Master of Arts – Online or On Campus

M.A. to Ph.D.

Dive deep into the Word and be equipped to clearly communicate its truths in a variety of settings. Through courses in theology, biblical languages and electives related to your area of interest, you will be prepared to move directly into your Ph.D. studies at BBS.


Credit Hours

Accessible and Practical 

This 48-credit-hour concentration within your accredited Master of Arts degree immerses you into an exegetical and theological study of Scripture. Build relationships with knowledgeable professors on-campus or enjoy the flexibility of an online program grounded in the Word of God.

What Will You Learn?

Study Scripture carefully

As you deepen your understanding of Koine Greek and biblical Hebrew, you will learn to read the Word more intentionally in light of its original literary context.

Communicate sound theology

Learn to convey the truths of Scripture effectively wherever you go. You will be equipped to continue digging deep into the Word in your future studies and career.

Prepare for what's next

This 48 credit program will equip you to transition easily into your Ph.D. At BBS, you can take advantage of a streamlined admission into your Ph.D. Get the most out of your studies by choosing electives that fit your area of interest.

Your Courses

Each of your courses is taught from a biblical worldview. You’ll interact within small class sizes and with professors who really care about you and your goals. You’ll not only receive quality academics to prepare you for the next steps in your career and ministry, but you’ll also get mentorship to prepare you for life.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted.
Course Descriptions can be found in the catalog.

Core Courses

The 15-credit core of the Master of Arts program will establish your foundational knowledge of God’s Word:


  • Principles of Biblical Interpretation [BI604]
  • Introduction to Old Testament and Old Testament Literature [OT500]
  • Introduction to New Testament and New Testament Literature [NT501]
  • God’s Plan for the Ages [TH531]
  • Principles of Spiritual Formation [PT512]
Language Courses

You will build upon this foundation with 18 credits focused on languages:

  • Elements of Greek 1 [NT502]
  • Elements of Greek 2 [NT503]
  • Greek Exegetical Methos [NT506]
  • Elements of Hebrew 1 [OT502]
  • Elements of Hebrew 2 [OT503]
  • Hebrew Exegesis [OT600]
Theology Electives

You will continue to deepen your knowledge with courses focused on Theology. Pick two courses.

  • Foundations of the Christian Faith [TH500]
  • Pneumatology & Ecclesiology [TH563]
  • Angelology, Anthropology, & Hamartiology [TH600]
  • Christology & Soteriology [TH601]
Ph.D. Concentraton Courses

You will pick two courses that correspond with the desired Ph.D. concentration.

  • Electives – 6 credits
Elective Courses

Choose a course to gain more knowledge in an area that interests you.

  • Elective – 3 credits
Online Program
Start Dates

October 17, 2022
January 9, 2023
March 6, 2023


Study the Word.
Live the Word.


Pastoral Ministries


The program was a great fit for me and for my goals. I love to teach and I love to study the interpretational aspects of the Word of God. At this point I do not feel called to be a pastor, so I chose this program because it was designed to prepare me to do the specifically teaching aspects of ministry.



Program Highlights 

  • Learn on-campus or earn your degree completely online!
  • Be prepared to transition well into future Ph.D. studies.
  • Focus your studies through electives that compliment your interests and academic goals.

Press ahead in your studies.

Learn to communicate truth effectively wherever God calls you, through a strong foundation in the original biblical languages and theology. 

Invest in Your Future

When you earn your master’s degree, you’ll open new doors in your career and ministry. CSU works hard to ensure you receive the best value in education with competitive tuition rates, many ways to qualify for discounts and individualized support.


complete your degree in as little as two years

credit hours

cost per credit (before any discouts)

students who qualify for discounted tuition




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