Overview

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (M.A.B.S.) program is a research-intensive graduate program designed for those who desire to enhance their preaching or teaching of the Bible. Graduates will be prepared to teach Bible and Theology at a college or Christian University or serve as leaders in a ministry. Those who earn an M.A.B.S. will be able to pursue a language-based research Ph.D.

 

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Specific Requirements for Admission

Graduation with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited or recognized college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.50. Demonstration of an aptitude for graduate studies evidenced by one of following: transcript record, the GRE, or current ministry involvement. Submission of satisfactory scores on the TOEFL exam.

 

Objectives

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

  • Articulate an in-depth understanding of selected books of the Bible
  • Demonstrate a competence in the exegesis of the Hebrew and Greek biblical texts
  • Interpret and defend the Bible consistent with literal, grammatical, contextual, and historical principles resulting in a dispensational, premillennial understanding of the Scriptures
  • Explain the tenets of Bible Doctrine and evaluate theological trends of major significance
  • 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

Theology 18
Communication 3
Biblical Studies Core 12
Research 3
Biblical Languages 12
Total 48

Degree Completion Plan

Theology

THE500 Theology I 3
THE501 Theology II 3
THE505 Dispensationalism 3
THE517 Apologetics 3
THE611 Contemporary Theological Issues 3
THE621 Historical Theology 3
  Total 18

 

Communication

RES511 Research: Writing and Communication 3
  Total 3

 

Biblical Studies Core

BIN500 Introduction to Hermeneutics 3
BSN500 Introduction to the New Testament 3
BSO500 Introduction to the Old Testament 3
  O.T. Elective or N.T. Elective 3
  Total 12

 

Research

RES595 MABS Thesis 3
  Total 3

 

Biblical Languages

BLG500 Greek I 3
BLG501 Greek II 3
BLH600 Elementary Hebrew I 3
BLH601 Elementary Hebrew II 3
  Pass M.A.B.S. Comprehensive Examination 0
  Total 12

Maximum Time Limit to Complete Program

6 years

Minimum Hours to be Completed At Piedmont

50%

Transfer of Credits

Up to 50% of the program

Advanced Standing

Up to 12 semester hours

Length of Program and Graduation

Completion of 48 hours of prescribed courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University;
  5. Shall have satisfactorily completed the Christian Service requirements;
  6. Shall have given evidence of high Christian character and conduct in accord with University standards. He/she shall also manifest essential agreement with the Statement of Faith;
  7. Shall have paid in full his/her account with the University;
  8. Must have received a decision of eligibility for graduation from the Faculty.

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University.