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Master of Arts in Biblical Studies


The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is a two-year professional degree that focuses upon advanced studies in the Word of God. The M.A. in Biblical Studies requires a basic academic core that includes 27 semester hours of biblical studies, 18 semester hours of theological & historical studies, 12 semester hours of practical ministry studies, and 3 semester hours of field education.

This program is ideally suited to persons who seek greater biblical and theological knowledge, but who do not desire to become pastors. Additionally, pastors who are already established in ministry and have earned a bachelor's degree in religion may desire the M.A. for further study and recognition.

Students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree in biblical/theological studies may achieve up to 9 hours of advanced standing toward the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies.

What can I do with this degree?

With a MA in Biblical Studies, you will have the necessary skills and training to preach and teach the bible on various platforms. Whether it be in a church context, outdoor setting, our on the mission field. You will also develop techniques for the art of ministry that will enable you for the work in ministry with career paths such as:

  • Senior Pastor

  • Professor of Theology

  • Hospice Chaplin 

  • Missionary

What are the degree outcomes?

Upon completion of this program students will:

1. Demonstrate a general knowledge of the Bible including a synthesis understanding of the major books.

2. Understand the Christian faith in its biblical, historical, and theological dimensions, and in its contemporary implications.

3. Evidence an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in love for God, love for others, and evidence of the fruit of the Spirit.

4. Demonstrate an increasing involvement in the local church or other ministries with which they are associated.

5. Dentify, evaluate, and design effective strategies for leadership and discipleship training and spiritual nurturing for the local church and its surrounding communities.

6. Articulate major doctrines, historical perspectives, and theological issues including those related to spiritual renewal as they bear on Christian life and mission.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have? 

  • A deeper relationship with God 

  • Building a creating network of community 

  • Ministerial opportunities of serving the local church and community

What kind of courses will I take?

  • GBIB 503       OT Overview & Application

  • GBIB 508       NT Overview & Application

  • GBIB 512       Biblical Hermeneutics

  • GMIN 530      Pastoral Servant Leadship

  • GMIN 532      Counseling Ministry

  • GMIN 534      Educational MInistry in the Church

Program Review

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Jungja Kang, Ph.D.
Chair of MA.Theology Program

If you feel the calling to serve the Lord at a greater capacity at the local church or aboard, our program is for you. There is an increasing demand for highly trained ministers capable of facing today's special programs and spiritual needs. Please contact me to find out more about our program. 



Ronnie Tejada

One thing that I love the most about Bethesda University is the availability of the Spirit-filled online biblical and theological studies. Many schools out there offers online programs as well, but I really appreciate that Bethesda University made it sure that the pentecostal/full gospel perspective of studying the Bible/Christianity are available from its curriculum.

2 Years
Standard Duration

This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.

Total Program Credits

This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.


Bethesda University is accredited by TRACS and ABHE

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