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Seminary Graduate

Master of Biblical Studies (MBS)

Degree Outcomes

  1. Graduates will have gained a survey knowledge of both the Old and New Testaments.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate hermeneutical skills with facility in at least one of the biblical languages.
  3. Graduates will have the ability to apply biblical truth to life and ministry.
  4. Graduates will have grown in Christlikeness.


Program Description

The Master of Biblical Studies (MBS) is a graduate-level academic degree program designed to equip students with the skills for in-depth study and interpretation of the Bible. Designed with a high standard of academic rigor, the focus of the degree is to gain biblical content knowledge and skills in biblical interpretation. As such, the MBS would be of most interest to students desiring to increase their knowledge and appreciation of the Christian Scriptures through intensive study. This program would thus strengthen lay people and leaders serving in church, para-church, or other mission agencies. Typical completion time is 2-3 years full-time.

In terms of ministry preparation, the MBS degree would strengthen someone who has already obtained practical ministry training on a Bible college or seminary level, or someone who had already obtained ministry knowledge and skills through extensive ministry experience. To such knowledge and skills of ministering to people, this course of instruction would add considerable bible content.

Requirements and Completion

  1. The prerequisite for this degree is a B.A. degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university.
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 in undergraduate studies or, if transferring into the MBS degree at the master’s level, a cumulative GPA of 3.3 from both undergraduate and graduate studies. Students need to maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout this degree program.
  3. A total of 48 credit hours is required for the completion of the degree.

Capstone Research Project

To prepare for the Capstone Research Project, at least one Bible book study must correspond to the testament chosen for the research project. Students are encouraged to take book studies in their chosen biblical language when possible.

Capstone Research Project is a 2-credit hour requirement for the MBS degree which must be written in the final semester of the student’s program. It consists of a directed study with a member of the Biblical Studies faculty and will result in a research paper to be evaluated by the project supervisor. The purpose of the project is to demonstrate competency in understanding and interpreting the Bible accurately. Being a directed study, the student will pay a directed study fee in addition to the required tuition. If the project extends beyond the academic term, a continuance fee will also be charged.

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Master of Biblical Studies (MBS)
Biblical & Language Studies
2B1311Old Testament I3
2B1312Old Testament II3
2B2311New Testament I3
2B2312New Testament II3
2B3311Biblical Interpretation3
2L1311Biblical Hebrew I &3
2B1312Biblical Hebrew II3
2L2311Biblical Greek I &3
2L2312Biblical Greek II3
OT or NT Book Studies6
2P2250Capstone Research Project2
Theological Studies
2T1311Christian Theology I3
2T1312Christian Theology II3
Leadership & Character Studies
2E2311Effective Bible Teaching &
2P3215Spiritual Formation2
Free Electives8
Total credit hours for Master of Biblical Studies (MBS)48

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