This degree is designed for teachers, missionaries, and church workers holding Bible college degrees who sense the need for a year of spiritual and mental refreshment and a deeper study of the Scriptures. Advantages • It increases students’ knowledge of the Bible. • It enhances their ability to use the study tools so they can do exegesis in both Testaments. • It raises their confidence in their ability to do research and to trust the validity of their findings. • It increases their ability to teach at the upper levels. Program Goals Upon successful completion of the M.A. in Biblical Studies degree, students should be able to • demonstrate an increased knowledge of the content of the Bible; • demonstrate an increased knowledge of the historical and cultural backgrounds of the Bible; • display a love for the Scriptures and a confidence that they are true; • exposit both the Old Testament and New Testament using appropriate resources; • conduct acceptable research in the field of Biblical studies at the master’s level by accurately summarizing, appropriately organizing, and insightfully critiquing the conclusions of others; and • teach the Bible effectively to people. Admission Requirements A minimum of 30 semester hours of Bible and theology at the undergraduate level, or their equivalent, is required before admission will be granted to the M.A. in Biblical Studies program. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is expected in one’s undergraduate work. Students are permitted to transfer a maximum of 12 acceptable graduate credits into this program.
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