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Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

The M.A. in biblical studies is designed to help you to dive deeper into God’s Word. Through study, you will discover the richness of the biblical text and learn from experts in the Old Testament, New Testament and theology. The M.A. in biblical studies will transform your heart and mind as you strive to grow closer to the heart of God.

Degree Type

  • Master of Arts


  • On Campus
  • Online


  • Grand Rapids
  • Online

Credit Hours

  • 36


  • Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

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Deep Conviction and Wisdom

At CTS, we value your ministry experience. Our M.A. in biblical studies program supports you and your church by offering accessible theological training. This program is ideal for individuals who are seeking to enhance their experience with further training. You will be able to wrestle through the complexities of ministry with other ministry professionals and immediately apply what you are learning. Students have the flexibility to continue working full time and focus on their current ministry efforts while working through course content. The program requires 36 credits and can be completed in as little as two years.


A Master of Arts in biblical studies is a great supplement for ministry experience and can open the doors for different employment opportunities.


  • Pastoral ministry
  • Nonprofit ministry
  • Church planting
  • Christian publishing

Urban Cohort Program

Ministry leaders who are serving in city contexts may be able to complete this degree as part of the Urban Cohort program. This program is highly scholarshiped and is a community-based cohort designed for individuals who desire to delve deeper into the heart of Scripture while being supported by their ministry peers along the way.


Of M.A. in biblical studies graduates have obtained professional employment.


Of M.A. in biblical studies graduates are vocationally placed in ministry-related positions.


Of M.A. in biblical studies graduates have obtained licensure and/or ordination as a minister.

Course List and
Learning Outcomes

The M.A. in biblical studies requires 36 credits (12 courses) which can be completed either online or in person. Part of the 36 credit requirement includes nine credits of Bible elective courses.

All Cornerstone Theological Seminary programs share a 24-credit hour class core. Take a look at some of the courses you can expect to take.

Core Courses

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).

Program Learning Outcomes

Through an emphasis on developing basic competencies essential to the study of biblical and theological literature, our Master of Arts in biblical studies curriculum and course work requirements are designed to enable you to achieve two learning outcomes.

Biblical Interpretation

Students will conduct disciplined biblical interpretation and application with reference to the English Bible text.

Basic Understanding of Christian Theology

Students will state and apply a basic understanding of the primary elements of Christian theology.

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The diversity at CTS has caused me to be slower to speak and quicker to listen. I’ve learned that my perspective is not always the majority, nor is it the correct one. I’ve appreciated that element to my education here.

Timothy Bassett (’19)


Our faculty at Cornerstone Theological Seminary are dedicated to bringing a holistic education whether you are learning in the classroom or online.

Related Programs

Take a look at some other graduate theological degrees that we offer at CTS. They are all available both online and on-campus.

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