Master of Divinity

I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. (Philippians 3:8)

Is your passion to know Christ and Him alone? Would you like to know more about Christ and His Word but find it impossible to leave your current ministry or job?

Consider Maranatha’s MA in Bible, which can be completed fully online (or with a mix of virtual classes; read more about the learning options). The curriculum includes a strong component of biblical and theological courses with opportunities to choose practical electives. No knowledge of Greek or Hebrew is required.

The following are the program outcomes for the MA Bible:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate biblical and systematic theology with scriptural support using a dispensational hermeneutical framework.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to exercise biblical discernment in evaluating current trends in theology, biblical interpretation, and culture.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to interpret God's Word from a dispensational hermeneutic.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate biblical and theological truth in a variety of settings both within and outside the local church.
  • Graduates will demonstrate faithfulness in ministry at a baptistic, separatist church.


  • A minimum of 30 semester hours of approved credit must be completed for the Master of Arts in Bible.
    • Students who completed their undergraduate degree from a Christian college are required to earn 30 credits for this degree.
    • Students who did not complete their undergraduate degree at a Christian college are required to take GPA 524 - Principles of Bible Study & Teaching, making 33 credits the minimum for the degree.
  • The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an approved institution must be held by the applicant.
  • No more than 12 semester hours of graduate credit from another institution may be applied toward this degree.
  • Consult the current Seminary catalog for information about advanced placement from undergraduate courses.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or better must be earned.
  • A maximum of two C grades will be credited toward graduation.


Old Testament

Old Testament 
GOT514 Biblical Theology of the Old Testament3
GOT521 Old Testament Backgrounds3
GOT525 Holy Land Tour3
GOT528 Exposition of Pentateuch3
GOT530 Exposition of the Major Prophets3
GOT532 Exposition of Daniel2
GOT535 Exposition of the Minor Prophets3
GOT540 Exposition of Job3
GOT541 Exposition of Psalms3
GOT543 Exposition of Proverbs2
GOT720 Messianic Prophecy3
Required Hours6

New Testament

New Testament 
GNT515 Biblical Theology of the New Testament3
GNT520 New Testament Backgrounds3
GNT529 Exposition of the Gospels3
GNT530 Exposition of Pastoral Epistles3
GNT532 Exposition of First Corinthians3
GNT534 Exposition of Hebrews3
GNT540 Exposition of Acts3
GNT556 Exposition of Revelation3
Required Hours6

Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology 
Required Classes:
GST510 Prolegomena1
GST520 Dispensationalism and Dispensational Hermeneutics3
Elective Classes (5+ credits):
GST611 ST 1 - Bibliology, Theology Proper2
GST612 ST 2 - Christology and Pneumatology3
GST613 ST 3 - Anthropology, Hamartiology, and Soteriology3
GST614 ST 4 - Eschatology, Angelology and Ecclesiology3
Required Hours:9

Pastoral Theology

Pastoral Theology 
Required Classes (waived for graduates of a Christian college):
GPA 524 Principles of Bible Study and Teaching3
Required Hours:3

Historical Theology

Historical Theology 
GHI515 American Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism3
GHI548 History of Baptist Missions3
GHI608 Baptist History3
GHI628 History of Christianity3
Required Hours:3


Any seminary course qualifies as a general elective.

General Elective Hours:6
Total Hours Required:30-33