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

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M.A. Biblical Studies

The M.A. in Biblical Studies is a unique program that allows you to dive deeper into God’s Word. By combining the convenience of online classes with rigorous academics, 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.

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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.

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Deep Conviction and Wisdom

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association of Theological Schools, the M.A. in Biblical Studies is designed for hardworking ministry leaders who are interested in growing their understanding of God’s word. 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.

Students accepted into this degree program through the Urban Cohort will learn in community as they seek to understand the Bible together. Urban Cohort students will also have the option to travel to Israel, Palestine and Jordan during the seminary’s annual trip and see the geography of the Bible for themselves.

Careers

A Master of Arts in Biblical Studies will provide a wide range of opportunities for employment—whether you want to work in a church, para-church ministry, nonprofit or other Christian organization.

Opportunities

  • Pastor
  • Preaching and teaching minister
  • Small group pastor
  • Christian education pastor
  • Associate pastor
  • Youth minister

Admission Requirements

  • Main Application (free)
  • Official transcripts demonstrating a 2.5 G.P.A. in a completed bachelors degree at an accredited institution. Mail to: Cornerstone University Graduate Admissions, 1001 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
  • Ministry Reference
  • Personal Reference

Course List

The online format of the M.A. in Biblical Studies requires 36 credits (12 courses) and is cohort-based, meaning you will be learning in a group of 15 to 20 other students. Take a look at some of the courses you can expect to take.

Bible Core

  • BBL-501 Biblical Hermeneutics
  • BBL-508 Biblical Theology
  • Bible electives, including at least one Old Testament and one New Testament Bible elective (15 credit hours)

Theology Core

  • THE-540 Systematic Theology I
  • THE-640 Systematic Theology II
  • THE-641 Systematic Theology III

General Electives

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 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 to you whether you are learning in the classroom or online.

Related Program

GRTS has a wide variety of online graduate programs available. Take a look at other options available to you for your continued education.

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Hours

MON - FRI: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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.