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Research M.A. Degrees

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We affirm the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. We covenant to teach in accordance with and not contrary to the Abstract of Principles and the Baptist Faith & Message.
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With our confession in mind, Southeastern’s faculty attempts to develop five Core Competencies in students through a Southeastern education.  Every student should seek to develop in…

  • Spiritual Formation Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue an authentically Christian way of life, manifested by trust in God, obedience to Christ’s commands, and love of God and neighbor.

  • Biblical Exposition Demonstrate the ability to properly and effectively interpret, apply, and communicate the Scriptures.

  • Theological Integration Demonstrate the ability to understand and apply the doctrines of Christianity to life and ministry.

  • Ministry Preparation Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and Christian disposition necessary for ministry and leadership in the church and the world.

  • Critical Thinking and Communication Demonstrate the ability to think critically, argue persuasively, and communicate clearly.

We strive to do all of this while cultivating in students a delight in God, His Word, and His Church.

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Apologetics and Christian PhilosophyBiblical Languages  | Biblical and Theological Studies | Christian Studies |  Ethics, Theology, and Culture  | New Testament |  Old Testament  

Our Research Master of Arts degree offers a foundation in biblical studies and theology and also allows students to study in a particular discipline. The programs takes most students 2-3 years to finish.

Apologetics and Christian Philosophy

The purpose of the Master of Arts (Apologetics and Christian Philosophy) is to prepare persons for entrance in a Ph.D. program for the purpose of teaching within an academic setting or working within church ministries designed to have an effective voice in the public square. It is also a preparatory degree for those who wish to do work in philosophical theology or in cultural missions. View catalog description.

Biblical and Theological Studies
The purpose of the Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies) is to enable students to interpret the biblical text from the original languages and to apply theology using biblical, systematic, historical, and philosophical means. It will prepare students for faithful interpretation of Scripture in various ministry settings, and for advanced academic study of Biblical and Theological Studies beyond the Master’s degree. View catalog description.

Biblical Languages
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary offers the Master of Arts (Biblical Languages) (MABL), to prepare students to serve as translators and as field supervisors for Bible translation teams. The 48‐hour curriculum can be completed in two years of full‐time study, and up to 24 hours of the degree may be done through distance learning (online courses and extension courses). View catalog description.

Christian Studies
The Master of Arts (Christian Studies) is a Seminary degree that provides a graduate level introduction to the theological disciplines. The degree is designed to prepare students for further graduate study or for general educational purposes. This 36 hour degree can be completed entirely through distance education. The Distance Learning Office will offer courses for the MA(CS) in online, hybrid, and extension center formats in accordance with their regular rotation. Students may also take MA(CS) courses on campus. View catalog description.

Ethics, Theology, and Culture
Southeastern has one of the strongest programs in Ethics, Theology, and Culture in North America, thanks in large part to three full-time ethics professors, each of whom hold doctorates in the field. This allows Southeastern to offer a higher level of ethics training, more diverse classes and a better student-mentor relationship. View catalog description.

New Testament
The purpose of the Master of Arts (New Testament) is to enable students to accurately interpret and faithfully apply the New Testament text by increasing their (1) competency in the Greek language, (2) facility in sound hermeneutical principles, and (3) ability to synthesize key theological themes. It will prepare students for faithful interpretation of Scripture in various ministry settings, and for advanced academic study of New Testament studies beyond the Master’s degree. View catalogue description.

Old Testament
The purpose of the Master of Arts (Old Testament) Degree Program is to provide a serious student with an opportunity for advanced education in the academic study of the Old Testament beyond the Master of Divinity or baccalaureate degrees. Graduates of this program will be prepared to undertake doctoral research in Old Testament. Some students may choose this program primarily to extend their preparation for ministry in a local church, on a mission field, or in other positions of denominational or other service. View Program HandbookView catalog description.


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