Master of Arts (Biblical Studies)


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The Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) is designed for students who wish to prepare themselves for further graduate studies in Old or New Testament studies, to teach foundational courses in Bible colleges or other denominational teaching positions, and to engage meaningfully in biblical research and writing.


Having completed the MA (Biblical Studies), students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical and faithful interpretation and responsible use of Scripture in appropriate ministry and professional settings.
  • Establish familiarity with critical methods of and approaches to interpretation as reflected in a variety of cultures and communities.
  • Demonstrate critical theological reflection that is biblically faithful, historically grounded, contextually relevant, and integrated with life and ministry.


Students earning the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) degree must complete 55 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale.

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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


MA(BS) Degree Worksheet

Degree Design



Preliminary and Summative Coursework

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

Spiritual Formation Courses

SPF 5541 Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines2 hours
SPF 5542 Spiritual Formation Core (2): Prayer2 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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