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Grand Rapids
Theological Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we're dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.

Create Without Ceasing

Grand Rapids Theological SeminaryCultivating a Deeper Understanding
of God's Word

M.A. Biblical Studies

The M.A. in Biblical Studies is designed to help you to dive deeper into God’s Word. Through study, you will discover the richness of the biblical text and learn from experts in the Old Testament, New Testament and theology. The M.A. in Biblical Studies will transform your heart and mind as you strive to grow closer to the heart of God.

Degree Type

  • Master of Arts

Format

  • On-Site
  • Live
  • Anytime

Credit Hours

  • 36

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Of M.A. Biblical Studies graduates have obtained professional employment.

0%

Of M.A. Biblical Studies graduates are vocationally placed in ministry-related positions.

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Of M.A. Biblical Studies graduates have obtained licensure and/or ordination as a minister.

Lead With
Deep Conviction and Wisdom

At GRTS, we value your ministry experience. Our M.A. in Biblical Studies program supports you and your church by offering accessible theological training. This program is ideal for individuals who are seeking to enhance their experience with further training. You will be able to wrestle through the complexities of ministry with other ministry professionals and immediately apply what you are learning. Students have the flexibility to continue working full time and focus on their current ministry efforts while working through course content. The program requires 36 credits and can be completed in as little as two years.

Careers

A Master of Arts in Biblical Studies is a great supplement for ministry experience and can open the doors for different employment opportunities.

Opportunities

  • Pastoral ministry
  • Nonprofit ministry
  • Church planting
  • Christian publishing

Program Highlights

Urban Cohort Program

Ministry leaders who are serving in city contexts may be able to complete this degree as part of the Urban Cohort program. This program is highly scholarshiped and is a community-based cohort designed for individuals who desire to delve deeper into the heart of Scripture while being supported by their ministry peers along the way.

Course List

The M.A. in Biblical Studies requires 36 credits (12 courses) which can be completed either online or in person. Take a look at some of the courses you can expect to take.

Bible Core Courses

BBL-501 Biblical Hermeneutics

An introduction to the process of determining the original meaning and contemporary significance of biblical texts.

BBL-508 Biblical Theology

An integrated study of the central themes from the Old and New Testaments that comprise the grand narrative of Scripture.

Old Testament Bible Elective

New Testament Bible Elective

Three General Bible Electives

Theology Core Courses

THE-540 Systematic Theology I

This course introduces and practices a metanarrative for doing theology. The biblical narratives and propositions are heard in the context of the story that begins with creation, is centered in Jesus’ first coming and reaches its culmination in the new heavens and earth.

THE-640 Systematic Theology II

This course continues our metanarrative theology by examining the Christian story of creation, fall, redemption and consummation, with special attention given to the nature and task of humanity, the distortion of the world through sin and the redemptive work and person of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

THE-640 Systematic Theology III

This course will examine in detail the doctrine of salvation (soteriology), the church (ecclesiology), the basic elements of pastoral theology (internal and external call to the ministry, ordination, ministry of the word and sacraments, church discipline and pastoral spiritual formation) and the four last things (death, judgment, heaven and hell).

General Elective Courses

Select two of the following courses or two additional Bible electives.

  • MIN-500 Christian Spiritual Formation
  • MIN-510 Organizational Leadership
  • MIN-534 Evangelism and Discipleship
  • MIN-543 Christian Formation in the Church
  • MIN-560 Global Impact
  • MIN-643 Educational Ministries for Adults
  • THE-572 Christian Worldview

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Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a GRTS degree. Explore how our M.A. Biblical Studies program prepares you to learn, serve and lead for a lifetime of ministry.

The diversity at GRTS has caused me to be slower to speak and quicker to listen. I’ve learned that my perspective is not always the majority, nor is it the correct one. I’ve appreciated that element to my education here.

Timothy Bassett (’19)

Faculty

Our faculty at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary are dedicated to bringing a holistic education whether you are learning in the classroom or online.

Related Programs

Take a look at some other graduate theological degrees that we offer at GRTS. They are all available both online and on-campus.

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SAT & SUN: Closed

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.