Online M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies)

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The Online Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies) degree program utilizes innovative online learning systems to build a strong comprehension of theology, rooted in a thorough investigation of the Scriptures, with an eye toward Gospel-centered transformation. Students will find themselves academically fit and spiritually prepared as informed theologians for work as a ministry leader, pastor, or educator, or for professional people whose ministry is in the market place. This blend of training also serves as an excellent foundation for later doctoral studies.




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Graduate in as few as two years



All credits online, except 2 sets of on campus courses


Take as many on campus courses as you like in PortlandSan Jose, Sacramento, Seattle



Online learning in community. No compromise.

Christian faith and evangelical conviction grow stronger when beliefs are sourced in the Bible, rather than in tradition or culture. In Western Seminary's Online M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies), study of the Bible and theology leads to a richer experience of God, as well as the ability and desire to communicate His glory to others. You can train wherever you call home.

Ninety years of gospel-centered instruction, and thirty years of innovation in distance learning mean that our Online campus offers exceptional online training from seasoned ministry practitioners. Even more than advanced technology, it is the ongoing, personal connection to worldwide community that set this program apart.

Bible and theology studies that stand apart

  • An emphasis on Gospel-centrality and biblical theology, and how they shape your approach to ministry
  • 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




Online education --- powered by Integr@te

We're serious about quality training, which is why we developed the Integr@te software. This is our custom-built downloadable learning system, built to ensure your success in online seminary training. Whatever web-connected device you use, you'll have immediate access to a suite of Bible study and course calendaring tools as well as video lectures by Western professors. All this compliments Online Learning Centers that serve as a hub for global student interaction and learning assessment.

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Study at a pace that fits your priorities

Hours per week 
of online classes
(on average)

Hours per week
of homework
(on average)

Years of training

Degree completed for a lifetime of enhanced impact for Christ.

Start your seminary training in September, January, or May—whichever fits your schedule best. And while the program is designed to be completed in four years of part-time studies, you may accelerate your study to finish in less than two years or slow your studies when situations warrant.

A connected community + mentoring option

Your online learning experience will be filled with people you'll never forget—whom you'll meet during two visits to the Portland campus:

Week One: Near the start of your program, you'll build a new support network by taking a week of Threshold courses on campus with fellow online students. During your trip, you'll meet course professors who will instruct and advise you throughout your program. You'll also meet student services staff and learn how to access the support resources we make available.

Week Two: Your training culminates in one last trip to campus to complete a final, 2.5 day Capstone course.

Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to participate in personal and career mentoring which follows your own Personal Development Plan. This plan will drive the two meetings you have with your Program Mentor per semester via internet communication software. During these sessions, you'll assess progress in the areas of course content, ministry competency, personal character, and interpersonal relationships. All of this is directed at seeing your training catalyze true spiritual transformation in your life and work. 

Gain access to an extensive online library

The Online M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) is an academic degree program, and carries the expectation that students will engage in high-level research. Students have online access to a growing collection of 150,000 e-books and the full text of 15,000 journals. In addition to these online library resources, students have access to the print library collections on each campus.

Students also can purchase their own electronic research tools at significant discounts through AccordanceBibleWorks, and Logos Bible Software.

Technology requirements

Personal Computer Standards

  • Mac OS X (10.8) or Windows XP or Windows 7 running on a Pentium 4 class computer or faster.
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 20 GB free to allow for course downloads
  • High speed broadband Internet
  • DVD/RW ROM drive
  • Webcam (HD Preferred)
  • Headphones with microphone
  • Speakers

Software Standards

  • Current Web Browser (Firefox 4, Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5, Google Chrome 11, Opera 9)
  • Word Processor writing to *.doc format
  • Outlook, Gmail, or other email service that is able to read HTML emails and receive and send attachments
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software (free download)

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 admission options.

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Get started! Fill out this form to receive your own free Viewbook or contact an enrollment counselor at 1.877.517.1800.

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I was incredibly blessed by how welcome and wanted each of us were made by...the Western staff. This past Threshold course week was a real encouragement to see the wisdom and humility of the godly men and women who are investing in and taking care of us.

David HawesResident, The Well Community ChurchOnline M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) Student Fresno, California