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Master of Arts in Theological & Biblical Studies

The goal of the Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies is to equip students to be competent in the major areas of academic inquiry which pertain to the Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian doctrine. The curriculum focuses upon the biblical languages, the basic components of the Christian tradition, and thesis development as well as distinct and intensive tracks in biblical studies, historical/systematic theology, or an interdisciplinary combination of the two. Consequently, students who complete this degree will be prepared for further research in Christian scholarship and possible endeavors in other master's or doctoral programs.

Everett Berry, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology
Editor, Criswell Theological Review

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CURRICULUM

Minimum Degree Requirements (36 Hours)

PREREQUISITES*

EMS 101 Personal Evangelism
GRK 201 Greek I
GRK 202 Greek II
HEB 301 Hebrew I
HEB 302 Hebrew II
NTS 101 New Testament Survey I
NTS 201 New Testament Survey II
OTS 101 Old Testament Survey I
OTS 201 Old Testament Survey II
THS 203 Systematic Theology I
THS 301 Systematic Theology II
THS 201 Church History
THS 202 Baptist History and Distinctives

CORE CURRICULUM (12 Hours)

BIB 505 Biblical Hermeneutics
GRK 620 Greek Exegetical Syntax I
HEB 620 Hebrew Exegetical Method I
PHI 502 Philosophy of Religion

BIBLICAL THEOLOGY STUDIES (3 Hours)

One of the following:

NTS 602 New Testament Theology
OTS 602 Old Testament Theology

RESEARCH STUDIES (6 Hours)

RES 602 Thesis Research & Writing
RES 603 M.A. Thesis

OR

___ ___ Open Elective
___ ___ Open Elective

APPLIED STUDIES

AMP 500 Applied Ministry Project (No Credit - Required every semester)
RES 601 Library Research Seminar (Required Seminar)

THEOLOGICAL AND BIBLICAL STUDIES TRACKS (15 Hours)

 

Tracks

BIBLICAL STUDIES TRACK

Five of the following:

GRK 610 Greek Reading
GRK 630 Greek Exegetical Syntax II
HEB 610 Hebrew Reading
HEB 630 Hebrew Exegetical Method II
MIN 631 Preaching from the Old Testament
MIN 633 Preaching from the New Testament
NTS 510 New Testament Intensive*
NTS 715 Topics in New Testament
OTS 510 Old Testament Intensive*
OTS 715 Topics in Old Testament

*Courses may be repeated for different Bible books.

SYSTEMATIC/HISTORICAL THEOLOGY TRACK

THS 550 Theology Intensive
THS 615 Patristic and Medieval Theology
THS 635 Prolegomena and Theological Method
THS 650 Reformation/Post-Reformation Theology
THS 665 Modern and Postmodern Theology

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES TRACK

Any five courses chosen from Biblical Studies & Systematic/Historical Theology tracks.

 

 

*Graduate students need only take the degree prerequisites listed above, not the prerequisites
for those classes listed in the undergraduate course descriptions. All degree prerequisites must
be completed within the first 50% of course work for the degree. Until degree prerequisites are
satisfied, a prerequisite must be taken each semester in which a student is enrolled.