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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.
Graduate in as few as two years
What Sets Our Bible and Theology Training Apart?
- An emphasis on Gospel-centrality and biblical theology, and how they shape your approach to ministry
- Develop your own theological position directly from the Bible, rather than adopting an institutional doctrinal position
- Visit either Israel or Greece and Turkey on faculty-led study tours for elective credit
Specialize Your Ministry Studies
Increase the relevance of your training by tailoring it to your ministry context or academic goal. Choose a specialization from one of the following tracks, or work with an advisor to build a specialization all your own via the Open Track:
- Exegetical Track
- Theological Track
- Open Track
You may complete the M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) in as little as two years of full-time studies at 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 36 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 18 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, with most choosing instead to pay 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 you do not meet one of these requirements, contact an enrollment counselor to explore alternative M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) admission options.