Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) - Ashland Theological Seminary

Master of Arts (Biblical Studies)


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The Bible is at the foundation of your faith, and you feel the call to delve deeper. Study and engage. Find the heart of God in Scripture. The Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) is designed for people like you who wish to become serious students of the Word.

Is the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) program right for me? If you want to…

  • Prepare yourself for further graduate studies in Old or New Testament studies
  • Teach foundational courses in Bible colleges or other denominational teaching positions
  • Engage meaningfully in biblical research and writing

... then the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) program is right for you.

What to expect in the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) program:

  • Learn how to interpret and apply Scripture responsibly in appropriate ministry and professional settings
  • Become familiar with critical methods of and approaches to interpretation as reflected in a variety of cultures and communities
  • Practice critical theological reflection that is biblically faithful, historically grounded, contextually relevant, and integrated with life and ministry
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Location(s) Offered:

Ashland Campus
910 Center Street
Ashland, OH 44805

Columbus Center
1900 E. Dublin Granville Road
Columbus, OH 43229



Degree Design



Preliminary and Summative Coursework

OTS/NTS 7791 Senior Seminar or OTS/NTS 7799 Thesis3 hours

Spiritual Formation Courses

SPF 5540 Spiritual Formation4 hours

Core Courses

BSG 5501 Engaging Texts and Contexts3 hours
CHS 5500 Story of the Christian Faith3 hours
CTH 5520 Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God3 hours
ETH 5530 Christian Ethics3 hours
MSS 5501 Kingdom Mission in a Global Community3 hours
NTS 5511 Introduction to the New Testament3 hours
OTS 5511 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1)3 hours
OTS 5512 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2)3 hours

Biblical Studies Courses

BSG 5502 Encountering Scripture beyond Translations3 hours
OTS/NTS Elective15 hours

Elective Courses

Open Electives6 hours

Total Hours

55 hours


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The link below will direct you to the Ashland University Graduate School online application to apply to the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) program.

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