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 to enhance their preaching and teaching of the Bible. This program offers study in Biblical languages and is preparation for those seeking to pursue a language based Ph.D. degree.







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
  • Demonstrate a general competence for exegeting the Hebrew and Greek biblical texts

Summary of Required Hours

Biblical Studies 9
Theology 21
Church History 6
General Electives 6
Biblical Languages 12
Research 3
Total 57

Degree Completion Plan

M.A.B.S. Core – 30 hrs
THE500   Theology I
  3 hours
THE501   Theology II   3 hours
THE505   Dispensationalism   3 hours
THE517   Apologetics   3 hours
THE611   Contemporary Theological Issues   3 hours
THE__     Theology Elective   3 hours

Church History – 6 hrs
HIS500   Church History I   3 hours
HIS501   Church History II   3 hours

Communication – 6 hrs

MIN520 or    Homiletics or    3 hours
MIN524        Teaching the Bible        
RES511       Research: Writing and Communication      3 hours

Biblical Studies Core – 12 hrs
BSO500   Introduction to the Old Testament
    3 hours
BSN500   Introduction to the New Testament    3 hours
BIN500   Introduction to Hermeneutics   3 hours
BLG500   Greek I   3 hours
BLG501   Greek II   3 hours
BLH600   Hebrew I   3 hours
BLH601   Hebrew II   3 hours
RES511   Research: Writing and Communication    3 hours

Total Required Semester Hours 57 hrs

Maximum Time Limit to Complete Program
Six 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.