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The Master of Arts (M.A.) curriculum integrates a study of all 66 books of the Bible with basic historical, theological and practical disciplines critical to developing professional skills for ministry in the 21st century.

The program includes a sequence of 16 CORE and 4 ELECTIVE 3-credit hour courses – totaling 60 degree program hours – over a 2-year course of study offered during two standard semesters per year.

Students may select elective options that provide additional study and training in subjects of their choice. Elective options can be combined with the core requirements to structure a Master of Arts major in a single or combined subjects. For example, students may graduate with a:

  • Master of Arts in Biblical Languages
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Missions and Evangelism
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation

The M.A. program is available for both FULL-TIME students (registered for 9 or more credit hours per semester) and PART-TIME students. Auditing may be available for some courses on a limited basis.

Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes
There are three objectives and student learning outcomes for this program that also permeates every course:

  1. The seminary will teach, and the student will understand and be able to exposit and explain all the book(s) of the Bible covered in program in addition to the specific book(s) of the Bible for a specific course.

  2. The seminary will teach, and the student will become equipped to utilize the Master of Arts discipline(s) associated with the program and each course in work and life.

  3. The seminary will teach and the student will come to understand how the 7 core values of The Bible Seminary impact their program, courses, life, and future work.


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The Bible Seminary admits students of any race, sex, color, disability, age, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Seminary. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, disability, age, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its hiring policies, educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.