Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

CU Online

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS) is designed to deepen your knowledge of the Bible through pursuing advanced biblical and theological studies. Developing skills in biblical interpretation and an understanding of the Christian worldview are central components of the degree program.

The M.A. in Biblical Studies degree is cohort-based, which means that groups of 15-20 students journey through the program together.  The program consists of 36-credit hours. The program curriculum contains a core of Bible and theology classes with opportunities for specialization through additional Bible and elective courses. 

Benefits

The MA in Biblical Studies degree…

  1. Promotes your personal, spiritual and professional growth through advanced biblical, theological, and ministerial education
  2. Enhances your immediate effectiveness, knowledge and competency in biblical interpretation and ministry
  3. Encourages your pursuit of peer, lifelong education and the continuing development of essential personal and professional ministry skills
  4. Offers an inviting environment for ministry professionals and lay to pursue continuing education that offers spiritual, theological and leadership formation and training

Cornerstone University confers the M.A. in Biblical Studies degree, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The degree is not intended as a basis for doctoral study.

Cornerstone University also offers Association of Theological Schools (ATS) accredited Seminary degrees through Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.  M.A. Biblical Studies students work in consortium with GRTS as the graduate bookstore is located at the GRTS building and professors teach for both the CU programs and GRTS programs.   

Courses

The M.A. in Biblical Studies program offers flexibility needed by full-time ministry leaders and those in market place ministry.  The program consists of 36-semester hours and is designed as a distance education program allowing all of the 12 courses to be completed online.

Students are required to take the six core classes in the cohort model in the order outlined below (core classes are in bold).  In addition to the six core classes, students can take the remaining six classes at their own pace within 6 years from matriculation.  All classes may be taken one at a time or students can increase their course load as desired. 

Below are examples of a two and three year program plans; core classes are in bold.

If you have any questions, contact Graduate Admissions at graduateadmissions@cornerstone.edu or 800.947.2382.

Example Two-Year Plan 

YEAR

FALL

SPRING

SUMMER

ONE

Biblical Hermeneutics
Elective Course
Systematic Theology I
Elective Course
Old Testament Biblical Theology
Bible Elective

TWO

Systematic Theology II
Bible Elective
Systematic Theology III
Bible Elective
New Testament Biblical Theology
Bible Elective

This is a recommended plan and is not a commitment to two year completion. Enrollment begins with all three semesters. Students can take elective classes at their own pace within 6 years from matriculation.

Example Three-Year Plan

YEAR

FALL

SPRING

SUMMER

ONE

Biblical Hermeneutics
Elective Course
Systematic Theology I Old Testament Biblical Theology

TWO

Systematic Theology II
Elective Course
Systematic Theology III New Testament Biblical Theology

THREE

Bible Elective
Bible Elective
Bible Elective Bible Elective

This is a recommended plan and is not a commitment to three year completion. Enrollment begins with all three semesters. Students can take elective classes at their own pace within 6 years from matriculation.

Requirements

Applicants for the M.A. in Biblical Studies degree program must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution with a minimum 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. Your baccalaureate degree and all graduate transcripts will be requested on your behalf as a service.
  • Demonstrate that attending classes in-residence would be unreasonable given other responsibilities and proximity to Cornerstone (Applicants may be required to have further approval by the Admissions Committee)
  • Applications for upcoming Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters must be submitted with ample time for admittance.
  • Official transcripts must be mailed directly from all undergraduate and graduate schools to: Cornerstone University Professional and Graduate Studies, 1001 E. Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
  • Submit an Autobiographical Information Form, agreeing with the Cornerstone Confession.
  • Submit a Personal Reference Form.
  • Submit a Ministry Reference Form.
  • Submit a Student Financial Success Guide.

Contact Graduate Admissions at graduateadmissions@cornerstone.edu or 800.947.2382 if you have any questions.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

Financial aid opportunities are available to students enrolled in 5 or more credit hours (half-time status).

MABS Tuition, per credit hour

$435

Fees

Application fee

$40

Technology fee, per course

$36

Academic resource fee

$75

Late payment fee

$30

All returned checks (NSF) will be assessed a processing fee

$20

Course Fees

Spiritual Formation Assessment fee

$150

Indirect Costs

Books, per course

$100-200

Approximate Total Cost for Program Tuition and Fees

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies Tuition - 36 credit hours

$15,660

Total Tuition, Academic Resource Fee, Technology Fee, and Graduation Fee

$17,092

Faculty

Click here for a listing of CU Online and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Faculty. 

 

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