M.A. in Biblical Studies, Ph.D. Preparation Track


  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the Bible, including an in-depth understanding of selected books using a literal hermeneutic leading to a dispensational, premillennial interpretation of the Scriptures
  • Articulate the basic tenets of Christian theology and principles of ministry from a perspective of Christian maturity, fundamentalism, separatism, and Baptist polity
  • Evidence of competence in Hebrew and Greek exegesis of the Biblical texts
  • Preaching/Teaching Biblical truth in academic, church, or general ministry settings in a pluralistic society
  • Manifest professional competence to pursue doctoral-level studies evidenced by advanced research, theological synthesis, and Bible exposition

Academics Requirements: A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and a satisfactory score on the GRE. The Graduate Record Examination is a computerized test that is used to measure a student’s excellence in verbal skills. Scores must be submitted by the end of the first semester of study. While it is very helpful if an applicant takes all three sections of the test, we only require the Analytical Writing portion of the test. A satisfactory score would be to be placed in the 50th percentile or higher.  Click link for test registration information…GRE: Graduate Record Examinations

Course Requirements:

Theology (21 hours)
THE500 - Theology I
THE501 - Theology II
THE502 - Theology III
THE503 - Theology IV
THE505 - Dispensationalism
THE517 - Apologetics
THE611 - Contemporary Theological Issues

Church History (6 hours)
HIS500 - Church History I
HIS501 - Church History II

Research (3 hours)
RES511 - Research: Writing and Communication

Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages (21 hours)
BSO500 - Introduction to the Old Testament
BSN500 - Introduction to the New Testament
BIN500 - Introduction to Hermeneutics
BLG500 - Greek I
BLG501 - Greek II
BLH600 - Hebrew I
BLH601 - Hebrew II

General Elective (6 hours)
Two electives from 500-699 level courses

Total Hours = 57 hours