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M.A. in Biblical Exegesis


Spring 2024

Classes start on Mar. 13, 2024

Summer 2024

Classes start on May 6 and July 3, 2024

Fall 2024

Classes start on Aug. 28 and Oct. 23, 2024


  • On Campus
  • Online

Credit Hours

  • 45 with up to 75% of credits transferable

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Interpret Scripture from Original Languages With an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis Degree

Inspire your church or ministry to passionately follow God’s story by deeply exploring and interpreting Scripture through studying the texts in their original languages. A Master of Arts in Biblical exegesis is a valuable online seminary degree to help pastors and ministry leaders strengthen their own preaching and teaching capabilities or prepare for a doctoral degree.

Led by Biblically faithful faculty scholars and theologians who are currently active in Christian ministry, Cornerstone Theological Seminary’s 45-credit hour M.A. in Biblical exegesis online degree is designed for pastors and ministry leaders seeking to expand their capabilities to inspire a godly life. Why choose an online theology master’s degree to expand your ministry or academic calling?

  • Expand your critical analysis skills through the study of original Greek or Hebrew texts, hermeneutical interpretation, theological history, systematic theology, and Old and New testament study for practical application.
  • Learn from faculty scholars and theologians who love God and scriptures deeply, are active in real-world ministry and are prepared to invest in your ministry calling.
  • Acquire a respected theology degree on your time, available 100% online. No GRE is required. Course credits are buildable toward a future Master of Divinity (M.Div.) at Cornerstone Theological Seminary.
  • Generous scholarships and aid are available to allow you to study while you minister.
  • One of the most affordable theology master’s degrees available per credit hour.

Why Choose An Affordable, ATS Accredited Online Masters Degree from Cornerstone Theological Seminary?

Character, Competency, Compassion. For over 80 years, Cornerstone Theological Seminary has built an outstanding reputation for equipping pastors, scholars, teachers, theologians, military chaplains and ministry leaders as servants of Christ’s church to lead Christian communities with character, competency and compassion. The seminary unwaveringly embraces Biblical scripture which is central to Cornerstone University and the seminary’s foundational statements and doctrinal confession, honoring God’s vision of the world. 

A decades-long partner and resource to churches and pastors, Cornerstone Theological Seminary is accredited by the respected Association of Theological Schools (ATS),* and Cornerstone University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Cornerstone offers over 75 in-demand degrees that can enhance your theological training by preparing you for bold, influential ministry effectiveness, readying you for a future Master of Divinity or doctoral degree, or offering specializations that meet your specific ministry training needs.

*The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada accredits Cornerstone Theological Seminary.

Admission Requirements

  • Application
  • A completed bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.7 GPA from an accredited institution
  • Official college and/or military transcripts
  • Signed CU confession statement

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Core Courses

The M.A. in biblical exegesis program features rigorous course work designed to equip you to engage the text of Scripture in its original languages and context. All Cornerstone Theological Seminary programs share a 24 credit hour class core.

BBL-501 Biblical Hermeneutics

An introduction to the process of determining the original meaning and contemporary significance of biblical texts.

THE-501 Program Introduction Seminar

This course prepares students for the rigors of graduate scholarship by honing the skills of graduate research, reading and writing.

BBL-514 Old Testament Foundations

BBL-515 New Testament Foundations

MIN-500 Spiritual Formation

An investigation into the meaning of biblical Christianity and its relationship to faith and practice within contemporary cultural contexts. Special attention is given to the corporate dimensions of spirituality and spiritual formation.

THE-540 Systematic Theology I

This course introduces and practices a metanarrative for doing theology. The biblical narratives and propositions are heard in the context of the story that begins with creation, is centered in Jesus’ first coming and reaches its culmination in the new heavens and earth.

THE-640 Systematic Theology II

This course continues our metanarrative theology by examining the Christian story of creation, fall, redemption and consummation, with special attention
Added: given to the nature and task of humanity, the distortion of the world through sin and the redemptive work and person of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

THE-641 Systematic Theology III

This course will examine in detail the doctrine of salvation (soteriology), the church (ecclesiology), the basic elements of pastoral theology (internal and external call to the ministry, ordination, ministry of the word and sacraments, church discipline and pastoral spiritual formation) and the four last things (death, judgment, heaven and hell).

Join the Cornerstone Theological Seminary community. Start your M.A. in Biblical exegesis online today!

Knowledgeable, passionate enrollment counselors are ready to guide you from application to graduation! A high quality professional ministry degree is available to support your calling:

    • Courses are offered 100% online to fit your busy ministry life, and no GRE is required.
    • Transfer up to 75% of an eligible degree’s credit hours.
    • Scholarships and aid programs are generous, and the number of credit hours needed is designed to help ministry students start and successfully complete their degree.
    • Tuition is priced for affordability compared to other private nonprofit universities and seminaries, ensuring a degree that can fit your budget.
    • Experience one-on-one seminary faculty support from current theologians, pastors and real-world ministry leaders offering relevant skills you can apply immediately.
    • Free student support resources are available—including writing, pastoral counseling services and more—to provide comprehensive support!

Start your application for a bold, influential ministry with your M.A. in Biblical exegesis degree from Cornerstone Theological Seminary!

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CTS offers several programs that prioritize biblical interpretation. Take a look at some of the other graduate programs we offer in this field.

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