The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Biblical Studies focuses on the exegesis, or interpretation, of specific sections and books of the Bible. The emphasis of the degree is on understanding the Bible. This graduate degree prepares individuals in Christian ministry with knowledge and skills that strengthen their biblical understanding. This graduate degree may also appeal to students desiring personal enrichment and a deeper understanding of God’s Word.
Objectives of the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program
The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree equips the student to be competent in biblical exegesis, the practical use of the biblical languages, and understanding the culture and land of the Bible. In addition, this degree prepares the student to communicate biblical truth to others in the church, the workplace and one’s sphere of influence. As a result of their studies at Colorado Christian University, the M.A. in Biblical Studies graduate student will become proficient in grasping both a macro approach to Scripture through “charting” and a micro approach through sentence diagramming. They will further develop proficiency in word studies, topic studies and exegetical studies.
Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, the student will be able to:
- Weave the isolated strands of Scripture into a beautiful tapestry that exposes God’s plan and its execution in the affairs of humankind.
- Exegete specific texts of the Bible in relationship with the various literary genres of Scripture.
- Comprehend and utilize the historical grammatical approach to the interpretation of Scripture.
- Develop a biblical worldview with the competence to think critically in order to interpret accurately the world around him or her.
- Utilize the practical use of the biblical languages for accurate exegesis of Scripture by means of the Logos language tools.
Admission to the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies Degree Program
- Submit a completed application form (including essay, transcripts, and fees).
- Valid state-issued driver’s license or state-issued ID card or passport.
- Submit an official transcript that reflects a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution.
- Possess a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester. CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first nine (9) credits to remain in the program.
Transfer of Courses
Students may transfer up to 9 semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the M.A. in Biblical Studies requirements.
The M.A. in Biblical Studies is a 39 credit-hour degree designed to be completed within 17 months of intensive study by persons who work or are otherwise occupied by the equivalent of a full time job. Biblical Studies courses may be taken online or in the classroom.
All work applied toward a master’s degree must be completed within a four-year period from the date of enrollment. After the four-year period, an M.A. in Biblical Studies student who has not completed the requirements to graduate will be withdrawn from the program. Students who go beyond the four-year period and wish to complete their M.A. in Biblical Studies degree will be required to apply for reconsideration by completing a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. Readmitted students will be required to adhere to the degree plans and academic policies in place at the time they are readmitted.