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MA in New Testament

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.

Admission to the MA New Testament presupposes undergraduate preparation consisting of an accredited Bachelor of Arts in a complementary field such as 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 at a glance


Total hours
49
This program includes 4 credit hours from the Master of Arts core, 36 hours in the New Testament core and 9 hours of New Testament electives.

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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.

  • GRK 6500 - Greek Syntax and Exegesis
  • GRK 6510 - Greek Exegesis: [Book]
  • GRK 6510 - Greek Exegesis: [Book]
  • GRK 6510 - Greek Exegesis: [Book]
  • GRK 6600 - Intermediate Greek Exegesis
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what can I do with this degree?

  • Work as a research assistant for a professor or writer
  • Write for Christian literary publications
  • Work with research institutions devoted to New Testament 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?