M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies)

The study of the Bible, spiritual formation, and Church history leads you to a richer experience of God, as well as the ability and desire to communicate His glory to others. The M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) offers you the chance to build a theological understanding rooted in a thorough investigation of the Scriptures, with an eye toward gospel-centered transformation. You’ll develop into an informed theologian for work as a ministry leader, teaching pastor, or educator. And if your ministry work has already given you a toolbox full of ministry skills, this program will complement your work with a more robust theological framework to direct the way you serve. This blend of training also serves as an excellent foundation for later doctoral studies.




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Seattle (up to 28 credits)



What Sets Our Bible and Theology Training Apart?

  • An emphasis on Gospel-centrality for spiritual formation and theological understanding
  • Students develop their own theological position directly from the Bible, rather than adopting an institutional doctrinal position
  • Choices to fit personal interests:
    • The Exegetical Track to focus on Greek and Hebrew languages with an optional thesis project.
    • The Theological Track to specialize in Bible, theological, or historical studies.
  • Visit either Israel or Greece and Turkey on faculty-led study tours for elective credit




Accessible Scheduling

The M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) may be completed in two years’ time through conventional courses on any of our seminary campuses, at our online campus, or by completing some studies at Seattle Teaching Site in addition to final studies at any degree-granting campus. Students who live at a distance may also complete their training without the need to relocate or leave their ministry context through the following scheduling options, though their completion timeframe may be extended:

Monday Schedule Option Complete your training in one day of class on campus per week.
HYBRID MINISTRY SCHEDULE OPTION Combines 44 credits of online learning with 5 weeklong trips to campus for live courses.

Note: Any campus-based M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) student must complete at least 20 residency credits on campus, while the rest can be completed through online courses.

Theological Education That Keeps Debt Down

Ministry work can bring limited financial reward. That's why we encourage wise financial stewardship as you pay for school. In fact, the average Western Seminary student graduates with an average of only $8532 in loan debt to repay. It might surprise you to learn that only about 19% of our students utilize loans, choosing instead to paying out of pocket, with scholarships, or via a monthly payment plan. Look into your options for financial aid.

M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials

If an applicant does not meet one of these requirements, we invite them to contact an enrollment counselor to explore alternative M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) admission options.

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You can't beat Western Seminary for practical, theologically sound, culturally relevant ministry preparation. This education is Gospel-centered and missionally focused. I've been a pastor for 35 years, 32 of those as a founding and senior pastor. I'm still growing personally, spiritually and theologically, due in no small part to what I continue to learn at Western.

Rick BooyeSenior Pastor of Trail Christian FellowshipM.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) GraduateEagle Point, Oregon