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MA in Biblical and Theological Studies

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.

Admission to the MA Biblical and Theological Studies presupposes undergraduate preparation consisting of an accredited Bachelor of Arts in a complementary field such as Religion, Theology, or Biblical Studies. Students must have completed 3 hours of New Testament survey, 3 hours of Old Testament survey, 6 hours of Biblical Hebrew, 6 hours of Biblical Greek, 6 hours of Theological Studies, and 6 hours of Practical Ministry in their undergraduate coursework to be admitted into this program. Students who lack any of the necessary foundational coursework, but have the prerequisite degree, may take the appropriate remedial courses at SEBTS. Applicants for this degree program must meet these and all other normal application requirements for admission to Southeastern.

Program Handbook

Program at a glance

Total Hours
49 hours
This program includes 4 credit hours in the Master of Arts core and 45 hours in the area of biblical and theological studies.

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What are some courses I will take?

Below is a sample of the required courses. To see a complete list, view the academic catalog.

  • HEB 6500 - Biblical Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis
  • GRK 6500 - Greek Syntax and Exegesis
  • BTI 6500 - Methods and Issues in Biblical Interpretation
  • BTI 6600 - Old Testament Theology
  • BTI 6700 - New Testament Theology
See the course catalog

What can I do with this degree?

  • Teach Bible and theology in a Christian educational context
  • Write for Christian literary publications
  • Work in research institutions dedicated to theological studies
  • Pursue a Ph.D. in an effort to become a professor

Learn from over 60 professors who know what it's like to be in ministry. Our world-class faculty will teach you how to think critically about the Bible so you can minister faithfully throughout the world.

Who will teach me?