The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (M.A.B.S.) program is designed for those who desire to teach college and university level courses or enhance their preaching and teaching of the Bible.

Admissions Requirements

The student must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Display of aptitude for Graduate studies by transcripts, the GRE, or ministry achievement
  • An application with Piedmont International University
  • Follow all steps of admissions




 Upon completion of the requirements, the graduate will be able to:

  • Articulate a general knowledge of the Bible and an in-depth understanding of selected books of the Bible
  • Interpret and defend the Bible consistent with literal, grammatical, contextual, and historical principles of interpretation resulting in a dispensational, premillennial interpretation of the Scriptures
  • Explain the basic tenets of Christian theology and evaluate theological trends of major significance from the perspective of Christian maturity and Baptist distinctives
  • Develop and articulate hermeneutically sound and homiletically effective sermons/Bible lessons/or presentations
  • Formulate an analysis and evaluation of graduate-level research on a biblical or theological subject by composing a paper using clear English and standard procedures

Summary of Required Hours

Biblical Studies 21
Theology 21
Church History 6
General Electives 6
Research 3
Total 57

Degree Completion Plan

Maximum Time Limit to Complete Program
Seven years

Minimum Hours to be completed at Piedmont
30 hours

Transfer of Credits and Advanced Standing
Transfer credits and advance standing credits are not to exceed 50% of the degree requirements. Advanced Standing is permissible up to 18 semester hours of applicable courses.

Length of Program and Graduation
The program is 57 semester hours, with graduation upon completion of the prescribed courses (including Transfer and advanced standing) with a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 and passing the M.A.B.S. Comprehensive Examination.

M.A.B.S. Comprehensive Examination
This exam is a “capstone” experience during the last two semesters before graduation. The exam is designed to incorporate subject areas from a core of courses, as well as from the student’s concentration. Adequate time will be allotted for a careful and thorough review of foundational theology and appropriate coursework to determine the knowledge and position of the student. A summary of the student’s responses and a complete evaluation of his/her performance will become part of the student’s permanent record. In the event that a student does not respond in an adequate manner, a corrective direction will be recommended, and the student will be allowed one retest after a period of at least one month. The comprehensive examination must be taken at a scheduled time. A request to complete the exam should be submitted to the Dean of the school. This form must be submitted by October 15 for fall completion or by December 15 for spring graduation. Details on the exam may also be obtained from the Dean of the school.