Interpret the Bible in its original context through advanced language study.

The Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis program develops your expertise to interpret the Bible in its original context. Advanced courses in biblical languages, history and background cultural studies deepen your understanding of the genres of Scripture and prepare you to communicate its longstanding applications in ministry or academic settings.

For current pastors seeking to increase their exegetical skills or individuals desiring mastery of original language exegesis, the M.A. Biblical Exegesis program readies graduates for careers in pastoral ministry, religious publishing or Bible translation.

Starting in the fall 2020 semester and going forward, we are moving to a HyFlex approach to the classroom experience. HyFlex means hybrid-flexible, and this course design model combines three different learning modalities into one class.

Program Overview

The M.A. Biblical Exegesis program requires 46 to 47 credit hours. Flexible class scheduling that includes on-campus, online and accelerated course options lets you complete this program in approximately two to three years.

Whether you desire to strengthen your teaching ministry or prepare for advanced theological studies, this program focuses your studies on content that is immediately applicable to your vocational goals. Course work in biblical studies and theology combined with a specialization in Old Testament and/or New Testament studies broadens your knowledge of topics that are necessary for learning, serving and leading with exegetical competency. Engage in rigorous learning led by our expert faculty in the following areas of study:

  • History and culture of the Ancient Near East.
  • History and culture of the Greco-Roman world.
  • Greek and/or Hebrew language study.
  • Old Testament, New Testament or combined specialization.

Admission Criteria

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary admits qualified persons to our diverse learning community without regard to denomination or association, race, national or ethnic origin, age, sex or disability.

Program applicants should possess a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average from an accredited baccalaureate institution. For admission consideration, applicants must submit the following documents.

  • Admission application
  • Official academic transcripts from each undergraduate school and graduate school attended
  • Personal reference
  • Ministry reference
  • Affirmation of the faith and lifestyle statement

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