MA in Old Testament

Old Testament

The Master of Arts Old Testament prepares students for further academic study of the Old Testament.

Graduates will be prepared for doctoral work in Old Testament and related fields, teaching at the undergraduate level, and using the Old Testament in vocational ministry. Students applying to this program must have a completed bachelor’s degree that includes 6 hours of Biblical Hebrew, 6 hours of Biblical Greek, 6 hours of New Testament (including survey), 6 hours of Old Testament (including survey), 6 hours of theological studies, and 6 hours of practical ministry.
Application for admission should be made at least 60 days prior to matriculation. Admission to this degree is based upon the following requirements:

  1. A set of completed standard application forms an MA Old Testament application form.
  2. Minimum of 3.0 GPA in an accredited baccalaureate degree program. Applicants with degrees from colleges or universities outside the United States will be considered on an individual basis.
  3. Four references (non-family): 1 pastor, 1 character, 2 academic.
  4. A graded research paper from a graduate or undergraduate course. Alternatively the GRE Writing Assessment will be accepted.
  5. Applicants for whom English is a second language must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (100 on the internet-based TOEFL) or present an equivalent demonstration of ability to read and write English at a graduate level.

Program at a glance

Total hours
49 hours
This program includes 4 credit hours from the Master of Arts core and 45 hours in the area of Old Testament.

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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
  • HEB 6600 - Intermediate Hebrew Exegesis
  • HEB 7810 - Biblical Aramaic
  • OTS 6510 - History of Interpretation of the Old Testament
  • HEB 6510 - Hebrew Exegesis: [Book]
See the course catalog

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 Old Testament Studies
  • Pursue a Ph.D. in an effort to become a professor

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