MA in Old Testament

Old Testament

The Master of Arts in Old Testament degree program exists to prepare students for in-depth exegesis of the Old Testament. Students in this program will learn tools to help them faithfully interpret and apply the Old Testament text through studying biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, the history of Old Testament interpretation, and Ancient Near Eastern history. In this program students will learn from Old Testament and Hebrew scholars who have been in the field for many years and will provide the expertise students need in the classroom to be faithful ministers of the Word in the local church or academy.

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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Additional Admission Requirements

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. A graded research paper from a graduate or undergraduate course. Alternatively the GRE Writing Assessment will be accepted.
  4. 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.

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

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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