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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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:
|GOT514 Biblical Theology of the Old Testament||3|
|GNT515 Biblical Theology of the New Testament||3|
|GBS 510 Introduction to the Old and New Testaments||3|
|GOT521 Old Testament Backgrounds||3|
|GOT525 Holy Land Tour||3|
|GOT528 Exposition of Pentateuch||3|
|GOT 532 Exposition of Daniel||3|
|GOT534 Exposition of Major Prophets||3|
|GOT535 Exposition of the Minor Prophets||3|
|GOT540 Exposition of Job||3|
|GOT 541 Exposition of Psalms||3|
|GOT543 Exposition of Proverbs||2|
|GNT520 New Testament Backgrounds||3|
|GNT529 Exposition of the Gospels||3|
|GNT530 Exposition of Pastoral Epistles||3|
|GNT 532 Exposition of First Corinthians||3|
|GNT 533 Exposition of Galatians||3|
|GNT 534 Exposition of Hebrews||3|
|GNT 540 Exposition of Acts||3|
|GNT556 Exposition of Revelation||3|
|GNT632 Exegesis and Exposition of the General Epistles||3|
|GNT642 Exegesis and Exposition of Paul’s Epistles||3|
|GNT737 Exegesis and Exposition of Romans||3|
|GNT742 Exegesis and Exposition of the Prison Epistles||3|
|GOT511 Hebrew Grammar 1||3|
|GOT512 Hebrew Grammar 2||3|
|GOT615 Hebrew Syntax||2|
|GOT616 Hebrew Exegesis||2|
|GNT517 Greek Reading||2|
|GNT518 Greek Exegetical Grammar||2|
|GNT519 Greek Exegetical Method||2|
|NT Exegesis Course||3|
|OT Exegesis Course||3|
|GST520 Dispensationalism and Dispensational Hermeneutics||3|
|Take two of the following classes:|
|GST611 Systematic Theology 1 Bibliology, Theology Proper||2|
|GST612 Systematic Theology 2 Christology and Pneumatology||3|
|GST613 Systematic Theology 3 Anthropology, Hamartiology, and Soteriology||3|
|GST614 Systematic Theology 4 Eschatology, Angelology, and Ecclesiology||3|
|GST530 Apologetics and Worldviews||3|
|GST600 Theological Systems||3|
|GST620 Contemporary Theology||3|
|GST720 Reformation Theology||3|
|GST721 History of Baptist Theology||3|
|Required Classes (take one of the following):|
|GHI608 Baptist History||3|
|GHI628 History of Christianity||3|
|GHI515 American Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism||3|
|GHI548 History of Baptist Missions||3|
|GPA 511 Church Administration||2|
|GPA521 Introduction to Preaching||2|
|GPA522 Expository Preaching of the Old Testament||2|
|GPA523 Expository Preaching of the New Testament||2|
|GPA 530 Philosophy of Ministry||2|
|GPA531 Church Planting||2|
|GPA 535 Advanced Small Groups||2|
|GPA610 Building a Disciple-Making Ministry||2|
|GPA612 Pastoral Ethics||2|
|GPA614 Baptist Polity||2|
|GPA615 Theology of Prayer and Worship||2|
|GPA618 Building a Church Missions Program||2|
|GPA715 Theology of Leadership||2|
|GPA 717 Discipleship and Mentoring||2|
|GPA720 The Local Church and the Law||2|
|GPA721 The Pastor and the Law||2|
|General Elective Hours:||3|
|Total Hours Required:||33|