Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

As a Christian institution of higher education, Faulkner University’s Master of Arts in Biblical Studies is a reflection of our efforts to study and communicate the knowledge of God’s Word and foster professionals with a deep understanding of the Christian principles and ethics that shape the university’s mission.

Program Objectives

The Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) provides a strong core curriculum with a biblical emphasis and two areas of concentration to select from that focus your online degree program into a specific area of interest. Our online master’s degree program provides a strong preparation for more effective service in the church and a solid foundation for additional training in biblical studies.

Program Design

The graduate program is 36 semester hours, with the option of 30 hours of coursework and a thesis or 36 hours of coursework. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for continued admission. The graduate degree consists of core curriculum made up of 18 semester hours as well as 12 credits in an area of concentration. Areas of concentration are:

  • Old Testament (English Bible or Primary Languages)
  • New Testament (English Bible or Primary Languages)
  • Biblical Languages

*A written comprehensive exam and an oral exam or interview are required for graduation from online masters degree programs.

Core Course Requirements (18 Hours)

BI 5300 Introduction to Graduate Biblical Studies
This course is required to be included in the first 12 hours of coursework for online degree students in our online masters degree program. The introduction to reference materials and bibliographical sources will be critical for developing the skills for writing research papers at a graduate level.

BI 5301 Biblical Interpretation
Theological interpretation of scripture begins with an understanding of Christ as fully human and fully divine. While we address canon criticism and anthropocentric interpretation, our online masters degree program is guided by focus on Christ and the divine purpose of scripture.

BI 5305 Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament
A fuller understanding of the Old Testament begins with an understanding of the times and settings experienced by the authors of the various texts. The online degree coursework touches on archeological records and relevant episodes confirmed by secular historians, but the ultimate focus of our program is understanding the intended message for readers.

BI 5320 Advanced Introduction to the New Testament
While the Gospel deals with a narrower span of time than the Old Testament, the exegesis of scripture requires an appreciation of the historical milieu of the writers. Critical perspectives are addressed while the course surveys the canonicity and intended purpose of the books that comprise the New Testament.

BI 5306 Old Testament Theology
Old Testament Theology provides the framework for a better understanding of the New Testament. While there isn’t time for a full exploration of all the different approaches to interpreting the Old Testament, this course systematically covers the major themes and provides an introduction to alternative perspectives.

BI 5321 New Testament Theology
New Testament Theology includes a detailed study of the major doctrinal themes. Soteriology and ecclesiology are key theological elements developed in the New Testament. After BI 5320 has given students an overview of the time period and historical context of each book, the students are more prepared to explore the intended meaning of the scriptures.

Students will take an additional 12 hours in their concentration area and have the option to complete a thesis or take two additional electives for the online degree.

Additional requirements for the Biblical Languages track

Required Courses:

BI 5307 Readings in the Hebrew Old Testament
Biblical Hebrew is studied with deliberate attention given to vocabulary and syntax. Selections from the Hebrew Old Testament provide examples of passages where the original language provides special insight.

BI 5308 Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible
Following up on BI 5307, which is a prerequisite, this course delves further into the process of interpreting the Hebrew passages of the Old Testament. Exegesis is particularly important with books where Christians may be tempted to fall into eisegesis, assuming that the authors had a New Testament perspective.

BI 5314 Biblical Aramaic
Building on a strong foundation in Biblical Hebrew, this course takes a closer look at Aramaic passages. Students of our online master’s degree programs still benefit from the in-depth study of these subjects like Biblical languages. Special attention is given to grammar, vocabulary, and syntax.

BI 5322 Readings in the Greek New Testament
Particularly in the New Testament, the original language provides meaningful insight for interpretation. The meanings of passages like John 21:15-17 are significantly obscured by English translations. As students learn from this course, a Greek reading of the New Testament provides different perspectives.

BI 5323 Exegesis of the Greek New Testament
In order to promote exegesis over eisegesis, students are guided through a systematic study of language tools that guide interpretation. With an understanding of historical context and the way similar vocabulary had been used in other contexts, students are able to see more of the writer’s intended meaning.

BI 5089 Comprehensive Examination
Our online master’s degree programs include examinations that assess student learning. Whether students are called to the ministry or a career in Biblical Studies, Faulkner University strives to ensure that each graduate has earned his or her online degree.

One Elective:

BI 5330 Introduction to Akkadian
With the cuneiform writing system, Akkadian is the oldest attested Semitic language. This course covers highlights from the historical development and morphology of the language, including grammar and vocabulary.

BI 5334 Introduction to Syriac
Study of Syriac begins with a look at the alphabet, which was derived from Aramaic. Learning the syntax and grammar of Syriac allows students to read contemporary texts.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students who wish to enroll in the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) program must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Completed Application.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; you must provide transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation with specific comments regarding the applicant’s academic work, professional experience and ability to successfully complete graduate study. At least one recommendation must be from a church leader.
  • A goal statement (1000 words) specifying the applicant’s personal goals for their professional development, including how the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) program at Faulkner University will contribute to those goals.
  • A maximum of six semester hours can be transferred into the M.A. (Biblical Studies) program from a regionally accredited institution. Transfer hours must be approved by the dean of biblical studies.

To Apply

  1. Submit a completed online application.
  2. Complete and print the Official Transcript Request form and submit it to all previously attended schools with the appropriate fee.
  3. Send all additional items via mail to:

Faulkner University
Attn: Graduate Enrollment
5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, AL 36109