Whether you are teaching, counseling, pursuing justice, working with a non-profit organization, or sharing the good news, the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies will prepare you through the study of original languages and biblical texts to form a biblically-based, contextually informed, and culturally sensitive grounding for your ministry.
Engage with original languages and biblical texts, think theologically about biblical interpretation and increase your ability to articulate a biblical theology for your personal life and ministry.
Biblical language courses (4) must be taken either on-campus or through a hybrid design combining online learning with on-campus intensives. Other courses may be taken on-campus or in a hybrid format.
Complete this program in two years, or take one class at a time to fit within your life and ministry.
Why Western Theological Seminary?
Requirements & Curriculum
Our Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree is designed for the Christian desiring a greater capacity to understand and articulate the intent of scripture through the study of biblical languages and a deep understanding of themes, narratives, and original context.
If you are a ministry leader, small group leader, writer, teacher, or someone who wants to think theologically about scripture, the MA in Biblical Studies provides you with a program that fits your life.
You can complete your master’s degree in two years or customize your course load to suit your schedule.
Western Theological Seminary’s highly effective and relationship-rich distance learning environment makes coursework available wherever you are and whenever you want. All core required courses are delivered completely online. Some electives may use a hybrid design, blending online learning with 5 days per semester of face-to-face instruction on the WTS campus.
Two distance learning semesters and two short online terms annually:
Fall Semester: 14 weeks, early September-December. Hybrid courses that blend online and classroom learning include a required 5-day on-campus intensive in Holland, MI in mid-October.
Spring Semester: 14 weeks, January-April. Hybrid courses that blend online and classroom learning include a required 5-day on-campus intensive in Holland, MI in mid-February.
Summer Term: 7 weeks, early May-late June, fully online courses
Are you a Distance Learner?
How do you learn best? What environment do you prefer? Before signing up for any online course or stepping into a classroom, it is important to discern your own learning style.
Prefers the physical environment of the classroom
Enjoys regular face-to-face interaction with professors and peers
Needs a consistent class schedule and structured learning formats
Distance Learning Learner
Self-motivated, independent learner
Wants flexibility of organizing his or her own learning schedule
Disciplined, can set aside 15-20 hours per week to study and participate in an online setting
Prefers to continue in current ministry or home situation
Can travel twice a year for classroom-based intensives on campus in Holland, MI