Overview

The Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) provides preparation for people desiring to pursue further, postgraduate work in biblical studies, and it serves as a terminal degree for ministries of teaching Scripture in congregations, para-church organizations, and Christian institutes.

Program Goals

  • Commit to cultivate holy love of God and neighbor demonstrated by a knowledge of and practice in the Christian disciplines including works of service, with particular attention to a Wesleyan understanding of the means of grace.Understand the content and meaning of the various portions of the biblical canon.
  • Integrate literary, historical, and hermeneutical tools into a holistic study of passages of various lengths and genres in a methodologically reflective manner.
  • Analyze the text in the original languages.
  • Assess, appropriate, and present insights from their interpretation for their contemporary contexts.
  • Describe the method and major themes of biblical theology in a canonical context.
  • Describe the means whereby one may arrive at a biblical view of the inspiration and authority of the Scriptures

Degree Map

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
Early
3 CD501 Vocation of Ministry (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 MS501 Missional Formation (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 NT(IBS)510/511 NT(IBS)510 Matthew -or- NT(IBS)511 Mark
3 NT501 Elementary Greek—One [PRQ: NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511]
3 NT502 Elementary Greek—Two [PRQ:NT501]
3 NT520 New Testament Introduction
3 OT520 Old Testament Introduction
3 TH501 Basic Christian Doctrine
3 NT/OT Exegesis NT710-749* [PRQ: NT520, NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511, NT501/502]
3 Biblical Studies Elective Choose a course from the following nomenclatures: BS, BT, NT, NT(IBS), OT, OT(IBS)
Final
3 BT605/660 Biblical Theology of the OT -or- Biblical Theology of the NT [PRQ: NT(IBS) 510 or 511, OT520 -or- NT(IBS)510 or 511, OT520, NT520]
3 OT501 Elementary Hebrew—One [PRQ: NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511]
3 OT502 Elementary Hebrew—Two [PRQ: OT501]
3 CH501 Church History—One
3 CS601 Christian Ethics
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley
3 NT/OT(IBS)6__ NT(IBS)610-649 or OT(IBS)610-649 [PRQ: IBS-One, NT501 or OT501)]
3 NT/OT Exegesis OT710-749* [PRQ: OT520, NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511, OT501/502]
3 Biblical Studies Elective Choose a course from the following nomenclatures: BS, BT, NT, NT(IBS), OT, OT(IBS)
As Needed
3 Elective Course

* Six hours is required in NT or OT Exegesis (NT710-749 or OT710-749). It is recommended that 3 hours be taken in each area, but it is not required.