MA in Theological & Biblical Studies

M.A. in Theological & Biblical Studies

Because the world needs individuals skilled in Scripture and theology now more than ever.

At Criswell, we read and interpret Scripture as a community in order to share its truth with God’s people and the world. Join the community and we will take your study of the Bible and theology to the next level. Our carefully crafted curriculum and devoted faculty will help you develop the knowledge, skills, and doctrinal devotion necessary to teach successfully in the church or to pursue further academic studies.


BIB 105       Hermeneutics

CRIS 300    Baptist Faith and Witness

EMS 101      Personal Evangelism

GRK 306     Greek I

GRK 307     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 201     Church History

THS 203     Systematic Theology I

THS 204     Systematic Theology II

*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.

GRK 620    Greek Exegetical Syntax I

HEB 620    Hebrew Exegetical Method I

PHI 502      Philosophy of Religion

NTS  602  New Testament Theology

OTS  602  Old Testament Theology

RES 702     Thesis Research and Writing

RES 703     Graduate  Thesis

AMP 500   Applied Ministry Project

  (Required each semester for full-time students)

Students choose one of the following tracks: Biblical Studies, Systematic/Historical Theology, or Interdisciplinary Studies.

(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 711    Preaching from the Old Testament
MIN 712    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.

THS 512    Prolegomena and Trinitarianism
THS 514    Anthropology, Hamartiology, and
THS 516    Baptist Ecclesiology and Eschatology
THS 660    Patristic, Medieval, and Reformation
THS 665    Modern and Postmodern Theology

Any five courses chosen from the Biblical
Studies and Systematic/Historical Theology

My M.A. program at Criswell changed my life and career in innumerable ways!

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Graduates with an M.A. in Theological and Biblical Studies are prepared to step into the following roles:

  • Doctoral student in biblical or theological studies
  • Church leader
  • Bible teacher
  • Secondary school educator in Bible or theology

From 2018—2021, 100% of those who graduated with a M.A. in Theological and Biblical Studies are either employed or continuing their education.


Christopher Graham

Vice President of Academic Affairs; Professor of Theology; Program Director of M.A. in Theological & Biblical Studies

Criswell College admits students who are Christians of good character, without regard or reference to race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, or sex (except where regard to sex is required by the College’s religious tenets regarding gender and sexuality) to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these classifications in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.