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MA in Biblical Studies

Liberty University's Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program may be of interest to students who want to learn to better interpret the Bible and gain a deeper understanding so that they may share it with others. Read on for information about this online master's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

School Offering Program:

Liberty University

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Program Prerequisites:

Potential students of Liberty University's online Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program should be able to work with diverse groups of people and have strong writing and speaking abilities. Also important are listening and questioning skills. All applicants to Liberty University's graduate programs should have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

In part, Liberty University's online Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program is designed to help students to interpret the Bible through their learned understanding of the vocabulary and syntax of the Hebrew and Greek languages. The program's core elements include an introductory apologetics course and an advanced hermeneutics course. Through their choice of elective courses, students might also explore the life of Jesus Christ and books of the Bible, including include Acts, John, Romans, and Revelation. There may be opportunities to examine the ways in which the themes of the Old Testament are built upon in the New Testament. Students must conduct thesis research and prepare a defense to successfully complete the program.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

60 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Liberty University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies:

Students must earn 60 credits in Liberty University's Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program. The program is made up of core, biblical languages, elective, and thesis courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Liberty University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (24 credit hours)

  • Introduction to Apologetics
  • New Testament Orientation I
  • New Testament Orientation II
  • Hermeneutics
  • Old Testament Orientation I
  • Old Testament Orientation II
  • New Testament Development of Old Testament Themes
  • Research, Writing, and Ministry Preparation

Biblical Languages Courses (18 credit hours)

  • Beginning Greek I
  • Beginning Greek II
  • Greek Syntax
  • Beginning Hebrew I
  • Beginning Hebrew II
  • Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis

Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

  • Students choose 12 credit hours of the following:
    • Life of Christ
    • John
    • Acts
    • Romans
    • The Corinthian Correspondence
    • Pastoral Epistles
    • Hebrews
    • I and II Peter
    • Revelation
    • Apologetics and the New Testament
    • Greek Exegesis: Galatians
    • Greek Exegesis Ephesians
    • Greek Exegesis: Philippians
    • Greek Exegesis: Colossians
    • New Testament Textual Criticism
    • NGRK 670 (Untitled)
    • Apologetics and the Old Testament
    • Genesis
    • Creation, Cosmology and Genesis
    • Joshua-Kings
    • Job-Song of Songs and Lamentations
    • Psalms
    • Isaiah
    • Jeremiah and Ezekiel
    • Daniel
    • Pre-Exilic Minor Prophets
    • Biblical Aramaic

Thesis Courses (6 credit hours)

  • Research Methods
  • Thesis Defense

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

If obtaining Liberty University's Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree inspires students to further their education, they might decide to earn a doctoral degree that could allow them to pursue positions in which they perform biblical research, run ministries, write books on theology, or teach at the university level. These doctoral programs might be explored:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Bible Exposition
  • Ph.D. in Biblical Studies
  • Ph.D. in Religious Studies

Career Paths:

Students who graduate from Liberty University's Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program might be able to interpret the Old and New Testaments and be prepared to share it with others. As such, they could pursue employment in churches or educational institutions. Some career options, such as academician, might require additional years of study. The following are potential career choices:

  • Missionary
  • Bible study author
  • Teaching pastor
  • Theologian
  • Professor

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