M.A. Old Testament

The Master of Arts in Old Testament degree develops a student’s exegetical and theological competencies for Old Testament study. You may use this program as a foundation for advanced education or for Christian service.

Program Details

The 65-credit program consists of:

  • 9 Bible Core credits
  • 15 Theology credits
  • 32 Old Testament credits including Hebrew language courses
  • 9 credits of general electives

The program emphasizes the translation and interpretation of the Hebrew text while also providing an introduction to the disciplines of theology. The program curriculum contains a core of basic studies in Bible and theology and an Old Testament specialization, which includes the option of a thesis or general elective credits.

The MA Old Testament program tuition is approximately $30,208. Learn more about Costs and Aid.

Degree Outcomes

  • Bible teacher
  • Bible translator
  • Christian Ministry
  • Advanced Education

Course Plan

Our program checklist breaks this program into modules and lists the courses required for each module. Depending on how many classes you want to take each semester, the average MA Old Testament student completes the program in 2-4 years. The average full-time student takes 12 credits per semester; the average part-time student takes six credits per semester.

The following document is a sample of  how you might arrange courses for the Master of Arts in Old Testament degree program. We encourage you to arrange your course plan in a way that will fit your own desired course loads, interests and available dates and times.

Student Learning Objectives

Students who complete the Master of Arts in Old Testament curriculum will be able to:

Core Curriculum

  1. Conduct basic biblical interpretation and application with reference to the English Bible texts.
  2. State a basic understanding of the primary elements of Christian theology.
  3. Demonstrate basic knowledge, values and competencies associated with spiritual, worldview and leadership formation.

Old Testament Specialization

  1. Read the prose and poetry of the Hebrew Bible with the use of lexical tools.
  2. Exegete the Hebrew Bible.
  3. State in a synthetic fashion the domain of Old Testament studies.
  4. Read the Old Testament against its Ancient Near Eastern background.
  5. Demonstrate research and writing skills in Old Testament studies.
Note: Graduates of this degree program have the option to receive their diploma from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary or Cornerstone University.