 Studies
2B1311Old Testament I3
2B1312Old Testament II3
2B2311New Testament I3
2B2312New Testament II3
2B3213Biblical Interpretation2
2B3214Biblical Backgrounds2
Old or New Testament Book Studies6
2P2250Capstone Research Project2
OR
2P2450Capstone Thesis4
Language Studies
2L1311Biblical Hebrew I3
2L1312Biblical Hebrew II3
OR
2L2311Biblical Greek I3
2L2312Biblical Greek II3
Theological & Historical
2T1213Christian Theology I2
2T1214Christian Theology II2
2H1214History of Christianity2
Leadership | Character | Praxis
2E2221Effective Bible Teaching2
2P3231Spiritual Leadership2
Free Electives6 or 8