The Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) prepares students for further academic work in the areas of the Old and New Testament, for teaching at an undergraduate level, and for ministry in the local church. The program accomplishes these goals by increasing competency in biblical languages, facility in sound hermeneutical principles, and ability to synthesize key theological themes. A concentration in either Old or New Testament can be achieved by taking at least 18 hours in either OTS/HEB or NTS/GRK courses.

  • On-Campus

  • 4

    Master of Arts hours

  • 42

    Biblical Studies hours

  • 3

    MA Thesis

  • 46

    Total Credit hours

Program Courses

Southeastern prepared me for the challenges of ministry. I graduate from Southeastern prepared and challenged with an understanding that I have to do my part to join in the Great Commission.

Brian Tillman MDiv Alum

MA in Context

What can I do with this degree?

  • Teach Biblical Studies in a Christian educational context

  • Teach Biblical Studies at the undergraduate level

  • Work with research institutions devoted to ancient texts

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

Additional Information

Admission into the program requires the completion of an accredited bachelor’s degree that includes 6 hours of Biblical Hebrew, 6 hours of Biblical Greek, 6 hours of Old Testament, 6 hours of New Testament, 6 hours of theological studies, and 6 hours of practical ministry studies. Admissions requirements that are lacking may be taken at SEBTS. All other institutional requirements for admission to SEBTS must be met.

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