MA in Biblical Languages

Biblical Languages

The Masters of Arts Biblical Languages degree program exists help enable students to interpret the biblical text from the original languages. It will prepare students for faithful interpretation of Scripture in various ministry settings, and for advanced academic study of the Biblical languages beyond the Master of Divinity degree. The MABL degree is completed normally within two years of full-time enrollment.

Program at a glance

Total hours
46 hours
This program includes 4 credit hours from the Master of Arts core and 42 hours from the area of biblical languages.

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Additional Admission Requirements

The MA Biblical Languages presupposes undergraduate preparation in biblical, theological, and ministry studies from an accredited institution. Students must have completed 6 hours of theological studies and 6 hours of ministry studies, as well as 6 hours in New Testament (including survey), 6 hours in Old Testament (including survey), and 6 hours of Biblical Greek in their undergraduate coursework to be admitted into this program. Students who lack any of the necessary foundational coursework may take the appropriate remedial courses at SEBTS. Courses taken as prerequisites cannot also be used in the MABL degree requirements. Applicants for this degree program must meet these and all other normal application requirements for admission to Southeastern.

What are some courses I will take?

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

  • BTI 6500 - Methods and Issues in Biblical Interpretation
  • GRK 6500 - Greek Syntax and Exegesis
  • GRK 6600 - Intermediate Greek Exegesis
  • HEB 5110 - Biblical Hebrew: Interpretive Foundations for Ministry I
  • HEB 5120 - Biblical Hebrew: Interpretive Foundations for Ministry II
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What can I do with this degree?

  • Teach biblical languages in a Christian educational context
  • Teach biblical languages at the undergraduate level
  • Work with research institutions devoted to ancient texts
  • 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.

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