Biblical Studies (MA)

Learning Options

If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
(I Timothy 3:1)

Is the Lord calling you to serve as a pastor, assistant, youth pastor, missionary, evangelist, or Bible teacher? If so, consider Maranatha’s Baptist Biblical Studies Master’s degree. This program emphasizes biblical languages, biblical studies, and theological courses, while providing you with classroom opportunities to learn about practical pastoral issues. You’ll benefit from professors skilled in all aspects of ministry as well as the personal mentoring of experienced pastors as you serve in a local church.

Objectives
  • To comprehend and articulate basic elements of biblical and systematic theology; to assess current trends in theology, biblical interpretation and culture; to compare those trends with biblical truth; and thus be able to correctly accept, reject, or correct such trends
  • To interpret, preach, and teach God’s Word from a dispensational hermeneutic
  • To develop a basic understanding of the biblical languages and apply that understanding to the preparation and delivery of sermons and lessons
  • To have a basic understanding of church history and be able to evaluate past and current events in their historical contexts
  • To demonstrate faithfulness to the Holy Spirit’s work through God’s Word in his or her personal life and ministry
Delivery Method
  • Available from a Distance or On Campus. The entire program may be completed at a distance or on campus; read more about our delivery options!
  • Distance Delivery. This degree may be completed from a distance by taking a blend of distance classes in 8-week sessions with no required attendance or in live full-semester virtual classes.
  • Class Content Delivered: The curriculum emphasizes biblical languages, biblical studies, and theological courses, while providing you with opportunities to learn about practical pastoral issues. 

Requirements

  • A minimum of 33 semester hours of approved credit must be completed for the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies.
  • 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.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or better must be earned.
  • A maximum of two C grades will be credited toward graduation.
  • Applicants may be required to make up deficiencies without credit in any of the departments at the discretion of the Academic Senate.

Students must complete courses distributed among the following requirements:

Biblical Studies

Biblical Studies 
Required Classes:
GOT514 Biblical Theology of the Old Testament3
GNT515 Biblical Theology of the New Testament3
Elective Classes:
GBS 510 Introduction to the Old and New Testaments3
GOT521 Old Testament Backgrounds3
GOT525 Holy Land Tour3
GOT528 Exposition of Pentateuch3
GOT 532 Exposition of Daniel 3
GOT534 Exposition of Major Prophets3
GOT535 Exposition of the Minor Prophets3
GOT540 Exposition of Job3
GOT 541 Exposition of Psalms3
GOT543 Exposition of Proverbs2
GNT520 New Testament Backgrounds3
GNT529 Exposition of the Gospels3
GNT530 Exposition of Pastoral Epistles3
GNT 532 Exposition of First Corinthians3
GNT 533 Exposition of Galatians3
GNT 534 Exposition of Hebrews 3
GNT 540 Exposition of Acts 3
GNT556 Exposition of Revelation3
GNT632 Exegesis and Exposition of the General Epistles3
GNT642 Exegesis and Exposition of Paul’s Epistles3
GNT737 Exegesis and Exposition of Romans3
GNT742 Exegesis and Exposition of the Prison Epistles3
Required Hours:12

Biblical Languages

Biblical Languages 
GOT511 Hebrew Grammar 13
GOT512 Hebrew Grammar 23
GOT615 Hebrew Syntax2
GOT616 Hebrew Exegesis2
GNT517 Greek Reading2
GNT518 Greek Exegetical Grammar2
GNT519 Greek Exegetical Method2
NT Exegesis Course3
OT Exegesis Course3
Required Hours:4

Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology 
Required Classes:
GST510 Prolegomena1
GST520 Dispensationalism and Dispensational Hermeneutics3
Take two of the following classes:
GST611 Systematic Theology 1 – Bibliology, Theology Proper2
GST612 Systematic Theology 2 – Christology and Pneumatology3
GST613 Systematic Theology 3 – Anthropology, Hamartiology, and Soteriology3
GST614 Systematic Theology 4 – Eschatology, Angelology, and Ecclesiology3
Elective Classes:
GST530 Apologetics and Worldviews3
GST600 Theological Systems3
GST620 Contemporary Theology3
GST720 Reformation Theology3
GST721 History of Baptist Theology3
Required Hours:9

Historical Theology

Historical Theology 
Required Classes (take one of the following):
GHI608 Baptist History3
GHI628 History of Christianity3
Elective Classes:
GHI515 American Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism3
GHI548 History of Baptist Missions3
Required Hours:3

Pastoral Theology

 Pastoral Theology 
GPA 511 Church Administration2
GPA521 Introduction to Preaching2
GPA522 Expository Preaching of the Old Testament2
GPA523 Expository Preaching of the New Testament2
GPA 530 Philosophy of Ministry 2
GPA531 Church Planting2
GPA 535 Advanced Small Groups 2
GPA610 Building a Disciple-Making Ministry2
GPA612 Pastoral Ethics2
GPA614 Baptist Polity2
GPA615 Theology of Prayer and Worship2
GPA618 Building a Church Missions Program2
GPA715 Theology of Leadership2
GPA 717 Discipleship and Mentoring2
GPA720 The Local Church and the Law2
GPA721 The Pastor and the Law2
Required Hours:2

Electives (any Seminary course)

General Elective Hours:3
Total Hours Required:33